Arrow Season 4 is well underway shooting its first episode, and thanks to our Green Arrow, we have our first look at what Oliver and Felicity have been up to away from Starling City!
Stephen Amell must have thought today was a good day to send the Arrow fandom into hysteria because, via his Facebook page, he gave us our first Season 4 TEASE! In Stephen's Facebook post accompanied by a photo he wrote:
Sneak Peak at Season 4.
The Season 4 tease photo shows Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen) and co-star Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak) donning huge smiles in front of a gorgeous backdrop! The pair, or Olicity as fans affectionately named them, look to be standing on an exotic mountaintop somewhere far from the Star City they left behind in the Arrow Season 3 finale.
So what does this teaserific photo mean for Arrow Season 4? To me it looks like a photographic memento of Oliver and Felicity's travels over the 5 or so month hiatus in between Season 3 and 4. Both Stephen Amell and Emily Bett confirmed at Comic-Con recently that Oliver and Felicity are traveling, taking in new scenery together and enjoying leaving the crime-fighting behind, living the life Oliver believed he would never have. After they drove off into the sunset together, and Oliver officially gave up the Arrow identity he'd clung to for so long, the two seem to have visited some spectacular spots together and are very happy about it. I don't remember the last time we got a smile out of Oliver Queen quite like the one in the picture! Makes me super excited for the lighter tone in Season 4 as we welcome Green Arrow!
Also, the photo Stephen posted is a photo of a photo, and my guess is this photo is hanging in wherever Felicity and Oliver will be settled down in the beginning of Season 4.
Question lingering on everyone's mind is what will bring Felicity and Oliver out of their domestic state of bliss and back to Star City? Laurel, Thea, and Diggle promised to hold it down so that Oliver could leave his life as a vigilante behind, so something pretty big and important must happen to bring the lovebirds back suddenly. So what exactly puts Oliver in the Green Arrow suit? Could it be the new big bad in town, Damien Darhk? Arrow EP Marc Guggenheim recently told Entertainment Weekly:
“He (Oliver) entrusted Laurel, Diggle, and Thea to mind the fort. Damien represents a threat that three heroes are not enough to combat,”
Damien Darhk will bring a new kind of threat to Star City, as he is not type of villain Arrow fans are used to. Marc says Damien has no justifiable reason for his evil deeds the way most past Arrow villains did, trying to do good with a little bit of bad. Justified and Captain America actor Neal McDonuogh has been cast as the villain with no moral compass and I think he has just the look for the part!
It was rumored that Damien Darhk could end up being the illusive and mysterious father of Felicity Smoak, who will also be coming into play this season, but nothing has been confirmed.
While this Season 4 teaser photo is absolutely perfect, another question is what has Team Arrow been up to? Where will we find Laurel, who finally gained Oliver's approval as the Black Canary, Thea, who now goes by Speedy, and Diggle, who broke our bromance hearts when he couldn't forgive Oliver's actions in endangering Lyla? Which one of them will be the one to make the call to Oliver and Felicity to ask for their return and get Oliver back into a mask? My guess is Diggle, despite the fact that Oliver is the last person he wants to see.
Speaking of Diggle, can we talk about his identity concealment? Because I am super stoked for it! About time! This incredible Diggle fan art by superhero artist Bosslogic just gets me more pumped!