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'Arrow' season 3: Marc Guggenheim on who's returning, Felicity and Ray and more

If you're looking for scoop on what's coming up in "Arrow" season 3, look no further. On Wednesday, July 30, we posted our video interview from the press room roundtable with executive producer Marc Guggenheim.

Marc Guggenheim in the 'Arrow' press room at SDCC 2014
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If you're wondering who's coming back and who could be coming back and what to expect from Felicity and Brandon Routh's Ray Palmer, check out the video interview above or here. Also, keep reading for a few highlights from the interview with the EP.

"The best way to put it is we're trying to take some of the lessons that we learned from season 2 and apply them to some of the cooler aspects of season 1," Guggenheim explained. While he did think season 2 was an improvement over season 1, there were some elements from the latter that the former was lacking. They "wanted to take the epic quality of season 2 and fuse it with the mystery of season 1."

Get ready to see the return of a few familiar faces. Tommy is back in a flashback, and the EP said, "It's really going to be fun to see Stephen and Colin share the screen again." Also back is Sara, and while they originally had a deal to bring Caity Lotz back for three episodes, the current count is at least five. They "have really cool plans for her." They're dying to do a flashback story taking Sara from the downing of the freighter in episode 223 up to her time with the League of Assassins to show her evolution into an assassin. Will there be more Katrina Law? Announcements are forthcoming. It's also possible we'll see more Manu Bennett. They have an awesome story for Slade, so it's just a matter of scheduling and the creative timeline.

This season is about Thea's soul, and "it's 'Arrow,' so it's not necessarily going to have a happy ending to it," Guggenheim warned. "There is the potential in her name. We've been calling her Speedy since the pilot, but one of the things we like to do is play against that expectation. Hopefully the ups and downs of Thea's arc this year will be compelling but also surprising." As for Laurel, "she's going to start trying to walk the path that her sister walked, which is sort of something set up in the season finale."

Brandon Routh is joining the cast as Ray Palmer, which gives Felicity a "tennis partner" because, from a dialogue perspective, she "lives in a different world from everyone else." "We couldn’t have been more thrilled" with Brandon Routh, the EP shared. "We're trying to write a little bit of a Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn kind of relationship."

Make sure to check out the video for more from Marc Guggenheim about what's next. "Arrow" season 3 premieres Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. on the CW.