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Arrow (season 7)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes9
Release
Original networkThe CW
Original releaseOctober 15, 2018 (2018-10-15) – present (present)
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The seventh season of the American television series Arrow, which is based on the DC Comics character Oliver Queen / Green Arrow, premiered on The CW on October 15, 2018 and is set to consist of 22 episodes.[1] The season follows Oliver, a former billionaire businessman and politician, and the aftermath of outing himself as a vigilante. It is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe. The season is produced by Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television, and DC Entertainment. This is the first season with Beth Schwartz as showrunner following the departures of Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle.

The season was ordered in April 2018, and production began that July. Stephen Amell stars as Oliver, with principal cast members David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy, and Katie Cassidy also returning from previous seasons. Colton Haynes, a principal cast member for seasons two and three and a special guest actor for seasons four and six, was reinstated as a series regular for the seventh season. They are joined by Kirk Acevedo, who was promoted to a series regular from his recurring status in the previous season, and new cast member Sea Shimooka.

Episodes[edit]

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1391"Inmate 4587"James BamfordBeth Schwartz & Oscar BalderramaOctober 15, 2018 (2018-10-15)T27.136511.43[2]
Five months after being exposed as Green Arrow and into his sentence, Oliver tries to maintain a low profile in prison in hopes of getting a reduction to his term, an effort which is complicated when Brick tries to coerce Oliver into helping him and being stalked by Diaz's associates. Meanwhile, Felicity and William try to cope with witness protection while Diggle and A.R.G.U.S. continue hunting Diaz. Back in Star City, a new vigilante archer appears on the scene, dismantling arms trafficker Jason Stent's operations and targeting other criminals on his list. The archer also steals money from his targets to help the city's poor. Rene, despite not knowing who the archer is, decides to trust him after being helped by the vigilante. The rest of Team Arrow do not trust the archer, and Dinah is determined to arrest him. Because of the archer's tactics, skills, and appearance parallel Oliver's suited persona's, the media in times dubs him as the new Green Arrow. After being discovered by Diaz, Felicity leaves witness protection to help capture him. In a flashforward, set twenty years in the future, William seeks out the help of Roy Harper on Lian Yu.
1402"The Longbow Hunters"Laura BelseyJill Blankenship & Rebecca BellottoOctober 22, 2018 (2018-10-22)T27.136521.18[3]
The Longbow Hunters arrive in Star City and the team works together with A.R.G.U.S. to try and stop them from stealing a weapon with incredible destructive capabilities. Felicity and Diggle clash over their priorities in dealing with Diaz, leading Felicity to strike a deal with Agent Watson. Meanwhile, Laurel and Dinah are forced to put their feud aside and work together while Oliver tries to get rid of a prison guard in exchange for info on Diaz from Brick. In the flashforward, William and Roy find a clue hidden in Oliver's bow which leads them back to Star City.
1413"Crossing Lines"Gordon VerheulStory by : Elizabeth Kim
Teleplay by : Onalee Hunter Hughes & Sarah Tarkoff
October 29, 2018 (2018-10-29)T27.136531.15[4]
Oliver demands Brick honor their deal and Brick says an inmate known as "The Demon" is Diaz's inside man. Brick claims to arrange a meet with the Demon but Oliver is instead ambushed. After defeating Brick's hired men, Brick reveals the Demon is incarcerated on Level Two, prompting Oliver to attack a guard to get transferred there. Meanwhile, Felicity plans a trap for Diaz and the Longbow Hunters at the CDC along with Rene and Dinah. The plan fails and Agent Watson is transferred but it is revealed that Rene and Felicity captured Silencer, one of the Longbow Hunters. Elsewhere, Diggle discovers Lyla has been keeping a secret when they and Curtis go on a mission in Zurich.
1424"Level Two"Ben BrayEmilio Ortega Aldrich & Tonya KongNovember 5, 2018 (2018-11-05)T27.136541.08[5]
In prison, Oliver is tortured both psychologically and with the use of drugs and other electrical devices, with the intent of "reprogramming" his brain. In Star City, Dinah arrests Rene when she learns that he is providing support to the new Green Arrow, but when the vigilante saves Zoe's life, she begins to trust him. Working together, Dinah, Rene and the vigilante are able to capture the arsonists. Elsewhere, Felicity enlists the help of Laurel to torture the Silencer for information on Diaz, but to no avail. Felicity allows her to escape in the hope that she will lead them to Diaz, having planted a bug into her belt. In the flashforward, William and Roy are in Star City, the coordinates change leading them to what remains of Smoak Industries. William solves a puzzle and obtains a Rubik's Cube; he and Roy are attacked by the police but rescued by Dinah who leads them to safety where they meet an adult Zoe. After William solves the second puzzle, Dinah claims that Felicity is dead.
