Arrow has gone through a lot over the course of two and a half years. Friends have died, enemies have returned from the “dead,” allegiances have shifted and another series has even been spun off from it. So hearing someone associated with the show saying that big changes are ahead and that something unexpected will happen has become the norm. However, if star Stephen Amell is to be believed, the show will undergo an enormous change by the end of Season 3 that's bigger than anything seen before.
At the Kansas City Planet Comicon this past weekend (via Comicbook.com), Amell said that there are big changes coming up on Arrow, and when all is said and done, it will completely alter the series from that point forward. Said Amell:
There's big things happening with the show. Very, very big things. And without spoiling anything, I would say this, I think the greatest moment in the history of the show will be the trailer we show at Comic-Con next year. I really do. Because, after three seasons and sixty-nine episodes we are going to fundamentally change the show at the grassroots level. And, I think it's going to cool.
While talking about the metahuman that will appear in Episode 19, Amell said that Oliver wouldn’t be going up against this villain because he’s “on the sidelines.” That in itself is surprising, since Oliver was already out of the spotlight between episodes 10 and 12 when he was nearly killed by Ra’s al Ghul. Perhaps Oliver will be off on his own adventure while the rest of Team Arrow handles fighting crime in Starling City.
As of now, few hints about how Season 3 will end or what we can expect from Season 4 have leaked out. There have been suggestions that H.I.V.E., the organization that had John Diggle’s brother killed, will soon be introduced, and that a character currently named “Damian Dark” will debut in the Season 3 finale who is described as “formidable new foe” for Oliver that will return for Season 4.
One surprising twist would be if Oliver actually accepted the offer Ra’s al Ghul gave him at the end of “Nanda Parbat” to become the new leader of the League of Assassins. Picture it: the Emerald Archer from Starling City leading a force of warriors across the globe on a mission of justice. Green Arrow never did anything like that in the comics, and it would certainly take both general TV viewers and hardcore comic book fans by surprise.
Fans will have to see what happens over the next several weeks to get an inkling of what Amell is talking about. And for those of you going to San Diego Comic-Con this year, be on the lookout for that trailer so that you can confirm whether his comment was on the nose or not.
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.