Arrow season 5 promises to be a big one for Oliver Queen and company. After all, at the end of the previous season, most of the team abandoned their vigilante mission for… well basically, anything else. It’s like they don’t want to be in life-and-death situations all the time!
Fortunately, this is Arrow and the whole gang is likely to be back, fighting for justice and their very lives, within the near future.
Who better than to tease when this might occur than the cast of Arrow themselves? Watch these Arrow season 5 video interviews shot at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con in July.
Emily Bett Rickards
Executive producer Wendy Mericle
Arrow season 5 premieres Wednesday, October 5 at 8pm on The CW.
It’s been a long summer, but Arrow season 5 is about to premiere with new episodes. What does that mean? Well, for the premiere episode, “Legacy,” it means a whole lot of changes for Oliver Queen and company. Remember — most of the team dropped the whole vigilante gig after the season 4 finale.
Oliver and Felicity Smoak are still in the game, a fact complicated somewhat by their breakup and by Oliver’s new job as mayor of Star City. And they’ve got Curtis Holt hanging around the lair, but everyone else is keeping their distance.
Will the team come back? Will Oliver be forced to hire some new blood? Arrow will most likely spend much of the coming season answering these questions. In the meantime, however, here are a few Arrow season 5 spoilers from the premiere.
1. Thea hasn’t gone far.
While Thea Queen may have hung up her Speedy hood at the end of last season, Oliver’s baby sister is sticking close to family — she clearly has a major role in the mayoral office, often covering for her absent brother.
2. The more things change, the more crime stays the same…
Sure, Damien Darhk is as dead as his creepy, subterranean utopia, but other bad guys are happy to pick up the slack. We meet one of them — Tobias Church (Chad L. Coleman) — in “Legacy,” and he’s all kinds of evil-awesome. Another baddie, Prometheus, seems to be in the mix as well. Who he (?) is and what he wants, we’ll be finding out over the next few episodes.
3. Killing is back on the menu.
You know how Oliver hasn’t been doing much in the way of killing over the past couple of years? Yeah, that’s over with. There’s some violence both in flashbacks and in the present-day. Not everyone is OK with this turn of events.
4. Oliver and Felicity aren’t exactly on the same page, relationship-wise.
Things are impressively friendly between these former significant others — think season 1/2 friendliness with occasional reminders of the attraction between them. Interestingly, one of these two may be reading more into this attraction than the other.
5. Always a triangle…
As anyone who has watched the Arrow season 5 trailer knows, Felicity has a new man in her life. The character is more than just a pretty face and appears elsewhere in the episode. Who is he and how does he figure into the new season? The episode doesn’t give a lot of answers. The character is clearly related to law enforcement.
Arrow season 5 premieres Wednesday, October 5 at 8pm on The CW.
The Arrow season 5 trailer was released at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. What’s in it? Well, there is a whole bunch of Green Arrow fighting, along with some clues that things will be changing the new season. For one thing, Oliver Queen seems ready to take on some apprentice vigilantes in his ongoing quest to save Star City.
In addition to Echo Kellum’s Curtis Holt, the wannabe vigilantes include Evelyn Sharp (Madison McLaughlin) and Wild Dog (Rick Gonzales). There’s no word on which of these trainees will remain on the team.
The new trailer does make it clear that supposedly departed team members Thea Queen and John Diggle won’t be gone for long. Meanwhile, Oliver and Felicity are still working together to save the city — even while Oliver takes the office of Mayor.
Arrow season 5 will premiere on Wednesday, October 5 on The CW.
Thanks to star Stephen Amell, fans got their first look at Arrow season 5 on Tuesday. And… wow. It’s a rather abs-tacular view.
That’s what happens, after all, when the Arrow star tweets a photo of his character, Oliver Queen, dripping in sweat and naked as far as the camera angle can see. There’s also an unusual amount of hair — a style more in keeping with flashback Oliver than present-day Oliver — so this may be a scene from the Green Arrow’s heretofore mysterious time in Russia.