1435"The Demon"Mark BuntingBenjamin Raab & Deric A. HughesNovember 12, 2018 (2018-11-12)T27.136551.26[6]
After having seemingly been broken, Oliver is introduced to Level Two, a secret facility below Slabside, where inmates are kept in inhuman conditions and mostly experimented on. He discovers that Talia al Ghul is the Demon. He reluctantly teams up with Talia to plan an escape, however, he decides not to escape himself to avoid having to spend the rest of his life as a fugitive. After collecting evidence of what happened in Level Two, he asks Talia to deliver them to Felicity, which she does, thus causing the facility to be shut down and Oliver transferred back to Level One. Elsewhere, Curtis gets back in the field with Diggle, and helps capturing an international terrorist. Laurel plans to use the evidence that Oliver collected to plead for his release.
1446"Due Process"Kristin WindellSarah Tarkoff & Tonya KongNovember 19, 2018 (2018-11-19)T27.136561.03[7]
Diaz slaughters the Bratva and tortures Anatoly in order to get in contact with one of his KGB associates. Team Arrow rescues Anatoly and discover that Diaz plans to level Star City with aerial explosives obtained from the associate. Team Arrow foils the plan and captures Diaz with help from the new Green Arrow. Meanwhile in Slabside, Stanley is accused of murdering a guard, but proclaims his innocence. Oliver finds the knife used in the attack with Brick associate Ben Turner's fingerprints on it. Released from solitary confinement, Stanley thanks Oliver but inadvertently reveals knowing that the knife belonged to Turner, information he could not have gotten in the hole. At SCPD, Laurel orchestrates a deal which will see Oliver walk out of prison in exchange for helping the FBI with their case against Diaz. In the flash-forward, William and Roy learn that before her apparent death, Felicity had become a criminal, taking on her father's mantle as the Calculator. The two, along with Dinah and Zoe, find Felicity's plans for the destruction of Star City.
1457"The Slabside Redemption"James BamfordJill Blankenship & Rebecca BellottoNovember 26, 2018 (2018-11-26)T27.136571.31[8]
Oliver is told that he is set to released from prison. Oliver confronts Stanley about him framing Turner for the guard's murder and then visits Turner, promising to help him once he is out of prison. Diaz arrives at Slabside on prisoner transport, but bribes a guard to release him and then visits Oliver, threatening to kill him and his family. After guards refuse to take his warnings about Diaz seriously, Oliver breaks out of his cell and escapes level one in order to contact Team Arrow. Diaz cuts communications from the prison, preventing Oliver from getting outside help, and releases all prisoners, starting a riot. Turner turns on Brick and Derek Sampson and helps Oliver get to a final showdown with Diaz. During their fight, Oliver stabs Diaz in his cell and locks him in it. Elsewhere, Stanley kills Brick and escapes. Oliver is finally set free from prison and reunites with Felicity and John.
1468"Unmasked"Alexandra La RocheOscar Balderrama & Beth SchwartzDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)TBA1.35[9]
Now free from prison, Oliver tries to readjust to outside life. When a murder occurs at a party honoring Oliver, the new Green Arrow is suspected and Oliver, Dinah and Rene set out to prove the vigilante's innocence. Meanwhile, Oliver and Felicity struggle to adjust to the changes Oliver's incarceration inflicted upon their lives and relationship. Ultimately, Dinah authorizes Oliver to work with the SCPD as a special deputy in order to avoid the anti-vigilante law and the new Green Arrow is revealed to be Oliver's half-sister, from a previous relationship of Robert Queen's. Diggle and Lyla find out the Longbow Hunters are up to something and, unbeknownst to Team Arrow, pay Diaz a visit in prison to request his assistance. In the flash-forward, Dinah, William and Zoe track down a woman known as Blackstar, who had ties to Felicity's plans.
1479"Elseworlds, Part 2"James BamfordStory by : Caroline Dries
Teleplay by : Marc Guggenheim
December 10, 2018 (2018-12-10)TBA2.06[10]

Oliver, Barry Allen, and Kara Danvers head to Gotham City to find John Deegan, but are quickly arrested. However, they're bailed out by Kate Kane, who tells them Deegan can be found at Arkham Asylum. With some assistance from Oliver and Barry's teams, they break in to confront Deegan and retrieve the book he used to rewrite reality; only for the doctor to escape and cause a mass breakout. While trying to contain it, Batwoman shows up to help them before telling them to leave Gotham. Returning to A.R.G.U.S., the heroes attempt to unlock the book when the Flash of Earth-90 breaches through to them and warns them of the Monitor. Oliver, Barry, Kara, and Earth-90's Flash go to confront Monitor, but the omnipotent being escapes and returns the book to Deegan; who changes reality once more. This time, Oliver and Barry wake up as wanted criminals and are forced to contend with both police and a black-suited Superman.


