Arrow Season 3 Episode Guide

We have a complete guide to Arrow season 3, including plot details, trailers, and more!

Arrow Season 3

Arrow season 3 is over, and we’ll miss it. But if you’d like to get caught up, we’ve got links to every single one of our reviews in this episode guide.

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Arrow Season 3 Episode 1: “The Calm”

With crime in Starling City at an all-time low thanks to the Arrow (Stephen Amell) and his team, Oliver thinks he can finally balance being both the Arrow and Oliver Queen and asks Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) out on a date.  However, when a new villain (guest star Peter Stormare) emerges, who has claimed the name Vertigo from the recently deceased Count, Oliver is caught off-guard and someone close to him is hurt. Oliver and a newly suited up Roy (Colton Haynes) take on the Count.  Meanwhile, Diggle (David Ramsey) becomes a father, Lance (Paul Blackthorne) is promoted to Captain, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) joins Arrow’s inner circle and Felicity gets a part-time job at a tech store to make ends meet. Also, Oliver fights to regain his company, Queen Consolidated, but comes up against a very worthy opponent – the charming Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh).

Glen Winter directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Marc Guggenheim & Jake Coburn (#301).

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Arrow Season 3 Episode 2: “Sara”

COLIN DONNELL RETURNS AS TOMMY MERLYN IN A FLASHBACK; MATT WARD GUEST STARS AS SIMON LACROIX, AKA KOMODO — Lance (Paul Blackthorne) calls the Arrow (Stephen Amell) when another archer appears in town and starts skewering businessmen.  Diggle (David Ramsey) uses A.R.G.U.S. to find the archer’s identity; he is a man named Simon Lacroix (guest star Matt Ward), who goes by the codename Komodo.  However, the team hits a rough patch with the mission and gets help from a surprising source – Laurel (Katie Cassidy).  Meanwhile, Oliver begins to worry that he hasn’t heard from Thea (Willa Holland), which forces Roy (Colton Haynes) to tell him the truth about why she left town.  Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) pursues Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards).  In the flashback, Maseo (guest star Karl Yune) tells Oliver that Amanda Waller has ordered his first kill.  As Oliver looks down the scope of the rifle, he sees the target is his best friend, Tommy (guest star Colin Donnell).  Despite her promise to her sister, Laurel debates sharing a secret about Sara (Caity Lotz) with Lance.  

Wendey Stanzler directed the episode written by Jake Coburn & Keto Shimizu (#302).  

Original airdate 10/15/2014.

Arrow Season 3 Episode 3: “Corto Maltese.”

OLIVER SEARCHES FOR THEA IN CORTO MALTESE WHILE DIGGLE TRACKS  A.R.G.U.S. AGENT MARK SHAW — Oliver (Stephen Amell) decides it’s time for Thea (Willa Holland) to come back to Starling City, so he packs for Corto Maltese, where Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) has traced Thea’s whereabouts.  Lyla (guest star Audrey Marie Anderson) asks Diggle (David Ramsey) to go with Oliver because one of her field operatives, Mark Shaw (guest star David Cubitt), has gone dark in Corto Maltese and she’d like him to look into it.  Feeling responsible for Thea’s departure, Roy (Colton Haynes) joins Oliver and Diggle on their journey.  Shaw double-crosses Diggle, putting numerous A.R.G.U.S. agents, including Lyla, at risk.  Meanwhile, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) meets Ted Grant (J.R. Ramirez), and Felicity adjusts to her new job.  

Stephen Surjik directed the episode written by Erik Oleson & Beth Schwartz (#303).  

Original airdate 10/22/2014

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Arrow Season 3 Episode 4: “The Magician”

NYSSA RETURNS TO STARLING CITY, RA’S AL GHUL MAKES HIS ENTRANCE — A furious Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) confronts Oliver (Stephen Amell) about Sara. When Oliver learns Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) is alive, he suspects Merlyn killed Sara. Oliver and Nyssa join forces and go after the Dark Archer, intent on bringing Sara’s killer to justice. Laurel (Katie Cassidy) keeps her distance from Nyssa, as she blames her sister’s death on her involvement with the League of Assassins. Meanwhile, Oliver and Roy (Colton Haynes) work on repairing their respective relationships with Thea (Willa Holland), who has returned home. Nyssa discusses Oliver with her father, Ra’s al Ghul (guest star Matt Nable).

John Behring directed the episode written by Wendy Mericle & Marc Guggenheim (#304).

Original airdate 10/29/2014.