Whatever the case, Oliver is very muscular and very unclothed. So enjoy!
Arrow returns to The CW on Wednesday, October 5 at 8pm with an episode (directed by longtime fight coordinator James Bamford) called “Legacy.” Keep checking this space for more Arrow season 5 spoilers as we get closer to the premiere!
It’s the episode we’ve waited an entire season for. Ever since that premiere we’ve been speculating who exactly would end up in that grave. Tonight we finally found out.
Brothers in Arms v Brothers in Blood
Andy Diggle has been staying with his brother and Lyla since his rehabilitation from Darhk’s mystical persuasion powers. Digg runs into Andy, who is mysteriously retrieving a gun from the Diggle’s home.
Andy tells Digg that Malcolm Merlyn came to see him. He warns him that there’s something going on between Merlyn and Darhk and that they want him to help hijack a shipment of missiles.
Back in the foundry, Oliver tells the team that he has seen Damien’s idol before — on the island. It’s the same one that Reiter had.
When comes time for the missile hijacking, Oliver and Digg await the signal from Andy to help stop the operation. They are able to stop the shipment, but Oliver finds that it was just a little bit too easy of a mission.
Oliver’s initial assumption was right, because while they were out, Malcolm and his merry band of former league misfits took the opportunity to show up in the foundry to find Thea and Laurel.
Merlyn demands that they hand over the idol. Thea fights him, and she almost bests him with two swords crisscrossed over his neck, but he knocks her out of the way and disappears with the idol.
When Oliver and Diggle return, Oliver feels guilty about not being there to help them. While talking to Laurel, Oliver comments on just how easy the mission was. He tells her that he has doubts that Andy isn’t still working for Darhk.
The team tracks Merlyn to a warehouse. Things go awry and Andy ends up getting shot with an arrow. He survives it, and tells them that they need to get to Darhk before Merlyn has a chance to give him back his idol.
When Digg is patching up Andy in the foundry, Andy expresses his fear that Darhk will find them and kill them. Digg tells him that he can’t do anything, because there’s a crucial piece missing from the idol that prevents it from working.
Overhearing this, Oliver snaps at Diggle for revealing information with Andy (whom Oliver is having a hard time trusting). Later, when Oliver finds Andy snooping he confronts him about looking for the missing piece and tries to intimidate him into telling the truth.
Unfortunately, this is the exact moment Digg walks in to see his best friend torturing his brother. Digg takes Andy’s side and kicks Oliver out. When he sees him in the foundry later, he tells Oliver that he is stuck in self-pity and self-righteousness and that is why Felicity left him.
Oliver tells Digg that he is the one who always told him not to let family be a blind spot, but it seems he’s having a hard time taking his own advice.
Baddie Boys Club
After stealing the idol, Malcolm heads to Iron Heights to deliver the idol to Darhk.
If you’re wondering why Merlyn has been doing some of Darhk’s evil bidding, it’s because he struck himself a little deal. When Darhk gets out and H.I.V.E. moves forward with Genesis, Malcolm and Thea will be saved.
Merlyn gives Darhk the idol, but that crucial piece is missing. He sends him back out to retrieve the last piece so that the idol will work again for him.
Meanwhile, on Flashback Island
Oliver and Taiana are on their way to take down the guards and release the prisoners when Taiana breaks down. She sits and pulls out an old photograph, one of her brother. Oliver is reminded of the photograph he kept of Laurel, but tells Taiana that she can’t stay rooted in the past, not if she wants to survive.
Taiana comes running out of the cave screaming. She is convincing enough that the guards are drawn to go and look inside. Once there, Oliver begins to attack them while Taiana begins to free the other prisoners.
Once Oliver shoots the guards, they realize that they need to find a way to trap Reiter inside. Luckily for them, there just happens to be a massive pile of C4 at their handy disposal. They place the bombs and knock down the front of the cave.
