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Arrow Season 4 Netflix
Arrow Season 4 will arrive on Netflix on October 5th.
Arrow Season 4 Blu-ray Details
Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season hit Blu-ray and DVD on August 30th. Here are the special features…
- ALL 23 one-hour episodes plus Flash crossover
- Star Crossed Hawks featurette
- Star Crossed Hawks: The Hunt for Vandal Savage featurette
- Smooth Criminal: The Damien Darhk Story featurette
- Arrow: 2015 Comic-Con Panel
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
Arrow Season 4 Episodes
We’ll put all the details on Arrow season 4 episodes here as they become available. Click the titles to go to the full reviews.
Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity’s (Emily Bett Rickards) blissful getaway is cut short when Thea (Willa Holland) and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) pay them a visit and tell Oliver they need his help back in Star City. The city has been attacked by “Ghosts,” assassins led by a dangerous man named Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough). However, when Oliver returns, Diggle (David Ramsey) makes it very clear that he doesn’t want Oliver on the team.
Thor Freudenthal directed the episode written by Greg Berlanti & Beth Schwartz. (#401)
Original airdate: 10/7/15
When an old family friend, Jessica Danforth (guest star Jeri Ryan), tells Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Thea (Willa Holland) that she is going to run for mayor, both Queens are concerned considering the last three mayors have been murdered. Despite their protests, Jessica makes her announcement so the Green Arrow and Speedy vow to protect her. Meanwhile, Thea begins to exhibit effects from the Lazarus Pit. In addition, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is faced with a tough business decision and looks to one of her employees, Curtis Holt (guest star Echo Kellum), for help.
John Behring directed the episode written by Marc Guggenheim & Keto Shimizu (#402).
Original airdate 10/14/2015.
The growing tension between Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Diggle (David Ramsey) puts both their lives at risk when they go after Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough) and a H.I.V.E. deployed meta-human. Meanwhile, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) talks Thea (Willa Holland) into returning to Nanda Parbat to ask her father (John Barrowman) to put Sara (guest star Caity Lotz) into the Lazarus Pit. However, Laurel is surprised when Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) refuses to do it.
Wendey Stanzler directed the episode written by Wendy Mericle & Speed Weed (#403).
Laurel (Katie Cassidy) must deal with the repercussions of taking Sara (guest star Caity Lotz) to Nanda Parbat. Meanwhile, Oliver (Stephen Amell) asks Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) for a favor and while he’s not surprised at the response, he is surprised at what he finds out next.
Lexi Alexander directed the episode written by Beth Schwartz & Ben Sokolowski (#405).
Original airdate 10/28/2015.
When things take a turn for the worse with Sara (guest star Caity Lotz), Oliver (Stephen Amell) calls in a favor from an old friend who deals in the mystical, John Constantine (guest star Matt Ryan).
John Badham directed the episode written by Brian Ford Sullivan & Oscar Balderrama.
Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is frantic when she learns that Ray (guest star Brandon Routh) is alive and being held by Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough). Felicity’s guilt over not finding Ray sooner causes tension between her and Oliver (Stephen Amell). Meanwhile, Sara (guest star Caity Lotz) joins Laurel (Katie Cassidy), Thea (Willa Holland) and the team on a rescue mission for Ray. However, the effects of the Lazarus Pit take over and threaten to jeopardize the entire operation. Donna Smoak (guest star Charlotte Ross) returns to Star City.
Antonio Negret directed the episode written by Beth Schwartz & Emilio Ortega Aldrich (#406).
Original airdate 11/11/2015.
Team Green Arrow’s ongoing battle with Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) is complicated by a shocking revelation. Thea’s (Willa Holland) bloodlust returns and she loses control in front of Alex (guest star Parker Young). James Bamford directed the episode written by Speed Weed & Keto Shimizu (407).
Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen (guest star Grant Gustin) take Kendra Saunders (guest star Ciara Renée) and Carter Hall (guest star Falk Henstchel) to a remote location to keep them hidden from Vandal Savage (guest star Casper Crump) while they figure out how to defeat him. Malcolm (John Barrowman) arranges a meeting between Vandal, Green Arrow and The Flash that doesn’t go as planned. Meanwhile, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), Thea (Willa Holland), Diggle (David Ramsey) and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) work with Team Flash to come up with a weapon powerful enough to destroy Vandal Savage. Thor Freudenthal directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim and teleplay by Brian Ford Sullivan & Marc Guggenheim (#408). Original airdate 12/2/2015.
Oliver makes a bold move against HIVE when the city is attacked. Meanwhile, Malcolm checks in on Thea and leaves her with a warning; and things take a horrible turn when Damien Darhk retaliates in a brutal manner at Oliver’s mayoral holiday party.
THE AFTERMATH — Oliver (Stephen Amell) must deal with the devastating consequences of Darhk’s (guest star Neal McDonough) last attack. Seeking revenge, Oliver goes on a brutal manhunt looking for Dahrk. Jesse Warn directed the episode written by Oscar Balderrama & Sarah Tarkoff (#410). Original airdate 1/20/2016.
DIGGLE VS. SHADOWSPIRE — Diggle (David Ramsey) must learn to trust his brother Andy (guest star Eugene Byrd) when an enemy of their wartime past, an agent of the criminal organization Shadowspire, pays a visit to Star City. However, Diggle learns more than he bargained for about their shared time at war. Meanwhile, Oliver (Stephen Amell) has to learn a whole new way of life. Charlotte Brandstrom directed the episode written by Brian Ford Sullivan & Emilio Ortega Aldrich (#411). Original airdate 1/27/2016.
ROY HARPER RETURNS; NYSSA MAKES HER MOVE — The team faces off against a formidable villain nicknamed The Calculator (guest star Tom Amandes). Meanwhile, Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) makes her move and Roy Harper (guest star Colton Haynes) returns to Star City. Kevin Fair directed the episode written by Speed Weed & Beth Schwartz (#412). Original airdate 2/3/2016.
NYSSA MAKES OLIVER AN OFFER – Oliver (Stephen Amell) receives an offer from Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) that is hard to refuse. Meanwhile, Thea (Willa Holland) continues to battle the blood lust, Malcolm (John Barrowman) steps in to help his daughter, and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) has a heart to heart talk with Nyssa. Gordon Verheul directed the episode written by Ben Sokolowski & Keto Shimizu (#413).
Original airdate 2/10/2016.
SECRETS AND LIES — Oliver (Stephen Amell) and team uncover HIVE’s plan to take out Team Arrow once and for all. With HIVE’s next attack imminent, Lance (Paul Blackthorne) wonders if Donna (guest star Charlotte Ross) is safer without him in her life. Meanwhile, with the wedding fast approaching, Oliver begins to feel guilty that he hasn’t told Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) about his son. James Bamford directed the episode written by Wendy Mericle & Oscar Balderrama (#414).
Original airdate 2/17/16.
VIXEN JOINS TEAM ARROW – Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes he needs help battling Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough) so he calls in an old friend – Vixen (guest star Megalyn E.K.). Using her magical ability to summon animal powers, Vixen gets a lock on Darhk’s location and the team goes to war. Meanwhile, Thea (Willa Holland) has a heart-to-heart talk with Malcolm (John Barrowman). Gregory Smith directed the episode with story by Marc Guggenheim and teleplay by Keto Shimizu & Brian Ford Sullivan (#415).
Original airdate 2/24/16.
A heartbroken Cupid (guest star Amy Gumenick) returns to Star City with one goal – to destroy anyone in love. The team learns she’s killing couples on their wedding day so Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) decide to pose as bait.
air date: March 23rd
Brie Larvan (guest star Emily Kinney) breaks out of jail and turns up at Palmer Tech threatening to kill everyone unless she gets the bio-chip that is implanted in Felicity’s (Emily Bett Rickards) spine. When Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes that Felicity, Thea (Willa Holland) and Donna (guest star Charlotte Ross) are trapped in Palmer Tech with everyone else, he looks to a surprising ally to help Team Arrow save the day.
