Arrow Season 7 Spoilers And Teases: Everything We Know
By Chris E. Hayner | @ChrisHayner on
When Arrow returns for Season 7, it's going to be a very different show. After all, the hero is now locked up in prison and the team has, for all intents and purposes, been pulled apart. After Oliver (Stephen Amell) turned himself into the FBI in the Season 6 finale, along with the reveal that big bad Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) had survived his plunge from a rooftop, a new season looked promising.
Now, with Season 7 in production, there's quite a bit about the new episodes that remains unknown. How can the Green Arrow fight crime behind bars--and what becomes of the team left behind? Furthermore, what becomes of his wife and son?
The cast of the CW series descended upon San Diego Comic-Con to spoil as much as they could without giving too much away--new showrunner Beth Schwartz made sure of that, labeling herself "the spoiler police." While most of the big secrets remain just that, speaking to GameSpot and a small group of reporters during a roundtable, Schwartz and her cast shared some very interesting information about what to expect from the new season.
Take a look at the spoilers and teases they were able to reveal, then sound off in the comments with your hopes for Season 7! Arrow returns October 15, when it moves to its new timeslot of Mondays at 8 PM ET.
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Jail isn't treating Oliver well.
At the end of Season 6, Oliver Queen publicly revealed himself as the Green Arrow and faced the consequences. Season 7 will find him in prison for his vigilante crimes, and it's not going smoothly.
"All there is in prison is a bunch of people [he] put in prison," Amell tells GameSpot of his character, during a group interview. "It's not good. It's bad." Among those people, as seen in the first teaser for the new season, is Danny Brickwell (Vinnie Jones) and Derek Sampson (Cody Rhodes.
"There's nothing about him in the premiere. There's nothing about him that's heroic," the actor continues. "It's kinda the opposite, actually. It's really tough. I've enjoyed it. I'm having a good time playing it, but it's been tough."
Schwartz is excited for viewers to see what's become of Oliver behind bars. "I just think the fans are gonna go nuts," she says. "You see Oliver like you've never seen him before. All of our characters are kind of in a new role and trying to figure out how to save the city and honor Oliver's request at the end of Season 6."
Oliver and Felicity are not in contact.
With Felicity taking care of Oliver's son, Amell reveals that his character hasn't actually spoken to either of them during his imprisonment. "[Oliver is] trying to keep his head down, trying to just manage his time," he teases. "Day-by-day, step-by-step. He hasn't had any contact with Felicity or his son. He's just trying, again, head down, press on."
While Oliver has had no contact with Felicity or William in the Season 7 premiere, the same cannot be said for Diggle (David Ramsey). With his closest friend out of commission and behind bars, Dig may be Oliver's only link to the outside world.
"Diggle at the very top, we see there's been a routine over the past several months of him visiting Oliver," Ramsey says. "So you see that at the beginning of 701, that Oliver and Diggle have a lovely relationship, if you can say that. As lovely as you can visiting someone in jail. So yeah, these guys they're, for all intents and purposes, back together."
Diaz is still the big bad.
Arrow has always had something of a routine when it comes to its major villains. By the end of each season, the villain was defeated to make way for whatever comes next. That didn't happen in the Season 6 finale, though. Instead, Ricardo Diaz managed to get away, keeping him as a problem needing to be dealt with.
"We've never done that before, where we're continuing a villain from Season 6 as an unfinished story to Season 7," Schwartz teases. "What I can tell you is he's gonna be different than when we saw him last season, which is exciting." While she wouldn't elaborate on how he'll be different, it'll be the same actor in the role.
Meanwhile, with Oliver in jail, Diggle is the one keeping the hunt alive. "He's still in the trail," Ramsey teases. "He's still on Diaz's trail, which has gone a bit cold. But he's using Argus resources for it."
There are more villains from the comics on the way.
Diaz won't be the only villain what's left of the team comes up against in Season 7. "I'll tell you that we've heard of Longbow Hunters at the end of Season 6 with Diaz," Schwartz says. "I can't really tell you that much more about it. There definitely will be more. There'll be some more comic book characters, definitely, that we'll see this season. I can't tell you which ones."
Let's all hope Arrow finally introduces Onomatopoeia.
Team Arrow will not be donning their masks anytime soon.
Thanks to Oliver's deal with the FBI--the one that sent him to jail while the rest of the team remained free--they're going to be fewer costumed vigilantes roaming the streets in Season 7.
"We can't do anything," Ramsey says. "We can't put on our masks anymore. So that was part of the deal with Watson was that we give up these aliases, and we don't have to do any time. And he will really be the sacrificial lamb."
That's where ARGUS comes in.
With Team Arrow essentially shut down, Diggle is taking advantage of a new role at ARGUS to help with the team's search for Diaz. Unfortunately, they might push the government organization too far.
"I think we use some ARGUS resources to try to track down Diaz," Ramsey says. "And there are some repercussions of that. There are some governmental repercussions of that. ARGUS is a government agency, and they have to answer to some people. So we have to play that story out of just what limits we can place on ARGUS in terms of tracking down Diaz."
Felicity is ready for a fight.
While Felicity and William are in witness protection, that doesn't make them safe. This is Arrow, after all. Still, though Felicity is usually stationed at a computer hacking into anything and everything, this time she's ready to fight.
"I think just like Oliver is watching his back, Felicity is tired of watching hers and might take some action," Rickards teased during the show's Comic-Con panel.
You just might meet Diggle's parents this year.
Though he's been with the show since the beginning, viewers haven't met much of Diggle's family, outside of his wife and brother. That looks to be changing this season, however.
"From what I'm understanding, we are going to get into Diggle's extended family even beyond Lyla," Ramsey hints. "They've been talking about that every season, but there's been real talk about that this season."