Taiana tells Oliver that he was right, the island did change him. Oliver shares his picture of Laurel with her, and wonders what she would think of him now. Taiana says that is he doesn’t make it out alive, she will go and explain everything to Laurel. And if she doesn’t make it out alive, he must go to Russia to find her parents and explain (helllllooooo, Bratva.)
Unfortunately for them, Reiter still has the idol. And with great idols, comes great power. He blows out the blocked entrance and he’s obviously not too happy about their little plan.
When Laurel goes with Oliver to lend his vocal support to Ruvè on her mayoral win, Ruvè introduces herself to Laurel and asks her if she would be the next District Attorney (since she’s promoted the current one).
She ends up discussing the possible career move with multiple people. Most notably, with her father. They meet for some tea (at that Chinese restaurant the Lance’s love so much). Lance tells Laurel that he doesn’t really want her working for Ruvè, and finally approves of her status as the Black Canary. However, being the new DA means putting away the mask.
When she finds out about Malcolm bringing the idol to Darhk, she uses her status as current Assistant District Attorney to have all of the cells checked in Iron Heights. She comes up empty, but not before a verbal showdown with Darhk.
Laurel talks to Oliver about taking the position. She tells him that she wants to turn it down and remain on the team. However, Oliver tells her that he thinks she should take it. She’s spent a long time with the goal of becoming DA and it’s time that she lets herself be the hero she can be — without the mask.
She decides to take the job, but not before suiting up one last time, to stop Darhk.
Meanwhile, Murmur (who works for Darhk) walks around the prison, handing out books to all the prisoners. These books? They’re not just filled with literature. They’ve actually got some knives stashed. The prisoners break free of their cells and attack the guards, taking two hostages.
While Lance provides a distraction, the team arrives (with Andy) to the prison. They go off to fight. Thea finds Malcolm. She’s a worthy opponent but (According to Malcolm) since she’s been cured of her bloodlust, she lacks the necessary drive to defeat him.
Darhk orders the prisoners to kill their hostages, but Oliver, Laurel, Digg, and Andy save them just in time. Darhk trains a gun on Andy and demands that everyone lower their weapons. Andy pulls the missing piece out of his pocket and hands it to Darhk.
Just as Oliver had suspected, Andy had been working for Darhk the whole time. He just needed to get close to Digg to find out where the piece had been hiding.
Thea shoots Damien with a couple arrows, but it’s too late, he’s already absorbed the power of the idol. He needs more however, so the hostages are killed to provide Darhk with more soul power.
Darhk reveals that he knows the identities of everyone. He turns to Laurel and tells her that he made a promise to her father. If he didn’t do what he said, he’s hurt her. He decides he wants to make good on that promise. He stabs her with an arrow.
Oliver rushes Laurel to the hospital. Diggle, Thea, and Felicity join him. The doctor tells them that Laurel is going to be okay. Laurel tells everyone that she’s not giving up the Black Canary, because it makes her happy.
When everyone leaves the room except Oliver, she asks him to get something from her gear. It’s an old photograph. (Sound familiar?) She tells him that she’s happy he found Felicity and that she knows that she is not the love of his life, but he will always be hers.
She starts seizing, and everyone rushes into the room while the doctors try to resuscitate her, but she flat lines.
Dinah Laurel Lance dies at 11:59 pm.
(Say hi to Tommy for us, BC. You finally got your wings.)
Arrow returns Wednesday, April 27th at 8pm on The CW.
It’s come to this, Arrow fans. Someone important is going to die. The teaser that has lasted for a full season is about to be a teaser no more. That grave is about to be filled.
So who is it? That’s the big question, and one whose answer has been at least maybe spoiled by sneaky Internet people (if you don’t know about this, a quick Google should tell you). Who and how and why? Those are the questions that are about to be answered. I personally have no clue of the how or why, but we do have clues about the who.
Who It Isn’t
Unless Arrow is going full ghost on us with the grave teaser, there are three people who cannot be dead: Oliver Queen, Barry Allen, and Felicity Smoak. Felicity was the early choice for many (and the show itself started out by implying this), but she was seen in the graveside limo with Oliver a few episodes ago.
