"Star City still needs saving... there is still work to be done."
Oliver Queen may be behind bars, but his mission is far from over. Next month, The CW's flagship superhero series, Arrow, will return for its seventh season. The sixth season drastically changed the status quo by exposing the Green Arrow's identity and sending him to jail. Who's going to pick up where Oliver left off?
Ahead of the Season 7 premiere, SYFY WIRE has put together a primer to get you back in the Bunker. Everything we know and everything you need to know about Arrow Season 7 is here!
WHAT HAPPENED IN SEASON 6?
Superhacker Cayden James assembled a team of bad guys to take down Green Arrow and Star City. But the real mastermind turned out to be Ricardo Diaz, a criminal mastermind who manipulated James and murdered him when he was no longer useful. Diaz also arranged for Oliver to be brought to trial for his activities as Green Arrow. Team Arrow was driven apart by suspicion and betrayal, as Diaz assumed control of the city.
To turn the tide, Oliver was forced to cut a deal with the FBI. Diaz managed to elude capture, but Oliver kept up his end of the bargain. He revealed his secret identity to the public and turned himself in. However, Team Arrow received immunity, and they watched as Oliver publicly encouraged them to continue the fight to save the city.
Most of the primary cast members are back for Arrow Season 7. So you can expect to see plenty of Oliver (Stephen Amell), Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), Diggle/Spartan (David Ramsey), Curtis/Mr. Terrific (Echo Kellum), Dinah/Black Canary (Juliana Harkavy), Laurel/Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), and René/Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez).
Colton Haynes is rejoining the cast as Roy Harper/Arsenal. Paul Blackthorne's Quentin Lance was killed off in the Season 6 finale, and Willa Holland's Thea also left the show last year.
Years ago, there was a Green Arrow movie script that would have followed his escape from a SuperMax prison. The Season 7 storyline isn't expected to necessarily adapt that long-lost script, but it might be a while before Oliver Queen gets out of jail.
At least he'll catch up on his reading, and get reacquainted with Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White), Derek Sampson (Cody Runnels), Danny Brickwell (Vinnie Jones), and other criminals that he put away. They'll definitely have forgiven him for foiling their evil plots and getting them thrown in prison, right?
Now that Oliver's secret is out, he's become a constant target. And there's not much he can do to protect his family or his city while he remains imprisoned.
THERE'S A NEW ARROW IN TOWN...
Promos for Season 7 have confirmed that someone is running around in the Green Arrow suit, but it's not clear who.
We know John Diggle wanted to assume the role full time and that Oliver gave him his blessing to be the next Green Arrow — however, Diggle's got a new leadership role at Argus alongside his wife. Roy Harper would be the next obvious choice for the fake Green Arrow. Or is he too obvious? It would be pretty easy for Team Arrow to rally around Diggle or Roy since they have a history together.
But we still don't know who this new Arrow is. It would be a lot more complicated if someone new is running around Star City claiming to be the Green Arrow.
ARSENAL, BUT NO SPEEDY?
Speaking of Roy, his return to the show is happening without Thea by his side. Considering that Thea's happy ending was running away from Star City with Roy and Nyssa to confront her father's legacy, Roy's return does leave us wondering about Speedy.
Did something happen to Thea? Has she ditched Roy to run off with Nyssa? Will we ever see her again? Hopefully, we'll be getting some answers soon.
By the end of last season, Black Siren, the alternate Laurel Lance from Earth-2, was more or less allied with Team Arrow. At least, she was in the conflict with Ricardo Diaz.
Laurel also appeared to be genuinely crushed by Quentin's death. Early footage from Season 7 suggests that Laurel has more firmly settled into the life of her Earth-1 counterpart.
Now, it remains to be seen if Black Siren is on Team Arrow's side for good or if she's more interested in her own devices.
BEWARE THE DRAGON
Ricardo Diaz didn't really seem like "big bad" material when he was introduced in Arrow Season 6. And yet he remained free despite the combined efforts of Team Arrow and the FBI.
Diaz's criminal empire may have fallen by the time we get to Season 7, but he's still out there and he knows almost all of Team Arrow's secrets. Will Diaz make it through the end of this season? Or is there an even greater villain on the horizon?
THE LONGBOW HUNTERS
As hinted in Season 6, the Longbow Hunters are coming to Star City, courtesy of Diaz.
In DC's New 52 comics reboot, the Longbow Hunters were a group of established Green Arrow villains led by Richard Dragon, Diaz's comic book counterpart. In the Arrowverse, the Longbow Hunters are a trio of lethal warriors, feared by even the League of Assassins.
Holly Elissa is playing Red Dart, Michael Jonsson is portraying Kodiak, and Miranda Edwards is stepping into the role of Silencer. Together, the Longbow Hunters are supposedly one of the most lethal groups Team Arrow has ever encountered. Too bad Oliver is locked away. Team Arrow might have to deal with the Longbow Hunters on their own.
WHO IS MAYA?
Former Shadowhunters star Katherine McNamara has signed on to play a character named Maya this season, but very little is known about her. She's described as "a scrappy street fighter and thief from Star City," but there's no indication about whether Maya is a potential ally for Team Arrow or an enemy.
The one thing we do know is that Maya will be sticking around for at least the first half of the season, as McNamara is slated to recur her role in multiple episodes.
GOTHAM CITY AWAITS
We can safely assume that Oliver Queen will be out of prison by the time the annual Arrowverse crossover happens. Does anyone really think the original Green Arrow will miss the chance to meet Tyler Hoechlin's Superman or Elizabeth Tulloch's Lois Lane?
This year's crossover story will also send the casts of Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl to Gotham City, where Ruby Rose will make her debut as Batwoman. Former Lost star Jeremy Davies recently signed on to appear as Dr. John Deegan, the villain behind this year's crossover. Cassandra Jean Amell is also making her Arrowverse debut as Nora Fries, the wife of long-time Batman villain Mr. Freeze.
WHEN WILL ARROW SEASON 7 PREMIERE?
Arrow Season 7 hits The CW on Monday, October 15 at 8 PM.
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