In the first two episodes of Arrow's eighth and final season, Oliver Queen will be on the hunt.
"Oliver is doing the Monitor’s bidding. Both the first and the second episode are based around a specific task that the Monitor has given him. In both episodes he has to retrieve something," Amell revealed to TVLine. However, he didn't reveal exactly what the Monitor has him looking for.
When asked if that mission will offer opportunities for close quarters combat, he added, "Oh yes. Yes, yes, yes. I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but… the first two episode are huge."
In the Season 7 finale, the Monitor appeared at Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak's safehouse. He told Oliver to make good on his end of their deal from "Elseworlds," informing him that they would travel to other worlds to warn of the upcoming Crisis. Worse, he revealed Oliver would die in the conflict to come.
When Season 8 picks up, Oliver will have just left Felicity and their daughter Mia behind. As such, he'll likely still be reeling from his separation from his family, even as he races to save the multiverse with the Monitor.
According to the official synopsis for the Season 8 premiere,
While trying to decipher The Monitor’s (guest star LaMonica Garrett) mission, Oliver (Stephen Amell) returns to Starling City where he encounters familiar faces. Meanwhile, Mia (Katherine McNamara) and William’s (Ben Lewis) team clash with a new foe.
Returning Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Rick Gonzalez as Wild Dog, Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary, Katie Cassidy as Black Siren, Katherine McNamara as Mia Smoak, Joseph David-Jones as Connor Hawke and Ben Lewis as William Clayton-Queen.