Some have theorized that she wasn’t really there (see Zap2it for a full explanation of the theory), but otherwise she’s still alive and kicking.
Might Be Safe
Fans of Legends of Tomorrow know that there is one probable reason why the Diggle clan — John, Lyla, and baby Sara — are all probably safe. At some point in the future, a second child is born to the family, a boy who later calls himself Connor Hawke and takes on the mantle of the Green Arrow.
Since he hasn’t been born, that means that Lyla is safe for now. John Diggle’s future son also kept his father safe by expressing feelings of guilt in the man’s eventual death. And we’re going to just assume that the family’s toddler daughter is fine, because that alternative would be way dark, even for Arrow.
If you leave out people we’ve seen alive and people whose continued life has been given away by spinoff shows, there are still plenty of dead-person candidates. (Note: For those of you not reading this for Arrow spoilers, I’m not going to give away who has been leaked as the corpse. Figure it out for yourself.)
Thea Queen: Oliver’s little sister has certainly seen her fair share of danger, and the girl now reluctantly answering to Speedy has even died. Could she be doomed once more?
Laurel Lance: This would be awfully hard on her father (a man who has already had his other daughter die… twice). But Laurel is in a rather dangerous profession, both publicly and as a superhero. She has also earned the open enmity of one Damien Darhk.
Quentin Lance: Grieving, drinking, fired, promoted… Lance has seen it all. He hasn’t died yet though, massive heart attack in season 2 notwithstanding. With the police and Darhk likely gunning for Lance by now, he needs to watch his back.
Andy Diggle: Just revealed as a double agent (or is he?) for Darhk, Andy clearly has issues. He’s probably doomed at some point, but I’m not thinking he’s grave-bound, if only because I can’t see Barry Allen running all the way from Central City for the guy’s funeral.
Malcolm Merlyn: I mean, he could die. And maybe — just maybe — people would be sad about this if Malcolm did something super-nice before kicking the bucket. But probably not.
Donna Smoak: This would certainly upset Felicity. It would also make Oliver ready for full-on, kill-everyone revenge. Donna’s death would be depressing as anything, but it’s hard to see how it would happen.
Curtis Holt: With actor Echo Kellum just upped to a series regular for season 5 of Arrow, this is either the biggest fake-out ever or else Palmer Tech’s resident invention whiz is totally fine.
Oliver’s son: Would Arrow go such a dark route? Probably not, but the kid’s been in danger more than once already.
Who do you think is dead? Vote in the poll below and find out for good when Arrow airs at 8pm on The CW.
When Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim tweeted a photo of Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak standing at the altar on Tuesday, many fans were justifiably skeptical of what they were seeing. Could an Olicity wedding be real?
As it turns out, yes.
Guggenheim followed up his bombshell photo with a little bit of clarification on Wednesday morning:
This is, as far as semantics will allow, a real wedding photo.
Of course, a wedding is not a marriage and you just never know what’s going to go wrong at the last second whenever a TV couple heads to the altar. And since Felicity isn’t wearing a wedding ring when she is seen at the some-future-date cemetery with Oliver, there’s good reason to believe that these nuptials are not entirely everlasting.
But at least fans will get to see Felicity standing (yes standing, no wheelchair required) at the altar with Oliver this season.
Arrow season 4 has been pretty kind to Olicity shippers so far. Not only did Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak start off the new year in domestic bliss, but they even moved forward in their relationship and got engaged — no matter what impediments and injuries stood in their way.
And now there seems to be a WEDDING PHOTO???
Yes, Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim may have caused a few heart attacks on Tuesday when he tweeted a picture of Oliver and Felicity standing in formal clothing with some sort of officiant. It sure looks like a wedding is coming!
But this is TV. And bliss never lasts on TV. Thus, many fans have been waiting for the seemingly inevitable downside of this couple getting together. Is that coming? Actress Emily Bett Rickards recently gave some interviews that indicated both good and bad things were coming for the Olicity pairing.
