Arrow Spoilers

Arrow @ Comic-Con: Multiple Big Bads, Oliver's Daddy Issues and More Scoop

The Arrow cast and producers weren’t giving away intel about who did or didn’t survive that Lian Yu explosion during the show’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday — but they did drop some scoop about Season 6.

Read on to find out who’s getting the flashback treatment, how Oliver is faring as a dad, who’s the new thorn in team Arrow’s side and more.

* In keeping with next season’s found-family theme, a “villainous cabal” rather than a single foe will torment Oliver & Co. throughout the season. As reported here, Michael Emerson (Person of Interest) will be part of the group, and Anatoly will also return “with a literal vengeance,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim previewed. “You can also expect a really cool announcement [about] Richard Dragon from the comics, who will also be among our villains.”

* Oliver is “not the best dad,” Stephen Amell admitted. “My first day on Season 6, it was all with Jack [Moore], who plays William.” Although the two had shared scenes before, “we had never really acted together, and I was really legitimately nervous. He exceeded my expectations, and I’m loving my scenes with him. But yeah, he’s a s–t dad.”

* Season 6’s occasional flashbacks will be character-specific. In addition to his appearance in the season opener, Manu Bennett’s Slade is “also coming back for a special two-part episode in the first half of the season, where we’re really going to be focusing hard on his character, post-everything he’s experienced on the show,” Guggenheim revealed. “We intend to do a Slade Wilson flashback story.”

* “I’m so excited to be back. It feels like I never left,” returning series regular Katie Cassidy said. “It’s interesting, the dynamic between Black Siren and the other characters. It’s exactly opposite to Laurel or Black Canary.” Added Amell: “You come in like a wrecking ball.”

* As for Vigilante’s mysterious identity, “you can probably expect that whoever is underneath that mask is a face that is familiar to you,” Guggenheim teased.

* Kacey Rohl will reprise her role as Helix hacker Alena.

Arrow Season 6 premieres on its new night: Thursday, Oct. 12 at 9/8c on The CW.

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  1. lilyb says:

    I wasn’t looking forward to the William storyline, and now even less so with the talk of Oliver being a terrible dad. I know that’s part of the journey and he’ll learn, but I still don’t wanna watch it. Disappointing. The rest sounds pretty promising though.

    • Dj says:

      Yeah I am not feeling the William story. I just dont care at all about seeing Oliver be father.

    • WS says:

      I agree.. Oliver doesnt need a kid. Hope he gets killed or shipped off to an orphanage before too long.

    • Lizzie says:

      Same. William was poorly developed and basically a plot point so I’m not hopeful they’re gonna write it better. That’s one of the reasons the S5 finale didn’t work for me because I just didn’t care about William at all. I can hope for the best but not holding my breath.

  2. kld says:

    Agreed. No interest in a kid storyline. S4 still haunts everything.

  3. Joey Padron says:

    Good scoop about the new season. Good there will be a bunch of big bads. Good news Anatoly will be in the new season and Slade will be in season 6. I can’t wait to see the new season!

  4. GambitGrey says:

    Why do I get the feeling Thea is Vigilante?