List of Arrow episodes

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Arrow is an American television series, developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow. The series premiered in the United States on October 10, 2012 for The CW television network. The first four seasons have been released on DVD to Regions 1, 2 and 4 and on Blu-ray to Regions A and B.

Arrow follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who, after five years of being stranded on a hostile island, returns home to his mother, Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson) and sister, Thea Queen (Willa Holland) and becomes a bow and arrow-wielding vigilante. He is initially aided by his friends, John Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), and later aspiring vigilantes Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez), Evelyn Sharp (Madison McLaughlin), Rory Regan (Joe Dinicol), and Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy) join them. In addition, Queen's team receives help from the Lance family; Laurel (Katie Cassidy), Sara (Caity Lotz), and Quentin (Paul Blackthorne), sharing the goal of bringing justice to Starling City (later Star City). The series also featured flashbacks in most episodes in the first five seasons to the time Queen was missing, and how his experiences there shaped him into the man who returned home to fight crime.

The fifth season debuted on October 5, 2016.[1] On January 8, 2017, The CW renewed the series for a sixth season,[2] which is scheduled to debut on October 12, 2017.[3] As of May 24, 2017, 115 episodes of Arrow have aired, concluding the fifth season.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired Rank Average viewers
(in millions)
1 23 October 10, 2012 (2012-10-10) May 15, 2013 (2013-05-15) 130 3.68[4]
2 23 October 9, 2013 (2013-10-09) May 14, 2014 (2014-05-14) 128 3.28[5]
3 23 October 8, 2014 (2014-10-08) May 13, 2015 (2015-05-13) 135 3.52[6]
4 23 October 7, 2015 (2015-10-07) May 25, 2016 (2016-05-25) 145 2.90[7]
5 23 October 5, 2016 (2016-10-05) May 24, 2017 (2017-05-24) 147 2.21[8]
6 TBA October 12, 2017 (2017-10-12)[3] TBA TBA TBA


Season 1 (2012–13)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
U.S. viewers
1 1 "Pilot" David Nutter Story by : Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim
Teleplay by : Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim
October 10, 2012 (2012-10-10) 296818 4.14[9]
2 2 "Honor Thy Father" David Barrett Story by : Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim
Teleplay by : Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim
October 17, 2012 (2012-10-17) 2J7302 3.55[10]
3 3 "Lone Gunmen" Guy Bee Story by : Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg
Teleplay by : Marc Guggenheim & Andrew Kreisberg
October 24, 2012 (2012-10-24) 2J7303 3.51[11]
4 4 "An Innocent Man" Vince Misiano Moira Kirland & Lana Cho October 31, 2012 (2012-10-31) 2J7304 3.05[12]
5 5 "Damaged" Michael Schultz Wendy Mericle & Ben Sokolowski November 7, 2012 (2012-11-07) 2J7305 3.75[13]
6 6 "Legacies" John Behring Moira Kirland & Marc Guggenheim November 14, 2012 (2012-11-14) 2J7306 3.83[14]
7 7 "Muse of Fire" David Grossman Story by : Andrew Kreisberg
Teleplay by : Geoff Johns & Marc Guggenheim
November 28, 2012 (2012-11-28) 2J7307 3.74[15]
8 8 "Vendetta" Ken Fink Beth Schwartz & Andrew Kreisberg December 5, 2012 (2012-12-05) 2J7308 3.35[16]
9 9 "Year's End" John Dahl Story by : Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim
Teleplay by : Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim
December 12, 2012 (2012-12-12) 2J7309 3.11[17]
10 10 "Burned" Eagle Egilsson Moira Kirland & Ben Sokolowski January 16, 2013 (2013-01-16) 2J7310 3.06[18]
11 11 "Trust But Verify" Nick Copus Gabrielle Stanton January 23, 2013 (2013-01-23) 2J7311 3.14[19]
12 12 "Vertigo" Wendey Stanzler Wendy Mericle & Ben Sokolowski January 30, 2013 (2013-01-30) 2J7312 2.97[20]
13 13 "Betrayal" Guy Bee Lana Cho & Beth Schwartz February 6, 2013 (2013-02-06) 2J7313 2.96[21]
14 14 "The Odyssey" John Behring Story by : Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg
Teleplay by : Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim
February 13, 2013 (2013-02-13) 2J7314 3.29[22]
15 15 "Dodger" Eagle Egilsson Beth Schwartz February 20, 2013 (2013-02-20) 2J7315 3.15[23]
16 16 "Dead to Rights" Glen Winter Geoff Johns February 27, 2013 (2013-02-27) 2J7316 3.17[24]
17 17 "The Huntress Returns" Guy Bee Jake Coburn & Lana Cho March 20, 2013 (2013-03-20) 2J7317 3.02[25]
18 18 "Salvation" Nick Copus Drew Z. Greenberg & Wendy Mericle March 27, 2013 (2013-03-27) 2J7318 2.65[26]
19 19 "Unfinished Business" Michael Offer Bryan Q. Miller & Lindsey Allen April 3, 2013 (2013-04-03) 2J7319 2.92[27]
20 20 "Home Invasion" Ken Fink Ben Sokolowski & Beth Schwartz April 24, 2013 (2013-04-24) 2J7320 3.10[28]
21 21 "The Undertaking" Michael Shultz Jake Coburn & Lana Cho May 1, 2013 (2013-05-01) 2J7321 2.89[29]
22 22 "Darkness on the Edge of Town" John Behring Drew Z. Greenberg & Wendy Mericle May 8, 2013 (2013-05-08) 2J7322 2.62[30]
23 23 "Sacrifice" David Barrett Story by : Greg Berlanti
Teleplay by : Marc Guggenheim & Andrew Kreisberg
May 15, 2013 (2013-05-15) 2J7323 2.77[31]

Season 2 (2013–14)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
U.S. viewers
24 1 "City of Heroes" John Behring Story by : Greg Berlanti
Teleplay by : Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim
October 9, 2013 (2013-10-09) 2J7451 2.74[32]
25 2 "Identity" Nick Copus Ben Sokolowski & Beth Schwartz October 16, 2013 (2013-10-16) 2J7452 3.06[33]
26 3 "Broken Dolls" Glen Winter Marc Guggenheim & Keto Shimizu October 23, 2013 (2013-10-23) 2J7453 2.89[34]
27 4 "Crucible" Eagle Egilsson Andrew Kreisberg & Wendy Mericle October 30, 2013 (2013-10-30) 2J7454 2.37[35]
28 5 "League of Assassins" Wendey Stanzler Jake Coburn & Drew Z. Greenberg November 6, 2013 (2013-11-06) 2J7455 2.80[36]
29 6 "Keep Your Enemies Closer" Guy Bee Ben Sokolowski & Beth Schwartz November 13, 2013 (2013-11-13) 2J7456 3.09[37]
30 7 "State v. Queen" Bethany Rooney Marc Guggenheim & Drew Z. Greenberg November 20, 2013 (2013-11-20) 2J7457 2.66[38]
31 8 "The Scientist" Michael Schultz Story by : Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg
Teleplay by : Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns
December 4, 2013 (2013-12-04) 2J7458 3.24[39]
32 9 "Three Ghosts" John Behring Story by : Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg
Teleplay by : Geoff Johns & Ben Sokolowski
December 11, 2013 (2013-12-11) 2J7459 3.02[40]
33 10 "Blast Radius" Rob Hardy Jake Coburn & Keto Shimizu January 15, 2014 (2014-01-15) 2J7460 2.52[41]
34 11 "Blind Spot" Glen Winter Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz January 22, 2014 (2014-01-22) 2J7461 2.49[42]
35 12 "Tremors" Guy Bee Marc Guggenheim & Drew Z. Greenberg January 29, 2014 (2014-01-29) 2J7462 2.95[43]
36 13 "Heir to the Demon" Wendey Stanzler Jake Coburn February 5, 2014 (2014-02-05) 2J7463 2.86[44]
37 14 "Time of Death" Nick Copus Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz February 26, 2014 (2014-02-26) 2J7464 2.45[45]
38 15 "The Promise" Glen Winter Jake Coburn & Ben Sokolowski March 5, 2014 (2014-03-05) 2J7465 2.21[46]
39 16 "Suicide Squad" Larry Teng Keto Shimizu & Bryan Q. Miller March 19, 2014 (2014-03-19) 2J7466 2.42[47]
40 17 "Birds of Prey" John Behring Mark Bemesderfer & A.C. Bradley March 26, 2014 (2014-03-26) 2J7467 2.62[48]
41 18 "Deathstroke" Guy Bee Marc Guggenheim & Drew Z. Greenberg April 2, 2014 (2014-04-02) 2J7468 2.32[49]
42 19 "The Man Under the Hood" Jesse Warn Story by : Greg Berlanti & Geoff Johns
Teleplay by : Andrew Kreisberg & Keto Shimizu
April 16, 2014 (2014-04-16) 2J7469 2.26[50]
43 20 "Seeing Red" Doug Aarniokoski Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz April 23, 2014 (2014-04-23) 2J7470 2.19[51]
44 21 "City of Blood" Michael Schultz Holly Harold April 30, 2014 (2014-04-30) 2J7471 2.31[52]
45 22 "Streets of Fire" Nick Copus Jake Coburn & Ben Sokolowski May 7, 2014 (2014-05-07) 2J7472 2.33[53]
46 23 "Unthinkable" John Behring Story by : Greg Berlanti
Teleplay by : Marc Guggenheim & Andrew Kreisberg
May 14, 2014 (2014-05-14) 2J7473 2.37[54]

Season 3 (2014–15)[edit]

