Arrow season 4 presents a fresh start for not just Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), but arguably the first show in The CW'S DC TV universe, as a whole. Oliver and Felicity Smoak's (Emily Bett Rickards) happy ever after from the Arrow season 3 finale will prove to be short-lived, but after having spent time away from Starling City - now known as Star City follow Ray Palmer's (Brandon Routh) "death" - both Oliver and the series in general ought to be a little less (melo)dramatic than in season 3.
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim recently re-affirmed that Arrow season 4 will mark a return to the comparatively lighter, straight-forward good vs. evil narrative of season 1. That will be complete with the arrival of a new Star City villain - the awaited Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) - who, unlike some of Oliver's recent opponents, is a pretty non-complicated, straight-up bad guy.
The new extended promo released for Arrow season 4 (see above) likewise paints Darhk as being pretty non-conflicted about his evil-doing ways. Much of the footage from the latest Arrow season 4 promo has been featured in previously-released clips; however, it does reveal that a "certain ring" that Guggenheim teased might appear in the Arrow season 4 premiere is not, in fact, related to the Green Lantern Corps, despite that slim hope that some fans have been holding onto (unless Oliver has rather unconventional engagement plans with Felicity).
Regardless, there are several new characters who will be making appearances on Arrow season 4 worth getting excited for. Matt Ryan's reprisal as John Constantine will be relatively short-lived on season 4, but nonetheless essential as he aids the resurrection of Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) - setting the character on a path that will lead her to the upcoming TV series, DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Another DC Comics character who will appear on Arrow season 4 before heading to Legends is Hawkman (Falk Hentschel), whose official costume - along with that of Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee) - has now been unveiled, ahead of his small screen debut.
So far, though, The CW's Arrow season 4 promos have spent less time highlighting new additions to the show - even the ones lacking super powers like Rutina Wesley's Lady Cop - and more time teasing the character drama featured in the episodes ahead. The latest preview (for example) highlights Oliver's never-ending identity issues, though in season 4 that should be a recurring theme in several character arcs; that includes John Diggle (David Ramsey), whose new outfit doesn't mean he's also let go of his issues with Oliver from the past, and Thea Queen (Willa Holland), who looks to have superhero identity issues of her own this season.
Arrow season 4 will include its fair share of world-building by delving deeper into the mystical side of the CW/DC TV-verse, so that ought to improve the quality of the show - even if not all the character-driven drama measures up. Mythology-expansion is very much the name of the game for The CW's DC shows right now, what with The Flash season 2 set to explore the Multiverse (and also introduce more characters of its own), before Legends of Tomorrow unites several side players for a special time-travel adventure. We'll have to wait and see if Arrow manages to keep up with its peers, in that respect.
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.
Source: The CW