We had the opportunity to sit down with the cast and executive producers of Arrow at Comic-Con to talk about Season 3, and we’re grateful to report that there was a lot to talk about ahead of the third season of this excellent CW superhero drama. In fact, the roundtable interviews allowed us to compile a list of 31 things you might want to know about Arrow Season 3.
As you may have surmised already, this list does include varying degrees of Arrow spoilers, but it’s all information doled out to us by executive producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, and cast members Stephen Amell, Willa Holland, David Ramsay and Colton Haynes, so most of what you find teases more than spoils. Regardless, consider yourself warned. If you don't want to know anything about what's ahead on Arrow turn back now.
1. Season 3 is all about identity. - Apparently, a number of characters will be questioning their identity. Guggenheim broke it down with each of the main characters and their identity questions:
Oliver - Can I be both Oliver and Arrow?
Laurel - Am I Laurel, or Am I my sister?
Thea Queen - Am I Thea Queen or Am I Thea Merlyn? Am I Malcolm Merlyn’s daughter or am I Moira Queen’s daughter.
Diggle - Am I a sidekick or am I my own man? Am I a crime fighter or am I a father?
Felicity - Am I Oliver’s crush object or do I have my own identity outside of that. Do I exist outside the lair?
2. ”Oliver has one woman in his life this season, and that is Felicity.”Stephen Amell said those exact words when talking about the “big things” that are going on between his character and Felicity. “That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re together,” he elaborated. But it sounds like all of the stuff that went down between Felicity and Oliver in the Season 2 finale (him telling her he loved her, was that real, etc?) will be addressed in the premiere. We will get “an abundantly clear picture of how they both feel about one another.”
3. Merlyn will be around a lot. - John Barrowman’s a series regular and Marc Guggenheim says he’ll appear in at least 18 episodes. But he’s not the big bad this season. “The fun of Season 3 and Malcolm’s presence in it is the unexpected ways that he’s injected into the story.”
4. The big bad of Season 3 will have a self-righteous agenda. - Marc Guggenheim talked about how their villains don’t think they’re evil. They think they’re doing what’s necessary. That applies to Slade and Merlyn, and it sounds like it applies to the big bad of Season 3, who has been revealed to be Ra's al Ghul.
5. The villain will put the whole team’s philosophy to the test. - David Ramsay told us that “In terms of this whole, we’re not going to kill, we’re going to do it the right way. All of that will be challenged this season.”
6. There will be tension between Oliver and Diggle over Diggle’s priorities - “I don’t think that Diggle is going to have a problem,” David Ramsay told us. “I think Oliver is going to have a problem with the idea that this guy’s a father and he’s risking his life every day for his crusade, which Diggle does take great offense to. You’ll see that in the first episode. Yeah, there will be some tension.” Ramsay says Oliver sees Diggle as having too much to risk.
7. Oliver and Diggle find themselves in a “spot of conflict,” Stephen Amell says, which likely builds onto the above point. Amell says it’s “Because of how much Oliver cares about Diggle.”
8. Diggle may be setting a big example for Oliver in his personal life. - “Some of the things that Oliver wants to do, you’re going to see that happen with Diggle this season. Some of those balances of his personal life and this crusade, Diggle’s going to start doing this season. I think Oliver’s going to see some of what Diggle goes through and have to make some choices as well. It’s interesting. Both these men have problems forming these relationships."
9. We’ll find a happy Oliver in the premiere - The trailer suggests that this won’t last long, but Stephen Amell talked a bit about having to smile a lot in the opening episode of Season 3. But that happiness comes at a price. Amell says in the premiere episode, “he literally sees a vision of himself that scares the shit out of him, and that colors the entire season.”