The Flash, Arrow and all the DC TV shows on the CW are about to come out of their winter break. To stave off the last week of hiatus The Flash and Arrow have released a bunch of exciting news about what the last half of their seasons 2 and 5, respectively, have waiting for fans. Characters will be returning, new heroes may rise and as always seems to be the case, things will get “darker.”
Everyone get ready for Ronnie Raymond to die again … probably. EW is reporting that Robbie Amell’s character will be returning to The Flash for season 3. Ronnie was the original half of Firestorm in seasons 1 and 2 of The Flash, before he was killed off in both seasons. (The first was actually just a presumed death, the second was more permanent.) Amell was even brought back as the Earth-2 version of Firestorm, Deathstorm, in season 2 only to be killed off once more. Now Amell is set to return in an upcoming episode of the series but it is unclear how long he will last, which version of the character will be appearing or if this will also end in death.
Ronnie isn’t the only returning face. TVLine reports that Rick Cosnett, who played another dead love interest from season 1, Eddie Thawne, will be back for The Flash season 3. Cosnett made the announcement on his Twitter account, which is embedded below. Just like Amell’s return it is unclear how long he will be back for and in what context. After being killed off in the season 1 finale, Cosnett did return in a very brief role in season 2 thanks to some time travel so it’s not hard to imagine a similar situation will occur in season 3.
Arrow, meanwhile, is doing a bit of its own teasing when it comes to returning characters. In the midseason finale for season 5, Laurel Lance, who died in season 4, showed back up in the Arrow cave without a hint of explanation. The trailer for the midseason premiere seemed to reveal all the answers and the Arrow EPs weren’t overjoyed about that decision.
Arrow executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle talked to TVLine about the trailer and what the return of Laurel Lance might mean for the show. “Without commenting on the promo, which I have nothing to do with … (and) without commenting on the spoiler,” Guggenheim said, “I would say that the episode ends with laying a very specific seed, with a very specific game plan on our part that we hope to see come to fruition.”
Wendy Mericle went on to add that it’s very likely there could be a new Black Canary, whether or not it is the Laurel Lance glimpsed in the midseason finale. Someone could fill the Black Canary’s role as early as the end of season 5. “Look, it’s hard to do a show about Green Arrow without having a Black Canary. I don’t know if it will happen this season or when, but … we are going to be true to origins in the DC universe, and she’s always going to be there.”
As for the other main lady in Oliver Queen’s life, Felicity, a lot of things are in store for her as well. As was previously reported, season 5 will see Felicity head down a darker path and she will use people tied to her past to try to take down the villain Prometheus. One of the big fan theories has been that it will be her father, The Calculator, who will help Felicity. According to TVLine that theory is completely busted.
“I would definitely love to bring him back, and I would love to bring Charlotte Ross back as Donna, but (we were like), ‘Let’s tell a new story, something we haven’t done before,'” Marc Guggenheim said of Felicity’s arc. “As with all things related to Arrow, it’s not what you initially think it is, and it will ultimately relate to the season’s overall theme of ‘legacy.’ But it will be very specific to Felicity.”
Guggenheim also explained that Felicity’s darker mindset will have more to do with the fact that her new boyfriend, Billy Malone, was killed. “Billy was the final straw,” Guggenheim elaborated. “It’s also the sum of the fact that Felicity has been living in this darker world for the last four-plus years now … How has that affected her way of thinking about things?”
Which of these teases is the most promising for you? Do you want to see a new Black Canary? Are you more excited for Eddie Thawne or Ronnie Raymond to come back to The Flash? How long should they and will they stay on the show? What’s your new theory about Felicity and the people tied to her past?
The Flash will return on Tuesday, January 24 at 8/7c on The CW. Arrow will follow the next night, Wednesday, January 25 at 8/7c.
(Images courtesy of The CW and Twitter/Rick Cosnett)