Arrow Season 3.5 – A Season 3 Revision

Although I could have taken the time to completely revise Season 3 and present a new plot, new characters, new stories, etc. I chose to take the existing plot synopsis (italicized) and modify them to suit what I think is a better overall storyline while still keeping themes and story points the writers clearly intended on introducing such as Roy leaving, Olicity (yes… I kept that), Laurel’s transformation, etc. rather than introducing plots and killing character’s I think should have disappeared long ago.

The only changes made to “big” story points are how Roy leaves, Thea doesn’t die (and so there would be no effects in Season 4), Oliver and Nyssa are not married, and Oliver doesn’t quit.

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3×01



Title: The Calm                                

Synopsis: Following Slade’s defeat, the Arrow is embraced as a hero by the people of Starling City, and newly-promoted Captain Lance calls off the anti-vigilante task-force. 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 – both sporting new costumes – are able to stop Zytle, along with some help from Sara who is back in town. Meanwhile, businessman Ray Palmer successfully acquires Queen Consolidated under a plan of rebuilding the city and renaming it “Star City”. Laurel helps Lance deal with his health issues, and 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 can’t be the Arrow and Oliver, although he still loves her. After visiting with Laurel, Sara is shot in the chest with arrows by an unseen figure and falls from a rooftop to her death in front of Laurel. In flashbacks, Amanda Waller tries to force Oliver to work for her, and assigns agent Maseo Yamashiro as his 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.


Title: The Calm                                 

Synopsis: Following Slade’s defeat, the Arrow is embraced by the people of Starling City and a newly-promoted Captain Lance calls off the anti-vigilante task-force. Elsewhere Werner Zytle, who has clamed the mantle of Count Vertigo. In an effort to be more effective than his predecessor, Zytle infuses within himself a device that disrupts his enemies’ balance. Zytle then uses his advanced Vertigo drug, and his technological bio-enchantments and attempts to kill The Arrow in a bid to raise his profile. After losing the first battle Oliver, now with Roy by his side, is able to stop Zytle, along with some help from Sara who is back in town. Meanwhile, businessman Ray Palmer successfully acquires Queen Consolidated under a plan of rebuilding the city and renaming it “Star City” – a notion the Mayor agrees with and a motion that is passed as it distances the city from the events of the past 2 seasons– by episodes end, the city is called “Star City”. Laurel helps Lance deal with his health issues and it is revealed that since her sisters departure 6 months prior Laurel has – inspired by Sara – been training herself as a means to get over her own alcoholism. Diggle and Lyla welcome a baby girl, which convinces Diggle to take Oliver’s suggestion and retire from field duty on Team Arrow. Oliver and Felicity go on a first date, but Oliver ends it explaining how he can’t be the Arrow and Oliver, although he still has feelings for her. After visiting with Laurel, Sara is shot in the chest with arrows by an unseen figure and falls from a rooftop to her death in front of Laurel, as Laurel crouches over her body Sara pulls her mask off of her face with her last dying breath and puts it in Laurel’s hand. In flashbacks, Amanda Waller tries to force Oliver to work for her, and assigns agent Maseo Yamashiro as his 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.

Notable Changes:

  • The city is titled Star City in the premiere, not in Season 4
  • Laurel’s Canary journey begins here and isn’t a three episode arch, making it feel much more natural
  • Oliver doesn’t “love” Felicity, he has feelings for her, but he doesn’t “love” her out of the blue
  • Oliver has a new costume, similar to Roy’s in design, just green

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3×02



Title: Sara                

Synopsis: Not knowing what else to do, Laurel takes Sara’s body to the team. Laurel demands to help Oliver find Sara’s killer, but he forces her to go home. Captain Lance alerts Oliver to another archer in the city killing people, unaware that Sara was killed by an archer. Oliver follows a lead, and with Felicity and Diggle’s help, he is able to identify the archer as Simon Lacroix. The team learn who Lacroix’s next target is, and are able to stop him before he can succeed. Laurel arrives with a gun, determined to avenge Sara’s death by killing Lacroix. As Oliver attempts to talk her out of it, Lacroix reveals that he was not in Starling City the night of Sara’s death and leaves Oliver and his team with no more leads as to who killed Sara. The team bury Sara, but Laurel is unable to tell Quentin that Sara is dead. Roy also reveals to Oliver that Thea left town when she learned he was working with the Arrow. In Corto Maltese, Thea is with Malcolm Merlyn and has proven capable of defeating more than one henchman in combat. In flashbacks, Oliver is tasked with killing Tommy Merlyn, 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.


Title: Sara                 

Synopsis: Not knowing what else to do, Laurel takes Sara’s body to the team. Laurel demands to help Oliver find Sara’s killer, but he forces her to go home, upon her arrival we see Laurel still has the mask given to her by Sara, this is the birth of Black Canary. Captain Lance alerts Oliver to another archer in the city killing people, unaware that an archer killed Sara. Oliver follows a lead, and with Felicity and Diggle’s help, despite numerous efforts the team is unable to figure out who the mysterious “Komodo” is. Despite being unable to figure out who he is the team is able to deduce Komodo’s next target is, and are able to stop him before he can succeed. Laurel arrives with a gun – wearing Sara’s jacket (not her mask), and is determined to avenge Sara’s death by killing Komodo. As Oliver attempts to talk her out of it, Komodo reveals that he was not in Star City the night of Sara’s death and leaves Oliver and his team with no more leads as to who killed Sara. The team buries Sara, and despite her unwillingness Oliver convinces her it’s only right to tell Capt. Lance about what happened to Sara, and so the two of them do. Roy also reveals to Oliver that Thea left town when she learned he was working with the Arrow. In Corto Maltese, Thea is with Malcolm Merlyn and has proven capable of defeating more than one henchman in combat. In flashbacks, Oliver is tasked with killing Tommy Merlyn, 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.

Notable Changes:

  • Komodo’s identity is not revealed and so his identity can remain a mystery for future appearances
  • Captain Lance KNOWS Sara is dead
  • Laurel doesn’t slip into a “quick depression” where she’s forced to (maybe) use a gun. Instead her costume building continues.

