Arrow Season 5 is coming to its big finale! Here’s what we thought of the latest episode, “Missing.”
What’s up next? That would be the season finale, “Lian Yu.”
Here’s the official episode synopsis, courtesy of the CW:
The battle between Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) culminates in a final epic battle on Lian Yu. After recent events, Oliver decides to recruit a group of unlikely allies – Slade (guest star Manu Bennett), Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law), Merlyn (John Barrowman) and Digger Harkness (guest star Nick. E. Tarabay) – to defeat Chase. However, Chase has his own army – Black Siren (guest star Katie Cassidy), Evelyn Sharp (guest star Madison McLaughlin) and Talia al Ghul (guest star Lexa Doig) – and the forces collide in an explosive season finale.Check out the trailer for the Arrow Season 5 finale, “Lian Yu.”
Watch the trailer here…
Also, while we have your attention, did you hear the good news that Arrow Season 6 is happening, too?
Check out our complete episode guide, here…
Arrow Season 5 Episodes
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air date: October 5, 2016.
Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) new recruits for Team Arrow are Curtis (Echo Kellum), Wild Dog (guest star Rick Gonzalez) and Evelyn Sharp (guest star Madison McLaughlin). Unfortunately, the Green Arrow’s training methods prove to be too much for some of them to handle. Meanwhile, in the flashbacks, Oliver’s initiation into the Bratva continues.
air date: October 12, 2016
Now that Oliver (Stephen Amell) has his new team, they are ready to hit the streets but Oliver doesn’t feel they are ready. Headstrong Wild Dog (guest star Rick Gonzalez) defies the Green Arrow’s orders and sets out on his own after a new drug dealer, Garret Runnels (guest star Cody Rhodes), who is terrorizing Star City. Runnels proves more powerful than Wild Dog and it is up to the Green Arrow to go head to head with Runnels to save his teammate.
air date: October 19, 2016
Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Lyla (guest star Audrey Marie Anderson) team up on a secret mission for Diggle (David Ramsey). Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) finds out and disapproves of the plan and opts to stay behind. When Tobias Church (guest star Chad L. Coleman) launches a deadly assault against the city, Felicity must decide if she wants to send the recruits out sans the Green Arrow.
air date: October 26, 2016
When Tobias Church (guest star Chad L. Coleman) captures and tortures one of Oliver’s new recruits, Oliver must turn to an old friend, Christopher Chance (guest star Wil Traval) AKA the Human Target, for help. Meanwhile, Felicity’s (Emily Bett Rickards) worlds collide when Detective Malone (guest star Tyler Ritter) joins the ACU.
air date: 11/2/16
When Prometheus ups his killing spree, Oliver (Stephen Amell) searches for connections between the victims. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Curtis (Echo Kellum) discover the victims have a mysterious link to Oliver’s past and this new secret could upend his new team. Meanwhile, Thea (Willa Holland) has a heart-to-heart with Lance (Paul Blackthorne), and Felicity considers telling Malone (guest star Tyler Ritter) the truth about her work
air date: 11/9/16
When the bodies of two criminals are dropped at SCPD, Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes there is a new Vigilante in Star City. The team is split about whether they should stop someone who is helping keep the city safe. Diggle (David Ramsey) is frustrated with his new situation and Thea (Willa Holland) fights for Lance (Paul Blackthorne) who confesses a shocking secret. Meanwhile, in the flashbacks, Oliver finally sits down with Konstantin Kovar (guest star Dolph Lundgren).
air date: 11/16/16
Oliver (Stephen Amell) wakes up to a life where he never got on The Queen’s Gambit. Robert (guest star Jamey Sheridan) and Moira Queen (guest star Susanna Thompson) are alive and well. Laurel (guest star Katie Cassidy) is his loving fiancée and their wedding is imminent. Everything seems perfect, but Oliver starts to notice small imperfections that make him question this new reality. Meanwhile, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and the recruits take on a new threat with help from The Flash (guest star Grant Gustin) and Supergirl (guest star Melissa Benoist).
