— Arrow (@CW_Arrow) October 1, 2015
Stephen Amell's version of Oliver Queen/Arrow has endured so many dark and emotionally-draining conflicts since Season 1 of Arrow. While Season 3 was full of loss and heartbreak, the story did manage to end on a high note for the vigilante. Finally, Ollie and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) have set aside their concerns and decided to become a couple. The two quite literally drove off into the sunset, leaving Star City (yes, it's now called "Star" City) and their crime fighting ways behind them.
John Diggle (David Ramsey), Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy), and Thea Queen (Willa Holland) have kept Team Arrow going while their former leader is living a happy, suburban lifestyle. But Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) has emerged and he poses a threat that the trio cannot handle - not without Arrow, that is. The basic premise of Season 4 has been known for quite some time, but now a featurette with one of the show's Executive Producers is shedding a little more light on some of the characters in the first episode of Season 4.
In The CW's video (which can be watched above), Arrow EP Wendy Mericle provides a decent amount of new information. Firstly, Thea and Laurel's skills have advanced since Season 3's events. Now, neither is certainly a slouch when it comes to combat (Thea was trained by her vicious father, Malcolm Merlyn, and Laurel trained with Wildcat), but both of them jumping forward - in terms of combat skill - will allow them to be more like their comic book counter-parts, as well as make them even more important players in the team of vigilantes. This could mean less time with them making mistakes and needing to be saved, and more time with them kicking villains in the face. Laurel doesn't receive much attention in the video; however, a brief clip humorously reveals that Thea is still being called "Speedy", although she clearly wants her codename to be "Red Arrow". It's also mentioned that Diggle now goes by a new identity while in the field, but that name has yet to be announced.
Not much has been unveiled about Damien Darhk's grand plan, at this stage. The debut Season 4 trailer has the foe saying he wants Star City to die, but there's no real elaboration beyond that objective - an objective that was also shared by the S3 villain, Ra's al Ghul. However, this video does reveal that squads working for him - which the Star City police call "Ghosts" - are conducting attacks throughout the city, and they appear to have everyone outclassed. They're so efficient that team Arrow (Diggle, Black Canary, Speedy) realize they need to bring Arrow back to the city he's defended so many times before. It was already known that Darhk's presence is what pulls Arrow - who will soon be Green Arrow - back to the city, but this featurette explains that the criminals working for him would rather die (via cyanide capsules) than be captured and questioned.
Oliver's opening line in the video is one that's sure to make passionate fans of the show smile or at least feel some measure of joy. Since the show's debut, this incarnation of Oliver Queen has faced a steady flow of danger and tragedy. While fans already know it's just a matter of time until the hero obviously returns to his crime fighting ways and starts shooting arrows at fiends, having a version of the Emerald Archer that will possibly smile on a more frequent basis - and maybe even crack a joke or two? - is certainly a promising new direction for the show, especially after such a consistently bleak third season. After all, EP Marc Guggenheim did say this new season will have a "lighter tone." Making Arrow finally become Green Arrow and finding some happiness is definitely a step in the right direction. Now we just have to wait and see just how long he can hold onto this happiness...
The Flash season 2 premieres on The CW on Tuesday, October 6th at 8pm/7 central; Arrow season 4 debuts Wednesday, October 7th at 8pm/7 central; Legends of Tomorrow begins in 2016.
Arrow: Season 3 is currently on sale.
Source: The CW