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U.S. viewers
47 1 "The Calm" Glen Winter Story by : Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg
Teleplay by : Marc Guggenheim & Jake Coburn
October 8, 2014 (2014-10-08) 3J5151 2.83[55]
The newly promoted Captain Quentin Lance calls off the task-force against Arrow. Elsewhere, Werner Zytle, who has claimed the mantle of Vertigo, attempts to kill Arrow in a bid to raise his profile. After losing the first battle, Oliver and Roy are able to stop Zytle, along with some help from Sara who is back in town for an unknown reason. Meanwhile, businessman Ray Palmer successfully acquires Queen Consolidated under a plan of rebuilding the city and renaming it "Star City". Diggle and Lyla welcome a baby girl, which convinces Diggle to take Oliver's suggestion and retire from field duty. Oliver and Felicity go on a first date, but Oliver ends it explaining how he cannot be both the Arrow and Oliver, although he acknowledges loving her. Sara is shot in the chest with arrows by an unseen figure before falling from a rooftop to her death. In flashbacks, Waller assigns agent Maseo Yamashiro as Oliver's handler. After numerous failed attempts to escape, Oliver agrees to proceed with his training to prevent Waller from killing Maseo's family as punishment for his failure in restraining Oliver.
48 2 "Sara" Wendey Stanzler Jake Coburn & Keto Shimizu October 15, 2014 (2014-10-15) 3J5152 2.32[56]
Laurel takes Sara's body to the team. Quentin alerts Oliver to another archer in the city killing people, unaware about Sara. Oliver follows a lead and is able to identify the archer as Simon Lacroix. The team learns of Lacroix's next target and intercepts him. Laurel arrives, determined to avenge Sara's death. As Oliver attempts to dissuade her, Lacroix reveals that he was not in Starling City at the time of Sara's death. The team buries Sara; and Laurel decides not to tell Quentin that Sara is dead. Diggle decides to return to field duty again. Meanwhile, Roy reveals to Oliver that Thea left town when she learned he was working with the Arrow. In Corto Maltese, Thea is shown with Malcolm and has proven to be capable of defeating more than one henchman in combat. Felicity decides to work for Ray. In flashbacks, Oliver is tasked with killing Tommy, after the latter comes to Hong Kong to find Oliver after seeing activity on Oliver's email account. To save Tommy, Oliver pretends to kidnap him and tricks him into thinking that it was a ruse to gain ransom money before Maseo, posing as a police officer, rescues Tommy.
49 3 "Corto Maltese" Stephen Surjik Erik Oleson & Beth Schwartz October 22, 2014 (2014-10-22) 3J5153 2.55[57]
With no more leads in Sara's murder, Oliver focuses his attention on bringing Thea home. Felicity is able to track her to Corto Maltese. Thea initially refuses to return. While he waits to convince her, Oliver assists Diggle on a mission for A.R.G.U.S. to ascertain the whereabouts of one of its agents, Mark Shaw. Mark is revealed to have broken into the A.R.G.U.S. database and stolen information to sell on the black market. Oliver and Diggle manage to stop him, who convinces Diggle to tell Waller that he is dead. After a last minute plea, and Oliver revealing the truth about Robert's death, Thea agrees to return, which Merlyn allows. Meanwhile, trying to emulate Sara, Laurel attempts to exact vengeance on an abusive boyfriend of a fellow A.A. member, but she is overpowered and ends up in the hospital. Later, she seeks out boxer Ted Grant to train her to fight after Oliver's refusal. Using Felicity's help, Ray opens a file of details of advanced weaponry. Nyssa confronts Oliver and demands Sara's whereabouts. In flashbacks to six months prior, Merlyn begins training Thea to calm her mind and heal her emotional pain, while also mastering control over physical pain.
50 4 "The Magician" John Behring Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle October 29, 2014 (2014-10-29) 3J5154 2.49[58]
Oliver informs Nyssa that Sara was killed; and Nyssa reveals to Oliver that Merlyn is alive and Sara was sent by the League to confirm his existence. After tracking Merlyn, Oliver agrees to meet him in a public location, where Merlyn tells Oliver that he did not kill her, but only returned to Starling City to save Thea. Nyssa kidnaps Thea in an attempt to draw out Merlyn, known by the League as the "Magician"; but Oliver arrives to rescue Thea. Merlyn arrives shortly after to clear his name and insinuates to Nyssa that it was Ra's who had Sara killed. Nyssa does not believe him; but Oliver does and vows to protect Merlyn for as long as he is in Starling. Nyssa warns Oliver that he has made a serious enemy in the League before leaving and reporting back to Ra's. Quentin gets worried about Sara's status. In flashbacks, Oliver completes his first assassination, and learns that Waller was behind Edward Fyers' actions on the island; and her intention was to kill Chien on a flight to Hong Kong. Since Oliver stopped the attack, Waller demands him to help her find out the reason of Chien's presence.
51 5 "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak" Michael Schultz Ben Sokolowski & Brian Ford Sullivan November 5, 2014 (2014-11-05) 3J5155 2.73[59]
A cyber terrorist attacks Starling City, threatening to shut down all banks and set everyone on an even socioeconomic status. While Oliver and Roy attempt to keep the peace on the streets, Felicity works to locate the virus. She quickly realizes that she designed the virus five years earlier, and that it is unstoppable. Her mother Donna shows up unannounced, and the two have a falling out over how different they are from each other. Felicity soon realizes that Donna was unknowingly sent by the cyber terrorist—revealed to be Felicity's ex-boyfriend Cooper—who kidnaps them both. Using Donna as leverage, Cooper forces Felicity to divert a set of armored vehicles, carrying newly minted money, to their location. She secretly uses a smart watch presented by Ray to Donna to also contact Oliver, who arrives with Roy and Diggle and stops Cooper and his team. Felicity reconciles with Donna. Roy begins having nightmares that he was the one who killed Sara. Meanwhile, Laurel continues to train with Ted, and reveals to him the real reason that she is learning to fight. Thea buys a house using the money inherited from Merlyn and convinces Oliver to stay with her.
52 6 "Guilty" Peter Leto Erik Oleson & Keto Shimizu November 12, 2014 (2014-11-12) 3J5156 2.60[60]
In flashbacks, Maseo's wife, Tatsu, uses a type of meditation to help Oliver remember where a dead associate of Chien's dropped a letter, hoping that he leaves her family soon. From the letter, the name Li Kuan Hui is extracted. In the present, a murderer begins taking out gang members; and when a body shows up in Ted's gym, he becomes a suspect. Ted reveals to Oliver that he was once a vigilante who retired after a drug dealer was beaten to death by accident. Ted reveals the murderer was his former protégé Isaac Stanzler, who was responsible for the death of the dealer, but is bested by Oliver before escaping. Isaac kidnaps Ted and Laurel; but Oliver and his team are able to successfully stop him. Meanwhile, Roy tells Felicity about his dreams and later confesses to Oliver and Laurel. Using the technique learned from Tatsu, Oliver helps Roy access his memories to realize that he did not kill Sara; however, Roy discovers he did kill a cop while under the effects of Mirakuru. Ted decides to continue training Laurel. Isaac is confronted by a female archer calling herself "Cupid".
53 7 "Draw Back Your Bow" Rob Hardy Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz November 19, 2014 (2014-11-19) 3J5157 2.64[61]
Cupid, revealed to had been saved by the Arrow during Slade's attack, murders Isaac and leaves his body dressed up as the Arrow. Following a lead, Oliver learns that she is a former cop named Carrie Cutter who is obsessed with him as a result of her condition. Carrie uses a former C.I. to track down Oliver's hideout, the Verdant, which is reopened by Thea. Oliver lures Carrie away and rejects her romantic advancement before she tries to kill the both of them. He stops her, which reinforces Carrie's delusion that he is in love with her. Subsequently, Oliver gives her to A.R.G.U.S. as a new member of their Squad. Meanwhile, Ray rebrands Queen Consolidated into Palmer Technologies. Oliver struggles with how much time Felicity is spending with Ray; and the situation is made worse when he finds them kissing. Ray is later shown working on a personal exosuit design called A.T.O.M. A killer using boomerang blades appears in the city. In flashbacks to Hong Kong, Oliver and Tatsu go off to find Maseo when he goes missing, during which time she ends her displeasure towards Oliver. They return home and find Maseo safe and sound.
54 8 "The Brave and the Bold" Jesse Warn Story by : Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg
Teleplay by : Marc Guggenheim & Grainne Godfree
December 3, 2014 (2014-12-03) 3J5158 3.92[62]

Flashbacks to Hong Kong show Oliver learning how to torture suspects effectively to get information. In the present, Oliver and Roy track down the home of Digger Harkness, the boomerang-wielding murderer, but they only find A.R.G.U.S. operatives looking for the same man. Caitlin and Cisco arrive in Starling City to help Felicity investigate Sara's death. Digger attempts to kill Lyla; Roy, Oliver and Barry arrive and stop him. Later, Lyla reveals Digger was part of the Suicide Squad. Oliver's extreme interrogation methods lead Barry to question how emotionally stable Oliver is. Digger traces Oliver's hideout, where he wounds Lyla before escaping. In order to leave town, Digger plants 5 bombs around the city. While Oliver captures Digger, Barry uses both his and Oliver's teams to defuse the bombs at the same time. Digger is incarcerated in the island with Slade. Lyla accepts Diggle's marriage proposal. Before Barry and his team's departure, he and Oliver decide to have a friendly duel.

