The CW has released a new plot synopsis for the third season of Arrow, which has now entered production. It teases the aftermath of The Arrow’s victory over Slade Wilson at the end of last season, making the former vigilante a hero in the eyes of Starling City. However, this looks to be “The Calm” (the title of the season premiere) before the storm as a past villain reemerges. This villain is most likely Malcolm Merlyn, who will serve as a series regular this season. The synopsis also confirms that Quentin Lance survives his injuries at the end of the Season 2 finale, and hints at a plot point that will please Olicity fans. Arrow returns to The CW with “The Calm” on October 8th.
In the aftermath of this victory, Season Three opens with Arrow now a hero to the citizens of Starling. Crime is down, people feel safer, and Captain Lance even calls off the Anti-Vigilante Task Force. Basking in his success, Oliver believes he can finally have a private life and asks Felicity out on a date. But the second Oliver takes his eye off the ball, a deadly villain reappears in Starling, forcing Oliver to realize that he can never be Oliver Queen – not as long as the city needs The Arrow.