air date: 11/30/16
After Prometheus attacks Curtis (Echo Kellum), Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes Prometheus knows all of Team Arrow’s secret identities and is planning to come for them one by one. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Detective Malone (guest star Tyler Ritter) discover a clue that links Prometheus to Oliver’s past.
air date: 12/7/16
Worried that Prometheus is right and he is truly a killer at heart, Oliver (Stephen Amell) looks for any ray of hope and finds it in what seems to be the miraculous return of Laurel Lance (guest star Katie Cassidy). However, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), still reeling from Detective Malone’s murder, is bent on revenge – she wants to stop Prometheus at any cost. While in prison, Diggle (David Ramsey) fights for his life.
air date: 1/25/17
In his quest to take down Kovar, Oliver (Stephen Amell) gets help from a surprising source – Talia al Ghul (guest star Lexa Doig). However, when she reveals what she wants from him in exchange, Oliver isn’t sure he can accept her help. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) attempts to hack the NSA to help free Diggle (David Ramsey) but when her online efforts are flagged, she faces off against an unknown adversary. Meanwhile, Curtis (Echo Kellum) tells the team about a female vigilante, Tina Boland (guest star Juliana Harkavay), he uncovered online who has been wreaking havoc all over the country.
air date: 2/1/17
A mission takes Oliver (Stephen Amell), Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and team to Russia where they meet up with Oliver’s old friend, Anatoly (guest star David Nykl). Meanwhile, fresh out of rehab, Lance (Paul Blackthorne) returns to the mayor’s office ready to get back to work. However, when Susan (guest star Carly Pope) asks for an interview with Lance to discuss his addiction, he balks and it’s up to Rene (guest star Rick Gonzalez) to help keep things on track.
air date: 2/8/17
A traumatic attack on City Hall triggers painful memories for Rene (Rick Gonzalez) about his family. Flashbacks reveal how Rene went from simple family man to a hero named Wild Dog. Meanwhile, Oliver (Stephen Amell) must deal with the perpetrator behind the attack and realizes the best way to do so is as Mayor Queen instead of the Green Arrow. Tensions run high in the Arrow bunker.
air date: 2/15/17
China White (guest star Kelly Hu), Cupid (guest star Amy Gumenick), and Liza Warner (guest star Rutina Wesley) break out of Iron Heights and head to Star City for revenge. Oliver (Stephen Amell) tries to bring in the newly formed girl gang but the ACU intervenes mid-fight. To his surprise, they are there to arrest the Green Arrow for the murder of Detective Malone. Meanwhile, Lance (Paul Blackthorne) feels responsible for the prison break after Warner tells him she heard about him working with Damien Darhk.
air date: 2/22/17
Oliver (Stephen Amell) faces his biggest challenge yet as mayor. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) continues down her dark path with Helix. After Vigilante attacks Oliver while he’s acting as the mayor, Diggle (David Ramsey) leads the team in a mission to stop Vigilante once and for all.
air date: 3/1/17
Oliver (Stephen Amell) gets closer to the truth about Prometheus. Meanwhile, Helix refuses to continue helping Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) until she does a favor for them.
air date: 3/15/17
Prometheus (Josh Segarra) goes to great lengths to break Oliver (Stephen Amell). Meanwhile, in the flashbacks, Anatoly (guest star David Nykl) becomes worried about Oliver’s increasingly violent tendencies, which come to a head in a brutal confrontation.
air date: 3/22/17
Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) are shocked by Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) decision to call on the Bratva to help take down Prometheus (Josh Segurra). Concerned the Bratva may overstep, Diggle has a hard conversation with Oliver about what happens if things go south. Meanwhile, Felicity learns something shocking at Helix.
air date: 3/29/17
Oliver (Stephen Amell), Team Arrow, ARGUS and the SCPD kick off a citywide manhunt for Adrian Chase (Josh Segurra). Helix tells Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) they have a way to find Chase but they will need something big, and illegal, from her in return.
