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Arrow Reveals Season 3's Big Villain

Stephen Amell  | Photo Credits: Cate Cameron/The CW

Though it may not be a big surprise to keen Arrow fans, Season 3's big villain was revealed to be Ra's al Ghul at Warner Bros.' special fan event at Comic-Con on Saturday night.  

In an extended trailer for the upcoming season, the DC Comics villain was revealed via a voiceover of dialogue from the Season 1 episode "Dead to Rights," in which Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) discussed his time in Nanda Parbat, as well as other mentions of Ra's throughout the series. The role has not yet been cast.

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The leader of the League of Assassins, Ra's al Ghul was a looming presence throughout the first two seasons, with Malcolm being revealed as the only member Ra's has ever allowed to leave the League — though Ra's came to regret it because of Malcolm's part in The Undertaking and now wants to kill him. In Season 2, Oliver (Stephen Amell) discovered that not only was Sara (Caity Lotz) a member of the League after getting off the island, but she was also dating the daughter of Ra's, Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law), with whom she left Starling City in the finale.  

"We wanted to present Oliver with a new challenge with a villain that would speak to what Oliver was going through emotionally," executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tells TVGuide.com. "This season, Oliver is wrestling with, 'Is there a life for me beyond being the Arrow?' What the Season 3 villain comes to Oliver and says is, 'The reason you're not fully successful as the Arrow is because you're holding onto Oliver Queen. I have let go of my identity and embraced my cause and you should do the same.' It's a whole new thing where the enemy actually, in some ways, admires the Arrow and what he's doing. He just thinks that the Arrow is thinking too small."

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Interestingly enough, the introduction of Ra's al Ghul in Season 3 might actually force Oliver to work with the Dark Archer, who took his sister Thea (Willa Holland) out of Starling City in the finale. "We've already established that the Season 3 villain has a strong animosity towards Malcolm," Kreisberg says. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend. It's going to be a lot of asking, 'Who hates who more?'"

But what that means for Sara and Nyssa when the latter's father arrives remains to be seen. "Alliances and loyalty are another big theme of the season," he says. "There's another war coming and whose side people are going to be on is going to be the thing that drives the season."

Are you excited to see Ra's al Ghul on Arrow?

Arrow returns for its third season on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8/7c on The CW.

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True Blood: Sarah Newlin's Fate, Tara's Return and More Final Season Scoop

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The True Blood cast and showrunner Brian Buckner said their final goodbye to Comic-Con on Saturday night to much applause and nostalgia. More importantly, they also offered a few spoilers on what's in store for the residents of Bon Temps before the end.

Tara lives: Just kidding. Sookie's (Anna Paquin) best friend is dead, but she will be back. "People have not seen the last of Rutina yet," Buckner said.

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Sarah Newlin does not: We're just guessing here, but it pretty much sounds like she's going to die. "I think I get what I deserve," Anna Camp said, to which Buckner noted that he had to explain to Camp's boyfriend on set that her character actually deserves her ultimate punishment. Bonus non-Comic-Con related scoop: We spoke with Camp ahead of Sunday's episode and she revealed that Sarah does escape from Eric and runs to her sister for help.

Sam might not get a happy ending: Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) wasn't too pleased with Sam (Sam Trammell) during Sunday's episode, calling out the residents of Bon Temps for throwing a party when the world seems to be imploding. "We'll see how committed I am to her and how committed she is to staying," Trammell said.

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Arlene will get a happy ending: It should come as no surprise that Arlene (Carrie Preston) and Keith (Riley Smith) will be growing much closer in the final episodes after he saved her life by feeding her his blood. "Maybe there's some stuff coming up between Arlene and Keith that I've never had to do on camera before," Preston said.

But will Sookie and Bill get one? "They might," Buckner said. "This show started out and worked because of the chemistry they shared. We had to come back to Bill and Sookie. How we're coming back to them, we're not telling you." Buckner later added that, in the final episodes, "there's a bit more of a focus on romance." Hopefully this means Bill (Stephen Moyer) survives!

True Blood airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.



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The Vampire Diaries Season 6: Alaric Gets Classy, Elena Grieves

Nina Dobrev | Photo Credits: Bob Mahoney/The CW

How will Damon and Bonnie get back from the Other Side? And what exactly is that, anyway?

Those were some of the burning questions that were brought up at The Vampire Diaries panel at Comic-Con moderated by TV Guide Magazine's Damian Holbrook on Saturday. On hand were stars Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham, surprise guest Matt Davis and executive producer Julie Plec to answer fan questions and give an idea of what's ahead.

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Time jump "It's about four months, enough time to make big changes in their life and move forward," Plec said. "Some are better at it than others."

The aftermath
 "The Other Side being obliterated, everyone who's ever died before can never come back," Plec said. "But we were able to bring a couple of them back,"

What Alaric is up to "[Alaric is] living outside of Mystic Falls having compelled his way into a teaching position at the local university," Davis said. But will he get a little, ahem, extracurricular activity? "If anyone deserves any naughtiness, I think it's Professor Saltzman," Plec said.

Elena's mourning "She's definitely not in a happy place [with Damon gone]," Dobrev said.  "Although she has an interesting and strange way of dealing with her grief."

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Originals crossover? "We're always taking about different paths we can take to bring different characters from one show to another," Plec said. "We're talking about stories right now even as we speak." She also acknowledged that it was a "logistical nightmare."

Alaric and Enzo Plec says that although Enzo (Michael Malarkey) can be charming, she hints that he will more likely piss Alaric off.

The Vampire Diaries returns on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 8/7c on The CW.

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