The CW’s two flagship superhero series return this week with all new episodes, and both The Flash and Arrow have a great many mysteries to unravel for fans before the season’s through. On The Flash, we know that there’s a showdown coming with “the Man in Yellow,” who is much closer than anyone else on Team Flash realizes. As for Arrow, there’s Ra’s al Ghul’s offer to Oliver to take over as leader of the League of Assassins, an offer that Oliver likely can’t refuse. So where do we go from here? What secrets are about to be revealed? Some, if not all, was discussed at PaleyFest this past weekend. Spoilers follow obviously.
First up, we will learn the answer to the most important question in Flash lore: how the captured meta-humans in S.T.A.R. Labs are fed and go to the bathroom! Although it’s true, we do actually learn that, that probably wasn’t what fans attending PaleyFest had in mind for answers.
As covered by Entertainment Weekly (via Comic Book Movie) we will see the implications of time travel explored when the series returns, as it’s revealed that “Harrison Wells is just a guy who wants to get home,” said Well’s portrayer Tom Cavanagh.
“We’re definitely talking about the ramifications of time travel,” explained executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. “There are episodes coming up where there is concern of certain events being changed in the past [that] would affect who people are and their relationships with each other. If the past changes, does the present change as well?”
In other news, we will learn that there’s a dark side to Eddie Thawne (“Eddie has an amazing arc over the season and you’re going to be so surprised,” teased Rick Cosnett), Arrow’s Black Canary (Katie Cassidy) will meet a new admirer in Cisco (Carlos Valdes), and we will get teased that Barry will soon have a sidekick of his own. According to executive producer Greg Berlanti, we will get “elements of the Wally West story in season 2.”
The resolution isn’t great, but here’s a look at the teaser screened for Flash fans at PaleyFest:
Speaking of Arrow, that show also revealed its fair share of spoiler news, Provided by TVLine were details about the Arrow panel from the entire main cast members and the series executive producers. And the first thing you’ve got to know about the rest of season three according to star Stephen Amell is, “It’s going to get worse before it gets better.”
Undoubtedly referring to Ra’s offer, and the fallout from Oliver’s answer, the actor noted that “If you know Ra’s and his tactics… you realize that it’s an ‘offer’ in name only. It’s a demand. And if Oliver says no, there will be incredibly dire consequences.”
At the same time though, Amell added, it’s “interesting to have a Big Bad who’s very interested in Oliver staying alive.”
In a potential twist though, there may be another member of Team Arrow that may not make it to the end of the season alive. The Arrowverse blog parsed some clues that seemed to indicate that Roy (Colton Haynes) will be dead by end of year three, possibly in episode 19 in which rumor says that there will be a big death. Why? Well, there are photos of Roy in Arrow’s costume, and the reveal that something is about to happen to make the people of Starling mad at him.
One more thing, Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) are about to learn Arrow’s true identity. That’s nice for Lance since he was the last member of the main cast to know the truth, even if it means that he’s going to be on the outs with Team Arrow for some as yet unknown reasons. But perhaps Captain Lance can make friends with The Flash, since it was confirmed that he will also be heading over the Central City in the near future.
Speaking of crossovers with The Flash, Emily Bett Rickards teased her return to Central City by saying that Felicty will go “go computer-to-computer” with the Bug-Eyed Bandit being played by recent Walking Dead casualty Emily Kinney. “We have a ‘tech-off,'” Rickards says of her first face-off with her new arch-nemesis.
The Flash returns tomorrow night at 8 pm EST, and Arrow is back Wednesday at 8 pm EST on the CW.