The CW has released the official synopsis for the premiere episode of Arrow Season 8. And the first episode of the DC TV series' last season will see Stephen Amell's Oliver Queen return not to Star City, but Starling City.
The first episode of Arrow Season 8 itself is fittingly titled "Starling City." The premiere follows Oliver on a walk down memory lane as he attempts to decipher mission of The Monitor (who, played by LaMonica Garrett, debuted during the Arrowverse's Elseworlds crossover event last year.) Elsewhere, Katherine McNamara's Mia Smoak and Ben Lewis' William Clayton-Queen must contend with an adversary of their own.
Per the official synopsis for "Starling City,"
SEASON 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.
James Bamford directed the episode written by Beth Schwartz & Marc Guggenheim (#801).
Original airdate 10/15/2019.
In DC's original Green Arrow comic books, Oliver Queen's hometown is named Star City. However, when Arrow premiered in 2012, the location was instead dubbed Starling City. At the start of Season 3, Brandon Routh's Ray Palmer (aka The Atom) suggested the name be changed to Star City. Palmer was later presumed dead after saving the city from an outbreak of Ra's al Ghul's Alpha-Omega virus. At the start of Season 4, the metropolitan area was officially given its comics-accurate name of Star City in Ray's honor.
Oliver's return to Starling City as a part of his pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths journey seems to underscore Season 8's apparent theme of going back to the beginning and revisiting old characters and locations as the long-running superhero show prepares for its grand finale.
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.