TV Line has the exclusive spoiler scoops on the Fall returning television series, among them are Arrow, The Flash, Gotham and iZombie.
When Season 4 opens, “The city has declined drastically despite the best efforts of Dig, Speedy and Black Canary,” executive producer Wendy Mericle previews. “And with the arrival of Damien Darhk (Justified‘s Neal McDonough) on the scene, it’s obviously big stakes.” Hence, Oliver and Felicity’s return – though not everyone is welcoming back the archer with open arms. Dig is still “frosty” toward his “brother,” Mericle says, while Quentin still is not thrilled with the masked vigilantes yet has come to see them “as a necessary evil.” Speaking of the Lance clan, Constantine (guest star Matt Ryan) will be “key” in resurrecting Sara, whose presence will be met by “very different reactions” from her family. As for Thea, her secret identity and new love interest (Suburgatory‘s Parker Young) will force her to tackle a challenge Oliver is all too familiar with: “She’s now a superhero, and she wants to have a normal life,” Mericle notes. “How does she balance both of those things?”
Following last May’s wormhole cliffhanger, the first DC character to take on the Flash title — Jay Garrick (Masters of Sex‘s Teddy Sears) — arrives from the past and becomes a mentor to Barry. But what about the man who guided him until now? “Harrison Wells will be back, but he’s going to be a very different Harrison Wells than we’ve seen before,” exec producer Gabrielle Stanton previews. But how (or should we say, from where/when?) will he return? “We’ve got other worlds. We’ve got other timelines. All I’m going to say is he’s from one of those places,” the EP replies with a laugh. Elsewhere, Iris is dealing with Eddie’s death by throwing herself into her work, so Barry’s eye may turn to police officer Patty Spivot (One Tree Hill‘s Shantel VanSanten), who “becomes a ‘What if?'” possibility for the young hero.
Much has been made of Season 2’s “Rise of the Villains” theme, which adds to the mischievous mix billionaire Theo Galvan and his sister Tabitha aka Tigress (played by James Frain and Jessica Lucas) and the superbaddie Firefly, complementing a more powerful than ever Penguin and the emerging Riddler. “Edward [Nygma]’s darker voice is going to manifest itself,” says Cory Michael Smith, “and very literally there will be two Eds, contending with each other.” The effect on do-right Jim Gordon is that “he’s going to be pulled into a bit of darkness, as he fights the good fight,” says newly promoted series regular Morena Baccarin, who plays Leslie. Meanwhile, what Bruce finds inside his father’s batty cave will inform his POV on Dad and Wayne Enterprises as well as impact his already tenuous bond with Alfred. But ultimately, David Mazouz shares, “It will cause Alfred to train Bruce, and the development of Batman will start.”
Picking up three months later, Liv is iSad and “largely on the outs with the people close to her,” exec producer Rob Thomas shares. “Major has trouble grappling with what Liv chose not to tell him; Peyton is still gone; and things are understandably tense with any surviving family members she has.” Needless to say, Liv and Major won’t be getting back together, and they’ll even date other people who are “surprises.” Meanwhile, Liv and Blaine – who’s enjoying the best of both worlds as a human (“He’s loving the food and enjoys gloating when he runs into Liv”) and a faux zombie – will end up frenemies as they battle a common foe, Big Bad Max Rager. “Season 2 will have a lot of humans going after zombies, and that will make very strange bedfellows of Liv and Blaine – though not literally,” Thomas adds.
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