air date: 4/26/17
Things get intense when Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) are trapped in the bunker together. Meanwhile, Lyla (guest star Audrey Marie Andreson) and Diggle (David Ramsey) deal with their martial issues.
air date: 5/3/17
Oliver (Stephen Amell) returns to the mayor’s office and faces one of his most pressing issues yet – the forced release of dozens of violent criminals prosecuted by Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra). Meanwhile, a crate is delivered to Oliver’s office containing a mysterious corpse encased in concrete.
air date: 5/10/17
Arrow Season 5 Episode 22: Missing
Black Siren (guest star Katie Cassidy) returns to help Chase (Josh Segarra). Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) organizes a birthday party for Oliver (Stephen Amell) while Lance (Paul Blackthorne) is furious after Rene (Rick Gonzalez) misses the custody hearing for his daughter.
air date: 5/17/17
Arrow Season 5 Episode 23: Lian Yu
The battle between Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) culminates in a final epic battle on Lian Yu. After recent events, Oliver decides to recruit a group of unlikely allies – Slade (guest star Manu Bennett), Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law), Merlyn (John Barrowman) and Digger Harkness (guest star Nick. E. Tarabay) – to defeat Chase. However, Chase has his own army – Black Siren (guest star Katie Cassidy), Evelyn Sharp (guest star Madison McLaughlin) and Talia al Ghul (guest star Lexa Doig) – and the forces collide in an explosive season finale.
air date: 5/24/17
Arrow Season 5 Story
There aren’t too many new details in here, but we figured you’d like to see it anyway…
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea. Oliver returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs of his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, he protects his city with the help of former soldier John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), his vigilante-trained sister Thea Queen (Willa Holland), former police captain Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum). Newly appointed Mayor Oliver Queen finds himself challenged as he fights on two fronts for the future of Star City.
With Diggle back in the military and Thea adamant about hanging up her hood as Speedy, Team Green Arrow is down to just Oliver and Felicity – but they’re no longer the only vigilantes in town. Green Arrow’s public defeat of Damien Darhk at the end of Season Four has inspired a new crop of masked heroes to step up and defend the city, though their painful inexperience makes them obstacles, rather than allies, in the field. The arrival of a deadly new adversary will force Oliver to confront questions about his own legacy, both as mayor and as the Green Arrow.
Mericle also teased the de-mystification of Star City. (Thank god.) After a season particularly ruled by magic, Arrowis looking to return to the gritty groundedness of its first season. Speaking on the subject, Mericle teased…
This year we’ve gone back to the real criminal underworld of Star City. We’ll be dealing a lot with the criminal underworld and the kind of gangs and mobs that are there. We’ll see Bratva, we’ll see Triad, we’ll see the Los Halcones, and we’ll see some of the Bertinelli family, as well. You won’t necessarily see some of the same faces, but you’ll see some of those same groups from earlier on. It’s much more of a gritty crime threat to the city …
For us, it’s a little more real. If you look at where the world is right now, there is this focus on what’s happening in our cities and what’s happening with violence in the streets. We’re able to reflect that back, in some way, and have dialogues about it in the writers room, and have our characters talk about it, too. It’s not magic. It’s not metas. It feels very much of the world we set out to explore, in Season 1.
Arrow Season 5 Villain
Chad L. Coleman, known to fans of The Walking Dead as Tyreese, was Tobias Church, an original creation for the show. IGN broke the news with a casting breakdown describing Church as “an imposing gangster looking to unite the various criminal enterprises in Star City under his own singular command.”
TV Line had the first info on the villain, saying that the show is taking inspiration from Idris Elba’s Stringer Bell on The Wire. The info TV Line has describes Anton Church as “a ruthless crime lord who sets out to fill the sizeable void left by Damien Darhk and HIVE” and “an apex predator” looking to take down “the biggest threat first.” One has to imagine that’s Oliver Queen.
