Though it’s not in the Top 15 Shows You’re Most Passionate About, the CW’s Arrow is a returning series people are interested in — mostly due to likable headliner, Stephen Amell and our collective desire to scream “Laaaaawwwwrrrrlllll!” whenever Katie Cassidy’s onscreen. Entertaining as his co-stars are (especially Emily Bett Rickards and Paul Blackthorne) Amell’s Oliver Queen really is the series biggest and best draw, especially when he’s facing down villains or other anti-heroes (John Barrowman’s winking and wickedly fun Malcolm Merlyn remains my favorite). And after a quick peek at Arrow’s fourth season trailer, I practically squealed with delight when a certain frighteningly familiar face popped up. But first, there’s an adorable opening with Ollie and Felicity — you almost won’t recognize the sunny introduction scene. No worries; things go dark pretty quickly, but in between the grim faces and new threats, Arrow’s delightful sense of humor peeks through.
Did you catch him? Yep, that’s Justified’s terrifying Neal McDonough aka Robert Quarles
(and Agent Carter/Captain America’s Dum Dum Dugan) taking on the Season 4 big bad, Damien Darhk. A “renegade” former League of Assassins member, Darhk is the leader of H.I.V.E.
Also joining in the fun is Echo Kellum as Curtis (comic name Michael) Holt, aka Mister Terrific, UnREAL’s JR Bourne as Jeremy Tell aka Double Down, Matt Ryan reprising his John Constantine role, and Jeri Ryan as Jessica Danforth.
Arrow returns October 7th.
Apropos of nothing, here’s Amell at Dragon Con: