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.
Felicity gets visited by an old foe, the Bug-Eyed Bandit. When the two hackers face-off for round two, Team Arrow steps in to help their girl out.
That’s Gotta Sting
Fans of The Flash may remember Brie Larvan aka the Bug-Eyed Bandit as Felicity’s own personal archenemy. See, Felicity is responsible for putting our lovely villain in prison. That’s where we find Brie when we open the episode — and it looks like she’s planning something big.
Meanwhile, Oliver, Digg, Laurel, and Thea are busy sparring in the foundry. Oliver has been pushing everyone just a little too hard lately. Thea tells everyone that Alex has a new job interview, for Ruve Adams. Naturally, no one really wants him working with the wife of our Damien Darhk.
Laurel suggests that Alex talk to Felicity about the new position opening for Public Relations for Palmer Tech. While everyone assumes that Oliver will feel uncomfortable after the breakup, he agrees that it would be a great opportunity for Alex.
At Palmer Tech, a very sick Curtis is sent home by Felicity. She’s been busy trying to figure out the costs of bio implants for others that need them, and is frustrated by the expenses.
Her search is interrupted by a few visitors — Donna and Thea. Donna is there to help Felicity get over her breakup, whereas Thea is there to talk to Felicity about Alex. Felicity is expected to attend a board meeting, but decides to make them wait so she can spend time with the girls.
Felicity’s time to talk with Donna and Thea gets cut short when the three are interrupted by Brie Larvan, who has hacked her way into Palmer Tech. She brought her bees with her, and they’ve already killed off one member of the board. She plans on killing the rest, too, if she doesn’t get what she wants.
The problem with that thing that she wants? It’s the bio stimulant implant. The only working prototype just happens to be implanted in Felicity’s spine. They realize that they need to get Felicity out of there quickly, but they’re surrounded. They decide to crawl through the air ducts to get to safety.
Back at home, Curtis sees a massive swarm of bees surrounding Palmer Tech on the news. He rushes to go get help, knowing that Felicity is still inside. He finds his way to the arrow cave, and quickly realizes — he now knows the identities of Star City’s most badass vigilantes, and then promptly passes out.
Once Curtis comes to, he suggests that if someone can stay and hack those bees, while the team goes to fight them, it might stop them. Team arrow happens to be down one hacker genius, so Curtis may be just the man they need right now.
Once Oliver, Digg, and Laurel arrive at Palmer Tech to fight, the bees form into a robot soldier. Oliver attempts to shoot them, but that only makes them angry. And when bees get angry, they sting.
Snitches Get Stitches
After Lance’s testimony, Damien Darhk is sent to prison to await his trial. While there, he is visited by his frenemy, Malcolm Merlyn. Darhk is upset that with all of his resources, he still has not be released from jail. Merlyn informs Darhk that said resources aren’t exactly happy that Darhk kills people willy-nilly. So, Darhk gets to sit in prison while H.I.V.E. moves forward with Project Genesis — without him.
Things just keep getting worse for Darhk, when he is attacked by some of his fellow prisoners. One of these men comic book fans may recognize. I’ll give you a hint — he’s got his mouth sewn shut. Welcome to the Arrow ‘verse Murmur.
Later, when the men return to visit Darhk once more, they are stabbed by Murmur — who works for Darhk now. Apparently, Darhk threatened his grandmother. We’ll do anything for family, right?
Meanwhile, on Flashback Island
An angry Reiter holds a gun to Oliver and Taiana, demanding to know where his idol is. They turn the tables on him, and shoot him, but he is completely unaffected.
Reiter informs them that there is primordial energy running though him, providing him with his supernatural strength and power. He absorbs the energy of those that he kills. To prove his power, he attacks Taiana and knocks her unconscious.
Oliver fights Reiter, though he struggles. Reiter tells Oliver of his plan to kill thousands, so that he can become a god. His eyes light up as he lifts Oliver off the ground by his throat, with just one hand.
Fortunately for Oliver, Reiter runs out of steam and Oliver can get the jump on him. Oliver runs to Taiana to make sure that she is alive. When she stands up, Oliver tells her that they have the perfect opportunity to release the prisoners before Reiter has a chance to get to them while he looks for his idol.
The Real Queen Bee
After Oliver is stung by the robot bees, the team takes him back to the foundry. They discover that not only have Oliver been stung, but the bee has actually gone inside his body — and it’s replicating itself. Curtis tells the team that if the robot bees work like real bees, then they all operate on the same frequency. They just need a high-enough one to force them all out.
Luckily for them, Cisco Ramon has fashioned quite a high frequency to a collar that the Black Canary wears. Laurel lets out her best canary cry and the bees leave Oliver.
Back at Palmer Tech, Felicity, Donna, and Thea are still hiding inside a supply closet from the bees. Felicity realizes that she needs to get the rest of the board to safety, so she comes up with a plan. She’s going to take the board down a secret entrance to the panic room. To do this, they have to take the elevator to a floor it doesn’t stop on.
Fortunately, Curtis hasn’t quite figured out to get his communication devices to stop blowing up yet, so Felicity and Thea attach them to the wall of the floor they need to get to and break through to get to the board members. Felicity and Thea stay while Donna takes the rest of the board safely down to the panic room.
Brie confronts Felicity and Thea with a gun. You see, she needs that bio stimulant. She’s got a tumor on her spine, a nasty one. The only way to remove it is to have a surgery that will leave her paralyzed from the waist down. Feeling an obvious sympathy for her, Felicity tells Brie where she can find the schematics for the implant.
In the foundry, Oliver is upset that Thea and Felicity are still trapped. He snaps at Curtis for being a little too happy about saving him, when there’s still so much work to do. Laurel pulls Oliver aside and asks why Oliver is being so tough on Curtis. He says that he’s trying to prevent Curtis from being a part of this life. When he was in Ivy Town, he was the happiest he’s ever been — he still can’t grapple with the fact that he can try to save the city, but he couldn’t save his relationship.
Felicity laments to Thea about the fact that she thought she’d escaped all of this when she quit the team. Though Thea tries to convince her that should come back, Felicity says she’s done. She’s done with the violence, and she’s done with worrying.
One thing she’s not done with? Hacking. She works on controlling the bees. While Felicity is busy facing off against a bunch of tiny bee robots, Curtis hands Oliver something that should help. It’s an arrow rigged with a frequency that should help control the bees.
Despite getting what she came for, Brie comes back for Felicity. See, while going though Palmer Tech’s system to find the blueprints for the implant, Brie stumbled across some very familiar code. I guess you never forget the hacker that sent you to prison in the first place. Whoops.
In true fashion, Team Arrow arrives perfectly on time. Oliver shoots an arrow that ties Brie to a pillar, before running to check if Felicity is okay. The bees merge into a soldier again and begin fighting the team. Thea is knocked out, and Oliver shoots the arrow that submits the frequency —but it’s not enough.
While one bee-battle is going on in Palmer Tech, another is happening in the foundry. Curtis and Lance face off against the bee that has come alive and begun to attack them. Lance is able to kill it, and Curtis lets out a delightful “ewwwww.”
While Oliver struggles to fight off the bee soldier, Felicity grabs an electrically charged pole and attacks the bees with it. In retaliation, Brie shoots Oliver and then turns the gun on Felicity, but Curtis has managed to hack the bees once more and sends them to attack their queen.
When the team gets back, Oliver apologizes to Curtis for treating him poorly, and informs him that he is welcome to join them anytime. Curtis says he needs some time to process and heads home to his very worried husband. Curtis tells him that he was just chasing a fantasy of being able to help the police, but that he’s not going anywhere. He’s right where he belongs.
Thea talks to Felicity once more, asking her if she’s going to miss the thrill of putting away the bad guy. For Felicity, though, it was never about that, it was about making a difference. She decides that she can still do that, but not with Team Arrow — with Palmer Tech. She’s going to figure out a way to use the bio implant technology to help people, through her company.
In the very last moments of the show, Malcolm Merlyn speaks to a mysterious figure in a car about how useful Damien Darhk says he has been. He called him his Ace in the Hole, but you may know him better as Andy Diggle.
Catch the next episode of Arrow, Wednesday 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!
Considering the carnage of the Arrow midseason finale, “Dark Waters,” one might wonder whether the audience was among the dead. Assuming there are any dead — as Felicity (RIP???) herself said in a moment of brilliance: “These guys don’t stay dead.”
There were two big “deaths” in the episode: Damien Darhk and Felicity Smoak. Neither one seemed to take.
Darhk met his maker — only, you know, not — thanks to a whole bunch of arrows (and deviousness) brought by Malcolm Merlyn, who was dressed as the Green Arrow at the time. Not only did this have the effect of almost killing the unkillable villain, it also “proved” to Darhk that Oliver Queen couldn’t possibly be the man behind the mask.
That will definitely be important later.
Alas, thanks to some mumbled words that were presumably a spell, Darhk didn’t actually die after being shot and exploded. In fact, in the next scene, he looked perfectly fine. Darhk was even spry enough to take his fellow HIVE overlords on a tour of a corn field (???) before going home to his lovely wife and daughter.
Because of course the evil villain has a Christmas card-like family.
And then there is Felicity, whose heavily foreshadowed death became merely shadowed by the episode’s end. She didn’t get killed by poisonous gases, fortunately, but that just made her an easier target later on. You knew she was doomed too, having just (finally) gotten an engagement ring from Oliver.
No sooner had Felicity remarked upon her fancy new bling but a group of unknown assailants opened fire on her and Oliver in their car.
The important thing here is that we didn’t see Felicity die. Sure, the previews for the upcoming Arrow episode (how soon until it’s January?) indicated lots of worry and medical procedures, but none of those things mean death. What they do mean is a misdirect. When you want an audience to freak out as much as possible (before killing someone else), this is exactly how you do it.
That being said, Arrow could totally pull a double fake-out and actually let Felicity die in the next episode. Or later. TV is mean that way.
Other important, non-death things to note about “Dark Waters” include:
Lance and Donna Smoak are totally getting it on. Much to the chagrin of Felicity and to the ignorance of Laurel.
Darhk’s whole Star City harbor thing was about harvesting some form of toxic algae that also makes corn grow. That should be both vague and nefarious enough to carry **Arrow through the rest of season 4.
Andy Diggle hasn’t repented of his Ghostly ways yet. Hopefully, there’s more of his story to come.
Donna’s scream at finding Oliver’s hidden engagement ring might be the best thing that has ever happened to Arrow.
Even if he were not running unopposed, Oliver would win the mayoral election in a landslide at this point, thanks to all the Darhk-related publicity.
There were flashbacks in this episode too. In them, Oliver went diving for something that was probably important. To be honest, I wasn’t paying attention to the Island scenes.
Did the Arrow midseason finale just kill Felicity Smoak?
Despite trailers showing Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) asphyxiating in front of her beloved Oliver (Stephen Amell), that didn’t happen. She survived — as did everyone else. Yay?
But then there was a twist. Because of course there was a twist. That’s what finales of any sort are for, after all. Plus, there’s no way Arrow was going to leave its audience enjoying a happy ending (complete with an accepted Olicity wedding proposal), not after the super-mega-happy season finale last year.
The big question, therefore, is whether or not Felicity survived being shot in the final moments of “Dark Waters.” Is she the person Oliver will be mourning at that ominous gravestone? Will she pull through somehow?
No clue. Offer your opinion in the poll below! As for the answer, we’ll get that in January. Sigh…
The most recent Arrow episode, “Restoration,” has just about everything. An “original Team Arrow” adventure, some Malcolm-Thea repartee, a metahuman visiting from Central City, and a trip to Nanda Parbat. Most of it didn’t really turn out so well, as you will soon see in this Arrow recap.
The OGs: Original Team Arrow…
Those nostalgic for Arrow season 1 get a treat in “Restoration”: With Thea and Laurel off on a girls’ weekend to Nanda Parbat, the only crime-fighters left in town are Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity.
Not that Original Team Arrow (aka, the “Original Gangstas,” a term I only got defined thanks to Felicity in this episode) is functioning at optimum performance right now. Oliver and Diggle chase down some ghosts in a massive, dimly lit lumber yard (or something like that) but can’t seem to catch any of the bad guys. Diggle does managed to subdue one — and remove his cyanide tooth with his bare hand — but the guy uses an electroshock to get away before Oliver can show up to help.
These guys are so not in sync. Diggle doesn’t even want to join the others for celebratory margaritas while the team analyzes the truth.
Instead, Diggle goes home to find a guy with info on who hired Floyd Lawton to kill Diggle’s brother. Oh, and just by coincidence, she’s in town to hang with Damien Darhk!
She’s an emissary from H.I.V.E., it seems, an organization that thinks Damien is way too slow about killing vigilantes. She has brought with her Jeremy Tell (aka Double Down), a Central City transplant and metahuman with the ability to toss deadly playing cards at his opponent.
You wouldn’t think that this would be so dangerous. But Double Down is played by JR Bourne, who has proved repeatedly on Teen Wolf that he can kill anyone with anything at any time. So of course he can kill with playing cards.