This episode continues a crossover event that begins on The Flash season 5 episode 9, and concludes on Supergirl season 4 episode 9.
14810"Shattered Lives"[11]Andi Armaganian[12]TBAJanuary 21, 2019 (2019-01-21)[13]TBATBD
14911"Past Sins"[14]David RamseyOnalee Hunter Hughes & Tonya KongJanuary 28, 2019 (2019-01-28)[13]TBATBD
15012"Emerald Archer"[15]Glen WinterMarc Guggenheim & Emilio Ortega AldrichTBATBATBD

Gregory Smith will direct an episode this season.[16]

Cast and characters[edit]

Guest[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

At the Television Critics Association winter press tour in January 2018, The CW president Mark Pedowitz said he was "optimistic" and "confident" about Arrow and the other Arrowverse shows returning next season, but added that it was too soon to announce anything just yet.[39] On April 2, The CW renewed the series for its seventh season.[40] Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle stepped down as showrunners at the end of the sixth season, with veteran writer Beth Schwartz taking over as sole showrunner for the seventh season. Guggenheim, the series' co-developer, remains involved as an executive consultant.[41]

Writing[edit]

In May 2018, outgoing showrunner Marc Guggenheim revealed that the Longbow Hunters, a villainous organization in DC Comics, would be teased in the sixth season finale before being introduced in the seventh season.[42] Following the conclusion of the sixth season, which marked the first time in the series' history where the season's main antagonist was still at large, Guggenheim's successor Beth Schwartz confirmed that Ricardo Diaz / Dragon would return and, like his comic book counterpart, establish the Longbow Hunters, "a legendary group of assassins Diaz recruits to get back at Team Arrow for toppling his nascent criminal empire at the end of season 6."[43][44]

Schwartz revealed that "redemption" would be the theme of the seventh season, "since last season when Oliver outed his identity, the city is a little bit mixed about how they feel about the Green Arrow." Stephen Amell commented that there is "nothing about [Oliver] that's heroic" in the season premiere.[45] While Schwartz confirmed that other characters would be influenced by the season's theme, she stated that after Black Siren committed several murders during her partnership with Diaz, she still has "a large way to go to redeem herself from last season."[46] The previous season also left off with Team Arrow fractured and divided. This season sees it's members redefining their roles and what it means to be heroes to an anti-vigilante Star City, while honoring "the sacrifice Oliver made for them."[47] The showrunner named Felicity's storyline as one of her favorites for the season's first half. "We played her pretty parallel to Oliver, where she's hiding and not being herself. She's in protective custody, but when someone attacks her family, she can't ignore that, so she has to fight back."[48] Schwartz also said that the season would be "grounded" and have a "dark" tone, similar to that of the first season.[49][48]

The seventh season is the first time the series will employ a female-dominated writing staff, with new writers being introduced this season.[50] Schwartz said the seventh season would not be based on David S. Goyer's scrapped film Green Arrow: Escape From Super Max, which would have featured Oliver Queen being arrested, exposed as the Green Arrow, and attempting a prison escape.[51] Amell reported that the season would employ a new storytelling technique.[52] This was later revealed to be sporadic flashforwards, as opposed to the weekly flashbacks of seasons past.[46] Schwartz named Westworld and This Is Us as inspirations for the time structure, and Prison Break as an inspiration for the prison arc.[46][48] Amell also revealed that he requested that the seventh season be written as if it were the series' last.[53]

Casting[edit]

Main cast members Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy, and Katie Cassidy return from previous seasons as Oliver Queen / Green Arrow, John Diggle / Spartan, Felicity Smoak / Overwatch, Curtis Holt / Mister Terrific, René Ramirez / Wild Dog, Dinah Drake / Black Canary, and Laurel Lance / Black Siren, respectively.[54] The seventh season is the first not to feature original cast members Willa Holland and Paul Blackthorne, who play Thea Queen / Speedy and Quentin Lance, respectively, following both actors' departures during the previous season.[55] On April 9, 2018, it was announced that Colton Haynes would return as a series regular for the seventh season after previously starring in the second and third seasons and making guest appearances in the fourth and sixth seasons.[56] The following month, Guggenheim confirmed that Haynes would be reprising his role as Roy Harper / Arsenal from previous appearances, and not another version of the character.[57] On October 11, Kirk Acevedo was promoted to series regular status after previously recurring in the sixth season as main antagonist, Ricardo Diaz / Dragon.[43] Sea Shimooka plays Oliver's half-sister Emiko Queen.[21]