Earlier, Stephen Amell added some clues while speaking to Variety. “I’ve heard that our big bad, our villain, is something that you can really only do once you’re in the fifth, sixth or seventh season of a TV show,” he said.
David Meunier is Ishmael Gregor. According to Deadline, Gregor is “the slick and intimidating Pakhan (“Godfather”) of the Bratva, whom Anatoly (David Nykl) reports and [who] takes a special interest in Oliver Queen.” Gregor will mostly feature in the flashbacks, but — as we’ve learned from previous seasons — flashback villains don’t always stay in the flashbacks.
Arrowseems to really be focusing on making the flashbacks, er, watchable this season, casting some exciting talent to take on the Bratva characters that will no doubt populate Oliver’s time in Russia. Meunier was great as recurring character/criminal Johnny Crowder on Justified, so we know he has the acting chops to make the flashbacks more interesting.
Here’s Meunier chatting withh HuffPost about playing the bad guy…
Arrow Season 5 New Characters
Lexa Doig (Andromeda, Continuum, Stargate SG-1) plays Talia, and she’s expected to appear in multiple episodes throughout the season after that.
Here’s the official character description:
Worldly and cultured, Talia is an elite warrior who doesn’t pick sides but rather creates her own.
Talia al Ghul first appeared in Detective Comics #411 in 1971, and she was created by Dennis O’Neil, Bob Brown, and Dick Giordano. While the daughter of one of Batman’s greatest enemies, she has a soft spot for ol’ Bruce and has aided him in the past. She’s also the mother of his child, Damian Wayne. She’s been a player in other media versions of Batman including Batman: The Animated Series and the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises, where she was played by Marion Cotillard.
Any time Arrow starts treading in Batman waters, folks start getting excited. You’d think we’d have learned our lesson by now. Nevertheless, the way that Arrow has handled Ra’s al Ghul, Nyssa, and the League of Assassins has been really smart, so this should fit right in.
Rick Gonzalez (Mr. Robot) is Wild Dog, “a new vigilante in Star City whose reckless and cocksure nature prompts Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) to take him under his wing.” (via Entertainment Weekly)
TV Line had some earlier details that might refer to Wild Dog as well, saying the show is looking for someone “irrepressibly charming…a man on a mission.”
Supposedly he has a tragic backstory of his own, and he has some avenging to do, and could “just as easily shake your hand as your best friend or break your neck as your worst enemy — and you never know which one is coming. Either way, he’s more than capable of having a good time as he does it.”
The comic book version of Wild Dog is Jack Wheeler, a former marine. His mini-series from 1987 by Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty is worth tracking down in comic shop dollar bins, though, if you can find it. His “tragic backstory” involves a murdered girlfriend. So this might be it.
Here’s a look at what we might be getting into with this guy…
But Wild Dog is only one ’80s-tastic DC Comics character coming to the show. There’s another vigilante, appropriately known as…Vigilante.
Josh Segarra will play Adrian Chase, Star City’s new D.A. “who aims to clean up the streets through the legal system” (via Deadline).
Tyler Ritter is joining the Star City PD as Detective Malone, a new hire to the force. Without more info, I can’t say if this character is important, but he’s set as a recurring character. No immediate DC Comics references spring to mind. Thanks to TV Line for this info.
Unless, of course, it turns out that Tyler Ritter’s Detective Malone is actually Batman in deep cover as Matches Malone, I don’t think this one has a DC Comics counterpart. I’ll let you know if that changes.
The show is introducing its own version of Artemis this season, too. But you’ve already met her. Remember the young lady who impersonated Black Canary during season four’s “Canary Cry” episode? Variety reports that Madison McLaughlin will return to the show as Evelyn Sharp, but this time she has her own superheroic identity.
This isn’t the Artemis of the comics, but then again, Arrow is fond of taking liberties with obscure characters. Ms. McLaughlin will join the show with the second episode of the season and is expected to be around for several more episodes throughout the season.