Arrow Season 3 Episode 5: “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak” 

CHARLOTTE ROSS (“NYPD BLUE”) STARS AS FELICITY’S MOTHER — When a cyber attack brings Starling City to its knees, Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) are pushed to their limits to contain the destruction.  Life gets even more complicated for Felicity when her mother, Donna (guest star Charlotte Ross), stops by for a surprise visit.  Meanwhile, Ted Grant (guest star JR Ramirez) questions Laurel’s (Katie Cassidy) motives, and Thea (Willa Holland) buys an apartment with Malcolm’s (John Barrowman) “estate” money, which infuriates Oliver.  Nolan Funk guest stars as Felicity’s ex-boyfriend.  

Michael Schultz directed the episode written by Ben Sokolowski & Brian Ford Sullivan (#305).  

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Original airdate 11/5/2014.

Arrow Season 3 Episode 6: “Guilty”

TED GRANT IS ACCUSED OF MURDER After a body is found strung up in the Wildcat gym, Ted Grant (J.R. Ramirez) becomes the main suspect.  Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) argue over Ted’s innocence.  Meanwhile, in flashbacks, when Maseo (Karl Yune) needs Oliver to remember where an informant for China White stashed key information, he asks Tatsu (guest star Rila Fukushima) to help jog Oliver’s memory.  Roy (Colton Haynes) shares a secret with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards).  

Peter Leto directed the episode written by Erik Oleson & Keto Shimizu (#306).  

Original airdate 11/12/2014.

Arrow Season 3 Episode 7: “Draw Back Your Bow”

AUSTIN BUTLER (“THE CARRIE DIARIES”) JOINS THE CAST AS CHASE; OLIVER DEALS WITH CARRIE CUTTER  Oliver (Stephen Amell) must stop an Arrow-obsessed serial killer, Carrie Cutter (guest star Amy Gumenick), who is convinced that The Arrow is her one true love and will stop at nothing to get his attention.  Unfortunately, her way of getting his attention is to kill people.  Meanwhile, Ray (Brandon Routh) asks Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) to be his date for a work dinner with important clients.  Thea (Willa Holland) auditions new DJs for Verdant and meets Chase (Austin Butler), a brash DJ with whom she immediately clashes.

Rob Hardy directed the episode written by Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz (#307). 

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Original airdate 11/19/2014.

Arrow Season 3 Episode 8: “The Brave and the Bold”

Oliver (Stephen Amell), Arsenal (Colton Haynes) and Diggle (David Ramsey) track down the location of a boomerang-wielding killer named Digger Harkness (guest star) but are surprised when they come face to face with an A.R.G.U.S. team. Diggle asks Lyla (guest star) why A.R.G.U.S. is involved but she defers until Harkness attacks the building, killing several agents and targeting Lyla. The Arrow joins the fight and gets help from an old friend – The Flash (guest star Grant Gustin). Harkness manages to get away and Oliver teams up with Barry again to find him before he can get to Lyla. When Harkness plants five bombs in the city that are timed to explode at the same time, both teams must come together to save the city.

Arrow Season 3 Episode 9: “The Climb”

RA’S AL GHUL GIVES OLIVER AN ULTIMATUM; DINAH LANCE PAYS LAUREL A VISIT  Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) returns to Starling City and tells Oliver (Stephen Amell) that her father, Ra’s al Ghul (guest star Matt Nable) has given Oliver 48 hours to find Sara’s killer or the League of Assassins will start killing the citizens of Starling City. Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is stunned when her father (Paul Blackthorne) delivers a very special Christmas gift – her mother, Dinah (guest star Alex Kingston). Meanwhile, Ray (Brandon Routh) tries to make amends with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Oliver sets a meeting with Ra’s al Ghul.

Thor Freudenthal directed the episode written by Jake Coburn & Keto Shimizu (#309). 

Original airdate 12/10/2014.

Arrow Season 3 Episode 10: “Left Behind”

THE TEAM DEALS WITH OLIVER’S DISAPPEARANCE  In the aftermath of Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) fight with Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable), Diggle (David Ramsey) and Arsenal (Colton Haynes) continue to protect the city in the Arrow’s absence.   However, after three days without hearing from Oliver, they begin to fear the worst may have happened to their friend.  Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) refuses to believe that Oliver could be dead until Merlyn (John Barrowman) pays the team a surprise visit.  Thea (Willa Holland) suspects there is something more behind Oliver’s disappearance and asks Merlyn for a favor.  Meanwhile, Ray (Brandon Routh) tests a part of his new suit and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) takes up the mantle of the Black Canary. 

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Glen Winter directed the episode written by Marc Guggenheim & Erik Oleson (#310). 

Original airdate 1/21/2015.