This episode concludes a crossover that begins on The Flash season 1 episode 8.
55 9 "The Climb" Thor Freudenthal Jake Coburn & Keto Shimizu December 10, 2014 (2014-12-10) 3J5159 3.06[63]
The League demands Oliver to find and turn over Sara's killer in 48 hours or they will begin murdering Starling City citizens, a mission led by Maseo, revealed to have joined the League. S.T.A.R. Labs sends Felicity the DNA results, which appears to be Oliver's D.N.A. Realizing that she has been lying, Arrow confronts Thea, who demonstrates her fighting skill before escaping. Later, Merlyn informs Oliver that he drugged Thea and manipulated her into killing Sara and not remembering it. Merlyn filmed the event to use as leverage to force Oliver to take the blame and challenge Ra's to a duel, which no one has dared in 67 years. Ra's overpowers Oliver before impaling him and kicking him over the side of a cliff. Meanwhile, Laurel reveals Sara's death to Dinah and convinces her not to tell Quentin. Dinah asks her to avenge Sara's murder. Ray shows the A.T.O.M. design to Felicity and states his intention to use the exosuit to protect the city as a vigilante. In flashbacks, Oliver and Maseo learn that Chien has stolen an engineered super-virus. China breaks into Maseo's house and kidnaps Tatsu after ovepowering her.
56 10 "Left Behind" Glen Winter Marc Guggenheim & Erik Oleson January 21, 2015 (2015-01-21) 3J5160 3.06[64]
In flashbacks, Oliver and Maseo steal the counterpart to the super-virus, thus making Chien's portion inert. Oliver also slips a GPS tracker on one of Chien's men so that they can locate Tatsu. In the present, Diggle and Roy work to continue protecting the city in Oliver's absence. With the Arrow missing, a new crime lord named Danny "Brick" Brickwell plots to take over the Glades. After Thea expresses concern over Oliver's absence, Merlyn investigates the site of the duel and brings the bloodied sword back to the team, proclaiming Oliver's death. Diggle discovers Brickwell's plan, to secure all the evidence against street enforcers so they are released from jail and forced to join his crew, and heads to the police warehouse with Roy to stop him. Fearing for their lives, Felicity decides to trap the duo in the warehouse and let Brickwell escape. Afterward, Felicity proclaims the group non-existent without Oliver and quits both the group and helping Ray with A.T.O.M. Laurel starts fighting Brickwell's operatives, donning an altered Canary costume. Merlyn advises Thea to leave Starling City with him. Meanwhile, Maseo finds Oliver's body and takes it to Tatsu, who revives Oliver.
57 11 "Midnight City" Nick Copus Wendy Mericle & Ben Sokolowski January 28, 2015 (2015-01-28) 3J5161 2.91[65]
While Oliver attempts to rest and heal, members of the League arrive, forcing Maseo and Tatsu to kill them to protect Oliver. Maseo wounds himself so Ra's will believe Oliver escaped the former. Roy and Diggle warn Laurel to stay off the streets after Roy saves her from a fight. Brick kidnaps the city's aldermen, killing one during a rescue attempt. In exchange for the remaining aldermen, Brick demands that all police presence evacuate the Glades for good. The team is able to locate the aldermen and successfully rescue them, but the Mayor still agrees to remove the police after Brick reveals that he has targeted every legislative body member. Meanwhile, Felicity decides to rejoin the team and help Ray with his plan. Merlyn tells Thea about Ra's, and she convinces him to stay and fight instead of flight. Chase, the DJ for Verdant, is revealed to be a spy for the League, informing Maseo about Merlyn's decision. In flashbacks, Maseo and Oliver manage to save Tatsu.
58 12 "Uprising" Jesse Warn Beth Schwartz & Brian Ford Sullivan February 4, 2015 (2015-02-04) 3J5162 2.94[66]
Flashbacks chronicle the death of Merlyn's wife, Merlyn killing the man believed to have killed her and his journey to the League to seek training. In the present, Oliver decides to return to Starling City. Tatsu informs him that if he wants to defeat Ra's, he will need to seek swordsman training from a student, like Maseo. With the police out of the Glades, Roy and Laurel are tasked with fighting Brick's men to keep the peace. Quentin gives the team all the information the police have on Brick to help locate him. Merlyn spies on the team as they review the evidence against Brick, and discovers that Brick was responsible for the death of Merlyn's wife. Merlyn propositions the team to join forces to take down Brick, but the team refuses. Instead, they rally the citizens of the Glades to take on Brick and his men. Merlyn overpowers Brick before Oliver arrives and persuades him to spare Brick's life and let the police arrest him. Cindy tells Quentin her knowledge that the new female vigilante is not Sara. In the aftermath, Oliver requests Merlyn train him so that he can take on Ra's.
59 13 "Canaries" Michael Schultz Jake Coburn & Emilio Ortega Aldrich February 11, 2015 (2015-02-11) 3J5163 2.67[67]
Werner Zytle escapes custody by poisoning a guard with Vertigo. As Oliver tries to keep Laurel off the streets as a vigilante, Merlyn informs him that to beat Ra's he will need to bring Thea into the team. Oliver reveals the truth to her, who accepts and praises him for the work he has been doing as the Arrow. Laurel tracks down Zytle and takes him on herself, only to be poisoned with Vertigo. She begins to hallucinate images of Sara, who attacks her. Oliver and Roy arrive in time to get her back to the base for treatment. Oliver realizes that his team does not fight for him anymore, but for the city. Chase attempts to kill Thea, but Roy and Merlyn show up and Chase commits suicide. Oliver and Laurel successful capture Zytle together. On Merlyn's advice, Oliver takes Thea to the island for training. Laurel finally tells Quentin, who already knows the former's alter ego, about Sara's death. In flashbacks, Oliver is captured by A.R.G.U.S. and interrogated for the location of Maseo and his family. Maseo is captured trying to save Oliver. Waller brings Oliver and Maseo to Starling City to find Chien.
60 14 "The Return" Dermott Downs Marc Guggenheim & Erik Oleson February 18, 2015 (2015-02-18) 3J5164 2.91[68]
While on the island of Lian Yu, Oliver begins Thea's training. He goes to the A.R.G.U.S. prison to visit with Slade, but he discovers the guard dead and Slade missing. Oliver warns Thea and they find out that Merlyn had Slade freed as part of their training. Slade arrives and captures them, imprisoning them in the A.R.G.U.S. cell. The duo manages to open the doors and escape. Oliver reveals to Thea that she killed Sara. Slade arrives and engages them. Oliver dissuades Thea from killing Slade, who gets imprisoned back in the cell. The duo returns to Starling City, where Thea confronts Merlyn for forcing her to kill Sara. Thea decides to work with him to fight Ra's, but denounces their personal relationship. Quentin blames Laurel for hiding the truth. In flashbacks, Oliver and Maseo start tracking an employee of Queen Consolidated associated with Chien. Oliver looks in on his family and discovers that Thea is using drugs. Oliver and Maseo acquire the virus and arrest Chien. Oliver is introduced to General Matthew Shrieve, who promises to free him after he is debriefed in China.
61 15 "Nanda Parbat" Gregory Smith Story by : Wendy Mericle & Ben Sokolowski
Teleplay by : Erik Oleson & Ben Sokolowski
February 25, 2015 (2015-02-25) 3J5165 3.07[69]
Oliver and Thea continue their training with Merlyn. Thea confesses the whole truth to Laurel, who instead blames Merlyn; Thea makes a deal to turn him over to the League. Laurel confronts Merlyn and is outmatched, but they are interrupted by Nyssa and the League, and Merlyn is captured. Having imprisoned Nyssa, Oliver decides to go to Nanda Parbat to rescue Merlyn to prevent Thea from blaming herself when she realizes that she has sentenced her father to death. Oliver and Diggle infiltrate Nanda Parbat, but walk into a trap set by Ra's. Oliver tells Diggle that Thea was not his only motive and he could not accept the defeat from someone else. Diggle states that he considers him a brother. Thea confesses the truth to Nyssa and offers her the chance at revenge, and Ray tests the flight capabilities of his completed A.T.O.M. exo-suit. Instead of killing Oliver, Ra's expresses his praise for Oliver's courage and strength, and asks Oliver to replace him as the head of the League. In flashbacks, Oliver is debriefed by Matthew and freed. On their way, Oliver and the Yamashiros are attacked. Oliver flees for safety with Akio, Maseo's son.
62 16 "The Offer" Dermott Downs Beth Schwartz & Brian Ford Sullivan March 18, 2015 (2015-03-18) 3J5166 2.56[70]
Ra's explains that the localized pool of water in Nanda Parbat has healing effects that have allowed him to live far longer than any mortal man. The pool is becoming less effective on him, so Ra's is looking for a replacement. In a show of good faith to convince Oliver, Ra's releases Diggle and Merlyn and forgives all blood debts. Oliver returns to Starling and releases Nyssa. Oliver and his team return to stopping crime, but Quentin tells the Arrow that he will not aid him anymore because of hiding Sara's death. Afterward, Oliver realizes that he is not ready to give up being the Arrow; Oliver informs Maseo of his decision, who warns Oliver of the consequences of defying Ra's. Upset with Ra's for his offer to Oliver, Nyssa leaves him and returns to Starling City, befriending Laurel and deciding to train her. Ra's, dressed as the Arrow, frames the vigilante for murder. Thea leaves Malcolm and moves in Roy's. In flashbacks to Hong Kong, Oliver and Akio continue to be on the run, during which they seemingly stumble across a woman resembling Shado.
63 17 "Suicidal Tendencies" Jesse Warn Keto Shimizu March 25, 2015 (2015-03-25) 3J5167 2.86[71]
Diggle and Lyla officially remarry, but Waller interrupts their honeymoon to recruit them for a Suicide Squad mission to rescue Senator Cray from a kidnapping. The kidnapping turns out be a ruse by Cray, to help his bid for President. The team rescues the hostages, but Lawton seemingly sacrifices himself so everyone can get out safely. He is announced responsible for the kidnapping, and Cray's involvement is covered up. The police issue a warrant for the Arrow, which Ray supports. Oliver discovers that Ra's has sent multiple assassins to impersonate him. In his new A.T.O.M. suit, Ray locates the Arrow and through facial scans learns his identity. Laurel refuses to accept Ray's evidence against Oliver. Ray engages Oliver in a fight, but the latter disables Ray's suit. Oliver convinces Ray that he is being framed. Diggle decides to leave Oliver's team and Lyla decides to resign from A.R.G.U.S. Maseo, dressed as the Arrow, murders the mayor and shoots another arrow at Felicity. In flashbacks, Lawton struggles to transition back into society from the military, including his wife and child leaving him. Lawton is propositioned by H.I.V.E. to assassinate Andrew Diggle, John's brother.
64 18 "Public Enemy" Dwight Little Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle April 1, 2015 (2015-04-01) 3J5168 2.48[72]
Ray takes the arrow for Felicity. Quentin issues an arrest warrant for the Arrow and his team, with shoot to kill orders in effect. Oliver uses Nyssa to track Maseo's location. Ra's appears and repeats his demand. The police arrive and Oliver and his team manage to escape. Ra's kidnaps Quentin and reveals the Arrow's identity, which Quentin announces at a press conference. Oliver decides to turn himself in in exchange for immunity for his teammates. Roy dresses as the Arrow, stops Oliver's transport van and surrenders to the police, claiming that he has been the Arrow all along. Meanwhile, Ray is revealed to have developed a deadly thrombus that has no known cure. He reveals to have nanobots that can destroy the clot. Felicity injects them and saves him by the help of Donna. In flashbacks, the woman resembling Shado turns out to be her twin sister Mei. The assailants come after them, but Maseo and Tatsu arrive and rescue them. Before leaving, Oliver tells Mei that Shado and Yao are dead.
65 19 "Broken Arrow" Doug Aarniokoski Story by : Jake Coburn
Teleplay by : Ben Sokolowski & Brian Ford Sullivan
April 15, 2015 (2015-04-15) 3J5169 2.47[73]
Roy is arrested and the District Attorney decides not to charge Oliver. However, Quentin knows the truth and decides to continue investigating Oliver, who and his team start working on how to stop metahuman Jake Simmons. Oliver enlists Ray's help. After a failed first attempt, Oliver and Ray sync their movements through a neural network, but when the network malfunctions during the battle, Ray defeats Simmons himself, and places him under S.T.A.R. Labs' custody. Cisco deduces that Simmons did not acquire his powers from the particle accelerator explosion. With the help of A.R.G.U.S, Roy fakes his own murder so that the public believes the Arrow is dead and Oliver innocent. As a result, Roy is forced to leave the city. Ra's visits Thea and impales her with his sword. In flashbacks, Oliver infiltrates A.R.G.U.S. to stop Waller, only to discover that she is a prisoner of Shrieve, who was behind the attack and plans to release the virus in Hong Kong. Oliver, Maseo, and Tatsu steal the vaccine and decide to stop Shrieve's plan.
66 20 "The Fallen" Antonio Negret Wendy Mericle & Oscar Balderrama April 22, 2015 (2015-04-22) 3J5170 2.72[74]
Oliver rushes Thea to a hospital, where her death is said to be apparently inevitable. Maseo contacts Oliver to let him know that if he accepts Ra's offer, he will be able to use the Lazarus Pit to heal her. Malcolm warns against this, stating that the pit changes a person in their soul, but Oliver decides to take her to Nanda Parbat regardless. Thea is dipped into the pit and returns healed but in a state of confusion, and her memories jumbled. Felicity has sex with Oliver before drugging him so the team can sneak him out of the fortress, which is aided by Maseo. Cornered by the Assassins, Oliver wakes in time to order them to stand down. Afterward, Oliver returns to take his place as head of the League, alone. Thea wakes up in her apartment, her mind clear and distraught that Oliver sacrificed himself for her. Oliver renounces his old life, taking on an apprentice role in the League and the name Al Sah-him until he is ready to take over as the new Ra's. In flashbacks, Oliver, Maseo, and Tatsu go after the virus, but during a fight it is released.
67 21 "Al Sah-him" Thor Freudenthal Story by : Beth Schwartz
Teleplay by : Brian Ford Sullivan & Emilio Ortega Aldrich
April 29, 2015 (2015-04-29) 3J5171 2.39[75]
Oliver begins his training, which includes breaking down his psyche so that his allegiance is only to the League and his new identity as Al Sah-him. Ra's recounts the moment that he was chosen to become the leader of the League, and a duel with his best friend Damien Darhk who saw himself as the heir. Ra's hesitated and Damien fled, stealing from the Lazarus Pit and starting his own group. Damien is revealed to had hired Gholem Qadir and Mark Shaw. Subsequently, Oliver is directed to kill Nyssa. Oliver and the League come to Starling City, where team Arrow announce their protection of Nyssa. Oliver kidnaps Lyla to force the team to give her up. At the exchange, a fight breaks out and Nyssa is taken by the League. Oliver almost kills Diggle, but Thea, in her own suit, arrives and stops him. Felicity reveals to Thea that Roy is alive. In Nanda Parbat Ra's orders Nyssa to marry Oliver, and Oliver has to use the Alpha/Omega virus to cleanse Starling City as afinal act of commitment. In flashbacks, Oliver, Maseo, and Tatsu, who were vaccinated, watch as the citizens of Hong Kong, including Akio, become infected.
68 22 "This Is Your Sword" Wendey Stanzler Story by : Erik Oleson
Teleplay by : Ben Sokolowski & Brian Ford Sullivan
May 6, 2015 (2015-05-06) 3J5172 2.54[76]
In flashbacks, Maseo and Oliver go after Shreive to see if he has a cure. They only succeed in leading Shrieve to their location, while Akio dies in Tatsu's arms. In the present, Diggle and Laurel patrol Starling City, taking on any criminals they find. Thea finds Roy and reunites with him. Oliver learns that Maseo is the one who provided Ra's with the Omega virus when he originally came to Nanda Parbat. Sneaking away from the castle, Oliver, revealed to have been in league with Malcolm and that his agreement to become Ra's heir was a charade to get close to Ra's and slowly dismantle the League from within, tells Malcolm Ra's plan. On Oliver's advice, Malcolm uses Tatsu to convince team Arrow of the truth. The team, including Tatsu, Ray, and Malcolm go to Nanda Parbat where Tatsu kills Maseo before they are overrun by the League and captured. Malcolm reveals Oliver's treachery to Ra's, whom Oliver manages to convince of his loyalty. Roy secretly leaves Thea. Ra's exposes the team, excluding Tatsu, to the virus before sealing them away in a cell. Afterward, Oliver and Nyssa get married.
69 23 "My Name Is Oliver Queen" John Behring Story by : Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg
Teleplay by : Marc Guggenheim & Jake Coburn
May 13, 2015 (2015-05-13) 3J5173 2.83[77]
While Ra's and Oliver head toward Starling City, team Arrow wakes in the dungeon. Malcolm informs them that he secretly gave them the vaccine. Barry arrives and frees them. Oliver and Nyssa attack Ra's and other Assassins. Ra's escapes with a canister of the virus, vowing to destroy Starling. Ra's reveals to have four targets. Felicity locates them, and Oliver organizes the team, along with Quentin and the police, to those locations, with Thea arriving in Roy's suit to help. Oliver duels Ra's, as the team successfully stops the attack and minimizes the casualties. Oliver kills Ra's before being saved from the police by Felicity in A.T.O.M. suit. Afterward, Oliver decides to have a normal life with Felicity instead of operating as a vigilante, knowing that there are other vigilantes that can take his place. Oliver cedes the title of Ra's to Malcolm, to whom Nyssa kneels, but promises vengeance. Ray begins testing a way to miniaturize his ATOM suit, which results in an explosion. In flashbacks, Oliver tortures Shrieve for hours before Maseo executes him. The trio separates and Oliver decides to live a lonely life away from his family. He boards a ship headed to Coast City.