air date: March 30th
Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Diggle (David Ramsey) learn that Merlyn (John Barrowman) is going to try to break Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough) out of prison. Meanwhile, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) gets a surprising offer and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) has a heart-to-heart talk with Curtis (guest star Echo Kellum). Rob Hardy directed the episode written by Marc Guggenheim & Keto Shimizu (#418).
air date: April 6th
Oliver (Stephen Amell) and the team struggle to come to terms with Laurel’s (Katie Cassidy) death, especially Diggle (David Ramsey) who is overwhelmed with guilt for choosing to believe Andy (guest star Eugene Byrd) had changed. Meanwhile, Lance (Paul Blackthorne) refuses to believe his daughter is really gone and asks Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) to help bring her back. A recent Black Canary sighting in Star City only seems to prove his theory that Laurel isn’t actually dead.
air date: April 27th
As Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) look for a magical solution to defeat Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough), a vengeance-driven Diggle (David Ramsey) gets a lead on Andy’s (guest star Eugene Byrd) whereabouts and heads off to confront his brother. Meanwhile, Alex (guest star Parker Young) takes Thea (Willa Holland) on a vacation that quickly turns into a nightmare. Gregory Smith directed the episode written by Oscar Balderrama & Emilio Ortega Aldrich (#420).
air date: May 4th
When Team Arrow learns what Damien Darhk’s (guest star Neal McDonough) next move is Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) realizes she needs to ask her father, Noah Kuttler (guest star Tom Amandes), for help. Noah and Oliver (Stephen Amell) have a heart to heart talk that leaves Oliver rattled. Kevin Tancharoen directed the episode written by Speed Weed & Jenny Lynn (#421).
air date: May 11th
Following the shocking events in the previous episode, Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Diggle (David Ramsey) race to rescue Thea (Willa Holland), while Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), Curtis (Echo Kellum) and Noah (guest star Tom Amandes) join together to stop Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough). Glen Winter directed the episode written by Brian Ford Sullivan & Oscar Balderrama (#422).
air date: May 18th
Oliver (Stephen Amell) teams up with a surprising force in an attempt to stop Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough) and his magic once and for all. John Behring directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti and teleplay by Wendy Mericle and Marc Guggenheim (#423).
air date: May 25th
We’ve got more Arrow season 4 details if you keep going…
Arrow Season 4 Trailer
We’ll start off with the sizzle reel that came out of Dragon Con.
Watch it here…
This gave us our first look at Neal McDonough as the mysterious Damian Darhk, the return of Matt Ryan as John Constantine, Diggle’s new costume, Speedy fighting crime, and Echo Kellum as Michael Holt…who will soon be known as Mister Terrific. Well, I don’t know how soon, but you get the idea.
Here are some other trailers…
A new Arrow season 4 promo teases Oliver’s trials when he returns as Green Arrow to fight Damien Darhk, the season’s big bad. Darhk, of course, was teased last year during Oliver’s battle against the League of Assassins. Darhk was Ra’s al Ghul’s banished rival who operated in the shadows of Starling City throughout last season.
Check out the trailer below…
Here’s a pretty hefty Arrow season 4 trailer from New York Comic-Con…
Arrow Season 4 Villains
The name has been kicking around the internet for awhile, but the Arrow episode “Al Sah-Him” confirmed it. Damian Darhk will be the villain of Arrow season four. In the comics Damien Darhk is a pretty minor Teen Titans villain, but they’ve been putting a new spin on him for Arrow.
Here’s the official description of Damian Darhk:
Damien Darhk is a mysterious and sophisticated villain, and an adversary of the late Ra’s Al Ghul. Now the leader of his own clandestine group, this cunning foe will prove to be one of the Arrow’s greatest challenges.
He’ll be played by Neal McDonough (Dum Dum Dugan to you Marvel fans!). On the introduction of Damien Darhk, Guggenheim teased:
He’s really pure evil, and he will stop at nothing to achieve his ends. We’re gonna learn that this villain has been operating in town for the past three months. Team Arrow has basically been trying to keep [him] at bay, but then something happens in the season premiere that’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back and it prompts Laurel and Thea to go find Oliver and get him to return.
