The threat of the villainous Ricardo Diaz still looms large ahead of the premiere of The CW's 'Arrow'. Into its seventh season now, the vigilante series is going to take a very different turn this October with the series lead, Stephen Amell's Green Arrow, locked up behind the bars at the maximum security Slabside Prison with a bunch of notorious crooks and criminals.
While his absence is terrorizing enough for the folks of the Star City, a recently-released synopsis for episode 2 hinted that a no-show Green Arrow would just be the tip of the iceberg. Season 7, in fact, will begin on a pretty grim note for fans with Team Arrow working separately and Diaz still at loose.
Despite the circumstances, however, Oliver and the rest of the team are going to put in every bit of effort to track down the crime lord and drug kingpin, as per the official synopsis for season 7 episode 2 titled 'The Longbow Hunters'.
"Felicity is determined to find Diaz at any cost. In order to track down Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) from inside prison, Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes that will require aligning with an old enemy," teases the synopsis, shared via Comic Book. "Meanwhile, in Star City, Felicity’s (Emily Bett Rickards) attempts to root out Diaz are thwarted by Diggle (David Ramsey), whose allegiance to ARGUS now requires him to keep civilians like her on the outs. Realizing that she can no longer rely on her old team or old methods, a clear-eyed Felicity resolves to find a new way to go after Diaz."
Quite ominous, right? The detailed synopsis as well as the episode title both hint towards some unexpected allegiances in order to put an end to the Diaz issue once and for all. But who is this foe-turned-ally going to be? One obvious clue is the Longbow Hunters, a legendary group of skilled folks from the 1950s who are capable of inducing fear even into the League of Assassins.
The Longbow Hunters could very well turn up to be the new antagonists of 'Arrow' season 7 with Diaz leading this team of eccentric villains. Or they might be the unexpected ally with whom Oliver is going to forge an unlikely alliance.
Everything unfolds when 'Arrow' returns with season 7 on Monday, October 22, at 8/7c on The CW.