Season 4 (2015–16)[edit]

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70 1 "Green Arrow" Thor Freudenthal Story by : Greg Berlanti & Beth Schwartz
Teleplay by : Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle
October 7, 2015 (2015-10-07) 3J5801 2.67[78]
Diggle, Thea, and Laurel continue fighting crime in Starling City, recently renamed 'Star City' in the honor of Ray, who apparently died in the explosion. The city's leadership, which includes Quentin, assemble to discuss a group of criminals named the "Ghosts" who are terrorizing the city. Damien Darhk, revealed to be controlling the Ghosts, systematically begins assassinating the city's leadership, but fails to kill Quentin. Laurel and Thea convince Oliver, who was trying to propose to Felicity, to return and help them, which Diggle reluctantly approves. Oliver realizes that Felicity has been helping the team, which tracks the Ghosts, where they witness Damien using some form of mystical energy manipulation. Oliver notices Speedy's excessive aggressiveness. Working together, the team stops Damien's terrorist attack. Diggle deduces that Damien is leading H.I.V.E. Afterward, Taking the name "Green Arrow", the vigilante broadcasts a message to the city vowing to be a beacon of hope, while Quentin is revealed to be working with Damien under duress. In flashbacks, Waller finds Oliver and forces him back on Lian Yu to assess a new threat. He is captured upon arrival.
71 2 "The Candidate" John Behring Marc Guggenheim & Keto Shimizu October 14, 2015 (2015-10-14) 3J5802 2.50[79]
The Queen family friend Jessica Danforth decides to run for mayor. During her announcement, she is attacked by Lonnie Machin, an anarchist for hire working for Damien. Queen explains to his sister that her aggressiveness is a result of being in the Lazarus Pit. Diggle tells Laurel about H.I.V.E. The team successfully stops Machin, but Speedy sets him on fire in the process. Later, Machin escapes police custody. Laurel decides to take Thea back to Nanda Parbat both to find a way to stop the aggression and to bring Sara's body to the pit. Queen decides to run for mayor after Danforth backs out of the race. Meanwhile, Felicity takes over for Ray at the company and tasks an operative named Curtis Holt to find a way to save the financial crisis. In flashbacks, Oliver kills the soldier and is tasked by Waller to infiltrate the local military operation run by an officer named Reiter. Reiter decides to recruit Oliver for his cause instead of killing him.
72 3 "Restoration" Wendey Stanzler Wendy Mericle & Speed Weed October 21, 2015 (2015-10-21) 3J5803 2.40[80]
Laurel and Thea arrive in Nanda Parbat and request Merlyn to use the Lazarus Pit for Sara. He initially refuses and tells Thea that she needs to kill some people once in a while to suppress the lust. In order to appease her, he eventually agrees to revive Sara. When Sara returns feral, Nyssa destroys the Lazarus Pit in retaliation, and Merlyn has her imprisoned. Meanwhile, an A.R.G.U.S. operative delivers Diggle information on a H.I.V.E. operative, Mina Fayad. Fayad meets with Damien about the growing issue with the vigilantes in Star City. She brings in a metahuman named Jeremy Tell, who can turn his playing card tattoos into physical projectiles. After Tell's initial failure, Damien kills Fayad for challenging him. Felicity reveals to Holt that she is aiding Green Arrow. Diggle and Green Arrow team up and take down Tell, who refuses to talk because of fearing Damien more. He is imprisoned in Iron Heights. In flashbacks, in order to impress his handler, Queen uses torture techniques to interrogate the prisoners who are being used to harvest heroin-cocaine hybrid plants. He secretly frees a woman.
73 4 "Beyond Redemption" Lexi Alexander Beth Schwartz & Ben Sokolowski October 28, 2015 (2015-10-28) 3J5805 2.64[81]
Quentin has Green Arrow look into the death of two police officers and the team discovers they were killed by members of the Anti-Vigilante Task Force. Laurel brings Quentin to see Sara, who is chained up in the basement of Laurel's apartment. Smoak identifies Liza Warner as a suspect and, while searching for her, Oliver discovers Quentin meeting with Darhk and confronts Quentin, who reveals that Darhk threatened to kill Laurel. Darhk advises Quentin to kill Sara; but Laurel dissuades him. Green Arrow and the team stop the corrupt officers before Liza attempts to kill the vigilante; but Quentin convinces her to surrender. Later, Queen asks Quentin to spy on Darhk and announces his candidacy, Smoak opens an audio of Palmer's apparent final moments, and Laurel discovers that Sara has escaped. In flashbacks, Queen gets Taiana, the woman, to a cave and convinces officer Conklin of her death; but he discovers his communication device with Waller.
74 5 "Haunted" John Badham Brian Ford Sullivan & Oscar Balderrama November 4, 2015 (2015-11-04) 3J5804[82] 2.60[83]
In flashbacks, Reiter dismisses Conklin's accusation. Instead, he introduces them to a recent captive named John Constantine, who escapes and forces Queen to help him locate a mystical object on the island. Afterwards, Constantine warns Queen to be wary of Reiter's real plans and uses the object to cast a spell on the him. In the present, Sara starts killing women and Green Arrow discovers she is alive. The team realizes that Sara is looking for Thea and plans to kill her. They capture Sara and Oliver contacts John, who helps restore Sara's soul. Meanwhile, Darhk gives Quentin a new task to install a computer virus in a security company. Diggle goes along and sees his brother's name among the list of individuals being deleted by the virus. Later, Smoak and Holt learn that Palmer is still alive and Diggle learns that his brother was killed because he was a drug cartel leader.
75 6 "Lost Souls" Antonio Negret Beth Schwartz & Emilio Ortega Aldrich November 11, 2015 (2015-11-11) 3J5806 2.30[84]
As Oliver works on his campaign, Felicity continues searching for Ray with the help of Curtis. Ray is able to send a new message, letting Felicity know that he survived the explosion because his suit successfully shrank him down to a small size, that he is being held prisoner, and where to find the schematics to build a device to return him to his normal size. In a second message, Felicity discovers that Darhk is the one imprisoning Ray, hoping to get the technology from his suit. The team tracks Darhk to his hideout and, with the device created by Curtis, they successfully save and restore Ray. Thea starts dating Alex while Quentin and Donna start their own date. Darhk orders tests a power source made from Ray's technology on a mystical board. Meanwhile, Sara struggles with the bloodlust and decides to leave Star City to gain control. In flashbacks, Reiter sends Oliver on a search for another ancient ruin that is supposed to yield a "gift" for Reiter. Conklin has a worker turn on Oliver, who kills him, giving the former the opportunity to question Oliver's motives.
76 7 "Brotherhood" James Bamford Speed Weed & Keto Shimizu November 18, 2015 (2015-11-18) 3J5807 2.69[85]
While Ray refuses to return to Palmer Tech, H.I.V.E. destroy money meant for the city bank. John gives Oliver information that H.I.V.E. murdered his brother Andy because he was a criminal rival. Darhk tells Quentin about his knowledge of the latter's betrayal. The team heads to a lab, where they are attacked by Darhk's group and John discovers that Andy is still alive, working for H.I.V.E. John refuses to see Andy as anything more than a traitor, unworthy of saving. The team finds out that Darhk uses pills to control his operatives' minds, which could have been administered to Andy. They locate him and the rest of H.I.V.E, successfully extracting Andy with help from Ray and John, who confronts Andy with the documents, which Andy confirms. After an encounter with Darhk, Thea learns that his powers may help cure her bloodlust permanently after Darhk's failure to drain her lifeforce. In flashbacks, Conklin reveals that the worker Oliver killed was Taiana's brother, diverting accusation from the former. However, Reiter finds the truth by a mystical object and has Oliver whip Conklin as punishment. Oliver later convinces Taiana to help him find a map.
77 8 "Legends of Yesterday" Thor Freudenthal Story by : Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim
Teleplay by : Brian Ford Sullivan & Marc Guggenheim
December 2, 2015 (2015-12-02) 3J5808 3.66[86]

Malcolm orchestrates a meeting between Savage, Barry, and Oliver. Savage demands they turn over Kendra and Carter or he will destroy both Central City and Star City with the Staff of Horus. They devise a plan to deliver the pair as a ruse to get close enough to destroy the staff. The plan fails; Kendra and Carter are killed and Savage uses the staff to destroy everyone else in the city. Barry escapes and runs fast enough to go back in time to the point of the original negotiation. Barry informs Oliver of his time travel and the mistakes that led to their defeat. They change their approach to the plan and Barry is able to steal the staff. He and Oliver use it on Savage, burning his body. Afterward, Kendra and Carter decide to use their powers to help others in another city. Cisco gives her a tracking device. Meanwhile, Oliver learns about his son, William, and accepts Samantha's condition not to tell William or anyone else about the paternity in order to be able to see William. Malcolm collects Savage's ashes, repeating the words Savage said the first time he killed the pair.

