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Katherine McNamara Dishes on New 'Arrow' Character Maya

Katherine McNamara Dishes on New 'Arrow' Character Maya

Katherine McNamara is chatting all about her new role on Arrow and it’s getting up majorly excited about seeing her on the small screen once again.

If you don’t know, the 22-year-old actress was cast as Maya in the long-running series.

The character, Katherine says, is “kick-ass”, she tells ET.

“It’s really exciting! There’s just about nothing that I can say yet because I’m sworn to so much spoiler secrecy,” she adds. “She’s a fighter. She’s someone not to be messed with, I’ll put it that way.”

Katherine also says joining the cast of a long-running series has been a “real joy…that’s such a family and I was welcomed with open arms and it’s such an exciting thing.”

'Arrow' Showrunner Beth Schwartz Talks The Introduction of Flash Forwards For New Season

'Arrow' Showrunner Beth Schwartz Talks The Introduction of Flash Forwards For New Season

Arrow‘s season seven premiere came with a huge surprise at the end of the premiere episode – a flash forward with a much older William!

New showrunner Beth Schwarz opened up to reporters about the element and revealed that it was always the plan to switch from flashbacks to them.

“We always knew, like, after season five there won’t be flashbacks,” she shared. “So we had talked about doing flash-forwards a lot, years ago. Part of what I think made this series so successful in having the flashbacks is, you were able to really get into your characters, because you knew, especially with Oliver, you knew how he became the way he is.”

She continues, “Now with the flash-forwards, you’re able to see what is happening in our present day, how that affects our characters and the future which is really, really, really fun, creatively, to tell those stories.”

The flash forwards will also fill in gaps of what happened in between the now and the future too.

“We’ve told the story for seven years of our characters and have they really helped the city [as] vigilantes — are they good or are they bad? Now we’re able to see if their actions really helped in the future. That’s the cool part for us and really getting to know more mystery of like, what happened in that missing time is always good. Mystery on Arrow is key and that’s what I love about the show.”

Beth adds, “We won’t just keep mysteries alive, we’ll answer them as well.”

Arrow airs Mondays @ 8PM ET/PT on The CW.

Felicity Smoak Isn't Felicity Smoak Anymore on 'Arrow's Season 7 Premiere

Felicity Smoak Isn't Felicity Smoak Anymore on 'Arrow's Season 7 Premiere

When Arrow returns tonight on The CW, you’re going to meet a very different Felicity Smoak – in fact, that’s probably not even her name anymore.

Emily Bett Rickards‘ character was forced into witness protection after Oliver (Stephen Amell) turned himself in at the end of last season – and she is struggling with everything.

“It’s sort of that concept of your life changes and the people around you are the ones that matter, and not having them in it can really detrimentally affect your lifestyle and who you are and who you’ve become,” Emily shared with EW. “It’s sort of that feeling that you can be surrounded by a million people but be so lonely if you don’t have the ones you love.”

“I think that’s where we find pretty much everyone at the beginning of the season,” she adds.

Emily continues, talking about how Felicity will still be mega pissed at her husband for turning himself in.

“That decision had her life completely remade and it wasn’t her choice. She’s upset, she’s hurt, she’s lonely, and she’s heartbroken. So, all of those intense emotions together don’t make for the best recipe.”

Arrow season 7 premieres TONIGHT, October 15th @ 8PM ET/PT on The CW.

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Felicity & Oliver Are Miserable Without Each Other in 'Arrow's Upcoming Season

Felicity & Oliver Are Miserable Without Each Other in 'Arrow's Upcoming Season

Arrow kicks off its’ seventh season on Monday night (October 15), and unlike in the past, there won’t be as much Olicity scenes as you’d hope for – but showrunner Beth Schwartz is giving fans some intel on the couple’s fate going forward.

“They are not adapting well,” she shared with reporters. “They’re both pretty miserable. Felicity is away from her husband, William’s away from his father, and their family and their city and their real lives, so it’s not going well.”

Well, that’s not great. We hate sad Olicity.

But don’t fret, Beth says, because while Olicity are apart at the moment, they’re still bonded by their story.

“In terms of storytelling, it would be great if both of them are fighting for the same thing,” she adds, “so even if we don’t physically see them together, their stories are pretty much — their goals are the same.”

All in all, Oliver and Felicity will “connect without physically connecting, which I think is really cool because they’re both fighting for their families, so you don’t need to see them together to get that connection.”

Stay tuned for more Olicity and Arrow on JJJ!

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The CW Unveils First Look at Ruby Rose as Batwoman for Arrowverse 'Elseworlds' Crossover!

The CW Unveils First Look at Ruby Rose as Batwoman for Arrowverse 'Elseworlds' Crossover!

We are in love with the first look pic of Ruby Rose as Batwoman for The CW’s Arrowverse crossover!

While no official summary about the crossover, titled “Elseworlds”, is out just yet, it will introduce Kate Kane to the DC world across Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl.

Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch will star as Clark Kent and Lois Lane, and Cassandra Jean Amell as Mr. Freeze’s wife, Nora, will also guest star.

Elseworlds will kick off on Sunday, December 9th and continue until December 11th.

Check out the pic below!