Calm is the opposite of how audiences are feeling after Arrow‘s third season premiered last night.

Arrow left audiences feeling vexed, happy and sad, all at the same time.

The episode consisted of romances, plot twists, deaths, and classic failures to Starling City.  The long-awaited romance between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) kicked things into high gear.  Within the first few minutes of the episode, there was tangible chemistry between the two; Oliver asked Felicity out on a date, to which she immediately agreed.

However, their happy relationship took a slight detour on their first date.  The restaurant was attacked, and Oliver realized that he couldn’t put Felicity in that kind of danger.  “I’m so sorry,” Oliver said.  “I thought that I could be me and the Arrow, but I can’t.  Not now, maybe not ever.”

“Then say never,” Felicity said.  “Stop dangling maybes.”

Oliver then kissed Felicity, something that was hinted at during the promotional trailers for the season.  Oliver told Felicity that he was unable to tell her that he didn’t love her, causing hearts to wrench all over.

However, there was no way that the writers were going to let audiences finish the premiere without a dramatic exit.  Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) made an appearance, helping Oliver defeat the bad-guy-of-the-week.  Sara reunited with her sister, Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy), and said that she planned on leaving town once again.  Then, in a moment of pure horror, Sara was shot down with multiple arrows to the stomach, sending her off the top of the skyscraper, landing in front of Laurel.

The episode was filled with drama, romance, horror, and action, all rolled into one.  There was never a dull moment.  It remained fast-paced without creating too much unnecessary drama.

Now that is a season premiere.

Arrow airs on Wednesdays at 8.7c on the CW.