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'Arrow' postmortem: Who's to blame for the shocking death?

Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the season premiere of Arrow.

If Arrow fans were at all worried that The CW super series would get off to a slow start in its third season, they were sorely mistaken. Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Team Arrow are now about to face one of their biggest hurdles after the death of one of their own.

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33 spoilers from 'Arrow' season 3

It’s been a busy summer for Team Arrow. With Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) safely locked away on the island, Oliver (Stephan Amell) & Co. have set their sights on ridding Starling City of criminals, and maybe finding some normalcy. That’s why Ollie will finally ask Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) out on a date during the season premiere. Of course, date night will go awry, kicking off a series of events that—to put it simply—will be a major buzzkill for their otherwise successful summer.

Since so much of the third season has already been teased over the last few months, EW compiled a handy list of spoilers to whet your appetite for the new season. Plus: There’s an exclusive sneak peek at Brandon Routh’s debut.

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Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Walking Dead,' 'Gotham,' 'Originals' and more

Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

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Watch this, DVR that: Your guide to Wednesday's perfect night of TV

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In our fall TV preview, we broke down each day into what to watch live and what to DVR. Here’s your Fall Wednesday night game plan:

8 p.m.
Watch: Survivor (CBS): The long-running reality show revives the Blood vs. Water concept as nine pairs compete to win a million dollars in Nicaragua.

DVR: Arrow (The CW): Arrow returns with classic DC Comics villain Ra’s al Ghul as a new foe while Oliver (Stephen Amell) continues to contend with his identity as the titular superhero. Premieres Oct. 8.

9 p.m.
Watch: Modern Family (ABC): The show continues with Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitch’s (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) honeymoon period while Haley (Sarah Hyland) struggles with her feelings for Andy (Adam Devine).

9:30 p.m.
Watch: Black-ish (ABC): Black-ish follows the Johnsons, a family living the American dream—even though father Andre (Anthony Anderson) feels that his family isn’t living his particular definition of “the black experience.”

DVR: Red Band Society (Fox): The hospital drama follows a Breakfast Club-like group of kids who live in the pediatric ward while dealing with illness and the everyday struggles of the teenage experience.

10 p.m.
Watch: American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX): Freak Show was doing three-boobs before it became a whole thing. FX continues the American Horror Story franchise, this time set in a circus of performers that features the three-boobed Desiree (Angela Bassett), conjoined twins Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson), and bearded lady Ethel (Kathy Bates). Premieres Oct. 8.

DVR: Stalker (CBS): CBS’s new procedural follows LAPD detectives played by Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott, who handle the city’s incredibly creepy list of stalking cases.

'Arrow': Your one-minute refresher

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In season 2, Arrow was all about the rise of Slade/Deathstroke and his quest for revenge against Oliver. But after a handful of shocking farewells and an all-out war in Starling City, Deathstroke seems to be a thing of the past. But before you dive into all that Ray Palmer and Ra’s al Ghul have to offer in season 3, it’d probably be best to brush up on how things ended.

With that in mind, we’ve created a one-minute refresher that will catch you up (and get you ready to enjoy Oliver and Felicity’s date!).

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Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'S.H.I.E.L.D.,' 'Grey's,' 'Sleepy Hollow,' and more

Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

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'The Flash': The fast story behind making a fast spinoff

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Everything about The Flash happened fast. Producers conceived of the spin-off just two months after Arrow premiered. They cast the first actor who auditioned to star. And now The Flash will debut on The CW on Oct. 7, just two years later, as one of fall’s most anticipated shows. The birth of TV’s fastest man alive was one of the fastest spin-offs ever made, and if you give us a couple quick minutes we’ll tell you just how it happened.

Creating: December, 2012, executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg were hard at work on the first season of Arrow, when Berlanti had an idea: Flash spin-off. Kreisberg recalls replying: “We just got our hands on this one!’” But The CW’s entertainment president Mark Pedowitz was on the same page. “They delivered on Arrow pretty quickly and the Flash is a DC character that never got his full due.” Plus, while Flash exists in the Arrow universe, the character had a creative bonus their buff bowman lacked — super-powers. Yet to pull off a spin-off, the producers needed perfect— READ FULL STORY

From 'Doctor Who' to 'The Leftovers,' TV tries to regenerate the hero

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The corrupt cop. The principled drug pusher. The avenging serial killer. The vengeful peacekeeper. The romantic vampire. The heartless doctor. Television has been rotten with ironic or immoral protagonists for most of the new century, though the drama they’ve produced has often been golden.

But a marketplace correction appears to be underway. Grinchy detective Sherlock grew a heart in his latest series of films. Arrow gave up the killer vigilante for role-model vigilante. The new Doctor Who regenerated into an older and wiser Time Lord and declared, “I’ve made a lot of mistakes. It’s time I did something about it”—a line that also pretty much summarizes Don Draper’s arc during the first half of Mad Men’s final season, too. Sleepy Hollow—in which the dynamic duo of Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills sacrifice self-interest to save the world from America’s historical and supernatural demons—made chivalry and redemption sexy again. After the glut of rakes and wretches, narcissists and nihilists, there is ruefulness and rehumanization. An era of anti-heroes has surrendered—for the moment, at least—to atonement. READ FULL STORY

Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'Scandal,' 'Hawaii Five-0' and more

Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

Will Peralta and Santiago get together on Brooklyn Nine-Nine? — Constance
It won’t be long before Jake returns to the 9-9, but he’ll be a little busy taking down mobsters to focus on his love life. Of course, the big elephant in the room is addressed, but you’ll be surprised by what route Paralta takes once he’s back on the squad. However, the real shocker is how Gina handles what happened with Boyle in the finale.

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'Arrow' casts 'Carrie Diaries' alum as love interest for Thea

Austin Butler won’t be off The CW for long. The Life Unexpected and Carrie Diaries alum has landed a recurring role on Arrow’s upcoming third season, EW has learned.

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WB eyes 'Supergirl' TV series from 'Arrow' EP Greg Berlanti

Warner Bros. TV is reportedly in the very early stages of developing a television series based on DC Comics heroine Supergirl, the cousin of Superman.

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'Arrow' casts 'Riddick' alum as DC Comics villain Ra's al Ghul

Arrow has found its big bad for season three.

Matt Nable (Riddick) has been tapped to play DC Comics villain Ra’s al Ghul on Arrow, EW has confirmed.

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New 'Arrow' promo features Sara's return, Ray Palmer's introduction

Everybody likes Italian food, right? Well, when it’s eaten on a date with Oliver Queen, they do.

In the latest promo for Arrow‘s third season, Oliver uses a high-speed chase to ask Felicity for her food preferences—as heroes do—before encountering a potential new villain. The promo also offers glimpses of a seemingly healthy Quentin, Sara’s action-packed return, and Ray Palmer, who knows a thing or two about making an entrance. But considering Ollie knows how to shoot a gun, Palmer might want to watch where he parks his helicopter.

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