The wait has been long and nearly unbearable, Arrow fans. I know. The Powers That Be left us with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger last season, after Oliver and Team Arrow all played straight into super villain Prometheus’ hands.
In case you have somehow forgotten the fantastic season 5 finale, Prometheus managed to get everyone Oliver loved and cared about in that godforsaken Lian Yu island, and then proceeded to blow the whole place up with the entire Team Arrow in it. And if that wasn’t traumatizing enough, he did it my killing himself in front of Oliver and his son William, thus triggering a dead man switch.
As if Oliver doesn’t already have enough PTSD to last him a few lifetimes, right?
So with everyone presumed dead, this summer has been a long and tedious game of waiting, because TPTB obviously won’t tell us who made it off the island unscathed. The only ones confirmed so far are Juliana Harkavy’s Dinah — who already has a kickass new suit — and Deathstroke.
While we don’t know much about the fate of our beloved Team Arrow, we already know a bit about the new villains that will make Oliver’s life a living hell this year. Michael Emerson has joined the show in a mysterious new role — and I’ll be honest, I don’t care who he plays; the LOST fan in me is just ridiculously excited to see him again.
Also joining the show are Kirk Acevedo (Fringe, 12 Monkeys) as Arrow‘s own version of DC villain Richard Dragon; and GLOW‘s Sydelle Noel, who will play FBI Agent Samandra Watson. TV Line has recently talked to co-showrunner Wendy Mericle, and she said that “Oliver is going to be in some hot water, in a way we haven’t seen before, and Samandra Watson is going to be spearheading that cause. She’s going to get very close to the truth about what Oliver has been up to.”
On top of that, Oliver will also be adjusting to life as a Dad to a 12-year-old, which I imagine will not be an easy feat. According to Mericle, his journey to help Slade Wilson find his son will also help him figure out how to be a father to William.
“We have this amazing story that is going to tie in with Oliver’s dealings with his own son, as he helps Slade find Joe Wilson”, the co-showrunner teased.
And as a final spoiler tidbit, TV Line also revealed that we will find out who that Vigilante is and, apparently, he is connected to someone in Team Arrow, and that revelation will blow our minds.
It’s time to place your bets, Arrow fans. Who made it off the island? Who is the Vigilante connected to? And just who is this mysterious character Michael Emerson is playing?
Arrow Season 6 premieres on a new time slot, Thursday, October 12, at 9pm on The CW.