The cast and crew of Arrow have landed in San Diego. Ahead of Season 7, which is due out this fall, stars Stephen Amell, Colton Haynes, Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, Echo Kellum, Juliana Harkavy, Rick Gonzales and executive producers Beth Schwartz headed to Comic-Con International to take fans behind the scenes of the upcoming season.
The panel kicked off with some brand new footage from Season 7, which showed Oliver in prison and a mysterious man running around the streets of Star City wearing the iconic Green Arrow costume.
"I've been on the show since Season 1, so I've been here for a long, so it's not going to be a new show but I'm definitely putting a new spin on it. It's dark," Schwartz teased.
"Having all this female energy has been really special for us," Haynes added.
"It's really bad! He's in prison with a bunch of people he put in prison," Amell explained.
Rickards described her character as "Alone. Scared. I think just like Oliver is watching his back, she's tired of watching hers and she's going to take some action."
"I think that's going to be the crux of the season, seeing how Rene interprets Oliver's instructions," Gonzales shared.
"Diggle's dead," Ramsey joked. "Diggle's with A.R.G.U.S."
"The good thing is Roy is coming back," Haynes shared. "He's not the same person. It's going to be very, very interesting. That's all I can say. Beth did -- she's a genius, so she wrote me a version of the character that just was so special. It's going to be hard for me to do, but I'm going to be happy to do it. I'm so excited to come back."
"Curtis is just chilling. He's taking in the city and falling in love. We're all still trying to do the best we can for Star City," Kellum said.
"Hopefully she can get a little bit of work done on the other side of the law," Harkavy said of Black Canary.
"They were mentioned in the finale of Season 6, and we have three Longbow hunters coming, working with Diaz. We've got Red Dart. We have Kodiak. And we have the Silencer," Schwartz announced. Bronze Tiger, Derek Sampson and Danny “Brick” Brickwell will also appear.
As to the crossover, Schwartz said, "We're still working on the first half of the season, so we haven't gotten to the crossover."
"It's a 44-minute long conversation between Oliver and Batwoman in prison through the plexiglass," Amell joked.
"The coolest thing about the premiere for me is... there's nothing about him that's heroic at all. If you're a fan of the character and you root for the character, I really hope the premiere pisses you off," he added. "I really enjoy it. There's one scene in particular in the premiere where what Oliver does is reprehensible."
"Maybe what he did in the finale was stupid!" he concluded.
When the panel was opened for a Q&A, a young girl named Sara approached the mic. Sara -- a cancer survivor -- appeared last year to thank Amell for his "F*ck Cancer" initiative. Fulfilling her promise to him from last year's panel, she returned the necklace he had loaned to her, and he gifted her a custom bow in response. He left the stage to give it to her and gave her a hug as well.
Asked if Oliver's stint in prison will bring Felicity and Diggle closer together, Ramsey said, "We're kind of hunting down... there's a piece of that. We're hunting down Diaz in our own way."
"They're kind of separate," Rickards added.
"I hope that I speak for everyone when I said that Paul [Blackthorne] was such a calming presence," Amell shared.
Asked if Willa Holland's Thea Queen will return in Season 7, Schwartz replied, "Right now, there aren't any plans for it, but you never know."
As to William's well-being in Season 7 and whether he could join Team Arrow, she said, "Well, he's a little young, but he has -- with his father in prison -- he has a lot to deal with this season. He's not going to have a good time."
"William's arc is the most interesting arc of anyone on the show," Amell added.
"Fatherhood is a thread in the show. For Diggle, I think he's always kind of -- there hasn't been much conviction in his life for him and his wife when it comes to raising a child," Ramsey said. "I think we are going to see what all this means at some point to Diggle." He added that how Diggle's marriage to the leader of A.R.G.U.S. will be examined in the season.
"Oliver is at his best when he's a dad. I haven't had the opportunity to have any scenes with Jack this year, who plays William. I miss it," Amell shared.
A young fan asked if Oliver and Felicity would ever have a child of their own. "No babies this year!" Schwartz said, ending the panel.
Returning to The CW on Monday, October 15 at 8 pm ET/PT, Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Rick Gonzalez as Wild Dog, Echo Kellum as Mr. Terrific, Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary and Katie Cassidy as Black Siren.