Arrow Season 3 Episode 11: “Midnight City”

SUIT UP — Arsenal (Colton Haynes) and Diggle (David Ramsey) confront Laurel (Katie Cassidy) about trying to step into her sister’s shoes and warn her to stop before she gets herself killed.  However, when Brick (guest star Vinnie Jones) kidnaps the city’s Aldermen and threatens to kill them all unless the police evacuate The Glades, it’s all suits on deck.  Meanwhile, Ray (Brandon Routh) steps in to help Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and the police force fight Brick, showing Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) a new side of her boss.  Malcom (John Barrowman) tells Thea (Willa Holland) that Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) is after him and his family and they must leave town immediately.  

Nick Copus directed the episode written by Wendy Mericle & Ben Sokolowski (#311). 

Arrow Season 3 Episode 12: “Uprising”

MALCOLM MAKES AN OFFER TO HELP TEAM ARROW Still operating without Oliver (Stephen Amell) and desperate to stop Brick (guest star Vinnie Jones), Team Arrow is forced to consider Malcolm’s (John Barrowman) offer to help shut Brick down as Malcolm has a personal score to settle with the felon.  Roy (Colton Haynes) and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) point out to the team that they could use some help to save the innocents of The Glades, but Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is adamantly against it and they look to Diggle to make the final decision.  Meanwhile, the flashbacks chronicle Malcolm’s descent from kind-hearted father and husband to cold-blooded killer.  

Jesse Warn directed the episode written by Beth Schwartz & Brian Ford Sullivan (#312).  

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Original airdate 2/4/2015.

Arrow Season 3 Episode 13: “Canaries”

VERTIGO (GUEST STAR PETER STORMARE) RETURNS AND PITS CANARY AGAINST BLACK CANARY — Oliver (Stephen Amell) is thrown by the changes within Team Arrow.  He’s used to calling the shots but sees that the team has evolved in his absence and tensions quickly escalate in the lair.  Oliver is furious that Laurel (Katie Cassidy) has been going out as the Black Canary and tells her to stop risking her life, but when Vertigo (guest star Peter Stormare) hits the streets again, Laurel goes against Oliver’s wishes and tracks down Vertigo who hits her with a full dose of the drug.  Laurel’s biggest fears revolve around her sister Sara (guest star Caity Lotz) so the Vertigo causes her to hallucinate an epic fight between Canary and Black Canary.  Meanwhile, Chase (guest star Austin Butler) surprises Thea (Willa Holland), and Roy (Colton Haynes) warns Thea to stay away from Malcolm (John Barrowman).  

Michael Schultz directed the episode written by Jake Coburn & Emilia Ortega Aldrich (#313).  

Original airdate 2/11/2015.

Arrow Season 3 Episode 14: “The Return”

THE RETURN OF DEATHSTROKE AND TOMMY MERLYN — Malcolm (John Barrowman) puts Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Thea (Willa Holland) in a dangerous situation that lands them on Lian Yu with Oliver’s former enemy, Deathstroke (guest star Manu Bennett). A flashback reveals when Oliver and Maseo (guest star Karl Yune) returned to Starling City to retrieve the Omega bio weapon, and despite being under strict orders from Amanda Waller (guest star Cynthia Addai-Robinson) not to reveal himself to anyone, Oliver looks in on his family, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Tommy (guest star Colin Donnell).

Dermott Downs directed the episode written by Marc Guggenheim & Erik Oleson (#314).

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Arrow Season 3 Episode 15: “Nanda Parbat”

MERLYN IS CAPTURED BY RA’S AL GHUL; THE ATOM SUIT REVEALED —Malcolm (John Barrowman) is captured by Ra’s al Ghul (guest star Matt Nable) and taken to Nanda Parbat.  Because of his love for Thea (Willa Holland), Oliver (Stephen Amell) considers saving Merlyn.  Ray (Brandon Routh) is obsessed with finishing his Atom suit so he can save the city but Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) fears he is heading down the same path as Oliver (Stephen Amell) and tries to pull him out of the lab.  

Gregory Smith directed the episode with story by Wendy Mericle & Ben Sokolowski and teleplay by Erik Olesen & Ben Sokolowski (#315).  

Original airdate 2/25/2015.

Arrow Season 3 Episode 16: “The Offer”

DC COMICS’ VILLAIN MURMUR SWEEPS INTO STARLING CITY — Still weighed down by his last meeting with Ra’s al Ghul (guest star Matt Nable), Oliver (Stephen Amell) returns home to find a new villain and his crew have started terrorizing Starling City – Michael Amar AKA Murmur (guest star Adrian Glynn McMorran), a man whose mouth has been sewn shut. Meanwhile, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) bond over their issues with their fathers and Nyssa make Laurel an offer. Thea (Willa Holland) is forced to come to terms with her father after Oliver brings Malcom (John Barrowman) to the loft to recover, and Lance (Paul Blackthorne) shuts out both Laurel and the Arrow.