Warning: There are a few Arrow season 4 spoilers in these quotes — proceed with caution.
Here’s the deal as it stands right now: Oliver and Felicity are happy and looking forward to staying that way… There are just a few problems with that. What are they?
Well, first of all, Oliver has been keeping secrets.
Felicity is not a fan of secrets, and Oliver has been keeping a big one — the existence of his son, William — from her. As Felicity is clearly about to find out about the boy soon (probably this week, if you believe the promos), problems are certain to follow.
That was, after all, what happened in the Flash crossover episode back in December: Oliver kept William a secret and then caused a rift with Felicity when she found out. That could definitely happen again. “I feel like we saw her in the crossover episode react in a certain way, and we’ll see seams of that play into this reality,” Rickards warned in an interview with TVLine.
“I think we all know Felicity’s heart pretty well, and we know that she tries to be as honest as possible all of the time,” she added. “When she finds out this information that she would hope to have known, we can probably predict how she is going to react!”
This deception, however, might not be the death knell to Olicity. As Rickards told Zap2it recently, “I feel like [Oliver and Felicity] are intertwined in a way, hopefully with a connection and depth we have showed and portrayed, that can withstand this repetitive hit to Felicity’s heart.”
In the same interview, Rickards added that she and co-star Stephen Amell have portrayed their characters as people who don’t just give up when their relationship takes a hit. “Stephen and I have been very protective over showing that they’re open to communication, that they’re open to working through things, that they’re open to decompressing together,” the actress explained.
The emotional trauma of Oliver’s secret might pale somewhat in comparison to the physical trauma Felicity has endured this season — the woman has ended up in a wheelchair, for Pete’s sake! It’s the kind of thing that causes a person to reevaluate her choices, and Felicity may be doing just that.
Does that mean a breakup though? In and of itself, no, but there is the lingering issue of the flash-forward to the cemetery that has been teased throughout this season of Arrow.
Thankfully, it’s not Felicity in that grave (she pretty much confirmed that once again to TVLine), but all is not well in Olicity-land: She is not wearing either an engagement ring or wedding ring when Oliver joins her in the back of a limo.
This was, apparently, very deliberate and meaningful. “It literally said in the script, ‘NO RING,’ and I was like, ‘OK…'” Rickards told TVLine. She did, however, add that even the actors did not know the significance either way of the missing jewelry. “Filming that scene, we knew virtually nothing about what it was really about,” she said.
The only small glimmer of positive hinting that Rickards could give was, “Everything’s going to make sense in the end.”
Fans of Olicity can only hope that this will be a sort of sense that comes along with smiles.
Who is going to die in Arrow season 4? A new midseason preview video released by The CW offers several tantalizing hints without actually naming the to-be-lamented victim. Is it Felicity after all? Could Thea be knocking on Heaven’s door again? Maybe Lyla is doomed? Why does Laurel have a bloody head? Did we see Oliver putting a gun to his own head?
The Arrow midseason preview video does not answer any of those questions. And it doesn’t give away much in terms of spoilers. Oh how it teases though!
Plus, the last couple of seconds — an exchange between Oliver Queen and Malcolm Merlyn — would make the entire video worthwhile, even with nothing else going on. Don’t miss that.
Also, don’t miss the return of Arrow on Wednesday, January 20 at 8pm on The CW!
Here’s the good news from the latest Arrow season 4 spoilers: Felicity Smoak is not dead.
But then there’s the bad news, delivered by Mama Smoak in a spoilery promo from Australia (previously posted by GreenArrowTV):
“The damage to her spinal cord is permanent. She’s never going to walk again.”
So that’s a problem… or maybe it’s an opportunity to actually answer the long-running speculation that Felicity would someday be Arrow‘s version of the comic-book character, Oracle. Of course, this dire announcement might not lead to anything permanent. It might just be enough to get Oliver Queen to fight Damien Darhk in a big way. That would be OK.
Whatever the case, it does sound like Felicity will be alive and maybe-well when Arrow returns with new episodes this month!