Arsenal, 'Oracle' teases + more from Arrow's SDCC panel, first S3 trailer

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Jul 25, 2014, 10:44 PM EDT

Ever since it launched two seasons ago, the folks behind The CW’s Arrow have known how to wow the crowd when it comes to San Diego Comic-Con. This year was no different.

In addition to rolling out the first action-packed trailer for season three — loaded with footage ranging from Arsenal’s (Colton Haynes) fully suited introduction to Canary’s (Caity Lotz) surprising return to Starling City — the cast and crew of the comic-book series were also dropping a ton of new intel.

The trailer also shows that infamous upcoming date between Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), which Amell teases will apparently go “horribly,” whatever that means. Producer Andrew Kreisberg noted that after the way things were left last season, it felt like the right time to “explore” that relationship. Amell’s hilarious answer when asked who Oliver ends up with? “No way.” Well played.

Before we dig in any deeper, go ahead and check out the awesome new trailer:

One of the big cliffhangers last year involved Thea (Willa Holland), who was last seen hopping into a car with her secret father Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman). Kreisberg promised we’ll get some answers about that infamous car ride, but we just might have to wait a while. He also teased that this season will represent Thea’s crucible, in a way:

“We are going to do a flashback at some point in the season that takes you back to that car and continues the conversation, so you'll get to see what Thea said to Malcolm and what Malcolm said to Thea,. At some point, if all the characters are going to become their comic book selves, they have to go through their island … This year is going to be Thea's island. How that plays out and which side she lands on will be the fun of the season."

Kreisberg also opened up about the show’s trajectory, and revealed that the tentpole they had their eyes on when making the pilot was eventually getting to the point where Sara Lance (Lotz) was alive and Oliver arrived in Hong Kong. Now that they’ve made it, they plan on digging in and making a season that’s (hopefully) bigger and better. Two ways they’re doing that? By giving two of the show’s main actresses their biggest arcs yet, and telling stories of Oliver’s experiences in Hong Kong:

“[Hong Kong] has a whole new feel to [the flashbacks]. It was something we always intended on doing. One of our big ideas when we were doing the pilot was to have Oliver wake up at the end of season two not on the island … Laurel and Thea are the two characters we haven't done as much with in the past, and they have the strongest storylines that we've ever given them.”

Oh, and what about everyone’s favorite band of do-gooding criminals and murderers? Producer Marc Guggenheim said the Suicide Squad will be returning this year — they’re just figuring out what to do with them:

“We haven't quite found the right story yet but we love the Suicide Squad and and we love Deadshot — Michael Rowe was just in the DC offices. For sure we'll be doing something with the Suicide Squad this year. We have to find the right time and the right moment.”

Oh, and the final bit of awesome? When asked if they'd be doing any episode to tell Felicity's backstory, Kreisberg said they'll be flashing back to her time at MIT in an episode titled, wait for it, "Oracle." Yeah, the crowd was pretty psyched about that one.

The new season of Arrow debuts Oct. 8 on The CW.

(Via HitFix, Hollywood Reporter)