arrow comic con panel 2014 stephen amell cw Comic Con 2014 'Arrow' Season 3 spoilers: Flashbacks, Hong Kong and bloody Felicity?

If “Arrow” Season 3 were not anticipated before, the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con panel would have made it so. Actors Stephen Amell, John Barrowman, Willa Holland, Colton Haynes, David Ramsey and Paul Blackthorne were joined by executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim in teasing the upcoming season.

What spoilers were learned?

The Olicity date

While no one on the panel would give too many details, there were a few hints thrown out. “We’ll deal with that this year, their feelings for each other, which I always thought were genuine,” Berlanti says of the date and the relationship.

“They go for Italian,” Holland adds, probably seriously.

One of the more disturbing things shown in the Season 3 trailer may be some of the outcome of that date — a bloody Felicity is seen lying on a slab with Oliver looking upset. Don’t worry though. She’s probably not dead. “She got a boo-boo,” the producers joke.

Hong Kong flashbacks

It turns out that Oliver in Hong Kong is one of the main things the producers always wanted to have in “Arrow.” One of the reasons could be that it offers lots of room for flashbacks. “There are characters who have previously appeared on the show who will show up in the flashbacks,” Kreisberg teases.

Yes, one of those characters is Tommy Merlyn.

Thea and her daddy Merlyn

Don’t expect to see Thea Queen back in Starling City right away. With a story out there that she is backpacking in Europe, there is time to kill.

The show doesn’t plan to keep all of the Thea-Malcolm time a secret though. For one thing, flashbacks will detail what happened right after she got into Merlyn’s car in the Season 2 finale. As for the rest, the cast and producers are keeping quiet. “All I can say is I have been hitting the gym a little bit,” Holland says, showing off some new muscles.

Daddy Merlyn might be proud.

“Arrow” Season 3 premieres Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

Posted by:Laurel Brown