This episode concludes a crossover that begins on The Flash season 2 episode 8. The two episodes also set up Legends of Tomorrow.
78 9 "Dark Waters" John Behring Wendy Mericle & Ben Sokolowski December 9, 2015 (2015-12-09) 3J5809 2.82[87]
Oliver's campaign starts an initiative to clean up the Star City bay. Darhk sends a drone to the bay and begins shooting at the citizens helping, injuring several. In response, Oliver reveals Darhk to the media as the leader of H.I.V.E. and the Ghosts. In retaliation, Darhk crashes Oliver's campaign holiday party and kidnaps John, Felicity, and Thea. Oliver makes contact and agrees to exchange himself for them. Darhk tricks Oliver and attempts to kill them all in front of him. Malcolm, dressed as Green Arrow, and Laurel arrive and rescue everyone. Afterward, Oliver proposes to Felicity, who accepts. As they leave, Darhk's men shoot up Oliver's limo and hit Felicity while Darhk reunites with his wife and daughter. Meanwhile, H.I.V.E's plan, titled Genesis, is revealed to include mass growing of corn in a large field. In flashbacks, Oliver returns to the ship the Amazo and acquires the maps. However, Conklin finds Taiana alive and confronts Oliver.
79 10 "Blood Debts" Jesse Warn Oscar Balderrama & Sarah Tarkoff January 20, 2016 (2016-01-20) 3J5810 2.83[88]
While Felicity goes under multiple surgeries, Oliver and the team continue searching for Darhk. Oliver turns to Quentin for information on Darhk's location, while John interrogates his brother Andy. They track down Darhk's location, but find only several dead Ghost soldiers and an anarchy symbol, deducing that Machin is back and out for revenge against Darhk. Machin is caught and Oliver interrogates him before freeing him to go after Darhk, tracking him in the process. Andy reveals Darhk's family house, where Machin goes too; the team arrives and saves Darhk's family, but Machin escapes. Darhk grants Oliver time to spend with his own family before Darhk can kill him. Meanwhile, Felicity is left paralyzed from being shot. John regains his relationship with Andy. Darhk's wife, Ruvé, is revealed to be his accomplice and H.I.V.E's plan is revealed to be destroying the world and rebuilding it. In flashbacks, Conklin presents his proof to Reiter, who allows the former to whip Oliver as punishment, until Reiter notices the spell on Oliver's abdomen. In exchange for Taiana's safety, Oliver agrees to help Reiter.
80 11 "A.W.O.L." Charlotte Brandström Brian Ford Sullivan & Emilio Ortega Aldrich January 27, 2016 (2016-01-27) 3J5811 2.78[89]
Felicity returns home from the hospital, trying to figure out her place on the team now that she is a paraplegic. An A.R.G.U.S. agent seeks out John and Lyla for assistance, but is kidnapped before he can tell the pair anything. The pair goes to Waller, who secretly gives her a portable hard drive that reveals the operative was taken by an organization known as "Shadowspire". John recognizes the name and recounts first meeting the war profiteering group in Afghanistan. With Andy's help, the team tracks Shadowspire. Oliver pressures Felicity for help, who has started having hallucinations of her hacker past self. Shadowspire infiltrates A.R.G.U.S. looking for the access codes to a project known as "Rubicon", killing Waller when she refuses to help. Oliver and the team, with Felicity's assistance, enter A.R.G.U.S. and stop Shadowspire. Oliver vows to look for a way to cure Felicity's paralysis; and John takes Andy to his house. In flashbacks, Reiter is revealed as the leader of Shadowspire.
81 12 "Unchained" Kevin Fair Speed Weed & Beth Schwartz February 3, 2016 (2016-02-03) 3J5812 2.48[90]
The team goes after a burglar and Oliver and Thea manage to corner him. He escapes when Thea loses consciousness. Malcolm reveals to Oliver that since she has not taken a life, the bloodlust is killing her. Oliver finds out that the burglar is Roy. They free Roy from the control of a man who goes by the name Calculator. Felicity tracks the Calculator through the web, who reveals he intends to shut down the entire city, killing everyone in the process. The team manages to stop the plan. Meanwhile, Ruve enters the mayoral race, Thea slips into a coma, the Calculator is revealed to be Felicity's father, Noah Kuttler. Roy decides to leave again. Nyssa escapes her cell in Nanda Parbat, visits Tatsu and somehow convinces her to give her Lotus, a cure for Thea's bloodlust. She demands Oliver to kill Malcolm in exchange for Lotus. In flashbacks, Reiter tortures Oliver for information on the maps he acquired. Oliver has a mystical meeting with the soul of Shado, who gives him a special stone. He reveals to Taiana that he killed her brother.
82 13 "Sins of the Father" Gordon Verheul Ben Sokolowski & Keto Shimizu February 10, 2016 (2016-02-10) 3J5813 2.44[91]
Oliver refuses Nyssa's offer; instead, he manages to convince Malcolm to relinquish control of the League to Nyssa in exchange for the Lotus. At the exchange, Malcolm double-crosses Nyssa and a war starts between the two Assassin factions in Star City. Oliver convinces Malcolm to challenge Nyssa to a duel. Oliver uses ancient rules to trade places with Nyssa as her husband. The former bests Malcolm but, instead of killing him, cuts off the hand wearing the Demon's Head ring and exchanges the ring for the Lotus. However, Nyssa disbands the League and destroys the ring. Malcolm informs Darhk about Oliver's son, William. Meanwhile, Noah reveals to Felicity that he is the Calculator, claiming to have changed into a good person. She finds out that he is lying and turns him over to the police. In flashbacks, Taiana takes the stone from Oliver and gives it to Reiter, demanding her freedom, which Reiter refuses to do and tasks her to help Oliver recover. She later reconciles with him. Reiter informs Oliver that the stone led to the location of what he seeks; and they are going to "dig".
83 14 "Code of Silence" James Bamford Wendy Mericle & Oscar Balderrama February 17, 2016 (2016-02-17) 3J5814 2.44[92]
Malcolm joins Darhk, Ruvé, and the other leaders of H.I.V.E. and it is revealed that they are moving on to "Phase 5" of their plan. Darhk sends a group of mercenaries, known as the Demolition Team, to take out Quentin, whom Laurel saves. With Curtis' help, Felicity realizes that the Demolition Team is planning to destroy the building of the mayoral debate between Oliver and Ruvé, leaving her alive as a sympathetic survivor. Oliver and his team stop the mercenaries in time for Oliver to win the debate. Oliver and Felicity become engaged and Curtis presents her a device that can cure her paralysis. Darhk kidnaps William. Meanwhile, Thea finds out about William and supports Oliver's decision to hide it from Felicity. Quentin tells Donna about his previous involvement with Darhk. In flashbacks, in order to gain the approval of the prisoners, Oliver kills Conklin, who reveals that Reiter plans to kill all the prisoners after he finds his "ultimate power".
84 15 "Taken" Gregory Smith Story by : Marc Guggenheim
Teleplay by : Keto Shimizu & Brian Ford Sullivan
February 24, 2016 (2016-02-24) 3J5815 2.70[93]
Darhk demands Oliver withdraw from the mayoral race in exchange for William. Oliver reveals the truth about William to the rest of the team while revealing his alter ego to Samantha. He asks a Detroit-based vigilante named Mari McCabe for help, as her powers are derived from magic. Mari tracks William's location; but they fail to rescue him. Oliver withdraws from the race while the team discovers the root of Darhk's powers and sets a plan to destroy his mystical idol. The plan works; Darhk is left powerless and arrested, while William is saved. They also discover that Malcolm was the one who kidnapped William. Later, Oliver sends William and his mother away for safety, planning to reveal the truth to William when he is 18. Felicity decides to break up with Oliver while she recovers her ability to walk. In flashbacks, a passage is discovered that leads to Reiter's "ultimate power" and the spell on Oliver's stomach allows him to pass unharmed.
85 16 "Broken Hearts" John Showalter Rebecca Bellotto & Nolan Dunbar March 23, 2016 (2016-03-23) 3J5816 2.09[94]
Carrie Cutter returns to Star City and begins targeting high profile couples. While the team works to track her whereabouts and prevent any more killings, Laurel works on Darhk's prosecution. After several failed attempts to find a suitable witness, Quentin testifies to his involvement. The team discovers that Carrie is targeting couples that have recently been married. In order to draw her out, Oliver convinces Felicity to stage a "secret" wedding with him to set themselves up as targets, intentionally leaking the information to the media. The plan works and Carrie attacks Oliver and Felicity at the ceremony. Felicity distracts her long enough for Diggle and Thea to apprehend her. Darhk's bail is denied and is remanded into custody. Quentin is suspended pending an investigation, while Felicity quits the team for good. In custody, Darhk is shown wearing a mystical ring he secretly carried inside. In flashbacks, Oliver leads Reiter to a mystical idol, but steals it and runs off into the tunnels with Taiana. The pair incapacitate two mercenaries and acquire their guns.
86 17 "Beacon of Hope" Michael Schultz Ben Sokolowski & Brian Ford Sullivan March 30, 2016 (2016-03-30) 3J5817 2.34[95]
Brie Larvan orchestrates her release from prison and travels to Star City in search of the bio-mechanical chip that helps Felicity walk. Brie attacks Palmer Tech, holding the board hostage until Felicity turns herself over. Curtis tracks down Oliver's hideout, discovering his secret in the process, so that he can offer his help to the team to save Felicity, Donna, and Thea. Oliver is stung by one of Brie's robotic bees. Curtis realizes the sting actually implanted a bee within Oliver that is replicating itself. Laurel uses her Canary Cry to save Oliver. Felicity is able to evacuate the board members, while Brie reveals she is after the chip because she has a tumor that is going to leave her paralyzed. Curtis develops a virus to shut down the bees and uses them to stop Brie. Meanwhile, Malcolm visits Darhk and informs him that H.I.V.E. is proceeding with "Genesis" without the latter, who later gains the loyalty of Michael Amar. Andy is revealed to be still allegiant to Darhk. In flashbacks, Oliver engages Reiter, whose powers from the idol dwindle; and the latter escapes into the tunnels to recover it. Oliver and Taiana decide to save the prisoners instead.
87 18 "Eleven-Fifty-Nine" Rob Hardy Marc Guggenheim & Keto Shimizu April 6, 2016 (2016-04-06) 3J5818 2.24[96]
Andy tells John that he was approached by Malcolm about a plan to break Darhk out of prison. Oliver and John foil H.I.V.E.'s plan, but it turns out to be a ruse designed to let Malcolm and his loyal Assassins invade the bunker and steal Darhk's idol. Malcolm delivers the idol to Darhk, who finds out that it is incomplete. John reveals to Andy that he personally hid the missing piece in another location. Oliver becomes suspicious of Andy. Darhk and Amar orchestrate a prison riot and the team sets out to stop him with Andy joining them. However, when the team reaches Darhk, Andy turns on them and gives Darhk the missing piece to his idol. With his powers restored, Darhk subdues the team and stabs Laurel before escaping with Malcolm, Andy, and tens of other inmates. Laurel later dies at the hospital. In flashbacks, Oliver and Taiana help the prisoners escape and set off a bomb to bury Reiter in the tunnels. Reiter kills his two accompanying mercenaries in order to survive by the idol.
88 19 "Canary Cry" Laura Belsey Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz April 27, 2016 (2016-04-27) 3J5819 2.27[97]
As the team, including the rejoined Felicity, mourns Laurel's death and tries to determine their next move against Darhk, another woman posing as the Black Canary appears in Star City. She turns out to be Evelyn Sharp, the daughter of H.I.V.E. prisoners who were left behind after Oliver saved his team when they were kidnapped by Darhk previously. John, angry at being betrayed by Andy, goes after Ruvé, the new mayor; but Oliver intervenes. Ruvé issues arrest warrants for all vigilantes. Sharp goes after Ruvé publicly, but Oliver is able to dissuade her from killing Ruvé. Meanwhile, Quentin starts looking for ways to revive Laurel; but Oliver manages to dissuade him. At Laurel's funeral, Oliver reveals her as the Black Canary to preserve her image with the city. Afterwards, Oliver vows to find a way to defeat and kill Darhk. In flashbacks, Oliver and Laurel struggle to come to terms with Tommy Merlyn's death. In the end, Oliver leaves Laurel to cope on her own and returns to Lian Yu.
89 20 "Genesis" Gregory Smith Oscar Balderrama & Emilio Ortega Aldrich May 4, 2016 (2016-05-04) 3J5820 2.07[98]
Darhk returns to H.I.V.E. and kills two of the board members before renewing his plans for "Genesis". Oliver and Felicity go to Hub City and meet an immortal shaman, Fortuna, who starts educating Oliver about dark magic. After a mystical ritual, Fortuna tells Oliver that the darkness inside him is too strong to channel the light. In Star City, John locates Andy, but is captured after a brief shootout. Andy puts a tracking device on him, then allows John to escape so that Darhk and his team can go after John and Lyla and steal "Rubicon", the key to the world's nuclear weapons. Oliver manages to stop Darhk by channeling the power of light, nullifying Darhk's powers and forcing him to retreat. John kills Andy. Meanwhile, Thea and Alex, who is working for Ruve now, go to an unknown city for vacation. She soon realizes that the city is atypical and finds out that Alex is using Darhk's mind control pills. She is subdued by Darhk's operatives and the city is revealed to be under Star City. The team realizes that Darhk plans to detonate nuclear weapons and build a new world over the ashes.
90 21 "Monument Point" Kevin Tancharoen Speed Weed & Jenny Lynn May 11, 2016 (2016-05-11) 3J5821 2.16[99]
Darhk begins taking control of the world's nuclear missiles. The team seeks out Noah to help disable Rubicon. Darhk sends Danny Brickwell and Amar to find and kill Noah, but Oliver and his team are able to rescue him. Noah agrees to help, but it requires a high-powered processor from Palmer Tech. Felicity learns she has been fired as CEO and is unable to get the processor, forcing the team to break in and steal it. H.I.V.E. locates the team when Noah hacks into Rubicon. As H.I.V.E. attacks, Felicity and Noah shut down Rubicon and stop all the missiles but one, which launches and heads to Monument Point. Felicity only manages to redirect it to Havenrock, reducing the casualties to tens of thousands. Oliver and Diggle find Darhk in the Star City nexus chamber, gathering more power from all the deaths caused by the explosion. Meanwhile in the underground city, Malcolm tells Thea it is designed to protect Darhk and his chosen people from the nuclear apocalypse. Lonnie attacks the city and kills Alex. In flashbacks, Reiter escapes the cave-in, but Oliver and Taiana steal the idol back. The idol then begins to affect Taiana.
91 22 "Lost in the Flood" Glen Winter Brian Ford Sullivan & Oscar Balderrama May 18, 2016 (2016-05-18) 3J5822 1.94[100]
His power grown exponentially, Darhk attempts to reactivate "Rubicon" with the help of Felicity's former boyfriend, Cooper, and launch the remaining missiles. However, Noah, Felicity, and Curtis successfully shut down "Rubicon" for good. Meanwhile, Oliver and Diggle discover the underground town and track Thea's whereabouts. Malcolm uses a mind-controlling drug on her which makes her turn on Oliver, but Oliver manages to talk her back to reality. Just then, Machin takes over H.I.V.E.'s command center and threatens to destroy Darhk's town. Oliver, Diggle, and Thea intercede, but the main power source gets ruptured and explodes, destroying the city. The town is evacuated and Machin escapes, but not before killing Ruvé. Donna convinces Noah to leave and never come back. Darhk decides to use "Rubicon" to destroy the whole Earth and shows up at Oliver's home, where Felicity, Donna, and Curtis are. In flashbacks, the idol begins to slowly corrupt Taiana, feeding her ever more power from each soldier she and Oliver kill. Oliver takes the idol and tries to talk her down, but Reiter suddenly arrives and confronts them both.
92 23 "Schism" John Behring Story by : Greg Berlanti
Teleplay by : Wendy Mericle & Marc Guggenheim
May 25, 2016 (2016-05-25) 3J5823 2.19[101]
Darhk steals the laptop keeping him locked out of "Rubicon" and launches over 15,000 nuclear missiles, giving the team two hours to prevent worldwide annihilation. With Star City citizens rioting, Oliver addresses everyone directly, inspiring hope in them to stay strong, while Felicity and Curtis divert the missile aimed at Star City. Oliver goes after Darhk, while Felicity, Merlyn, and Thea track down "Rubicon". Felicity convinces Cooper to stop helping Darhk, at the cost of his life. Curtis devises a means to stop the missiles. Oliver is able to nullify Darhk's powers with the hope he inspired throughout the city. While the citizens of Star City take on Darhk's remaining men, Oliver duels and kills Darhk. Afterward, Thea, Diggle and Lance, who gets fired from SCPD, leave the team for new lives, and the city council appoints Oliver as the interim mayor. In flashbacks, Oliver and Taiana manage to kill Reiter. She then convinces him to kill her when she is unable to escape the darkness within. Oliver radios Waller to rescue the rest of the prisoners and keep the idol safe, intending to go to Russia to meet Taiana's family as he promised.