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3×03



Title: Corto Maltese             

Synopsis: With no more leads in Sara’s murder, Oliver focuses his attention on bringing Thea home. Felicity is able to track her to the island of Corto Maltese. Oliver finds Thea working at a restaurant, but she refuses to return to Starling City. While he waits to convince Thea to return, Oliver assists Diggle on a mission for A.R.G.U.S. to ascertain the whereabouts of one of its agents, Mark Shaw. The agent informs Diggle that someone broke into the A.R.G.U.S. database and stole information to sell on the black market. Later, Shaw double crosses Diggle, and reveals that he was the one that is selling A.R.G.U.S. secrets. Felicity helps Oliver and Diggle track down Shaw, and they stop him from selling any secrets. After a last minute plea, and Oliver revealing the truth about how their father died, Thea agrees to return to Starling City. Meanwhile, trying to emulate her sister, Laurel attempts to exact vengeance on an abusive boyfriend of a fellow A.A. member, but she is no match and ends up in the hospital. Later, she seeks out boxer Ted Grant to train her to fight after Oliver’s refusal. 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.


Title: Corto Maltese              

Synopsis: With no more leads in Sara’s murder, Oliver focuses his attention on bringing Thea home. Felicity is able to track her to the island of Corto Maltese. Oliver finds Thea working at a restaurant, but she refuses to return to Star City. While he waits to convince Thea to return, Oliver assists Diggle on a mission for A.R.G.U.S. to ascertain the whereabouts of one of its agents, Mark Shaw. . The agent informs Diggle that someone broke into the A.R.G.U.S. database and stole information to sell on the black market. Later, Shaw double crosses Diggle, and reveals that he was the one that is selling A.R.G.U.S. secrets. Felicity helps Oliver and Diggle track down Shaw, and they stop him from selling any secrets. After a last minute plea, Oliver revealing the truth about how their father died, and a call to now-female role model, Laurel, Thea agrees to return to Star City. Meanwhile we see various scenes in Star City featuring Laurel continuing her own training at the gym, and seemingly assembling her very own costume with Sara’s mask front and center. Laurel then attempts to exact vengeance on an abusive boyfriend of a fellow A.A. member, but she is no match when the boyfriend’s gangmates show up and she ends up in the hospital. Later, Laurel seeks out boxer Ted Grant (played by Mark Harmon) to train her to fight after Oliver’s refusal. 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.

Notable Changes:

  • Thea calls Laurel – who has been a female model for her most of her life – for advice
  • Mark Harmon plays Wildcat (a more traditional and non-CW take)
  • Laurel’s training and evolution is more fleshed out behind the scenes

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3×04



Title: The Magician                         

Synopsis: Nyssa al Ghul returns to Starling City looking for Sara. Oliver informs her that Sara was killed; Oliver sends Roy to follow Nyssa after it is clear that she knows more about who could have killed Sara. Nyssa is tracked to Sara’s old safe house, where Nyssa reveals to Oliver that Malcolm 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 to discuss Sara’s death. Merlyn tells Oliver that he did not kill Sara, but only returned to Starling City to take care of Thea. Nyssa kidnaps Thea in an attempt to draw Merlyn out, but Oliver arrives to rescue Thea. Merlyn arrives shortly after to clear his name and insinuates to Nyssa that it was her father, Ra’s al Ghul, that 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 her father. In flashbacks, Oliver completes his first assassination, and learns that Amanda Waller was behind Edward Fyers’ actions on the island.


Title: The Magician                          

Synopsis: Nyssa al Ghul returns to Star City looking for Sara. Oliver informs her that Sara was killed. Nyssa is tracked to Sara’s old safe house, where Nyssa reveals to Oliver that Malcolm 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 to discuss Sara’s death. Merlyn tells Oliver that he did not kill Sara, but only returned to Star City to take care of Thea. Nyssa kidnaps Thea in an attempt to draw Merlyn out, but Oliver arrives to rescue Thea. Merlyn arrives shortly after to clear his name and insinuates to Nyssa that it was her father, Ra’s al Ghul, that had Sara killed. Nyssa does not believe him, but Oliver does and vows to protect Merlyn for as long as he is in Star City. Nyssa warns Oliver that he has made a serious enemy in the League before leaving and reporting back to her father. In flashbacks, Oliver completes his first assassination, and learns that Amanda Waller was behind Edward Fyers’ actions on the island. Nyssa and Laurel grieve together and Nyssa offers Laurel a new means to deal with her pain.

Notable Changes:

  • Laurel and Nyssa begin train on and off starting in Episode 4 rather than much later in the season; it should be noted that Laurel is still training with Ted as well, he true training with Nyssa begins later this season…but she has “occasional lessons” with her starting inn this episode

 

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3×05



Title: The Secret Origins of Felicity Smoak                                                  

Synopsis: 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 that is attacking the city’s infrastructure. Felicity quickly realizes that she designed the virus five years earlier, and that it is unstoppable. Felicity’s mother Donna shows up unannounced, and the two have a falling out over how different they are from each other. Felicity soon realizes that her mother was unknowingly sent by the cyber terrorist—revealed to be Felicity’s ex-boyfriend Cooper—who kidnaps them both. Using Donna as leverage, the terrorist forces Felicity to divert a set of armored vehicles, carrying newly minted money, to their location. Felicity uses the system to also contact Oliver, who arrives with Roy and Diggle to stop the terrorist and his team. Laurel continues to train with Ted Grant, and reveals to him the real reason that she is learning to fight. Meanwhile, Roy begins having nightmares that he was the one who killed Sara.


Title: The Secret Origins of Felicity Smoak                                                   

Synopsis: 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 that is attacking the city’s infrastructure. Felicity quickly realizes that she knows who designed the virus five years earlier, and that it is unstoppable. Felicity’s mother Donna shows up unannounced, and the two have a falling out over how different they are from each other. Felicity soon realizes that her mother was unknowingly sent by the cyber terrorist—revealed to be Felicity’s ex-boyfriend Lonnie now going by “Anarky”—who kidnaps them both. Using Donna as leverage, the terrorist forces Felicity to divert a set of armored vehicles, carrying newly minted money, to their location. Felicity uses the system to also contact Oliver, who arrives with Roy and Diggle to stop the terrorist and his team. Laurel continues to train with Ted Grant, and reveals to him the real reason that she is furthering her training and will to fight. Meanwhile, Roy begins having nightmares that he was the one who killed Sara.

Notable Changes:

  • Felicity’s ex-boyfriend is Anarky, and not some random one-off villain

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3×06



Title: Guilty                                      

Synopsis: A murderer begins taking out gang members in Starling City, and when a body shows up in Ted Grant’s gym he becomes a suspect. Oliver follows Ted to another body, where Ted denies killing anyone and reveals to Oliver that he was once a vigilante who retired after a drug dealer was beaten to death by accident. The pair follow the clues to the location where the drug dealer was killed. The murderer shows, which Ted reveals was his former protégé Isaac Stanzler, and who was responsible for the death of the drug 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 has her run tests on any Mirakuru that may be in his system still. The test reveals no Mirakuru, but Felicity shows Roy other evidence that corroborates his fears. Roy confesses to Oliver and Laurel that he killed Sara. Using a technique learned in Hong Kong, 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.


