WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the Season 6 finale of Arrow, "Life Sentence."
The Season 6 finale of The CW's Arrow was a different beast than the previous five. Traditionally, the big bad of the season was defeated by the end of the episode, but the sixth season's main antagonist, Ricardo "The Dragon" Diaz lived to fight another day. Malcolm Merlyn, Slade Wilson, Ra's Al Ghul, Damien Darhk and Prometheus all fell to the Green Arrow in their final showdowns, whereas Diaz was shown to have survived his climactic battle with the superhero. Worse still, when last we saw him, he was angrier than ever, and ready to take things to the next level.
As the series prepares to head into its seventh year, we already have a hint of where things are going to go. Oliver Queen is in prison, and he will have to find a way to survive by any means necessary. Worse then that, we already know that Diza will be back, and he'll bring with him a villainous group known as the Longbow Hunters, who will come into play in big way. But who are these hunters, and what makes them so dangerous?
The name "Longbow Hunters" is one that has a lot of history in the Green Arrow comics. First, it was the name of the 1987 miniseries written and drawn by Mike Grell, a comic that served as inspiration for the launch of the gritty and dark DCTV series. However, the comic didn't actually feature a group known as the Longbow Hunters; that would come much later, as art of 2014's New 52 relaunch of DC Comics.
In the Green Arrow story "The Outsiders War," by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino, the Longbow Hunters debuted as a team of supervillains brought together by Richard Dragon (aka Ricardo Diaz on the television series). The team consisted of various B and C-list villains such as Count Vertigo, Brick, Killer Moth and Red Dart.