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The future is looking pretty bleak for Star City.

During Thursday’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow, the team finds themselves crash-landed in Star City 2046, where the nightmarish landscape has been overrun by bad guys. “It’s pretty darn different,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim says. “Basically this is a Star City that’s gone straight to hell. It’s the worst version of Star City that we’ve ever seen on any of the shows. It is gone completely and utterly to hell. That’s, in large part, due to the fact that there’s no more Oliver Queen to protect the city. What does that mean?”

What that means is there’s a new Green Arrow in his stead, Connor Hawke (Joseph David-Jones), who didn’t take too kindly to Sara (Caity Lotz), Ray (Brandon Routh), and the rest of the Legends landing in his city last week. “Initially, when we introduce him, he’s in this future version of Star City where everything is destroyed and the city is run by two separate gangs,” Jones says. “He hasn’t grown up in a city where there were heroes, so these people look like another group of criminals in costumes showing up in the city. At first, he’s there to scare them away from the city. That first shot ends up being a warning shot, but things escalate pretty quickly, because they fire back at him and then it does become an altercation.”

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Though Connor doesn’t trust them at first, Sara and Ray’s connection to the city helps thaw the tension. “He ends up trying to help them with their mission to try to get back onto their time machine and save things, but only because [Sara] has this relationship with Oliver Queen and the city,” Jones says. “Oliver Queen, who he believes to be dead, was one of his heroes. That’s why he’s picked up the mantle of the Green Arrow.”

Surprise, surprise: Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is not actually dead — though he is missing his arm and sporting a goatee. “When they find out he’s actually alive, it’s almost a hurt feeling because he’s there in this city and he knows that I’ve been doing this for the past couple years now by myself,” Jones says. “I’m constantly being shot at just doing everything on my own trying to stop these two large gangs. He hasn’t been there to help me. This person was my hero. It has that shattering ‘don’t meet your heroes’ effect in the beginning.”

There’s no time to dwell, however, as the past comes back to haunt them in the form of — at least what the pictures indicate — Deathstroke. “I would say the threat that they’re facing is a familiar mask, not necessarily a familiar face,” Guggenheim teases. “I’ll just say, Ray delivers the line, ‘This is not a nice family.’ That’s my tease for who the bad guy is.”

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With old and new heroes aligning with the Legends, Thursday’s episode is shaping up to be a treat for fans of the Berlanti-verse and the DC comics universe as a whole. “The episode probably has more applause moments and fun, wish-fulfillment moments of anything that we’ve done, certainly on Legends, just because it’s an episode of Legends, but Oliver Queen figures prominently,” Guggenheim says. “Let’s put it this way, he’s not alone.”

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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