 

Title: Guilty                                      

Synopsis: A murderer begins taking out gang members in Star City, and when a body shows up in Ted Grant’s gym he becomes a suspect. Oliver as the Arrow follows Ted to another body, where Ted denies killing anyone and reveals to Oliver that he was once a vigilante who retired after his protégé Hector Ramirez (played by J.R. Ramirez) killed a drug dealer by accident. The pair follows the clues to the location where the drug dealer was killed. The murderer shows, and it is revealed to be none other than Ramirez, Ted’s former protégé. Ramirez kidnaps Ted and Laurel, but Oliver and his team are able to successfully stop him. Meanwhile, Roy confides in Diggle and Diggle convinces Roy to tell Felicity so she can tests to see if there is any Mirakuru that may be in his system still. The test reveals no Mirakuru, but Felicity shows Roy other evidence that corroborates his fears, something Diggle swears as just coincidence and tells Roy he should – as he was going to – tell Oliver. Roy confesses to Oliver and Laurel that he killed Sara. Using a technique learned in Hong Kong, 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.

Notable Changes:

  • J.R. Ramirez plays Hector Ramirez (one of the people to adopt the Wildcat mantle) rather than Isaac Stanzler – a one off villain.

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3×07



Title: Draw Back Your Bow                                                  

Synopsis: Oliver begins investigating a new killer in town, who murdered Isaac Stanzler using a bow and arrow, and left his body dressed up as “The Arrow”. Following a lead, Oliver learns that the copycat vigilante is a former cop, named Carrie Cutter, who goes by the name “Cupid” and is obsessed with Arrow. Carrie uses a former C.I. to track down Oliver’s hideout. Oliver lures Carrie away; when Oliver rejects her romantic advancement Carrie tries to kill the both of them. Oliver 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 Suicide Squad in the hopes that being on a team will help provide her guidance. Meanwhile, Ray reveals his next plan to help save the city is rebranding Queen Consolidated into Palmer Technologies. Oliver struggles with how much time Felicity is spending with Ray, and the situation is made worse when he walks in on them kissing. Ray is later shown working on a personal exosuit design. In flashbacks to Hong Kong, Oliver and Maseo’s wife go off to find her husband when he goes missing.


Title: Draw Back Your Bow                                                  

Synopsis: Oliver begins investigating a new killer in town, who murdered Hector Ramirez using a bow and arrow, and left his body dressed up as “The Arrow”. Following a lead, Oliver learns that the copycat vigilante is a former cop, named Carrie Cutter, who goes by the name “Cupid” and is obsessed with Arrow. Oliver lures Carrie away; when Oliver rejects her romantic advancement Carrie tries to kill the both of them.Oliver 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 Suicide Squad in the hopes that being on a team will help provide her guidance. Meanwhile, Ray reveals his next plan to help save the city is rebranding Queen Consolidated into Palmer Technologies. Despite Ray’s advances Felicity stays adamant about her choice love for Oliver. Ray is later shown working on a personal exo-suit design, and insight into Ray’s time before owning Queen Consolidated begins. In flashbacks to Hong Kong, Oliver and Maseo’s wife go off to find her husband when he goes missing.

Notable Changes:

  • Ray doesn’t need Felicity’s help because he’s clearly smart enough to do his own stuff
  • Hector Ramirez is used again

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3×08



Title: The Brave and the Bold                                               

Synopsis: Oliver and Roy track down the home of Digger Harkness, a boomerang-wielding murderer, but they only find A.R.G.U.S. operatives looking for the same man. S.T.A.R. Labs’ Dr. Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon arrive in Starling City to help Felicity analyze DNA from the arrow that killed Sara. Digger attempts to kill Lyla; Roy and Oliver arrive to stop him, but need assistance from Barry Allen, who uses his super speed to stop a couple of boomerangs from killing Oliver. Later, Lyla reveals Digger was part of the Suicide Squad, and Oliver agrees to allow Barry to assist in the investigation. Oliver’s interrogation tactics lead Barry to question how emotionally stable Oliver is. The team track Digger’s location, but it turns out to be a ruse that allows Digger to trace their hideout, where he wounds Lyla before being forced to run away. In order to escape, 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. Flashbacks to Hong Kong show Oliver learning how to torture suspects effectively to get information.


Title: The Brave and the Bold                                               

Synopsis: Oliver and Roy track down the home of Digger Harkness, a boomerang-wielding murderer, but they only find A.R.G.U.S. operatives looking for the same man. S.T.A.R. Labs’ Dr. Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon arrive in Star City to help Felicity analyze DNA from the arrow that killed Sara. Digger attempts to kill Lyla; Roy and Oliver arrive to stop him, but need assistance from Barry Allen, who uses his super speed to stop a couple of boomerangs from killing Roy. Later, Lyla reveals Digger was part of the Suicide Squad and hints at other past squad members such as King Shark, Sportsmaster and Nemesis as well as revealing that Bronze Tiger is now dead. Oliver agrees to allow Barry to assist in the investigation. Oliver’s interrogation tactics lead Barry to question how emotionally stable Oliver is. In order to escape, 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. Flashbacks to Hong Kong show Oliver learning how to torture suspects effectively to get information as well as revealing a mysterious third party of masked men (League Members) watching Oliver in Hong Kong unbeknownst to A.R.G.U.S.

Notable Changes:

  • Other members of the Squad are mentioned and Season 2.5 changes are acknowledged
  • The League is furthered tied to Hong Kong

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3×09



Title: The Climb                    

Synopsis: The League of Assassins inform Oliver that he has 48 hours to find and turn over Sara’s killer or the league will begin murdering Starling City citizens. Oliver also learns Maseo is now a member of the League. Dr. Snow sends Felicity the DNA profile from the arrow that killed Sara, and the police database identifies Oliver. Believing Malcolm Merlyn set him up, Oliver discovers that Merlyn and Thea arrived in Starling City the night before Sara’s murder. Realizing that she has been lying, Arrow confronts Thea, who demonstrates her training with Merlyn, before escaping from the Arrow. Later, Merlyn informs Oliver that he drugged Thea and manipulated her into killing Sara. Merlyn filmed the event to use as leverage to force Oliver into a fight to the death with Ra’s al Ghul, with Ra’s potential death releasing Merlyn from any blood debt to the League. Oliver and Ra’s meet, with Oliver outmatched. Ra’s mortally wounds Oliver and kicks him over the side of a cliff. In flashbacks, Oliver and Maseo learn that China White has stolen an engineered super-virus. China breaks into Maseo’s house and kidnaps Tatsu.


