Arrow Press Room at Comic-Con 2015: The Cast Teases New Beginnings for Season 4by Clarissa / July 11, 2015
Arrow stars Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen), Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak), Willa Holland (Thea Queen), Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance), Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance) and John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn) visited the press room at Comic-Con to tease Oliver and Felicity’s new domestic life, a revamped League of Assassins and the new team that’s protecting Starling City.
A new chapter. Amell thinks that the first chapter of Oliver’s story has come to an end, even if it took three seasons to accomplish that. After all, his character literally drove off into the sunset. But while Oliver’s first chapter has come to a close, the other core characters of the show are beginning a new chapter themselves. They have all graduated to where we found Oliver at the series premiere of Arrow.
Domestic Oliver. Arrow will be revisiting Coast City in the beginning of the season and Oliver will “meet an old friend”. There will be more wrinkles to Oliver’s personality that are far more similar to what Amell is actually like. That being said, when the season opens we’ll see Oliver running again, as he’s been running in every season premiere. But this is a new Oliver. Oliver tends to come into each season with a new skill set and he will have one this year, but this time it’s entirely related to domestic living. Oliver is almost “entirely at peace”. We see that in him emotionally and Amell says that he pitched an idea where we will actually see a literal physical change that shows he has moved past some of the things that happened to him over the past years.
How is Felicity adjusting to her new life? Rickards believes that Felicity’s emotional security is stronger than it ever was before. She also thinks that the push-pull with Olivier and Ray on top of all of the secret life thing was very taxing on Felicity last season. So she appreciates that Felicity feels stronger and more emotionally stable right now. But will she want to get back to her old life? “I feel like when we find her again, we see her with a void. And I don’t know that she necessarily knows exactly what it is yet. But I do feel that this life that she’s chosen, she didn’t realize how much she appreciated her purpose and what strength it was giving her to have this new dynamic in helping people and how good it was making her feel. I think that when you go away and you live your happy life for a little bit and you escape, you can get bored because there’s not the testing or the obstacles and maybe she’s not helping people in the way she wants to.”
The introduction of Damien Darhk. Amell admitted that Oliver “knows precious little” about Damien, but this new character will bring elements to Starling City that will, he believes, help fuel the flashback story for Oliver this year.
The new team. Back in Starling City, a new trio is learning to come together as heroes. Holland says that Thea and Laurel have always had kind of a sisterly relationship and there will be more exploration of that. In last two episodes of season 3, Thea was also introduced to more of Diggle’s home life and emily. Previously, she never had much of a relationship with him, but now that she’s aware of everything that’s going on and the new team is working together, there’s going to be more of a bond between Thea, Laurel and Diggle.
The new League of Assassins. The League of Assassins will be different than it was under the old Ra’s. Barrowman joked that League will start having “Casual Fridays”, but he also hinted that members may be infiltrating in new areas and you won’t even know they are there.
A father’s pride. How will Malcolm react to Thea’s new role as a superhero? Barrowman thinks that he would be very proud, but he’s still incredibly protective of her. “He’ll allow her to blossom and do her thing, but there will always be that protective realm over Thea. However, there is somebody else in the realm that I would really like [to see] and I think we’re going to see that relationship be opened up and looked into.”
A stronger Laurel. We know from Laurel’s journey last year that she’s obviously a fighter and has a lot of heart. When we see her in season 4, she’ll be “a lot more polished”. She’s been training and working on her skills and we will see her “become even stronger”. Apparently producer Andrew Kreisberg has told Cassidy that Laurel is someone who always sees the light at the end of a tunnel and sees the positive in everything and Cassidy thinks “that she’s going to be a big part of the creation of Legends”.
The Lance family. Blackthorne thinks that Laurel and Quentin will be on better terms next season. They will have come to the realization that they’ve all messed up and will have a desire to move on. Expect to see them in a better place.
Arrow will return for its fourth season on Wednesday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.