But he can’t kill Oliver, because Oliver’s all heroic and has impressive reflexes. The bad guy thus moves on to hunting Felicity.
One Terrific Fight
Because turning tattoos into deadly cards isn’t weird enough, Double Down can use the ones he’s thrown as a homing device. That means he can find a missing card, even when it’s in Curtis Holt’s Palmer Tech lab.
That’s just where Tell shows up, ready to throw cards at both Felicity and Curtis. The two science types survive by taking the elevator down to Lair 2.0. Curtis, terrific as he is and shall be, is pretty cool with everything, even when he is injured in the struggle. Mostly he’s just impressed by Felicity’s badassery and gun-slinging.
Fun Times in Nanda Parbat
Over on the other side of the world — which might, judging by flight times, be within a few hundred miles of Star City — Thea and Laurel interrupt Malcolm and Nyssa trying to kill each other. Since the new Ra’s al Ghul and the former Heir to the Demon are cheerfully casual about their sword fight to the semi-death, this might be a common activity for the pair. Too bad for Nyssa that Malcolm still has a bit of an edge.
They do seem to welcome the distraction provided by Laurel and Thea, especially Thea who is greeted as a daughter and as a sister-in-law. I guess Nyssa and Oliver’s forced marriage is legal then?
But the visit isn’t just a family reunion… Kind of. Laurel wants Malcolm to use the Lazarus Pit to revive Sara. As everyone points out — repeatedly — this is a very bad idea.
Meanwhile, Thea gets some answers about why she suddenly is really into killing people. Malcolm tells her that the Lazarus Pit absorbs anger and violence from everyone who uses it. And Thea has inherited a bunch of that. She can only get rid of the blood lust for good by killing the one who nearly killed her. Since that was the now-dead Ra’s al Ghul, Thea is basically screwed.
Her loving daddy does provide a temporary remedy though: murder. If Thea kills someone, she won’t want to kill for a while. Kind of like a fix for a junkie. Only deadlier. She isn’t a big fan of this, so Malcolm decides to make up for his paternal deficiencies by bringing Sara back from the dead. Thus Malcolm continues his Worst Dad Ever reign.
Whatever the motivations, Sara gets revived amidst bubbles and feral jumps. It all looks to be going as well as Malcolm expected.
And then it gets worse. Not wanting Malcolm to use the Pit at all in the future, Nyssa destroys it. No more take-backs, Arrow people!
Love and Death in the Poppy Fields
Back on Lian Yu, Oliver isn’t taking well to his new guard job, despite what the hot and dismissive slave lady says. Thanks to a very chatty co-worker, Oliver learns two things: They’re growing a heroin-cocaine hybrid on the island, and the guards are expected to be brutal.
A short time later, this is proven when some of the “product” is found to be missing. Oliver gets the fun job of torturing workers in order to find out who took it. He is really, really good at torturing people, by the way. I wonder if that’s going to come up again this season?
Anyway, the culprit turns out to be the hot slave lady. Oliver manages to save her from an immediate bullet by saying he can make her body just disappear elsewhere on the island. Of course, since Oliver is at least nominally a good guy — even at this point — he doesn’t actually kill her. He just fakes it with a landmine, thus setting up a flashback romance for season 4.
Friends Once More
Oliver and Diggle spend much of the episode a part, much to the detriment of their vigilantism. It takes an “I’m turning this quest around!” lecture yelled by Felicity to get them back together.
It’s too little too late though, at least for Diggle’s attempts at getting answers about H.I.V.E. That’s because an irritated Damien Darhk has already killed her. So they go after the next best bad guy: Jeremy Tell. That metahuman is trying really hard to go home, but the combined efforts of Oliver and Diggle do manage to stop him.
Oliver even takes a bullet playing card for Diggle, thereby cementing the return of that friendship. They don’t learn much about H.I.V.E. though, because Double Down is way more scared of Damien Darhk than he is of a couple of good-guy vigilantes. But Oliver and Diggle are friends! Drinks all around and all’s right with the world!
Except for Felicity’s phone. That’s not quite right. But it’s probably just a message from the not-dead-just-shrunk Ray Palmer, so we shouldn’t worry too much.
Arrow season 4 will have its premiere soon, but that’s not quite soon enough for fans desperate to know just what might be coming for Oliver Queen and company in the new episodes. So here are some spoilers. Granted, they’re not really spoilery spoilers — those aren’t much fun — but they are hints about what you can expect from the premiere episode, “Green Arrow.”