Title: The Climb                   

Synopsis: The League of Assassins inform Oliver that he has 48 hours to find and turn over Sara’s killer or the league will begin murdering Star City citizens. Oliver also learns Maseo is now a member of the League and that at some point in the past, Oliver also had contact with the League. Dr. Snow sends Felicity the DNA profile from the arrow that killed Sara, and the police database identifies Oliver. Believing Malcolm Merlyn set him up, Oliver discovers that Merlyn and Thea arrived in Star City the night before Sara’s murder. Realizing that she has been lying, Arrow confronts Thea and telling her of what she did. Thea then demonstrates her training with Merlyn, before escaping from the Arrow. Later, Merlyn informs Oliver that he drugged Thea and manipulated her into killing Sara. Merlyn filmed the event to use as leverage to force Oliver into a fight to the death with Ra’s al Ghul, with Ra’s potential death releasing Merlyn from any blood debt to the League. Oliver and Ra’s meet, with Oliver outmatched. Ra’s mortally wounds Oliver and kicks him over the side of a cliff. In flashbacks, Oliver and Maseo learn that China White has stolen an engineered super-virus. China breaks into Maseo’s house and kidnaps Tatsu while the third party is still seen watching Oliver’s actions.

Notable Changes:

  • Thea finds out she killed Sara as soon as Oliver finds out (same episode)

 

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3×10



Title: Left Behind       

Synopsis: With no knowledge of what happened to Oliver, Diggle and Roy work to continue protecting the city in his absence. With the Arrow missing, a new crime lord named Danny “Brick” Brickwell plots to take over the Glades. After Thea expresses worry over Oliver’s absence, Merlyn investigates the site of the duel and brings a bloodied sword back to Diggle and the others, proclaiming Oliver’s death. Diggle discovers Brickwell’s plan, to destroy all the evidence against street enforcers so they are released from jail and have to join his crew, and heads to the police warehouse with Roy to stop him. Diggle and Roy are outnumbered, and fearing for their lives, Felicity decides to trap them in the warehouse and let Brickwell escape. Afterward, Felicity proclaims the group non-existent without Oliver and quits. With dozens of men freed because of Brickwell, Laurel goes after them, donning an altered Canary costume. Meanwhile, Maseo finds Oliver’s body and takes it to Tatsu so that she can “bring him back to life.” In flashbacks to Hong Kong, Oliver and Maseo steal the counterpart to China White’s super-virus, thus making her portion inert. Oliver also slips a GPS tracker on one of China’s men so that they can locate Tatsu.


Title: Lazarus Effects [Formerly Left Behind]          

Synopsis: 2 months have passed and “Team Arrow” still has no knowledge of what has happened to Oliver, Diggle and Roy – now dressed as the Arrow to keep up the guise of the city’s savior – work to continue protecting the city in his absence. In Oliver’s absence a new crime lord named Danny “Brick” Brickwell plots to take over the Star City, starting with the Glades. After Thea expresses worry over Oliver’s absence, Merlyn investigates the site of the duel and brings a bloodied sword back to Diggle and the others, proclaiming Oliver’s death. Diggle discovers Brickwell’s plan, to destroy all the evidence against street enforcers so they are released from jail and have to join his crew, and heads to the police warehouse with Roy to stop him. Diggle and Roy are outnumbered, and fearing for their lives, Felicity decides to trap them in the warehouse and let Brickwell escape. With dozens of men freed because of Brickwell, Laurel goes after them, donning the altered Canary costume we had seen her “building” for the past few episodes. Meanwhile, a flashback to 2 months prior shows Maseo finding Oliver’s body and takes it to Tatsu so that she can “bring him back to life.” In flashbacks to Hong Kong, Oliver and Maseo steal the counterpart to China White’s super-virus, thus making her portion inert. Oliver also slips a GPS tracker on one of China’s men so that they can locate Tatsu and it is revealed that the mystery men are not watching Oliver’s actions in Hong Kong but Maseo’s – it is also revealed that the mystery man is Al-Owal.

Notable Changes:

  • Oliver is revived by the Pit (kind of)
  • Roy suits up as The Arrow so the city doesn’t feel left alone
  • 2 months have passed (not a few weeks)
  • The League – Al-Owal – is further tied to Hong Kong
  • Laurel’s costume is finally seen, but we have seen her building it for awhile

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3×11



Title: Midnight City

Synopsis: Tatsu informs Oliver that his will to live and the cold temperature of the mountain are the only reason he survived. Oliver warns Maseo that Ra’s will see his act as a betrayal and kill him for it. While Oliver attempts to rest and heal, members of the League arrive which forces Maseo and Tatsu to kill them to protect Oliver. Maseo cuts himself so Ra’s will believe Oliver escaped. Roy and Diggle warn Laurel to stay off the streets, after Roy has to bail her out of a fight. Brick kidnaps the city’s aldermen, but when Laurel and Roy track them down, Brick escapes and kills one of the aldermen in retaliation. 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 rejoins the team and provides Ray with the missing piece for his A.T.O.M. exo-suit. Chase, the DJ for Verdant, is revealed to be a spy for the League, who informs Maseo that Merlyn has chosen not to leave Starling. In flashbacks, Maseo makes a deal with China White to give her the counterpart to her virus in exchange for Tatsu.


Title: Midnight City

Synopsis: Tatsu informs a now unshaven Oliver (yes, he has the van-dyke beard) that he has only survived due to exposure to liquids from Ra’s Al Ghul’s very own Lazarus Pit, the snow had slowed his bleeding and so only minimal Lazarus liquid and time were needed to restore him to full health. Oliver warns Maseo that Ra’s will see his act as a betrayal and kill him for it. While Oliver attempts to rest and heal, members of the League arrive which forces Maseo and Tatsu to kill them to protect Oliver. Maseo cuts himself so Ra’s will believe Oliver escaped. Diggle warns Laurel to stay off the streets, but after Roy has to bail her out of a fight Roy says just the opposite as he understands how her sister inspired her as Oliver had once inspired him. Brick kidnaps the city’s aldermen, but when Laurel and Roy track them down, Brick escapes and kills one of the aldermen in retaliation. 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. Chase (played by Cody Christian), the DJ for Verdant, is revealed to be a spy for the League known as Ubu, who informs Maseo that Merlyn has chosen not to leave Star City. In flashbacks, Maseo makes a deal with China White to give her the counterpart to her virus in exchange for Tatsu.