Season 5 (2016–17)[edit]

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93 1 "Legacy" James Bamford Story by : Greg Berlanti
Teleplay by : Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle
October 5, 2016 (2016-10-05) T27.13201 1.87[103]
Five months after the death of Damien Darhk, Oliver is distracted from his new duties as mayor due to continuing as Green Arrow alone, his old team members having gone their separate ways. He is encouraged by Felicity to build a new team by recruiting the amateur vigilantes now working in Star City, like Rene Ramirez.[102] A new criminal crew appears, headed by Tobias Church, and kidnaps Mayor Queen in a bid to draw out and kill the Green Arrow, thereby taking over the city. He is rescued by Speedy, but she permanently quits the team after seeing that Oliver is again willing to kill. Church escapes from the Green Arrow and a team of several police officers, then later unites all the organized crime cartels and street gangs under his leadership. Oliver finally agrees to form a new team and includes Curtis at the latter's request. Elsewhere, a mysterious hooded figure in black kills a policeman in cold blood. In a flashback, Oliver encounters his old friend Anatoli Knyazev in Russia. Anatoli agrees to help him kill Konstantin Kovar, the tyrant running Taiana's village, by initiating him to the Bratva, the only group that can possibly defeat Kovar.
94 2 "The Recruits" James Bamford Speed Weed & Beth Schwartz October 12, 2016 (2016-10-12) T27.13202 1.94[104]
Green Arrow recruits Rene, Evelyn Sharp, and Curtis and begins training them using an exercise from his Bratva initiation, revealed through flashbacks. As mayor, Oliver arranges to have AmerTek provide free medical care for Star City's disenfranchised at a special clinic. A new metahuman, "Ragman", appears and starts attacking AmerTek executives. The recruits leave Green Arrow because they do not trust him. Thea discovers that AmerTek CEO Janet Carroll is working with Church and Felicity learns that it was AmerTek's nuclear missiles that Damien Darhk used to try and destroy the world. Ragman and Green Arrow stop an arms buy between Carroll and Church. Ragman later reveals that he was the only survivor of the Haven Rock bombing. Green Arrow convinces him to put aside vengeance and join his team. Later, Oliver reveals his identity to the other recruits as a sign of trust and they agree to rejoin the team. Thea decides to appoint Quentin as Deputy Mayor. Church is attacked by the mysterious archer who calls himself "Prometheus", who wants to personally kill Green Arrow. Meanwhile, Diggle, back in the Army and on a covert operation, is ambushed by his superior, who plans to sell a nuclear trigger and frame Diggle.
95 3 "A Matter of Trust" Gregory Smith Ben Sokolowski & Emilio Ortega Aldrich October 19, 2016 (2016-10-19) T27.13203 1.79[105]
Green Arrow investigates a new drug, "Stardust", but still believes his team is not ready for the streets. While he is being informed about Prometheus, Rene and Evelyn secretly raid Stardust dealer Derek Sampson's warehouse. The raid goes wrong and Sampson ends up with superhuman strength and an inability to feel pain. Oliver learns what happened from District Attorney Adrian Chase, convincing him that he still cannot trust his recruits. Felicity advises him to accept the recruits as they are and Green Arrow finally uses his new team to stop Sampson from creating more superhumans. Oliver also publicly endorses Thea's decision to appoint Quentin as Deputy Mayor after negative news stories almost cause her to resign. Felicity admits to Rory, the Ragman, that she was the one responsible for Haven Rock. Diggle is incarcerated and hallucinates Floyd Lawton as his cellmate due to guilt over killing his brother. Afterward, he tells Lyla that he will not fight the charges against him, so she asks Oliver to help her break Diggle out of prison. Flashbacks focus on Anatoli teaching Oliver the need to trust his brothers in the Bratva.
96 4 "Penance" Dermott Downs Brian Ford Sullivan & Oscar Balderrama October 26, 2016 (2016-10-26) T27.13204 1.87[106]
Oliver's team captures an associate of Church's and delivers him and his loot to the SCPD. Afterward, Rory formally leaves the team, saying that he cannot work with Felicity. Oliver leaves Star City to help Lyla break Diggle out of prison over Felicity and the team's objections. Quentin and Adrian personally deliver the evidence to the SCPD, which turns out to be a disguised bomb. The explosion allows Church's group to break in and steal weapons from evidence. Oliver infiltrates a federal prison and locates Diggle, who agrees to escape to safeguard Oliver. Oliver takes him and Lyla to a H.I.V.E. safe house. Felicity attempts to reconcile matters with Rory. She and the team determine that Church is planning an assault on the SCPD's anti-crime unit, where Adrian is interrogating Church's man. Rory rejoins the team and they help everyone inside escape the attack. However, Curtis is injured and Church captures Rene, intending to torture him to death. Oliver returns and vows to rescue Rene, while Adrian decides to trust the vigilantes' motives. In flashbacks, Anatoli tasks Oliver with gaining information from, and then killing, an associate of Kovar. Oliver completes the assignment and Anatoli welcomes him into the Bratva.
97 5 "Human Target" Laura Belsey Oscar Balderrama & Sarah Tarkoff November 2, 2016 (2016-11-02) T27.13205 1.61[107]
Oliver rescues Rene, who tells him that he gave up Green Arrow's true identity to Church. Church plans to kill Oliver as the Mayor instead of as the vigilante. Diggle rejoins the team and suggests that bodyguard Christopher Chance, the "Human Target", could be able to help them. Christopher impersonates Oliver at City Hall and fakes the Mayor's death when Church's mercenary attacks. The team realizes that Church plans to consolidate the drug traffic of five cities through Star City, needing Green Arrow eliminated for his plan to succeed. Oliver and his team, joined by Diggle and Christopher, raid Church's meeting and capture him along with several other crime lords. Oliver publicly claims that his faked death was part of a sting operation. Prometheus kills Church during transport, despite Church telling him Green Arrow's identity. Television reporter Susan Williams obtains evidence that Oliver was in Russia during the time he was supposedly stranded on the island. Meanwhile, Oliver finds out that Felicity is dating Billy Malone, a police detective recently assigned to the Anti-Crime Unit. In flashbacks, Oliver is ambushed by other Bratva members. However, the men are killed by Christopher, whom Anatoli had hired to protect Oliver.
98 6 "So It Begins" John Behring Wendy Mericle & Brian Ford Sullivan November 9, 2016 (2016-11-09) T27.13206 1.95[108]
Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity privately track Prometheus, who starts killing seemingly random civilians with throwing stars. A news report on the killings causes tension in the city and angers the recruits, since they were not informed. Felicity steals one of the stars from Billy to examine it. A pattern between the victims relates to Oliver's list from when he first started out as the Hood. This further angers the recruits, Evelyn most of all, as they did not know about Oliver's "kill list" from when he initially returned. Felicity uses the pattern to predict future victims and the team splits up. Evelyn encounters Prometheus and engages him, managing to cut his arm before being overpowered. Oliver then arrives, but Prometheus escapes. Meanwhile, Thea discovers that Quentin never quit drinking. Evelyn reconciles with Oliver and Felicity tells Billy that she works with the Green Arrow, which intrigues him. She later tells Oliver that evidence she has discovered suggests that Prometheus could be an SCPD officer; Quentin is shown waking from an alcohol-induced sleep with a slash across his arm and a throwing star in his possession. In flashbacks, during a Bratva operation, Oliver is abducted by Kovar's men and taken to him.
99 7 "Vigilante" Gordon Verheul Ben Sokolowski & Emilio Ortega Aldrich November 16, 2016 (2016-11-16) T27.13207 1.86[109]
A new vigilante appears in Star City, one who kills criminals in cold blood. Quentin tenders his resignation as Deputy Mayor. He later tells Thea about the throwing star and his drunken blackouts, but believes he is being set up. The team intercepts the Vigilante during a bank robbery, but he gets away, as does Eric Dunn, the head of the robbers. D.A. Chase forces one of the other robbers to reveal Dunn's location and Green Arrow saves him from the Vigilante. Thea convinces Quentin to go into rehabilitation, while Oliver and Susan start getting closer. The team poses as bank robbers to lure out the Vigilante, who again escapes even after Oliver defeats and nearly unmasks him. Thea tells Oliver about Quentin and the possibility of his being framed; they deduce that Prometheus must know Green Arrow's identity. Evelyn is revealed to be working for Prometheus. In flashbacks, Kovar introduces Oliver to his servant Galina, Taiana's mother. He also claims that the Bratva have only been using Oliver for their own ends, including making a deal with him. Kovar then releases Oliver back to the Bratva.
100 8 "Invasion!" James Bamford Story by : Greg Berlanti
Teleplay by : Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle
November 30, 2016 (2016-11-30) T27.13208 3.55[110]

