Yesterday, Arrow fans everywhere were huddled up at their computers with the expectation that they’d get to spend the next few days binging (some for the first time) the second season of the beloved CW series. In fact, we were so excited for the release ourselves that we prepared a list of episodes you had to watch before season three kicked off next month. However, despite the long-standing information that the season would drop on September 14, it ended up never hitting the service, leaving many confused. But things became clear this morning as Netflix revealed that season two of Arrow was pushed from its September rollout date to October 8, the day of the season three premiere.
The reason for this shift is unknown and a little confounding, since the new date will leave zero time for any new viewers of the show to catch-up prior to the season three premiere, as well as the series premiere of Flash, which has its roots in the second season of Oliver Queen’s adventures.
While there’s no set rule for when Netflix has to roll out new seasons of series they have under contract, it is strange for the company to flat out pull the plug in the eleventh hour on a series as hot as Arrow. One possible scenario is The CW, fearing they’d lose audience if viewers thought there was no need to watch the show live since it will always be available to stream with enough time to spare before the new season started, asked Netflix to hold season two until closer to season three’s start date. But again, that’s just one of many possible theories that could have gone down behind the scenes.
For now, if you want to catch up on Arrow before the new season starts, all the episodes are still available on iTunes and Amazon for a premium. Beyond that, keep sharpening those arrow tips until October 8 rolls around.