Notable Changes:

  • Oliver has the van-dyke beard (for a short time)
  • Roy resonates with Laurel’s motivation
  • Chase is Ubu, a well known League Member and right hand man to Ra’s in the comics

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3×12



Title:  Uprising                                  

Synopsis: Worrying about Starling, Oliver decides to leave Tatsu and head home, against her wishes to rest and heal. Tatsu informs him that if he wants to defeat Ra’s al Ghul, he will need to seek swordsman training from Maseo. With the police out of the Glades, Roy and Laurel are tasked with fighting Brick’s men to keep the peace. Captain Lance 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 back their neighborhood by force. Merlyn corners Brick and gets the upper hand. Just as Merlyn is preparing to kill Brick, Oliver arrives and persuades him to spare Brick’s life for Thea’s sake and let the police arrest him. Oliver, as the Arrow, addresses the citizens of the Glades, commending them for not failing the city and announces that he will not leave them again. In the aftermath, Oliver requests Merlyn train him so that he can take on Ra’s al Ghul. Flashbacks chronicle the death of Merlyn’s wife and his journey to the League of Assassins to seek training.


Title:  Uprising                                  

Synopsis: Worrying about Star City, Oliver decides to leave Tatsu and head home, against her wishes to rest and heal. Tatsu informs him that if he wants to defeat Ra’s al Ghul, he will need to seek swordsman training from Maseo.With the police out of the Glades, Roy and Laurel are tasked with fighting Brick’s men to keep the peace. Captain Lance 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 back their neighborhood by force. Merlyn corners Brick and gets the upper hand. Just as Merlyn is preparing to kill Brick, Oliver arrives and persuades him to spare Brick’s life for Thea’s sake and let the police arrest him. Oliver, now dressed in what seems to be a cloth hood and shirt (similar to his Year One attire), helps Roy, Laurel, and an injured Wildcat (Ted Grant) finish their fight against bricks men. In the aftermath, Oliver requests Merlyn train him so that he can take on Ra’s al Ghul and commends Roy for his actions as the Arrow, as well as simultaneously commending and condemning Laurel for her actions, suggesting she stops. Flashbacks chronicle the death of Merlyn’s wife and his journey to the League of Assassins to seek training.

Notable Changes:

  • Oliver doesn’t return and magically have his costume, he appears in a  make-shift suit (Roy is wearing his suit)
  • Roy begins to feel independent and Oliver – accidentally – empowers him more

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3×13



Title: Canaries                                             

Synopsis: While being transported from prison, Werner Zytle orchestrates an escape by poisoning a guard with Vertigo. As Oliver tries to keep Laurel off the streets as a vigilante, Merlyn arrives at the hideout to inform Oliver that to beat Ra’s al Ghul he will need to bring Thea into the team. Oliver decides to reveal the truth to Thea 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. Laurel begins to hallucinate images of Sara, who confirms all of Laurel’s self doubts. Oliver and Roy arrive in time to save her and get her back to the base for treatment. Later, Oliver brings Laurel along to take down Zytle. Laurel is dosed with Vertigo again, but overcomes her fears to stop Werner. Meanwhile, DJ Chase attempts to kill Thea, but Roy and Merlyn show up; Chase commits suicide when it is clear he has lost. Based on Merlyn’s advice, Oliver takes Thea to Lian Yu for training. Laurel meets with her father and finally tells him the truth about Sara. In flashbacks, Oliver attempts to contact his family but is captured by A.R.G.U.S. and interrogated for the location of Maseo and Tatsu. Amanda Waller brings Oliver and Maseo to Starling City to find China White.


Title: Canaries                                            

Synopsis: While being transported from prison, Werner Zytle orchestrates an escape by poisoning a guard with Vertigo. As Oliver tries to keep Laurel off the streets as a vigilante, Merlyn arrives at the hideout to inform Oliver that to beat Ra’s al Ghul he will need to bring Thea into the team. Oliver decides to reveal the truth to Thea who accepts and praises him for the work he has been doing as the Arrow but also questions his absence for the past 2 months whilst the Arrow has still been active. Laurel tracks down Zytle and takes him on herself, only to be poisoned with Vertigo. Laurel begins to hallucinate images of Sara, who confirms all of Laurel’s self doubts. Oliver and Roy arrive in time to save her and get her back to the base for treatment. Later, Oliver brings Laurel along to take down Zytle. Laurel is dosed with Vertigo again, but overcomes her fears much like Oliver did – to stop Werner. Meanwhile, DJ Chase attempts to kill Thea, but Roy and Merlyn show up; Chase commits suicide when it is clear he has lost. Laurel continues to grow as her own vigilante and begins her own crusade outside of Oliver’s while Oliver is busy training with Malcolm. In flashbacks, Oliver attempts to contact his family but is captured by A.R.G.U.S. and interrogated for the location of Maseo and Tatsu. Amanda Waller brings Oliver and Maseo to Starling City to find China White.

Notable Changes:

  • Laurel overcoming the Vertigo is equated to Oliver doing the same in 3×01

 

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3×14



Title: The Return                              

Synopsis: While on the island of Lian Yu, Oliver begins Thea’s training. After a night dreaming of Sara, Oliver goes to the A.R.G.U.S. prison to visit with Slade Wilson, where he discovers the guard dead and Slade missing. Oliver warns Thea and retrieves a gun from the site of his father’s grave, but Slade arrives and captures them. Slade imprisons them in the A.R.G.U.S. cell, leaving them to the same fate Oliver left him. The duo are able to open the doors and escape. Oliver reveals to Thea that she killed Sara, while she grapples with the truth, Slade arrives. The three fight and Thea wounds Slade with his gun, allowing them to imprison him back in the cell. In flashbacks, Oliver and Maseo go to Starling City to track an employee of Queen Consolidated who is working with China White to sell the part of the virus she controls. They track the location of the buy and disrupt the proceedings. Oliver looks in on his family and discovers that Thea is using drugs, and a video message from his father explaining the list of names and encouraging Oliver to save the city.


Title: Snowbirds of a Feather [Formerly: The Return]                                 

Synopsis: After escaping from prison again – after Season 2.5 – the Huntress once again resurfaces in Star City in a final attempt to take down any control exerted by her father on the city. After brutally killing members a group of men still working under the guise of the “Bertinell Crime Family”, Helena is cornered by a now much more confidant Laurel (as Black Canary). Mocking Laurel after recognizing her and telling her she “let the darkness in” Laurel and Helena stand relatively evenly (Helena with an upper hand) until Oliver and Roy show up at tip the scales. Helena is captured but escapes and, as she does, she tells Oliver her mission is over and that she will take up another route in life, and tells Laurel to keep at what she’s doing. Meanwhile, Oliver and Maseo go to Starling City to track an employee of Queen Consolidated who is working with China White to sell the part of the virus she controls. They track the location of the buy and disrupt the proceedings. Oliver looks in on his family and discovers that Thea is using drugs, and a video message from his father explaining the list of names and encouraging Oliver to save the city.