Oliver finds himself back at Queen Manor; both his parents are alive, he is about to be married to Laurel Lance, and Diggle is the Hood. However, it is revealed that he, Diggle, Thea, Sara, and Ray are all being held unconscious inside pods aboard the Dominator mothership. Meanwhile, Felicity, Curtis, and Cisco Ramon try to hack into the Dominators' mainframe using a piece of their technology. The team recovers a necessary device with the help of the Flash and Supergirl and manages to locate the others. Oliver begins seeing flashes of his former life, as do Sara and Ray. All five captives soon realize that they are inside a shared hallucination. Their escape attempt is blocked by manifestations of Malcolm Merlyn, Deathstroke, Damien Darhk, and their mercenaries. The group defeats all of them, then leaves the dream and awakens inside the ship. Escaping in a shuttle, they are rescued by the Waverider. Ray deduces that the Dominators were gathering information from their minds to help them complete a special "weapon," using the hallucination as a distraction. The team learns that the Dominator mothership is headed toward Earth.

This episode continues a crossover that begins on The Flash season 3 episode 8 and concludes on Legends of Tomorrow season 2 episode 7.
101 9 "What We Leave Behind" Antonio Negret Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz December 7, 2016 (2016-12-07) T27.13209 1.94[111]
Prometheus obtains further intel about the team from Evelyn. He then attacks and hospitalizes Curtis, injecting him with a tuberculosis vaccine developed by Justin Claybourne, a corrupt pharmaceutical manufacturer named on Oliver's former kill list. Flashbacks show that Oliver killed Claybourne after discovering that he financed a TB epidemic, then raised the price on his drug to boost his company's profits. When the team tracks down Prometheus, Evelyn reveals her true allegiance and escapes with Prometheus. Investigating Prometheus on his own, Billy sends information he discovers to Felicity just before the villain captures him. The information turns out to be about Claybourne's illegitimate son, who may now be seeking retribution. Oliver deduces that Prometheus is at the former office building of the corporation that created the epidemic and goes there alone. He finds that Prometheus has staged it to resemble Oliver's prior attack. Oliver kills Prometheus, only to discover he has actually killed a gagged Billy, whom the real Prometheus set up as himself to trick Oliver. Curtis' husband Paul leaves him after discovering Curtis is a vigilante; Felicity mourns Billy's death; Diggle is recaptured; Oliver finds what seems to be Laurel Lance alive and well inside the lair.
102 10 "Who Are You?" Gregory Smith Ben Sokolowski & Brian Ford Sullivan January 25, 2017 (2017-01-25) T27.13210 1.68[112]
Oliver welcomes the seemingly-revived Laurel into the team, but it becomes clear that she is Laurel's Earth-2 doppelganger, having been broken out of S.T.A.R. Labs by Prometheus. Laurel escapes and calls Oliver for an meeting, which ends in her capture. Learning about Paul, Rene convinces Curtis to focus on his capabilities, not his flaws. Oliver places Laurel in an A.R.G.U.S. facility, hoping to change her one day. Oliver reveals his plans to follow their Laurel's dying wish, to find a new Black Canary. In a bar in Hub City, a woman with a sonic scream stops an attempted assault in a bar. Meanwhile, Oliver convinces Adrian to represent John. The latter's corrupt superior, General Walker, arrives to transfer him into custody, but Adrian manages to keep John in his jurisdiction. In flashbacks, Gregor, the Bratva traitor, attempts to force Oliver's obedience, but the latter is rescued by a female archer named Talia.
103 11 "Second Chances" Mark Bunting Speed Weed & Sarah Tarkoff February 1, 2017 (2017-02-01) T27.13211 1.91[113]
During the S.T.A.R. Labs incident, CCPD undercover officer Tina Boland develops a sonic scream after watching her partner die at the hands of drug dealer Sean Sonus. In the present day, Adrian tells Oliver that the NSA had been investigating Walker, but its file has disappeared. While Felicity tries to locate it, Oliver takes Rene and Curtis to Hub City to recruit Tina. She initially refuses to join, but the team intercepts her attacking Sonus, who is also a metahuman with sonic powers. Sonus escapes and Oliver reveals his identity to convince Tina to let him help her. Oliver's team helps her defeat the dealers during a shipment, but Oliver fails to dissuade her from killing Sonus. Meanwhile, Felicity meets with a hacktivist whom she inspired during her college days and receives the file against Walker along with a cache of other secret information. With the file, Adrian manages to get John released. Tina meets Oliver and agrees to join the team, revealing that her real name is Dinah Drake. In flashbacks, Talia helps Oliver kill an important associate of Kovar's. She also urges Oliver to become the avenger his father wanted him to be for Starling City.
104 12 "Bratva" Ben Bray Oscar Balderrama & Emilio Ortega Aldrich February 8, 2017 (2017-02-08) T27.13212 1.61[114]
In flashbacks, Oliver and Talia kill an illegal drug merchant from Robert Queen's list. Talia again presses Oliver to return home, but he chooses instead to help Anatoli kill Gregor. In the present, the team learns that Walker is in Russia for a deal with Markovian terrorists. Oliver takes everyone except Rene, who is tasked with helping Quentin prepare for an interview with Susan. Anatoli refuses to help Oliver unless he does something criminal in return, which Oliver initially refuses to do. After Felicity blackmails a Russian analyst, the team manages to capture Walker's henchman, whom John tortures to no avail. In order to prevent John and Felicity from acting against their own morals, Oliver accepts Anatoli's terms and attacks a rival with Dinah's assistance. Team Arrow and the Bratva intercept Walker's deal; John decides to spare Walker, who is then arrested by the Military Police, while Rory uses his rags to contain the nuclear blast of Walker's failsafe bomb. Upon returning, Oliver sleeps with Susan, who later stealthily deduces his alter-ego after learning about a similar hooded vigilante who was in Russia five years ago. Rory tells Felicity that his rags do not function anymore and that he needs to leave temporarily. Meanwhile, with Rene's help, Quentin's interview is successful, and they become friends.
105 13 "Spectre of the Gun" Kristin Windell Marc Guggenheim February 15, 2017 (2017-02-15) T27.13213 1.66[115]
Sixteen months ago, Rene watched as his wife, an addict, was killed by a dealer in front of their daughter, Zoe, who was transferred to foster care, barring Rene from seeing her. He was inspired by the Green Arrow killing Darhk and saving Star City and decided to start his vigilantism. In the present, Rene now works for Quentin as his assistant. An armed man attacks city hall, killing seven staff members and wounding several others. Felicity identifies the shooter as James Edlund, a former clerk and a proponent of gun control who lost his family in a shootout months prior. Thea and Quentin encourage Oliver to deal with the situation as the mayor, not the vigilante. Oliver decides to work with the city council towards a gun control act. Rene and Curtis locate Edlund's hideout and find his next target, where Oliver confronts Edlund as the mayor and dissuades him from killing anyone, convincing him to surrender. Oliver reaches an agreement with the council with Rene's help. Curtis promises to help Rene get Zoe back legally. Meanwhile, John convinces Dinah to return to normal life. She enlists in the SCPD.
106 14 "The Sin-Eater" Mary Lambert Barbara Bloom & Jenny Lynn February 22, 2017 (2017-02-22) T27.13214 1.54[116]
Oliver meets Prometheus's alleged mother, who refuses to help him. During a prison transfer, Chien, Carrie, and Warner kill the guards and escape. Oliver appoints Dinah as an SCPD officer. Pike receives evidence that the Green Arrow killed Malone, and he orders a manhunt. Oliver and Quentin track down the trio, who escape due to the intervention of the ACU. Oliver surmises that Prometheus is responsible for sending the evidence. Susan confronts Oliver for being the vigilante, which he denies. Thea discredits her by having Felicity hack Susan's files and insert proof that she committed plagiarism. Susan gets angry with Oliver, who confronts Thea. He reveals the cover-up of Malone's death to Pike. The team intercepts the trio stealing money from a stash left by Church, and are ambushed by their mercenaries. The ACU arrives and arrests the trio, allowing Team Arrow to leave. Quentin gives Dinah his blessing to assume the Black Canary identity. Word of the cover-up is later leaked to the media, which could lead to Oliver's impeachment. In flashbacks, Oliver and Anatoli engage Gregor's men. Gregor prepares to kill Anatoli.
107 15 "Fighting Fire with Fire" Michael Schultz Speed Weed & Ben Sokolowski March 1, 2017 (2017-03-01) T27.13215 1.60[117]
Oliver's impeachment process begins, with Adrian serving as his attorney. The Vigilante starts targeting the former, but is opposed by Prometheus, who is revealed to be Adrian. Using Pandora, Felicity and Thea learn about a secret that can be used to blackmail an alderman. Oliver and John dissuade them from using the method. Using a piece of the Vigilante's suit, Curtis manages to track his location, where he plans to kill Oliver, who publicly disavows the Green Arrow as a "cop killer", stating his motive for the cover-up as to protect the people from losing hope. The Vigilante escapes. The council votes against impeachment. However, Thea resigns from Oliver's administration in order to work on her morality. Paul decides to divorce Curtis. Susan gets her job back due to Felicity's anonymous testimony. Felicity then secretly joins Helix. Adrian aggressively demands Susan to listen to his story. In flashbacks, Anatoli demands a "spross dopross", a process to depose the Pakhan. Oliver infiltrates Kovar's mansion and acquires evidence that Gregor has been embezzling the Bratva's money. The majority of the captains vote for Anatoli; but Gregor starts a mutiny.
108 16 "Checkmate" Ken Shane Beth Schwartz & Sarah Tarkoff March 15, 2017 (2017-03-15) T27.13216 1.53[118]