Ra’s al Ghul told Oliver about Damian, a man who thought he should head the League of Assassins, and then took off with their secrets and some waters from the Lazarus Pit to form his own organization. We know that organization is HIVE, which in the comics is known for having some super awesome technology. So Arrow season four may have a villain as devious and physically capable as Ra’s al Ghul, but with sci-fi technology to back it up.
As for what HIVE might want David Ramsey (John Diggle) told E! Online:
“From my understanding, H.I.V.E. is going to be a big part of next season’s big baddie…We are going to delve right into why H.I.V.E. hired Deadshot to kill Andy and what H.I.V.E. is all about to begin with. There will be a lot of Diggle’s connection to H.I.V.E. next season so stay tuned.”
The HIVE connection has been teased since season two, and their name has popped up from time to time in season three.
I originally thought that perhaps this “Damian” was referring to Damian Wayne. Arrow has an ongoing flirtation with Batman mythology, and it’s never been more obvious than during season three, which chose Ra’s al Ghul as the baddie of the year. But even before that, the League of Assassins (that’s the League of Shadows to you Batman Begins fans) was a major presence in season two, which also showed us a hint of Harley Quinn, introduced minor Bat-villain the Dollmaker, and so on down the line.
I was dead wrong, of course. There’s never been so much as a mention of Gotham City, let alone Batman, on this show. But if they had decided to use Damian Wayne, perhaps a teenaged Damian Wayne who has never met his father, it would set up the possibility that perhaps Batman has been operating quietly in the shadows for years. Perhaps he even retired before Oliver put on a hood.
Anyway, that ain’t happening.
John Barrowman will definitely be back for Arrow season 4, which means we haven’t seen the last of the League of Assassins either. Mr. Barrowman was at the Amazing Las Vegas Con where he told the crowd that filming begins in July (probably right after SDCC) and that he has finalized his deal to return. He gave some other little hints as well (thanks to ComicBook.com for this):
“I’m very excited about going back, I can’t tell you anything because I do know a bit about what’s going to happen. But if you love Malcolm Merlyn, if you love Oliver Queen, if you love Thea Queen, if you love the Canary sisters, and I say that with a bit of a twist and a joke in it, you’re going to love what’s going to happen across the DC world.”
Baron Blitzkrieg is part of the list of new villains for Arrow season 4. THR reports that British actor Jimmy Akingbola (Holby City) has been cast as the villain of the flashback sequences, who is the leader of a faction called Shadowspire in the comics.
It should be clear, though, that Akingbola will not be playing a Nazi supervillain on this show. “We took the name Baron Reiter without any intention of turning him into Baron Blitzkrieg,” Marc Guggenheim told Entertainment Weekly. “We never planned on actually telling a story about a bad guy who is a Nazi…In fact, when people meet this character, he’s not German, he’s not a Nazi, he doesn’t subscribe to any Nazi philosophies. We were attracted to an organization that actually in the comics had been associated with Deathstroke called Shadowspire. In the comics, Baron Reiter became associated with Shadowspire.”
Shadowspire first appeared in Deathstroke Vol. 1 #53 (1995). The Baron’s operatives included Steelhawk, Kodrescu, Mourn I and Mourn II. No word as of yet whether we’ll see those guys in season 4, too.
JR Bourne (Teen Wolf) played Double Down, a pretty minor Flash villain who has…ummm…tattoos of playing cards that he can use as weapons.
Falling Skies‘ Ryan Robbins found a home on another genre show…Arrow! Robbins plays Conklin, “a sadistic and ruthless member of Shadowspire who will be an adversary for Oliver (Stephen Amell) in the flashback sequences.”
Shadowspire is the criminal organization that will be annoying Ollie during the flashbacks, which presumably will also have some ties to Coast City. Another new Arrow season 4 antagonist Baron Reiter (not Baron Blitzkreig, as the producers have been quick to point out) is also a member.
Arrow Season 4 New Characters
Mr. Terrific is coming to Arrow season 4! Echo Kellum (Ben and Kate) will play Curtis Holt, an employee of Palmer Technologies. Entertainment Weekly first reported the news.