Notable Changes:

  • The “Snowbirds” title references the arc in the comics when Roy was a drug addict (here it’s Thea)
  • The Huntress returns and Laurel is verified
  • Official Laurel “building” episode where Oliver is present

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3×15



Title: Nanda Parbat                                     

Synopsis: Oliver and Thea continue their training with Merlyn. Thea struggles with the secret of Sara’s death, and confesses the whole truth to Laurel who tells her she isn’t responsible; Thea also makes a deal to turn her father over to the League. Laurel confronts Merlyn and is easily outmatched, but they are interrupted by Nyssa and the League, and Merlyn is captured. Oliver decides to go to Nanda Parbat to rescue Merlyn to prevent Thea from losing touch with her humanity 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. Instead of killing Oliver, Ra’s expresses his appreciation for Oliver’s courage and strength, and asks Oliver to replace him as the head of the League. Meanwhile, 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. In flashbacks, Oliver is debriefed by General Matthew Shrieve. Afterward, he is promised that he can return home if he pleases. On their way home, Oliver and the Yamashiros are ambushed. Overrun, Oliver flees for safety with the Yamashiros’ son.


Title: Nanda Parbat                                     

Synopsis: Oliver continues his training with Malcolm, and Thea continues her training with Oliver. Thea struggles with the secret of Sara’s death, and confesses the whole truth to Laurel who tells her she isn’t responsible; Thea – in a moment of weakness – makes a deal to turn her father over to the League. Laurel confronts Merlyn and is easily outmatched, but Nyssa and the League interrupt them, and Merlyn is captured. Oliver decides to go to Nanda Parbat to rescue Merlyn to prevent Thea from losing touch with her humanity 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. Instead of killing Oliver, Ra’s expresses his appreciation for Oliver’s courage and strength, and asks Oliver to replace him as the head of the League.Meanwhile, 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. In flashbacks, Oliver is debriefed by General Matthew Shrieve. Afterward, he is promised that he can return home if he pleases. On their way home, Oliver and the Yamashiros are ambushed. Overrun, Oliver flees for safety with the Yamashiros’ son.

Notable Changes:

  • Thea trains with Oliver, not Malcolm

 

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3×16



Title: The Offer                                                          

Synopsis: Ra’s al Ghul tries to convince Oliver to take over as the head of the League, and 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, so Ra’s is looking for a replacement. In a show of good faith to convince Oliver to take the offer, Ra’s releases Diggle and Merlyn and forgives all blood debts. Oliver returns to Starling and releases Nyssa, much to the confusion to the rest of the team. Oliver and his team return to stopping crimes, but Captain Lance is done helping the Arrow when he realizes the vigilante lied about 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 to defying Ra’s. Upset with her father for his offer to Oliver, Nyssa returns to Starling City and agrees to help train Laurel. Ra’s, dressed as the Arrow, frames the vigilante for murder. In flashbacks to Hong Kong, Oliver and the Yamashiro’s son continue to be on the run, during which they seemingly stumble across Shado, who is alive.


Title: The Offer                                                          

Synopsis: Ra’s al Ghul tries to convince Oliver to take over as the head of the League, and “explains” to Oliver the uses of the Lazarus Pit unbeknownst to the fact that Oliver has already used the Pit’s liquids. In a show of good faith to convince Oliver to take the offer, Ra’s releases Diggle and Merlyn and forgives all blood debts. Oliver returns to Star City and releases Nyssa, much to the confusion to the rest of the team. Oliver and his team return to stopping crimes, but in order to force Oliver’s hand Ra’s sends his men out dressed as The Arrow to commit crimes around the city.  Meanwhile Nyssa returns to Star City and agrees to help train Laurel. In flashbacks to Hong Kong, Oliver and the Yamashiro’s son continue to be on the run, where they run into a man who gives them shelter by the name of Natas.

Notable Changes:

  • N/A


3×17



Title:  Suicidal Tendencies

Synopsis: Diggle and Lyla officially remarry, but Amanda 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 Floyd Lawton/Deadshot seemingly sacrifices himself so everyone can get out safely. The police issue a warrant for the Arrow, and Ray publicly announces his own support for the apprehension of the Arrow. Oliver discovers that Ra’s has sent multiple assassins to impersonate him until he agrees to take over as the head of the League. In his new A.T.O.M. suit, Ray locates the Arrow and through facial scans learns Oliver is the Arrow. After Laurel refuses to accept Ray’s evidence against Oliver he decides to take matters into his own hands. Luring the Arrow to a factory, Ray engages Oliver in a fight, but the latter disables Ray’s suit. After, Oliver helps Ray to convince him that he is being framed. Later, Maseo, dressed as the Arrow, murders the mayor in front of multiple witnesses. In flashbacks, Floyd Lawton struggles to transition back into society from the military, including his wife and child leaving him. Floyd is propositioned by an organization known as H.I.V.E. to assassinate Andrew Diggle, John’s brother.


Title: Suicidal Tendencies

Synopsis: Diggle and Lyla officially remarry, but Amanda 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 Floyd Lawton/Deadshot seemingly sacrifices himself so everyone can get out safely. Meanwhile in Star City the police force has contemplated issuing an arrest warrant for The Arrow but decide not to as the city and the police force don’t believe the Arrow could have committed the crimes he was framed for – Capt. Lance heads the pro-vigilante movement. Ray – inspired by both the Arrow and Arsenal – seek out both the Arrow and Arsenal to help them clear their names. Using his technological genius Ray deduces who both the Arrow and Arsenal are and meets them in Oliver’s lair. The copycat vigilantes – now in their normal LoA garb continue to terrorize the city. After murdering the mayor Maseo tells Oliver the only way to stop them (the League) is to give up all he has worked for and ascend to Ra’s Al Ghul. . In flashbacks, Floyd Lawton struggles to transition back into society from the military, including his wife and child leaving him. Floyd is propositioned by an organization known as H.I.V.E. to assassinate Andrew Diggle, John’s brother.