Dermott Downs directed the episode written by Beth Schwartz & Brian Ford Sullivan (#316). 

Arrow Season 3 Episode 17: “Suicidal Tendencies”

DIGGLE MARRIES LYLA; THE SUICIDE SQUAD RIDES AGAIN — It’s celebration time as Diggle (David Ramsey) and Lyla (guest star Audrey Marie Anderson) get married.  However, Deadshot (guest star Michael Rowe) interrupts their honeymoon and tells them the Suicide Squad has been given a new mission – rescue United States Senator Joseph Cray (guest star Steven Culp) from a hostage situation in the Republic of Kasnia.  Amanda Waller (guest star Cynthia Addai-Robinson) breaks down the mission and introduces them to the newest member of the Suicide Squad, Cupid (guest star Amy Gumenick).  Meanwhile, Oliver (Stephen Amell) learns about Ray’s new Atom costume and the two have a heated stand-off.  Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Ray hit a rough patch.  

Jesse Warn directed the episode written by Keto Shimizu (#317).  

Original airdate 3/25/2015.

Arrow Season 3 Episode 18: “Public Enemy”

DONNA SMOAK RETURNS — During an attack on the mayor’s office, Ray (Brandon Routh) is critically injured.  Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is pleasantly surprised when her mother, Donna Smoak (guest star Charlotte Ross), shows up at the hospital to offer her support.  With the SCPD out in full force looking for the assailant, Oliver (Stephen Amell) and his team work hard to stay one step ahead of the police to find the man responsible.  However, things come to a head when Ra’s al Ghul (guest star Matt Nable) kidnaps Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne).  

Dwight Little directed the episode written by Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle (#318).  

Original airdate 4/1/2015.

Arrow Season 3 Episode 19: “Broken Arrow”

DOUG JONES GUEST STARS AS DC COMICS’ VILLAIN DEATHBOLT — Lance (Paul Blackthorne) continues his mission to take down the Arrow (Stephen Amell) so Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) orders Oliver to keep a low profile.  However, when a meta-human named Jake Simmons (guest star Doug Jones), who kills people with blasts of energy and plasma, starts terrorizing Starling City, Oliver is forced to ask Ray (Brandon Routh) for help.  The unlikely duo is forced to team up to save the city.  D

oug Aarniokoski directed the episode with story by Jake Coburn and teleplay by Ben Sokolowski & Brian Ford Sullivan (#319).  

Original airdate 4/15/2015.

Arrow Season 3 Episode 20: “The Fallen”

BACK TO NANDA PARBAT — Ra’s al Ghul (guest star Matt Nable) finally makes Oliver (Stephen Amell) an offer he can’t refuse.  The team joins Oliver on his journey to Nanda Parbat where a heartbroken Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) decides to take matters into her own hands.  

Antonio Negret directed the episode written by Wendy Mericle & Oscar Balderrama (#320).  

Original airdate 4/22/2015.

Arrow Season 3 Episode: 21: “Al Sah-him”

Oliver (Stephen Amell) goes through a rigorous transformation. The League of Assassins sets their sites on Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law), who is back in Starling City training Laurel (Katie Cassidy). When Nyssa realizes they are coming, she arms up to face them alone but Laurel asks Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Diggle (David Ramsey) to help protect her new friend.

Arrow Season 3 Episode: 22: “This is Your Sword”

AL SAH-HIM TAKES HIS FINAL STEPS TO ASCENSION: ROY AND THEA REUNITE: Oliver/Al Sah him (Stephen Amell) finishes his training and is left with two final tasks to become the next Ra’s al Ghul. Ra’s (Guest Star Matt Nable) threatens Nyssa (Guest StarKatrina Law) and delivers some shocking news. Meanwhile, Malcolm (John Barrowman) makes a surprising offer to Team Arrow and Thea (Willa Holland) goes to see Roy (Colton Haynes). 

Wendy Stanzler Directed The Episode with Story by Erik Oleson and Teleplay by Ben Sokolowski & Brian Ford Sullivan.

Arrow Season 3 Episode 23: “My Name is Oliver Queen”

THE HEART-STOPPING SEASON FINALE — Everyone’s lives are in danger as Ra’s al Ghul (guest star Matt Nable) puts forth his final plan.  Oliver/Al Sah-him (Stephen Amell) must decide if he’s strong enough to take on this new role and what it will mean for everyone on Team Arrow, and his soul.  

John Behring directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Marc Guggenheim & Jake Coburn (#323).

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