As you might imagine from someone working at Palmer Technologies, Holt has a tremendous intellect and inventor, but he’s also got the athletic chops for superheroing. No word on when we’ll see him in costume, but it sounds like it will happen this season.
Here’s a look at his comic book version…
While we’re at it, another secondary Batman villain, Anarky, also joined the party. Anarky was recently seen on the short-lived Beware the Batman cartoon series. He might not be quite the character you know from the comics this time, as he’s described as “an elite criminal for hire.”
Anarky is played by Alexander Calvert.
True Blood‘s Rutina Wesley was this world’s version of “Lady Cop.”
Elysia Rotaru is a new love interest for Oliver. Don’t worry, though, Olicity fans…it’s just for the flashback sequences. So, y’know, expect her to die horribly before the season ends or something. (via THR)
Jeri Ryan is Jessica Danforth. This may be the same character from an earlier leaked casting description:
“a mayoral candidate who is deeply committed to her city and willing to risk her life to stand up for the people…a peer and an old friend of the late Moira Queen, and was once close with Oliver and Thea. She is also a mother, and cares for her daughter above all else.”
Access Hollywood says that “Her political ambitions will place her in the crosshairs of a menacing antagonist.” While it sounds like she’s on the side of the angels, things are never as they seem in Starling City, especially when it comes to politics (see: Sebastian Blood) or anyone who was tight with Moira Queen.
Arrow Season 4 Storyline
Here’s the official synopsis for the season…
“After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. He returned home to Starling City, bent on righting the wrongs of his family and fighting injustice. To do this, he created the persona of the Arrow and allied himself with former military man John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer-science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), billionaire inventor Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), lawyer-turned-vigilante Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy), and his sister Thea (Willa Holland). Uneasy alliances and rivalries will shift as Oliver faces his most difficult challenge yet.”
Arrow Season 4 Details
Things will look a little different next year, though. Arrow season four is getting a new showrunner. Well, a new co-showrunner, at least. Marc Guggenheim announced that Wendy Mericle will be taking over some more duties for Arrow season four. Ms. Mericle is no newcomer to the Arrow world, having written and produced a stack of episodes, and serving as executive producer.
With the Arrow-verse about to expand by another show (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) and possibly two (with Supergirl assuming that fits in this world) you can see how they might need some help next year.
Lexi Alexander (Punisher: War Zone, Green Street Hooligans) will direct Arrow season 4 episode 4.
Ms. Alexander broke the news on Twitter…— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) June 4, 2015
Meanwhile, Bex Taylor-Klaus (who plays Sin on the show) isn’t sure if she’s going to show up in the fourth season just yet, telling E! “”It’s up to them if they want to bring me back or not, and I’m just here for the ride if they’re ready.”
She may be busy with MTV’s Scream TV series, though.
Arrow Season 4 Photos
Check out the first image from Arrow season 4 right here, fresh from San Diego Comic-Con! It’s a brand-new, more heroic Green Arrow costume for Oliver Queen and Stephen Amell.
Please note that just a few hours before this unveiling, Stephen Amell jokingly answered my question about a new costume for Arrow season 4 by saying “yeah, jogging pants and a hoodie,” sticking to the story that Oliver was giving up superheroics at the end of season three.
He then took to the stage in Hall H at SDCC wearing the brand new costume.
John Diggle finally got some sensible crime fighting threads this year.
He still needs a code name. If they wanted to call him “The Guardian” after the Joe Simon/Jack Kirby created character, I wouldn’t complain, though.
Check out this new image of Willa Holland as Speedy!
Arrow Season 4 New Headquarters
Team Arrow has a much fancier place to hang out now.
“One of the fun things about this lair is that as opposed to one big space, where everyone would congregate, it’s now a much larger space divided up into smaller spaces,” Marc Guggenheim told Entertainment Weekly. “There is an area for Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards] to work, there is an area for Oliver to work out, and there is a garage. There are many different places we’ll continue to discover over the course of the season that give you a sense that this thing is a bit bigger than we got used to in the first three years.”
Check it out here:
That round table with all the chairs…sure does look like a traditional Justice League headquarters, doesn’t it? And there seems to be room for lots more costumes. Who else is gonna be hanging out with the team this year?