Notable Changes:

  • Lance is NOT anti-vigilante and attempts to convince the city to stay that way
  • Ray is inspired by the Arrow and Arsenal, he doesn’t go after them

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3×18



Title:  Public Enemy  

Synopsis: After the mayor’s murder, Captain Lance issues an arrest warrant for the Arrow and his team, with shoot to kill orders in effect. Ray, having also been shot in the chest and operated on, has a life-threatening blood clot that only his own nanobot invention can dissolve; Felicity administers the cure. Realizing Maseo is the assassin, Oliver uses Nyssa to track his location. Ra’s appears and again warns Oliver that not accepting the offer will continue to bring death. The police arrive and Oliver and his team barely escape. To push Oliver to accept the offer, Ra’s kidnaps Captain Lance and reveals Oliver’s true identity as the Arrow. Captain Lance announces this revelation at a press conference. With his back to a wall, Oliver decides to turn himself in to the police. In order to save Oliver, Roy dresses as the Arrow, stops Oliver’s transport van and gives himself up to the police, insisting that he has been the Arrow all along. In flashbacks, Oliver thinks he has found Shado, but it turns out to be her twin sister Mei. A.R.G.U.S. agents come after them, but Maseo and Tatsu arrive to rescue them. Afterward, Oliver tells Mei that her sister and father are dead.


Title:  Honorable Sacrifice [Formerly Public Enemy]          

Synopsis: This episode picks where the previous one left off, as The Arrow, Arsenal, and the Black Canary battle on a rooftop against multiple members of the League of Assassins. Ray, having been shot in the chest, is hospitalized and operated on, has a life-threatening blood clot that only his own nanobots, powered by dwarf star matter, can dissolve. After tracking Maseo down again – using Nyssa – Oliver is confronted by Ra’s Al Ghul once again. As the two groups stand eye-to-eye on a rooftop Captain Lance appears. Oliver once again refuses to ascend to Ra’s position and as a fight ensues Lance dives in front of a bowless Oliver as the League members disappear. Oliver, as the Arrow, rushes to Lance’s side (as do Black Canary and Arsenal). The Arrow questions Lance as to why he saved him, to which he responds, “Queen this city needs the Arrow” – revealing he has known Oliver’s secret for awhile . Lance is brought to a hospital where it is revealed that he isn’t in any critical danger, but his actions still effect Oliver greatly. The team discusses their options in the Arrow-cave. Ray is then shown elsewhere again working on his A.T.O.M. suit.

Notable Changes:

  • Lance takes an arrow for Oliver and reveals he has known Oliver’s secret
  • The nanobots do NOT leave Ray’s system
  • Oliver is never suspected of being the Arrow, and Roy isn’t arrested

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3×19



Title: Broken Arrow                                                  

Synopsis: With Roy arrested for being the Arrow, the District Attorney decides not to charge Oliver with any crime. In prison, Roy fends off attacks from the other inmates. While Oliver and his team plot to break Roy out of prison, as well as determine how to stop metahuman Jake Simmons, Captain Lance obtains a search warrant for Verdant and uncovers Oliver’s hideout, though he only finds Roy’s fingerprints. Oliver enlists Ray’s help in stopping the metahuman. 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. With the help of a former A.R.G.U.S. agent, Roy fakes his own murder so that the public believes the Arrow is dead and Oliver Queen innocent. As a result, Roy is forced to leave the city. Ra’s visits Thea and after a brief fight he mortally wounds her with his sword. In flashbacks, Oliver infiltrates A.R.G.U.S. to stop Waller, only to discover that she did not send the men after him and the Yamashiros: it was actually done by General Shrieve, who plans to release the virus in Hong Kong. Oliver, Maseo, and Tatsu steal the vaccine, as well as the plans for how Shrieve plans to infect the city.


Title: Fight Club [Formerly Broken Arrow]                                     

Synopsis: With Team Arrow at a loss for what to do and Capt. Lance recovering from his wound. The League has slowed their actions in Star City as Ra’s believes the pressure he has applied may be enough. In the League’s absence a metahuman by the name od Deathbolt appears in Star City, promoting the first team up between The Arrow, Arsenal, and Atom. Oliver enlists Ray’s help in stopping the metahuman. After Deathbolt successfully subdues Oliver and Roy, Ray defeats Deathbolt himself, and places him under S.T.A.R. Labs’ custody. In flashbacks, Oliver infiltrates A.R.G.U.S. to stop Waller, only to discover that she did not send the men after him and the Yamashiros: it was actually done by General Shrieve, who plans to release the virus in Hong Kong. Oliver, Maseo, and Tatsu steal the vaccine, as well as the plans for how Shrieve plans to infect the city. The episode closes as Thea is attacked by members of the League of Assassians. Unbeknownst to them both Malcolm Merlyn and Roy Harper are present and the three ward off the assassins. Realizing just how close to home the attacks are getting Oliver choses ascending to Ra’s may be the best choice.

Notable Changes:

  • Arrow, Arsenal, and Atom are on the same team
  • Malcolm and Roy save Thea (she doesn’t die)
  • Roy doesn’t “die” and is never arrested

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3×20



Title:  The Fallen                               

Synopsis: Oliver finds Thea bleeding to death and rushes her to the hospital, where she is stabilized enough for Oliver to make arrangements for her impending death. 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 Thea. 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. Knowing Oliver will not leave willingly, Felicity drugs him so they can sneak him out of the fortress. Cornered by Ra’s men, Oliver wakes in time to order the League members 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 al Ghul”. In flashbacks, Oliver, Maseo, and Tatsu go after the virus, but during a fight it is released.


Title:  The Fallen                               

Synopsis: Realizing how close each attack has hit to home Oliver contacts Maseo to let him know that he will accept Ra’s offer. The Team travel to Nanda Parbat to say their farewells and, in a last ditch effort to change his mind , Felicity drugs him so they can sneak him out of the fortress, something Oliver disproves of. Cornered by Ra’s men, Oliver wakes in time to order the League members to stand down. Afterward, Oliver returns to take his place as head of the League, alone. 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 al Ghul”. In flashbacks, Oliver, Maseo, and Tatsu go after the virus, but during a fight it is released. The three race to take the cure as time runs short.

Notable Changes:

  • Olicity tones of the episode are cut down
  • Oliver accepts his role because of how close to home Ra’s is striking


3×21



Title: Al Sah-him                                                       

Synopsis: 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. Subsequently, Oliver is directed to kill a League member who sees themselves as the real heir: Nyssa. Oliver and the League come to Starling City, where Nyssa confronts them. Oliver bests her, but is forced to flee when they are interrupted by Diggle and Laurel. Oliver kidnaps Lyla to force the team to give up Nyssa. At the exchange, a fight breaks out and Nyssa is taken by the League. Oliver almost kills Diggle, but Thea arrives and stops him. In Nanda Parbat, for her betrayal, Ra’s orders Nyssa to marry Oliver, and Oliver has to use the Alpha/Omega virus to cleanse Starling City. In flashbacks, Oliver, Maseo, and Tatsu, who were vaccinated, watch as the citizens of Hong Kong, including Maseo and Tatsu’s own son Akio, become infected with the virus.