Oliver meets Talia, who reveals herself to be Ra's al Ghul's daughter. She tells Oliver that she hates him for killing her father and that she helped Adrian become Prometheus. Oliver confronts Adrian, who says that he has kidnapped Williams, who will starve if Oliver kills him. The Green Arrow breaks into Adrian's house and tries to reason with Adrian's wife, Doris, before the ACU storms in, forcing him to escape. Felicity agrees to hack Department of Homeland Security drones for Helix, which finds Williams' location in exchange. Oliver's team enters the building, finding and rescuing William before Oliver confronts Adrian. Diggle brings Doris, who attempts to convince Adrian to surrender, only for him to mortally stab her. Oliver engages Adrian while the others take Williams and Doris away. Talia arrives and helps Adrian overpower and abduct Oliver. Adrian tells Oliver that he plans to help Oliver learn who he really is. Meanwhile, Adrian continues acting normally in City Hall, angering the team. In flashbacks, most of the Bratva captains are killed in the shootout before Gregor escapes. Oliver and Knyazev attack Gregor during his meeting with his loyal members and kill him.
109 17 "Kapiushon" Kevin Tancharoen Brian Ford Sullivan & Emilio Ortega Aldrich March 22, 2017 (2017-03-22) T27.13217 1.38[119]
In flashbacks, Anatoli becomes the new Pakhan. Kovar buys Sarin gas from Malcolm. Anatoli learns that Kovar is planning a coup against the Russian government. By torturing an operative of Kovar, Oliver learns that Kovar has invited key government officials to his casino, where he plans to assassinate all of them by the gas. Oliver convinces Galina, Taiana's mother to give him her key card to the casino. Oliver and the Bratva infiltrate the casino, where Kovar learns about Galina's betrayal and kills her, angering Oliver, who fails to stop the spread of the gas in time, leading to Viktor's death. Anatoli fails to persuade Oliver from killing Kovar. The former appoints him as a Bratva captain. Malcolm helps Kovar's operatives revive him. In the present, Adrian continues torturing Oliver to make him confess a "secret". The former brings a seemingly reluctant Evelyn, apparently killing her after Oliver refuses to do it. Oliver reveals that he killed people because he liked it, which Adrian wanted to hear. Evelyn is revealed to be alive and still assisting Adrian. Adrian lets Oliver go, and he returns to the hideout and tells the team about his decision to end his vigilantism.
110 18 "Disbanded" JJ Makaro Rebecca Bellotto March 29, 2017 (2017-03-29) T27.13218 1.55[120]
With Chase having broken him, Oliver disbands Team Arrow and calls in the Bratva to take out Chase. Diggle tries to talk Oliver out of it, reminding him that there are better ways of doing things. Felicity goes to Helix and manages to find pixelated footage of Chase taking off his Prometheus mask. Oliver allows the Bratva to steal diabetes medicine, before they are stopped by Team Arrow. Diggle eventually tells Oliver they can fix him, if he asks for help. Oliver rejoins Team Arrow, taking out the Bratva and saving hostages that Anatoli had taken as leverage. Felicity and Curtis manage to decode Chase's device, revealing Chase as Prometheus to the police. Oliver claims he's not ready to put the hood back on yet, but with his team, it will be sooner rather than later. When his guards try to arrest Chase, Chase kills them and leaves his safe house. In flashbacks, Oliver plans to return to Lian Yu, so Anatoli plans one last heist to help sick children, hoping to convince Oliver to stay, but Oliver decides to still return to Lian Yu, so he can stage his dramatic return to Starling City.
111 19 "Dangerous Liaisons" Joel Novoa Speed Weed & Elizabeth Kim April 26, 2017 (2017-04-26) T27.13219 1.36[121]
With law enforcement agencies unable to locate Chase, Felicity agrees to Alena's plan to free former Helix leader Cayden James, who has created a biometric tracker that can find anyone, but who is currently in A.R.G.U.S. custody without due process. Lyla plans to use James as bait to destroy Helix but Alena, having already anticipated it, finds James' true location and leads her team, including Felicity, to the rescue. They are interrupted by Team Arrow; but Felicity forces them to allow Helix to escape with James. Helix end their connection to Felicity, but provide her with James' scanner, which she uses to learn that Chase is already in the team hideout, starting an assault. Meanwhile, Quentin confronts Rene for not visiting Zoe, though legally possible. Rene believes himself to be an unsuitable father. However, Quentin organizes a visit, making Rene decide to fight for reclaiming Zoe. John confronts Lyla for her moral ambiguity, which led to their divorce previously.
112 20 "Underneath" Wendey Stanzler Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz May 3, 2017 (2017-05-03) T27.13220 1.36[122]
Chase triggers an EMP within the team hideout, deactivating all the equipment, stranding Oliver and Felicity and rendering her paralysed. Curtis learns about the attack, informing Rene and Dinah. Diggle and Lyla agree to put their problems aside when they hear about Oliver and Felicity. The team soon realizes that after a period of time, a backup generator will activate, igniting the methane gas leaking into the base. Oliver is injured trying to find a way out. Eventually, Diggle is lowered down an access shaft by the others' help and manages to pull up Oliver and Felicity. Team Arrow takes refuge at A.R.G.U.S., where Diggle and Lyla reconcile. Later, Chase is revealed to have tracked down Oliver's son, William. In flashbacks to the period after Damien's death, Oliver, Felicity, and Curtis continue working together. Curtis arranges to have Oliver and Felicity spend time together, leading to having sex in the lair, but she decides that she is not ready to get back together with Oliver, who accepts it.
113 21 "Honor Thy Fathers" Laura Belsey Marc Guggenheim & Sarah Tarkoff May 10, 2017 (2017-05-10) T27.13221 1.65[123]
Chase's prosecutions are discredited and most of the convicts, including Sampson, are released on bail. Oliver is sent a body, identified as Henry Goodwin. While Curtis and Dinah track Sampson, the others investigate Goodwin, who is revealed to have been killed by Robert, shocking Thea and Oliver. Team Arrow deduces that Chase and Sampson are working together to release Claybourne's weaponized tuberculosis in Star City. With Oliver wearing the Green Arrow costume again, they track the bomb and engage Sampson's party while Oliver duels Chase. Sampson is captured as Curtis defuses the bomb. Oliver reveals that Claybourne planned to disown Chase due to the Chase's mental condition. Disillusioned, Chase asks Oliver to kill him, but Oliver arrests him instead. Oliver gives Thea a video of Robert asking her to look after Oliver. Meanwhile, Rene refuses to testify in court so as not to upset Zoe, leading to the judge dismissing his claim. In flashbacks, Oliver and Anatoli return to Lian Yu, where they arrange for Oliver's return to Starling City. Anatoli leaves to bribe the boatmen to sail towards the island, where Oliver is captured by Kovar, who knows about Oliver's plan.
114 22 "Missing" Mairzee Almas Speed Weed & Oscar Balderrama May 17, 2017 (2017-05-17) T27.13222 1.44[124]
The team holds a birthday party for Oliver, but Rene, Dinah and Curtis are later kidnapped by Chase's outside team. Realizing that Chase is picking them off after Thea and Quentin are kidnapped by Black Siren and Evelyn, Oliver accepts Malcolm's aid to help him kidnap Chase. However, Chase reveals he has kidnapped William; and Oliver is forced to free him. Felicity and Diggle are also kidnapped by Talia and the League of Assassins, and Oliver recruits Nyssa to help him fight Chase's army. Tracking a plane carrying Chase, they realize they are going to Lian Yu. Arriving on the island, Oliver visits Slade and asks his help. In flashbacks, Kovar injects a drug into Oliver that forces him to suffer flashbacks to times he killed or watched others die over the last five years. After enduring hallucinations of Yao Fei and Laurel, Oliver eventually finds the strength to escape.
115 23 "Lian Yu" Jesse Warn Wendy Mericle & Marc Guggenheim May 24, 2017 (2017-05-24) T27.13223 1.72[125]
Oliver recruits Slade, who no longer hates him due to the Mirakuru completely out of his system. Harkness is revealed to be allegiant to Chase. Oliver's party frees Felicity, Thea, Curtis and Samantha, locking Evelyn. Oliver tasks Malcolm to take Felicity's party to Chase's plane in order to escape Lian Yu. His party manages to free John, Rene, Dinah and Quentin, who knocks Black Siren unconscious while Nyssa defeats Talia. Meanwhile, Thea sets foot on a landmine. Malcolm quickly takes her place and tells the others to escape, using the mine to seemingly kill himself and Harkness when he arrives. Felicity's party reaches the plane, but learns that the whole island is rigged with C4, which will explode upon Chase's death. Oliver tasks John to lead the others to Felicity's party and escape while the former captures Chase on a boat and frees William, who has learned his relation to Oliver and discovers that his father is the Green Arrow. The plane is revealed to have been sabotaged by Chase. Oliver tells the others to run to a ship on the eastern shore. Chase kills himself, with the island completely exploding, and the others' fates unknown as Oliver and William watch in horror despite being with each other. In flashbacks, Oliver kills Kovar and his men, reaching the boat in time and calling Moira.

Season 6[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
U.S. viewers
116 1 TBA James Bamford[126] Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle[126] October 12, 2017 (2017-10-12)[3] T27.13451 TBD

Home media[edit]

Season DVD release dates Blu-ray release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Region A Region B
1 September 17, 2013[127] September 23, 2013[128] October 2, 2013[129] September 17, 2013[127] September 23, 2013[130]
2 September 16, 2014[131] September 22, 2014[132] December 3, 2014[133] September 16, 2014[131] September 22, 2014[134]
3 September 22, 2015[135] September 28, 2015[136] September 23, 2015[137] September 22, 2015[135] September 28, 2015[138]
4 August 30, 2016[139] September 5, 2016[140] September 7, 2016[141] August 30, 2016[139] September 5, 2016[142]


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