On July 21 at the series' San Diego Comic-Con 2018 panel, it was announced that the Longbow Hunters had been cast with Holly Elissa as Red Dart, Miranda Edwards as Silencer, and Michael Jonsson as Kodiak. It was also revealed that Michael Jai White, Vinnie Jones, and Cody Runnels would additionally recur as Ben Turner, Danny Brickwell, and Derek Sampson from previous seasons.[17] On September 22, Katherine McNamara was cast in a recurring role as Maya.[58] Jack Moore returned in the role of Oliver's son William Clayton, with Ben Lewis portraying the character in flashforwards.[18]

Filming[edit]

Production for the season began on July 6, 2018,[59] in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is set to conclude on April 18, 2019.[16] In May 2018, Stephen Amell revealed that co-star David Ramsey would direct the eleventh episode of the season, marking Ramsey's directorial debut.[54] Amell also grew a beard during the filming hiatus to accurately resemble the Green Arrow of the comics.[60]

Arrowverse tie-ins[edit]

In May 2018, Stephen Amell announced at The CW upfronts that the next Arrowverse crossover would feature Batwoman and Gotham City. The crossover "Elseworlds" is slated to launch a 2019 solo series for the character.[61][62][63]

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

In May 2018, it was announced that Arrow would move to Mondays for its seventh season, a first for the series, due to The CW's programming expansion to Sunday nights.[64] On June 20, the network released its fall schedule, revealing that the series would additionally move from the 9:00 pm time-slot to the 8:00 pm time-slot, to serve as the lead-in to Legends of Tomorrow. The season premiered on The CW in the United States on October 15, 2018.[65]

Marketing[edit]

The main cast of the season as well as executive producer Beth Schwartz attended San Diego Comic-Con on July 21, 2018 to promote the season.[66]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Inmate 4587" October 15, 2018 0.4/2 1.43[2] 0.4 0.92 0.8 2.35[67]
2 "The Longbow Hunters" October 22, 2018 0.4/2 1.18[3] 0.4 0.85 0.8 2.03[68]
3 "Crossing Lines" October 29, 2018 0.4/2 1.15[4] 0.3 0.89 0.7 2.04[69]
4 "Level Two" November 5, 2018 0.3/1 1.08[5] 0.4 0.90 0.7 1.98[70]
5 "The Demon" November 12, 2018 0.4/2 1.26[6] 0.3 0.68 0.7 1.94[71]
6 "Due Process" November 19, 2018 0.3/1 1.03[7] 0.3 0.78 0.6 1.81[72]
7 "The Slabside Redemption" November 26, 2018 0.4/2 1.31[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "Unmasked" December 3, 2018 0.5/2 1.35[9] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "Elseworlds, Part 2" December 10, 2018 0.8/3 2.06[10] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 96% approval rating for the seventh season, with an average rating of 7.7/10 based on 85 reviews.[73]

Reviewing for Den of Geek, Delia Harrington gave the premiere a rating of 3/5. She opined that Roy's inclusion in the season made his "moving sendoff" with Thea from last season feel "cheap" and that she remained "cautious" about the flashforward structure, but said that the episode was "solid" nonetheless. She concluded, "The Arrow Season 7 premiere manages to both wipe the slate clean and nod in the direction of the show's early glory."[74] IGN's Jesse Schedeen wrote, "Arrow's Season 7 premiere kicks off the most significant status quo change in the series' history. Some of these sweeping changes are already working in the show's favor." He gave the episode a rating of 7.1/10, adding, "Arrow's seventh season has a promising start, though the premiere drags whenever Oliver Queen isn't the focus."[75] Both Chancellor Agard of Entertainment Weekly and Allison Shoemaker of The A.V. Club gave the premiere a "B" grade and noted a comparison to ABC's Lost, with Agard praising Amell and Rickards' performances.[76][77] Shoemaker explained that the episode "revisits a lot of familiar territory, but it breaks new ground for Arrow while having its priorities in precisely the right place. It's the beginning of a new era for Arrow, and whether you credit this episode's success to either focus or flash-forwards, it's a promising start."[77]

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