Title: Al Sah-him                                                       

Synopsis: 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. Subsequently, Oliver is directed to kill a League member who sees themselves as the real heir: Nyssa. Oliver and the League come to Starling City, where Nyssa confronts them. Oliver bests her, but is forced to flee when they are interrupted by Diggle, Laurel, and Roy. Oliver kidnaps Lyla to force the team to give up Nyssa. At the exchange, a fight breaks out and Nyssa is taken by the League. Oliver almost kills Diggle, but Thea – wearing solely a hood – arrives and stops him. In flashbacks, Oliver, Maseo, and Tatsu, who were vaccinated, watch as the citizens of Hong Kong, including Maseo and Tatsu’s own son Akio, become infected with the virus.

Notable Changes:

  • Roy is still around and part of the plot

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3×22



Title:  This is Your Sword                

Synopsis: With Oliver gone, Diggle and Laurel patrol Starling City taking on any criminals they find. 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 reveals that he is in league with Malcolm, and his agreement to become Ra’s heir was a charade to get close to Ra’s and slowly dismantle the League from within. With Ra’s fast tracking his plan to kill everyone in Starling, Oliver is forced to have Malcolm reveal the truth to his friends. The team, including Tatsu, Ray, and Malcolm go to Nanda Parbat where Tatsu kills Maseo before they are overrun by the League and captured. Ra’s exposes the team to the virus before sealing them away in a cell. Afterward, Oliver and Nyssa are married. In flashbacks, Akio continues to deteriorate from the virus, his vaccination having not worked. Maseo and Oliver decide to go after General Shreive to see if he has a cure. They only succeed in leading Shrieve to their location, while Akio dies in Tatsu’s arms.


Title:  The Storm [Formerly This is Your Sword]     

Synopsis: With Oliver gone, Diggle , Laurel, and a newly independent Roy patrol Star City taking on any criminals they find. 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 reveals that he is in league with Malcolm, and his agreement to become Ra’s heir was a charade to get close to Ra’s and slowly dismantle the League from within. With Ra’s fast tracking his plan to kill everyone in Star City, Oliver is forced to have Malcolm reveal the truth to his friends. The Team, including Tatsu, Ray, and Malcolm go to Nanda Parbat where Tatsu is forced to kill Maseo before they are overrun by the League and captured. Ra’s exposes the team to the virus before sealing them away in a cell. In flashbacks, Akio continues to deteriorate from the virus, his vaccination having not worked. Maseo and Oliver decide to go after General Shreive to see if he has a cure. They only succeed in leading Shrieve to their location, while Akio dies in Tatsu’s arms and Maseo is approached by Al-Owal, who informs him of the League and how they can help train Maseo to get over his loss.

Notable Changes:

  • Roy is still part of the plot
  • The League approach Maseo in the flashbacks

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3×23



Title: My Name is Oliver Queen

Synopsis: While Ra’s and Oliver head toward Starling City to release the virus, Felicity and the others wake in the dungeon. Malcolm informs them that he and Oliver created a new vaccine, based on Oliver’s blood, which Malcolm used on the team without their awareness. Returning a favor, Barry speeds through the castle disabling the guards and freeing the team. Meanwhile, Oliver reveals his deception and he and Nyssa take out the League’s remaining assassins. Ra’s escapes with a canister of the virus, vowing to destroy Starling. Oliver learns that Ra’s is going to disperse the virus across four points of the city. Felicity locates the four bioweapons, and Oliver organizes the team, along with Captain Lance and the police, to those locations. Oliver is pulled to another location to battle Ra’s, as the team successfully stop the virus. Oliver stops and kills Ra’s before being shot by a police sniper. Felicity, in Ray’s ATOM suit, flies in and rescues Oliver. Afterward, Oliver decides to stop being a hero to the city, instead opting to have a life with Felicity knowing that there are other heroes that can take his place. As payment for his help, Oliver cedes the title of Ra’s al Ghul to Malcolm and leaves the league. Ray begins testing a way to miniaturize his ATOM suit, which results in an explosion at Palmer Technologies. In flashbacks, Oliver tortures Shrieve for hours in vengeance before Maseo executes him. Maseo leaves Tatsu in grief and Oliver decides to live a life alone to prevent his family from seeing the darkness that has taken over his life.


Title: The Green Arrow [Formerly My Name is Oliver Queen]

Synopsis: While Ra’s and Oliver head toward Star City to release the virus, Team Arrow and the others wake in the dungeon. Malcolm informs them that he and Oliver created a new vaccine, based on Oliver’s blood, which Malcolm used on the team without their awareness. Returning a favor, Barry speeds through the castle disabling the guards and freeing the team. Meanwhile, Oliver reveals his deception and he and Nyssa take out the League’s remaining assassins. Ra’s escapes with a canister of the virus, vowing to destroy Star City. Oliver learns that Ra’s is going to disperse the virus across four points of the city. Felicity locates the four bioweapons, and Oliver organizes the team, along with Captain Lance and the police, to those locations. Oliver, now in his original costume (with sword included) is pulled to another location to battle Ra’s, as the team successfully stop the virus. Oliver stops and kills Ra’s but not before Oliver’s hood (and costume) are shredded by Ra’s blade. Afterward, Oliver, still in tattered costume and bloodied makes an announcement to the public amidst a crowd of people apologizing for his ways and promising to take a new path, as a new hero, the Green Arrow. As payment for his help, Oliver cedes the title of Ra’s al Ghul to Malcolm and leaves the league. Roy decides to go off on his own as he is appreciative of Oliver’s help and training but feels he needs to grow on his own – much to Thea’s dismay. Thea argues that she needs to become Oliver’s new protégé and Diggle and Oliver end on rocky footing as Oliver and Felicity officially begin dating. Ray begins experiencing strange side effects that he attributes to the nanobots still in his system and the season ends with him shrinking into oblivion. We then see Ra’s drying off – and alive – from another Lazarus Pit exclaiming that Oliver Queen had earned his place, and then turning and thanking a now revived (and heavily scared) Tommy Merlyn…the true Merlyn the Archer has been birthed. In flashbacks, Oliver tortures Shrieve for hours in vengeance before Maseo executes him. Maseo leaves Tatsu in grief and Oliver decides to live a life alone to prevent his family from seeing the darkness that has taken over his life.

Notable Changes:

  • Oliver isn’t in League garb
  • The city isn’t anti-Arrow
  • Felicity does NOT save Oliver in the ATOM suit
  • Roy leaves because he feels independent AND takes his suit
  • The nanobots make Ray shrink, not the suit
  • Oliver and Felicity begin “giving it a go” and dating but he DOES NOT QUIT

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