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Arrow casts Oliver's new love interest

But there's a twist!

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Arrow has cast Elysia Rotaru as a new love interest for Oliver in the upcoming season of Arrow, EW has learned exclusively.

Before the fans freak out, Oliver (Stephen Amell) is still with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards). Rotaru (Supernatural, iZombie) will recur in flashbacks as someone from Oliver’s past, though further details on her character are being kept under wraps.

“Oliver is gonna have a love interest in the past that will serve as a parallel or potentially a contrast to his love affair with Felicity in the present,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells EW.

The last we saw of Oliver in the past, he had left Hong Kong behind. “We have a really great surprise for the season premiere for the flashbacks, and it’s made talking about the flashbacks very difficult,” Guggenheim recently said. “We pick up basically in real time. It’s been a number of months later since the last flashback. Oliver is in Coast City, as eagle-eyed viewers noted when he boarded the boat at the end of season 3.”

Arrow returns Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.