There have been a lot of shakeups in Arrowverse lately. As we wrote when Paul Blackthorne‘s exit from the show was announced, Willa Holland left the show as Thea absconded with Colton Haynes‘ Roy to destroy Lazarus Pits. Then Diggle (David Ramsey) said goodbye to being a member of Team Arrow (though he’s still on the show, for now). Next, EP Marc Guggenheim admitted that he and his writers “miscalculated” how much viewers would care about the Newbies in their struggle against Oliver’s leadership, a storyline that dragged on for far too long.
That same day, the series announced that Haynes would be returning as Roy (without Thea though?) to help bolster the show’s roster of early seasons characters. Not long after that, it was revealed that Guggenheim and fellow EP Wendy Mericle would be leaving their showrunning duties behind (with Guggenheim now acting as a consultant, and Mericle moving over to ABC). Arrow Season 7 will therefore have a new showrunner in Beth Schwartz, a former assistant to super-producer Greg Berlanti who said for Arrow, Schwartz “has been a source of some of the show’s most exciting and memorable moments from the beginning.”
This new trailer isn’t too bad. We see Oliver dealing with life as an incarcerated man, and a Star City wrestling with life without vigilantes…until a new hooded vigilante who uses arrows appears on the scene. If I had to guess, the man beneath the hood is Roy, but maybe the show will surprise us! Either way, they’ve got some fresh storylines in mind, and there’s no sign of Arrow fading away any time soon.
With all of those swaps and switches in mind (as well as some context for the mystery of the Longbow Hunters), check out the new trailer below:
Arrow returns Mondays this fall on The CW; check out the series synopsis:
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea. He returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs done by his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, he protects his city with the help of former soldier John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer-science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), former protégé Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), street-savvy Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez) and meta-human Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy). Oliver will find himself vulnerable in a way unlike ever before when a mysterious new enemy begins to unravel his work as Green Arrow, forcing him to redeem his name or risk losing everything. Based on the characters from DC, ARROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Supergirl”), Beth Schwartz and Sarah Schechter (“The Flash,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”).