1. Oliver can cook.
Those of you who have carefully watched all of the released trailers and footage for season 4 may have noticed that Felicity Smoak is not exactly a domestic goddess. Oliver, however, has apparently attained MasterChef-like cooking abilities in the few months since we last saw him.
2. “Cities are like puppies.”
With a statement like the one above, you might think Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) — season 4’s Big Bad — might be a nice guy. Unfortunately, his opinion on what one does with puppies would not be approved by the Humane Society.
3. Thea still doesn’t like being called Speedy.
Thea voices her objections mid-mission at one point, asking to be called the Red Arrow instead of her childhood nickname. That isn’t accepted though, with Diggle pointing out that a “red arrow” is most commonly associated with cars making left turns.
4. Damien Darhk is already a serious threat by the time the season begins.
While Oliver and Felicity were off semi-honeymooning around the world and then living in suburban tranquility, Damien and his men (who are also pretty darn hardcore) have been wreaking havoc on the newly renamed Star City. A city which does not, by the way, have a new mayor yet.
5. Felicity has been keeping things from Oliver.
Don’t worry — they’re almost sickeningly happy and cute. But that doesn’t mean there is an entirely honest flow of information between Oliver and Felicity. Why? Let’s just say that the peace and quiet of their new lives isn’t sitting entirely well with Felicity.
Also, there are a handful of REALLY FREAKING BIG SCENES about which I am sworn to secrecy. So don’t ask. But trust me when I say they’re pretty incredible.
The Arrow season 4 premiere airs Wednesday, October 7 at 8pm on The CW.
The Arrow fandom has been graced with a new (extended) promo for season 4, featuring full commentary from showrunner Wendy Mericle.
Mericle recently tweeted a link to the special sneak peek, and boy was it jam packed with goodies!
The video starts off with even more Olicity footage, showing an excited Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) feeding Oliver (Stephen Amell) some breakfast. In a most memorable line, upon tasting, Oliver replies with, “Felicity Smoak. You have failed this omelet.”
Though Oliver seems content living in domestic bliss, Oliver and Felicity must eventually be called back home, as Star City desperately needs them.
Thus Mericle highlights the key theme for season 4: light versus dark.
Cue the very presence of darkness, the most dangerous villain Team Arrow has had to face, Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough). Pun intended?
Darhk is described by Mericle as a former member of the League of Assassins, who has brought his sinister plan to a more modern setting, posing a huge threat to the city.
While Darhk is at the helm of the baddies this year, a few other brand new characters will be featured this season: namely, Lonnie Machin, or better known as his alias, Anarky (Alexander Calvert). The show will be exploring a new origin story to this famed Batman character, with Oliver and Thea (Willa Holland) playing a significant role in making Machin the villain he will become.
Anarky will be one of the first villains that will not only be an adversary to our heroes, but our “big bad” as well.
With the darkness overwhelming the city, Oliver will have to fight to stay in the light.
If he’s learned anything, it’s that he can’t do it without some help.
Our beloved members of Team Arrow have been working hard all summer in Oliver and Felicity’s absence, and we will be seeing a more advanced skill set from all of them, as well as some strong team growth.
Digg will finally get a new costume, as well as a code name! (Any guesses to what it might be?)
Felicity will be playing an even more crucial role as the new key figure at Palmer Tech, having gained ownership of the company last year after Ray Palmer’s (Brandon Routh) supposed death.
Mericle also promises that this season will focus heavily on Felicity and Diggle (David Ramsey) and the element of family.
Though (not yet) a part of Team Arrow, there is another new character on the side of the light in the form of Mister Terrific (Echo Kellum), who appears to be perfect match for Felicity in terms of genius witty banter.
One thing is absolutely for sure — we are in for one wild ride this season.
Arrow season 4 premieres Wednesday, October 7 at 8pm on The CW.
If you need proof that Olicity will still be a thing in Arrow season 4, well, here it is!
TVInsider posted the first photo from the upcoming season, and of course it shows Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) being all cute and smiley and stuff. Will those smiles last? There’s no certain answer to that. But at least there will be a little happiness before people start shooting at Arrow‘s leading couple.
Arrow season 4 premieres on Wednesday, October 7 at 8pm on The CW.
At the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, the cast and producers of Arrow gave a few hints about what was coming in season 4 of the show. Emily Bett Rickards had plenty to say about Felicity Smoak and changes that might be seen for her character in upcoming episodes. Watch the video interview above for spoilers and more!