When The CW’s Arrow returns this fall for its third season, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) will face a new villainous threat, a villain Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg promises will shake up Oliver’s world in a way that no foe has done before.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Kreisberg previews that season three’s villain will leave Oliver questioning whether or not he’s a hero or killer:
“Slade had a very specific agenda [in season two]—he was out for revenge and had set up this elaborate five-year plot. What’s interesting about the villain in season three is that he doesn’t necessarily disagree with [Oliver]. He doesn’t have any personal animus towards the Arrow, and he actually in some ways has a very similar worldview. [But] the Arrow is thinking too small.
In some ways, as Oliver is struggling with whether or not he can be the Arrow and Oliver at the same time, the villain of season 3 is saying, ‘Being Oliver Queen is what’s holding you back from fulfilling your true destiny.’ So it’s a very interesting dynamic, but it is tied in the same way that Oliver last year was wrestling with, ‘Am I a hero or a killer?’ The theme of identity is tied up very much in how the villain is presented to Oliver.”
In addition to facing a new villain, The Arrow will come face-to-face with a new hero in The Flash‘s Barry Allen, in a crossover event that Kreisberg promises will take the viewers on an two-part adventure that you will not want to miss:
“It’s really going to be an adventure with the Arrow and Flash on both episodes. Watching the two teams come together and fight alongside each other, it’s one of the most fun parts. We just don’t believe in waiting. We really believe in accelerated storytelling and especially for those first nine episodes of the season—for both shows—hopefully we’ve designed it so that none of these [make you say], ‘Well, I missed that one, it’s fine.’”
Arrow returns for its third season Wednesday, October 8 and The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 7 only on The CW.