In the surprising conclusion of Arrow Season 6, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) revealed himself to Star City as The Green Arrow, and was also arrested and sent to prison. Cast and producers of The CW/Warner Bros. Television's hit DC series elaborated on what's in store for Oliver at Slabside Maximum Security Prison during Arrow's 2018 Comic-Con panel today. As for how the new season will start, star Amell hopes that it "pisses" fans off, which should really tell you where Season 7 of Arrow is heading.
Now that Oliver Queen is locked up, he will come face to face with many of his former enemies, including Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White), Derek Sampson (Cody Runnels) and Danny "Brick" Brickwell (Vinnie Jones). With all three held in Slabside, Oliver will be forced to confront these and other villains he locked up. The new trailer for Arrow takes place after a 5-month time jump where Oliver has spent 5 months in jail. While there, vigilantes have been inactive and a new Green Arrow has emerged. Could it be Roy?
In addition, Team Arrow, if and when they come back, will come up against The Longbow Hunters, a legendary group of assassins recruited by Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) to enact his revenge on Oliver and the team after they took down his burgeoning criminal empire in Season 6. A trio of villains more lethal than any the team has faced, The Longbow Hunters include, Diaz, Red Dart (Holly Elissa), a ruthless and precise killer, Kodiak (Michael Jonsson), a beast of a man with brute force, and Silencer (Miranda Edwards) a master of stealth.
The original Longbow Hunters were out to kill Green Arrow in the comic books. However, three of the new Longbow Hunters in Season 7 of Arrow are new characters, so it's not immediately clear what the storyline will be in regard to Oliver Queen. If the Silencer is from the comic story, she is the assassin for Talia al Ghul, which could be what brings her on board to join the group. The Longbow Hunters will all want to be hunting down Oliver, but it's not clear what their backstories will be.
Team Arrow seems to have gone away in the time that Oliver Queen has been behind bars, which will make it difficult for the Longbow Hunters to find them. But, a new Green Arrow is on the scene to make their lives a little bit more complicated. Arrow returns for its seventh season on October 15th in its new Monday 8PM time slot on The CW. Based on the DC characters, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Beth Schwartz, and Sarah Schechter. Arrow is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. You can check out the brand-new San Diego Comic-Con trailer for Season 7 of Arrow below, from the CW Network YouTube channel.