With the fourth installment of the CW hit series Arrow coming this October, speculation on what fans can expect to see has been running rampant across the internet. From Oliver officially donning the title of Green Arrow to John Diggle becoming DC's hero the Guardian, it seems like we are going to have a very thrilling season. But before we get into, let's review what we know so far.
Oliver and Felicity Will Return
After season 3's anticlimactic ending where the couple rides off into the sunset, leaving the hero life behind, fans have been wondering how Oliver could return to Starling City as a hero. Rest assure fans - he will be coming back, as shown in our first look at DC's new spin-off series Legends of Tomorrow.
As for Felicity, Emily Bett Rickards, who plays the tech savy love interest of Oliver, is filming for the fourth season currently, so we know she will be back.
Oliver Queen is The Green Arrow
Thanks to San Diego Comic-Con, we now have an official picture of Oliver Queen as the Green Arrow. It's about time!
John Diggle to Become the Guardian
While nothing official has been announced as to what title Diggle will be taking for his superhero alias, the season 3 finale hinted heavily that he will be getting a mask of his own. The character most fans (including myself) have been thinking he will become is the Guardian. For more information on why this is probably going to happen, click here: https://moviepilot.com/posts/2015/07/09/arrow-season-4-which-hero-will-john-diggle-become-3368817?lt_source=external,manual
Damien Darhk and H.l.V.E.
For those of you who don't know about the casting of Damien Darhk, check out my article on the subject:
Last season, fans got a little taste of what to expect from season 4 of Arrow when Ra's Al-Ghul told Oliver about his former friend and league member Damien Darhk. Darhk departed from the league after he wasn't chosen as the next Ra's Al-Ghul, taking with him his very own Lazarus Pit (you know, the hot tub from hell that can revive people and make them essentially live forever). While the casting for Damien Darhk reveals that he definitely used the pit himself (he looks way to young to be as old as he's supposed to be), we have seen that the pit can be used on anyone (like Thea Queen and Sara Lance). Ra's also gave fans something they've been waiting to hear - that Damien Darhk is the leader of H.I.V.E. - the organization that hired DeadShot to kill Diggle's brother, Andy. While the motive behind Andy's murder is still unclear, it is no coincidence that Diggle is becoming a hero the same time his brother's killer is coming into the fold.
Andy Diggle May Return As...the Villain Private H.I.V.E.?
While nothing is confirmed on this, it would make sense for Darhk to revive Andy with the Lazarus Pit, and most likely have Andy become Private H.I.V.E. Here's why:
1. Diggle is becoming a hero - most likely, the Guardian. He will be pursuing Darhk and his organization to take them down, thus making him a threat to Darhk. With Darhk making his next move (we don't know what that is yet, but it can't be good for Starling), he's going to need to distract our heroes. Reviving Andy Diggle and using him as a tool to distract the heroes would be a great way to execute his plans with no interruptions.
2. Darhk and his own organization are in posession a Lazarus Pit, and since he no longer has the league to comprise his army, he'll need some people on his team. Reviving the dead under his control is probably the best way to build an army without anyone noticing. And again, we don't know what his motive was for killing Andy or how he built his organization so fast. But that brings us to my next point:
3. H.I.V.E. Darhk's organization he built from the ground up, H.I.V.E. is going to be a huge threat this season. Originating from the comics, the organization has been home to some of DC's most notorious villains. But one in particular stands out - Private H.I.V.E. Appearing in the Teen Titans animated series, Private H.I.V.E. is the evil version of the Guardian (giving even more validation to Diggle becoming the Guardian). He even bears an identical costume to the Guardian, including the helmet and shield. The only difference between the two is that the Private bears the H.I.V.E. crest on his belt, chest and center of his shield.
4. Private H.I.V.E. and the Guardian both have military training that make them incredibly adept in combat and tactical skills. Hmm...don't both John and Andy Diggle have military training? Wasn't Andy hired as private security? You can see where this is going.
While nothing is confirmed about John or Andy Diggle becoming a hero and villain, respectively, there are a lot of signs pointing us in that direction. Arrow season 4 premieres October 11, 2015 at 8 o'clock on the CW.