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'Arrow' season 3 spoilers: What's next for Oliver and Felicity and Starling City

Arrow -- "Unthinkable" -- Pictured: Stephen Amell as The Arrow
Arrow -- "Unthinkable" -- Pictured: Stephen Amell as The Arrow
Cate Cameron/The CW, used with permission

Oh, the wait seems forever, but at least "Arrow" fans have an official season 3 description, which the CW released on Thursday, July 10. What's next after the season 2 finale cliffhangers?

As "Arrow" season 2 ended, Oliver faced off with Slade while his army tore apart Starling City. Because of the chaos and destruction, the police had no choice but to listen to Lance and trust the vigilante they had been busy hunting all this time to help save the city. In order to defeat Slade, Oliver took Felicity to the mansion and told her that Slade took the wrong woman – and that he loved her. But it seemed to all be a ploy to trick Slade, who had video cameras in the mansion and was watching, and give Felicity a syringe with the cure. Slade took Felicity, Felicity injected him with the cure, Oliver took Slade down and Slade was locked up on the island.

Meanwhile, as the finale ended, Lance collapsed from the injuries he sustained fighting Slade's Mirakuru army, and his fate was up in the air. That, however, doesn't seem to be true anymore, based on what we now know about what's coming up in the fall.

Here's the CW's official description of "Arrow" season 3: "In the aftermath of this victory, Season Three opens with Arrow now a hero to the citizens of Starling. Crime is down, people feel safer, and Captain Lance even calls off the Anti-Vigilante Task Force. Basking in his success, Oliver believes he can finally have a private life and asks Felicity out on a date. But the second Oliver takes his eye off the ball, a deadly villain reappears in Starling, forcing Oliver to realize that he can never be Oliver Queen – not as long as the city needs The Arrow." That's not all we know about season 3; Marc Guggenheim tweeted out the premiere's title: "The Calm."

So if you were wondering if Oliver meant what he said in the mansion to Felicity, it sounds like he did at least in some way, despite their conversation about both of them "selling it." The description makes it sound like there is hope for Oliver and Felicity to take that next step that some fans want to see them take, but will it last? Is the premiere just "the calm before the storm"?

Something else to note from this synopsis: Captain Lance. Not only does that seem to reveal that he'll be just fine despite his injuries in the finale, it implies a time jump. In his new position, he can call off the Anti-Vigilante Task Force, and it sounds like the police may have to once again rely on the Arrow when the newest deadly villain shows up in Starling City.

"Arrow" returns to the CW with its third season on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. What are you hoping to see?

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