TVLine has released their annual “Winter TV Spoilers” column Arrow, The Flash and Gotham are all on it with some major spoilers for the second half of each series season.
[spoiler]The three episodes following Oliver’s seeming death “are among the best we’ve ever done. They’re incredibly compelling,” EP Marc Guggenheim promises. The fallout at home not only “makes it necessary” for Laurel to don the Canary costume, but also brings together characters that previously haven’t shared a lot of screentime. “There’s a lot of Thea and Felicity,” and “[Felicity will] have some pretty big moments with Laurel as well.” Diggle gets “emotional” in the first hour back, shares David Ramsey, who also hints that the H.I.V.E. storyline will be revisited. Viewers also haven’t seen the last of another elite group. “We’re definitely going to bring back the Suicide Squad,” EP Andrew Kreisberg confirms. And though Sara’s killer has been unmasked, Sin will play “a pivotal part” in that storyline in Episode 12, while Sara (Caity Lotz) and Vertigo (Peter Stormare) both appear in Episode 13. Not to be outdone, big bad Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) returns the following week.[/spoiler]
RETURN DATE: Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 8/7c (The CW)
[spoiler]Judging by the title of Episode 10, “Revenge of the Rogues,” Barry won’t get a breather after his battle with Reverse-Flash. Wentworth Miller warns that as Captain Cold teams with Heat Wave (Prison Break‘s Dominic Purcell) to stop the speedster, the foes “aren’t friends, but they do have a kind of intimacy.” Cisco – who’s getting a brother! – will face Cold’s fury when the villain’s sis, Lisa Snart (Tomorrow People‘s Peyton List), uses her wiles on S.T.A.R. Labs’ geek boy. Meanwhile, Caitlin – reeling from her “dead” fiance’s reappearance – may be led down a questionable path. “There are some moments – maybe she goes back to a bar? maybe she makes some bad decisions? – that are really fun,” Danielle Panabaker teases. Also on tap: Star Wars‘ Mark Hamill reprises his ’90s Flash role as The Trickster; Grant Gustin sings (courtesy of the Pied Piper?) and (accidental) time travel makes its debut.[/spoiler]
RETURN DATE: Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 8/7c (The CW)
[spoiler]The infamous Arkham Asylum — including its off-kilter inhabitants and new security guard Jim Gordon — looms large as the freshman drama returns. “Not only are there dangerously insane people there, but some people are put there for the wrong reasons,” says EP Danny Cannon. “[Arkham]’s a big rug that corrupt Gotham can sweep people under.” One bright spot amid that darkness: It’s through his demotion that Jim meets Dr. Leslie Thompkins (Homeland‘s Morena Baccarin), with whom he has “a lot in common. We have a lot of plans for that relationship,” Cannon notes — especially since Jim’s estranged fiancée Barbara, sideswiped by another setback in the winter premiere, is bound for a “very dark” place. Elsewhere, Bruce and Selina continue to bond, we’ll learn about Alfred’s past, and new faces to be glimpsed include the circus-performer parents of a oneday Boy Wonder and a villain we’ll call Scarecrow Sr.[/spoiler]
RETURN DATE: Monday, Jan. 5 at 8/7c (Fox)