As some perceptive “Arrow” fans may have predicted, the hit CW show opted not to kill off its titular hero after a bloody battle with Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable), and last week’s midseason return saw Oliver (Stephen Amell) weakened but recovering, thanks to the intervention of League of Assassins member Maseo Yamashiro (Karl Yune) and his wife, Tatsu (Rila Fukushima).
But while the audience knows that the resilient vigilante survived his encounter with The Demon’s Head, Team Arrow is still mourning his loss, leaving Diggle (David Ramsey), Roy (Colton Haynes) and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) to try and fill the hero’s boots — some of them more successfully than others.
As executive producer Marc Guggenheim told Variety ahead of the midseason premiere, “Because it’s such a huge thing that happens in nine, we really needed three episodes to give it its due because those three episodes — 10, 11 and 12 — really are a trilogy dealing with the very real question of, ‘if there is no Arrow in Starling City, who is going to save the city?’” As the three-episode arc illustrates, there are a lot of contenders vying to be Starling’s protector.
Added stills and screencaptures from Stephen’s apperance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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).
Stephen Amell, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim say the next few episodes allow “every character on the show to rise or fall.”
[Warning: spoilers ahead for Wednesday’s episode of Arrow, “Left Behind.”]
Arrow is back in a big way.
Team Arrow learned the sad truth about Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) demise at the hands of Ra’s Al Ghul (Matt Nable). To add insult to injury, the bringer of the bad news was the man who orchestrated the whole thing, Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman). Unbeknownst to them, Oliver is alive (if not well).
That fateful meeting will have ramifications that will play out throughout the rest of the season, says executive Andrew Kreisberg.
Unofficially, Arrow’s midseason return was an official Felicity episode and was all the better for it. To be honest, the introduction of Arrow’s newest villain, Brick, wasn’t all that compelling, but Emily Bett Rickards’ performance along with the rest of Team Arrow’s response to Oliver’s death carried the episode. Right now, Arrow is in rather uncharted territory. Or, at least to me it is because I can’t think of another show that has sidelined or would sideline the lead character in such a way. (Yes, Oliver shows up in the flashbacks, but those are the worst this season). While we definitely miss Oliver’s presence in the present storyline, tonight’s episode made it clear that the rest of the cast is more than up for the task of carrying the show—i.e. making it worth us suffering through these boring Hong Kong flashbacks.
FLASHBACK — Hong Kong, 3 years ago
No surprise here, Amanda Waller is not happy that Oliver and Maseo blunderingly abducted that scientist. Naturally, all Maseo can think about is finding his wife, but the same can’t be said of Amanda Waller, who just doesn’t give a f— because they have more pressing concerns. ARGUS has learned the bioweapon is comprised of two parts; and Omega, which is now in China White’s possession, is useless without Alpha, its counterpart, which is currently being held by the Hong Kong military. So, their mission is to steal from the military and destroy it.
After some initial troubles, Maseo and Oliver are able to infiltrate the military compound and steal the sample. However, China White’s henchmen show up and start shooting at them—because that’s what henchmen do. As Maseo lays down some cover fire, Oliver tries to escape with the bioweapon, but one of China White’s men follows him. He has no problem knocking him down, but chooses not to kill him with his arrow. Naturally, Amanda Waller hears about this and is not happy—although last episode’s scientist shouldn’t have been captured and interrogated, this guy should have been. When Amanda leaves, Oliver reveals to Maseo that he didn’t kill the guy because he placed a tracker in his pocket in the hope that he can lead them to Tatsu’s location. Maseo says he’ll be forever in Oliver’s debt.
Arrow is back after the break and I have added HD screencaptures from last night episode.
– Screen Captures 3×10 – Left Behind
What is “Arrow” without its titular hero? Viewers will find out on Jan. 21, as the vigilante’s friends and loved ones must come to terms with the fallout from Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) seemingly fatal showdown with Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) in December’s midseason finale.
Oh the subject of his character’s fate, Amell remained coy when Variety sat down with him last week: “He’s fallen — he fell. I certainly hope he’s not dead. I enjoy playing him,” he offered wryly. “Although there are the regularly scheduled flashbacks in 310 and 311. 312 is someone else’s flashbacks.”
According to “Arrow” producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, the first three episodes of 2015 function as one extended story arc, featuring Vinnie Jones as DC Comics villain Danny “Brick” Brickwell, as Variety first reported. “Because it’s such a huge thing that happens in nine, we really needed three episodes to give it its due because those three episodes — 10, 11 and 12 — really are a trilogy dealing with the very real question of, ‘if there is no Arrow in Starling City, who is going to save the city?’” Guggenheim previewed.
In Oliver’s absence, many heroes will rise up to fill his shoes, from protege Roy (aka Arsenal, played by Colton Haynes) and partner Diggle (David Ramsey) to former flame Laurel (Katie Cassidy), who has been training to avenge her sister, Sara (Caity Lotz), after she was murdered in the season premiere.
Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, John Barrowman and Colton Haynes weigh in on what happens following the midseason finale shocker.
Team Arrow is moving on without its leader.
When the show returns Wednesday, Diggle (David Ramsey), Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Roy (Colton Haynes) must pick up the pieces after Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) death.
“Everyone has to step up. It’s not just about Oliver anymore,” Amell tells The Hollywood Reporter. “They have to decide why they are doing it. Are they doing it for Oliver? Are they doing it for the city? Are they doing it for themselves?”
Oliver’s demise at the hands of Ra’s Al Ghul (Matt Nable) came after the team discovered Thea (Willa Holland) was responsible for Sara’s (Caity Lotz) death. But Thea doesn’t even know she committed the murder, as she was drugged and forced into it by dear old dad Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman)
“We’re trying to pick up the pieces and do exactly what he’s done.”
Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn) promises that after orchestrating Oliver’s death, he is far from done.
“There is a sequence where Malcolm goes to the Arrow team’s lair, gets in, and goes to tell them that Oliver is dead,” Barrowman says. “He comes up a wall of aggression from Diggle, Felicty, Roy and Laurel.”
He also teases big changes ahead for the rest of the season.
“There are words that are going to be said between characters that are going to be shockers to the audience — almost like a punch in the face. There are alliances formed that are going to be 360 turns. There are breakups that are going to happen that are going to be shocking. All of that is yet to come.”
Meanwhile, Ramsey says Diggle is faced with being the team leader in Oliver’s wake.
“He steps up the plate. The team looks up to him to a certain degree,” says Ramsey, who adds the team respects his military experience as well as his emotional maturity.
Haynes teases “we’re coming together as a team” in Oliver’s absence, though admits that can be hard.
“We’re trying to pick up the pieces and do exactly what he’s done, but there are four of us. But it’s really difficult, because Oliver is our mentor and he’s taught us what we know,” says Haynes.
Arrow airs at 8 p.m. Wednesdays on The CW.