Are you ready to head back to Starling City? "Arrow" season three is officially filming as we speak in Vancouver, which means Stephen Amell and crew are once again suiting up to fight evil in the DC television universe.
And now, we know a little bit more about what to expect when the show returns in the Fall, thanks to a tweet from Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim, and a description of the first episode sent by The CW.
" In the aftermath of this victory, Season Three opens with Arrow now a hero to the citizens of Starling. Crime is down, people feel safer, and Captain Lance even calls off the Anti-Vigilante Task Force. Basking in his success, Oliver believes he can finally have a private life and asks Felicity out on a date. But the second Oliver takes his eye off the ball, a deadly villain reappears in Starling, forcing Oliver to realize that he can never be Oliver Queen – not as long as the city needs The Arrow."
So faster than you can say, "You've failed this city!" here's a rundown of every giant question we have about season three:
1. Arrow Is A Hero?
That's a surprisingly huger point than those who have been skipping "Arrow" might imagine. In season one, by Guggenheim's own confession, Oliver Queen (Amell) was a serial killer, knocking bad guys off a list, one by one. In season two, he struggled with a promise to his departed friend Tommy Merlyn to no longer kill bad guys, ultimately deciding to spare the season's Big Bad, Deathstroke.
So if season three begins with the Arrow in full on superhero mode, where does he have to go? We'll certainly know more when we hear Queen's opening narration, but could we witness the fall of Arrow?
2. Hold Up: Captain Lance???
Speaking of surprising trajectories, while it's cool that Quentin Lance has worked his way back from demoted beat cop to leader of the Starling City Police Department, when we last saw him he was slowly dying of internal injuries in his daughter's arms. So, what the deal, yo? Is he all better now, and if so, what happened in the intervening time?
3. …Unless That's A Different Lance
This is a stretch, because we're pretty sure jobs do not work this way, but what if Quentin isn't the Captain now? There's also Laurel Lance, who certainly knows her way around the law — though going from DA to PD is a weird career path.
Similarly, maybe Sara Lance decided to come back from her time in the League of Assassins, went to Police Academy, had some hilarious adventures with a large guy and a guy who can make sound effects, and then became Captain. Why not, right?
Or maybe the Captain in question is
River Song Alex Kingston, returned to Starling, and transitioning from Greek history to crimefighting. Hey, her name is Dinah Lance, which is the actual name of hero Black Canary in the comics, so who knows?
4. Oliver Asks Felicity Out On A Date #SCREAMINGFOREVER #OLICITY
When season two ended, we were about ready to kick Ollie in the nuts — and told him so, at the CW Upfront — since he basically cold-shouldered his friend Felicity, after she pretty much told him she loved him. But now we are literally screaming forever at the news that Oliver asks her out on a date.
For the record, we know they "won't they" in this "will they, won't they," because season three also introduces a new romantic interest for Felicity in Brandon Routh's Ray Palmer/The Atom. But we're just happy Oliver reciprocates.
5. Who Will Ollie Romance?
On that note, and not mentioned in the episode description, if Felicity is getting a new main science squeeze, who will warm the Arrow's bed this year? We're guessing he'll shack up with someone full on superhero to match Felicity's science bro.
But will it be Devon Aoki's Katana, who is already confirmed for flashbacks in Hong Kong — and will be married in the past, mind you — or someone new? We're guessing, given the Chinese tie-in we'll see with DC Comics femme fatales Cheshire and Lady Shiva before the season is out, but will they be the ones hookin' up with Arrow, and maybe taking him to the dark side?
Related: in the comics, Cheshire takes advantage of Roy Harper, eventually fathering a child with him. We're guessing we may see something similar this season.
6. Which Deadly Villain Reappears?
Easy: it's Count Vertigo, now played by Peter Stormare after Seth Gabel's version of the character died in season two. Stormare is already confirmed to be taking over the role of purveyor of the deadly drug Vertigo, and what would be more insidious than the sudden regrowth of the drug trade while Oliver is otherwise concerned?
7. What's Up With The Merlyns?
Notably absent from the description are Thea Queen (Willa Holland) and her true father, and new series regular Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman). Will they be entirely absent from the premiere, or has the Dark Archer used the summer to train his progeny in the deadly arts?
What are you looking forward to in "Arrow" season three?