Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) may be not-so-safe in prison in Season 7 of The CW's Arrow, but what about his allies outside of jail? Well, they're gonna have to fend off a group of villains known as the Longbow Hunters, a group of deadly mercenaries hired by Ricardo Diaz/Dragon (new series regular Kirk Acevedo). Since "Team Arrow" is quite fractured at the moment, they're not as prepared for the threat as they could be.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Emily Bett Rickards (who plays Felicity Smoak) summed up the protagonists' predicament quite eloquently.
“When you have a multitude of people who are sort of distracting [you] and working as a team toward evil, you’re, for lack of a better word, screwed," she said. "The team doesn’t necessarily have a designated leader since they’ve been broken up. It goes back to, what is everybody’s cost? If you don’t have the same amount of cost, you’re going to face disagreement and trouble and possibly not having good teamwork against three people that are working together as a team with a dedicated message, which is probably, at the root of it, evil. They’re kind of outnumbered in terms of mental game, which transfers into the powers that they have.”
A more recent addition to the DC Universe, the Longbow Hunters were created by Jeff Lemire and consist of Red Dart (Holly Elissa), Kodiak (Michael Jonsson), and Silencer (Miranda Edwards).
“They’re a force,” said showrunner Beth Schwartz. “Each one has a different team member that they’ll go toe to toe with, specifically with what weapons they use.”
The Longbow Hunters will be introduced on tonight's episode of Arrow, aptly named "The Longbow Hunters."