‘Arrow’ Season 3: EP talks Olicity date, non-Oliver flashbacks & the new big bad

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When Arrow returns for its third season this October, fans are going to have plenty to be intrigued about.

TVLine caught up with executive producer Greg Berlanti to get scoop from season 3, including Oliver asking Felicity on a date (oh, it’s happening), flashbacks not involving Oliver and the new season’s big bad that will “feel different” from Slade Wilson last season.

On the Olicity date:

As revealed in the official logline for Season 3, “with Arrow now a hero,” crime down in Starling City and while “basking in his success,” “Oliver believes he can finally have a private life and asks Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) out on a date.”

Berlanti told TVLine that rather than standing alone as a brief blurb within a larger logline, there’s a “better context” for the proposition in question.  But yes, it ishappening.

“They’re real characters to us, and they had that conversation on the beach, and they had that conversation in the house to help capture Slade,” Berlanti reminds. “So the question you have to ask is: Does Oliver have real, genuine emotions for her? And how aware is he of that? And how aware does he make her of that? That is an active part of the season this year.”

On flashbacks involving people other than Oliver:

Speaking of the show’s flashback device, Berlanti said that Season 3 will “not just flash back from Oliver’s perspective.” As the hit drama has done on rare occasion with the likes of Laurel and Diggle, “There’s some backstory stuff that’s going to come out for some of the other characters.”

On season’s 3 big bad:

Speaking of the show’s flashback device, Berlanti said that Season 3 will “not just flash back from Oliver’s perspective.” As the hit drama has done on rare occasion with the likes of Laurel and Diggle, “There’s some backstory stuff that’s going to come out for some of the other characters.”

Arrow returns for its third season premiere on Wednesday, October 8 at 8/7c on The CW.

What do you think of these developments? How excited are you for Oliver to ask Felicity out? Who do you think the new big bad is?

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