Arrow returns to CW on Wednesday, October 7 and with it comes a different tone and a lot happening in the world of Oliver Queen. In an interview with EW, executive producer Marc Guggenheim discussed the upcoming season and what fans can expect.
Ever since Slade Wilson came to town around, the show has been on this very, very dark path, leading to Sara’s death and the culmination of season 3. Our goal was to return the show more in the tone of the first season-and-a-half.”
The show obviously won't be going the light-hearted route that The Flash has, but it won't be this dark, sometimes depressing path that the past season has been. Oliver will have a new outlook on life in the upcoming season and the team behind the show is bringing in conflict in a brand new direction. In addition, Diggle and the rest of the Arrow team have been doing a great job at keeping Star City safe up until Damien Darhk and H.I.V.E. show up.
"He’s really pure evil, and he will stop at nothing to achieve his ends. We’re gonna learn that this villain has been operating in town for the past three months. Team Arrow has basically been trying to keep [him] at bay, but then something happens in the season premiere that’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back and it prompts Laurel and Thea to go find Oliver and get him to return."
The show will go back to the idea that it's tough to be hero, as Oliver returns to his duties, according to Guggenheim. Showrunner Wendy Mericle mentioned Matt Ryan's role on the show as John Constantine and how he'll play into his guest starring role as he helps bring Sara back from the dead.
To put it bluntly, she’s more dead. We needed somebody to come in and basically resurrect her and bring her soul back. We were really thrilled that we were able to get Matt Ryan. He’s the perfect character to do it.
It seems the season will be dealing quite a bit more with magic in this season, at least for one episode. Arrow returns to CW on Wednesday, October 7.