Arrow is a television drama based on DC Comics’ hero, Green Arrow, in which Oliver Queen takes up the guise known as “The Arrow” and combats crime in Starling City. With the help of his friends John Diggle, Felicity Smoak, and Roy Harper, he tries to make a difference in his city.
Note: There are spoilers below, so proceed with caution if you have not been watching the show Arrow.
On May 14th, the second season of Arrow concluded in a fantastic season finale. Seasons 1 & 2 of Arrow have been telling one long story, which was concluded in the season two finale. After being stranded on a deserted island for five years (and rising as the Arrow), Oliver returns to Starling City, where his mother Moira and sister, Thea, reside.
In the first season, Oliver establishes his mission, going after several villainous men named on a list his father gave him right before his father died. As he was stopping, and even sometimes killing, these men, he gained the allies John Diggle and Felicity Smoak. Oliver, as the Arrow, eventually gained the respect of Detective Lance, who is also the father of Laurel and Sara Lance (who presumably died when Oliver’s yacht sank). All of this led up to the season one finale where Oliver faces off against Malcolm Merlyn–the mastermind behind it all–who was trained by the League of Assassins and Oliver’s best friend’s father. Malcolm planned to destroy the Glades–a run down part of town where crime abounded–with an earthquake machine, killing thousands of people in the process. During all the chaos, Tommy Merlyn, Oliver’s best friend, dies, and Oliver vows to never kill again.
During season two of Arrow, Oliver Queen begins fighting even more crime as The Arrow. He recruits Roy Harper, Thea’s boyfriend, after Roy is injected with a drug called Mirakuru, which gives him super strength and rapid healing abilities. While stranded on the island, Oliver had seen the drug’s effects and knows that, if not kept under control, Roy could lose his mind to madness. Oliver’s past returns to haunt him when Slade Wilson (a.k.a. Deathstroke) returns, telling Oliver that he promised he would kill the one he loved most. During Oliver’s war with Slade, Sara Lance returns as The Canary, having been trained by the League of Assassins. Oliver, Sara, Diggle, Felicity, and Roy all work together in order to stop Slade. In the last few episodes, Slade kills Oliver’s mother, Moira, and unleashes an army who have all been injected with Mirakuru in order to destroy Starling City. Sara rejoins the League of Assassins in order to get their help to fight Slade’s army. Oliver manages to stop Slade without killing him, and ends up locking him in the new Super MAX prison created by A.R.G.U.S. and Amanda Waller.
The season finale left us with a few cliffhangers and questions about the upcoming season. Here’s a couple things that I would like to see played out in the third season this fall:
1. Throughout the second season we discovered that Thea, Oliver’s sister, is actually the daughter of Malcolm Merlyn, who returns and takes Thea with him out of the city. I believe that Thea will play a big part in this upcoming season, as rumors abound of Thea becoming Cheshire–a lethal martial artist in the comics.
2. Rumors have been floating around that Nightwing, Batman’s first Robin, will be featured in the upcoming season. While it would be really cool to bring in more characters, these rumors were around last year and we still haven’t seen Nightwing in the show. But with the introduction of Barry Allen in season two, we could always see new characters.
3. Speaking of Barry Allen, The Flash will have his own show this fall, which opens up the possibilities of cross-overs between Arrow and The Flash. We already saw the promo for The Flash, in which Oliver Queen speaks to Barry, encouraging him to be a hero. This opens up the potential for even more shows in the future.
4. This doesn’t really have anything to do with this upcoming season, but what I–along with many others–would like to see is an Arrow and The Flash tie-in to DC’s future cinematic universe. Bring Oliver Queen and Barry Allen from the television shows to join the Justice League on the big screen. Warner Brothers seems wishy-washy on this and won’t give us a straight answer. However, it seems obvious that, if they tied the movies and television shows together, the result would be a huge hit.
A date has not been given for the new season of Arrow (or The Flash for that matter). However, we can only assume that it won’t be long before we can sit in front of our televisions and join Oliver Queen and Barry Allen in their super hero worlds once again.