The Arrow Season 4 trailer has finally arrived, and we couldn’t have asked for a better first look at the new season.
New characters will be introduced, old ones will be resurrected and even Oliver (Stephen Amell) is getting a makeover. Don’t worry, those abs aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Here’s what else the trailer proves you can look forward to when the show returns.
1. Check out the new lair
Laurel and Diggle have done some redecorating, and the lair is getting more than a fresh coat of paint.
2. There’s a new baddie in town
Laurel talks about some group called The Ghost, which is nothing like the group “has ever seen before.” Not to mention Damien Darhk’s (Neal McDonough) appearance as the Big Bad for the new season. He’s trying to — what else? — eliminate the city.
3. New faces to come
Felicity’s got a new sidekick! His name is Mr. Terrific (Echo Kellum). Constantine‘s Matt Ryan will also be joining the show for one episode to reprise his role in NBC’s short-lived series. The surprising crossover will happen in the fifth episode of the season. He’ll be joined in Season 4 by other newcomers like Jimmy Akingbola as Baron Reiter, Parker Young as Alex Davis, Rutina Wesley as Liza Warner and Elysia Rotaru as another one of Oliver’s flashback love interests.
4. Old faces resurrected
Sara Lance is back, everyone! I can’t be the only one who is brushing aside the fact that they’re using the Lazarus Pit as a clever loophole again — but only because it’s Sara Lance. And we actually get our first glimpse of her return.
5. Thea probably won’t be Thea anymore
Thanks to the Lazarus Pit, girl might actually be evil. She’s at least gone from skilled swordswoman to brutal huntress. That look in her eyes alone could kill.
6. Oliver won’t be the Arrow anymore
Oliver won’t be the Arrow anymore, but don’t worry. He is donning the suit again and, with it, the host of responsibilities that come with protecting his city. He’ll just be a different kind of Arrow: more specifically, the Green Arrow, which signals an important transition for his character.
7. Starling City is gone
No, you didn’t miss some episode where Ra’s Al Ghul actually completes his mission to destroy the city. Rather, like Oliver’s evolution, the city is also changing. It will now be known as Star City, rather than Starling, in memory of Raymond Palmer.
8. Laurel may not be so annoying
Ugh, why is Laurel just so irksome? I feel bad for actress Katie Cassidy that there seems to be no redemption for her character, whose problem isn’t that she’s morally flawed but that she’s more like that friend who always butts into everyone’s business only to make things worse. Could this be the season Laurel actually grows on us as a person? The trailer looks hopeful, since she’s been holding down the fort in Oliver’s absence. Fingers crossed for some character growth.
9. This season will be the lightest yet
I love the fact that Arrow is a little grittier than other comic book shows. Oliver has always been a complicated character dealing with some harsh things. But there will be one huge difference this season that will, no doubt, change everything: He’s actually happy. Thanks to his relationship with Felicity, there’s no doubt we’ll see the most grounded Oliver yet. We better get to enjoy that for at least a few episodes.
Check out the full trailer below.
Arrow Season 4 premieres Wednesday, Oct. 7, on The CW.