Executive producer Wendy Mericle told Collider that Arrowseason 5 would be all about “legacy,” which just happens to be the title of the premiere episode. Sure, that probably has something to do with the Black Canary (and her new statue), but it might also imply the inspiration the Green Arrow gives the new generation. Mericle teased about Oliver’s new gang of vigilante trainees…
Evelyn Sharp, who will be Artemis, is somebody that Oliver is pretty confident that he can mold. He succeeded in turning her in Episode 419, so he’s like, ‘Okay, maybe her. But, this other guy? This Wild Dog guy? No idea what this guy is going on about!’
Wild Dog is the one who gives him the most trouble, early in the season, and he’s also the guy who has his own dark past and is going to be dealing with his own legacy.
And then, Ragman has a very spiritual identity and he comes from a place of really honoring his Jewish religion. He’s going to present some moral challenges to Oliver. He’s like a parent to these guys. They’re going to drive him crazy.
Remember last year when Arrow toyed with fans hoping to see Hal Jordan on the show? We had a few precious moments in Coast City, home of the most famous Green Lantern of them all, and a flashback sequence even gave us a glimpse of a flight jacket emblazoned with the name “Jordan.”
Well, they’re doing it again. This time, though, it’s an actual character. In fact, I kid you not, we’re going to meet Hal Jordan’s…sister-in-law. Carly Pope is playing Susan Williams, a Coast City journalist “looking to make a name for herself” with a big story on Oliver Queen. Whether or not she’s already married to Hal’s younger brother Jim remains to be seen.
Look, it’s a tenuous connection, but it’s more than a jacket, right? We’ll let you know if this develops any further.
EW reports that Joe Dinicol (Blindspot) has been cast as DC vigilante Ragman in Arrow season 5. The character first appeared in 1976 in Ragman #1 and was created by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert. Ragman hasn’t appeared much in the comics since the New 52 relaunch. Perhaps his debut on the show will mean a resurgence for the character.
Variety reports that Juliana Harkavy, who has appeared on The Walking Dead and Constantine has joined Arrow season 5. She’ll play Tina Boland, “a detective formerly of Central City. Boland is brash yet tactful, tough, speaks her mind, and is not the easiest person to impress. She also has a problem with vigilantes like Green Arrow and his new team of recruits.” We won’t see her until after the midseason break, though.— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) July 12, 2016
Arrow Season 5 Cast and Crew
I hope you like Echo Kellum as Michael Holt, because he has been upped to series regular status for next season. So, it’s a fairly safe bet that we’ll get to see his journey towards becoming something a little bit more like the Mr. Terrific of the comics begin soon-ish.
Fresh off his stint as director on a very good episode of The Flash (our review of “The Runaway Dinosaur” is here), Kevin Smith wants to try his hand at Arrow Season 5 next year. He didn’t write “The Runaway Dinosaur” (that was Zack Stentz, who will serve as a consulting producer on The Flash Season 3), but it seems like he’d want to do that for Arrow.
Smith was responding to a comment on Stephen Amell’s Facebook page, where a fan suggested he work on an Arrow episode, and Amell agreed. So this is all talk right now, but given the positive response to his Flash episode, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mr. Smith make a trip to Star City next year.
Earlier this year, Stephen Amell put out an informal statement on Facebook revealing that he’s under contract through 2019. So, while that’s not a confirmation of anything, it’s possible that after Arrow Season 5, there’s room for season 6 and season 7, too! But as he cautions, “That doesn’t mean Arrow will run that long, but if it does… I’ll be here.” And after season 5, they have to be done with the flashbacks…hopefully.
Arrow Season 5 Photos
We’ve also got some new photos from the Arrowseason 5 premiere, which can all be viewed in the gallery at the top of the article. The various images preview Oliver fighting some Russian gang members in his mayoral digs rather than his suit, the return of Anatoly, and our first real look at Prometheus…
We’ll update this with more Arrow Season 5 info as it becomes available.