For other uses of "Arrow", see Arrow (disambiguation).

"You, Harper, Sara, the freak in Central City, the Huntress; I got a new guy flying around the city. All these masks? They started with him."
Quentin Lance to Laurel Lance[src]

Arrow is a television series and a modern retelling of the DC Comics series Green Arrow. Stephen Amell portrayed the eponymous lead character Oliver Queen, who fights crime as a vigilante. The series' first season premiered on October 10, 2012, and concluded on May 15, 2013. The second season premiered on October 9, 2013, and concluded on May 14, 2014. The third season premiered on October 8, 2014, and concluded on May 13, 2015. The fourth season premiered on October 7, 2015, and concluded on May 25, 2016. The fifth season premiered on October 5, 2016, and concluded on May 24, 2017. The sixth season premiered on October 12, 2017, and concluded on May 17, 2018. On April 2, 2018, the series was renewed for a seventh season, which premiered in the 2018–19 season.[1] The CW announced on January 31, 2019 that the series was renewed for an eighth season. It was announced by Stephen Amell on March 6, 2019, that season eight would serve as the series's final season.[2]


After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for 5 years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother, Moira, much-beloved sister, Thea, and best friend, Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he has become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his ex-girlfriend, Laurel Lance.

As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of the Arrow, a vigilante archer, to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be, flanked by his devoted chauffeur and bodyguard, John Diggle, while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under the cover of darkness. However, Laurel's father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest Arrow for operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver's own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.


At the beginning of most episodes in the first three seasons, a voiceover of Oliver Queen describes briefly the hardships that he faced during his five years away from home. Oliver states that as he has returned, he has decided to help out the people of his city by honoring both his father and his friend, respectively. However, beginning with "Al Sah-him", the monologue changed near the end of the season, briefly describing his crusade, but going on to mention his necessary ascension as the heir to the Demon, Ra's al Ghul. In the fourth season, the monologue was changed as he realized his old approach to bringing justice isn't enough, which leads him to become the Green Arrow. The fifth and sixth season's monologue retains the crusade but also includes Oliver balancing his life as Star City Mayor and as the Green Arrow. However, starting with "Next of Kin"​, Oliver came to terms following Samantha's death on Lian Yu and decided to pass the Green Arrow mantle to Diggle so that he can take care of his son William. The seventh season's monologue then had Oliver focus on his time in Slabside, and his subsequent release and return to being the Green Arrow. The final season's monologue finally had Oliver's transition from the Green Arrow to the Spectre during the event known as Crisis on Infinite Earths. With the exception of the series finale "Fadeout" which was about Oliver's death and sacrifice.

Season 1

"My name is Oliver Queen. For five years, I was stranded on an island with only one goal-- Survive. Now I will fulfill my father's dying wish-- to use the list of names he left me and bring down those who are poisoning my city. To do this, I must become someone else. I must become something else."

Season 2

"My name is Oliver Queen. After five years on a hellish island, I have come home with only one goal-- to save my city. But to do so, I can't be the killer I once was. To honor my friend's memory, I must be someone else. I must be something else."

Season 3

"My name is Oliver Queen. After five years in hell, I have come home with only one goal-- to save my city. Now others have joined my crusade. To them, I'm Oliver Queen. To the rest of Starling City, I am someone else. I am something else."

"Al Sah-him" and "This Is Your Sword" variant

"My name was Oliver Queen. For three years, I worked to save my city. But to save my sister, I had to become someone else. I had to become something else."

Season 4

"My name is Oliver Queen. After five years in hell, I returned home with only one goal-- to save my city. But my old approach wasn't enough. I had to become someone else. I had to become something else. I had to become the Green Arrow."

Seasons 56

"My name is Oliver Queen. After five years in hell, I returned home with only one goal-- to save my city. Today I fight that war on two fronts. By day, I lead Star City as its Mayor. But by night, I am someone else. I am something else. I am the Green Arrow."

"Next of Kin", "Reversal" and "Deathstroke Returns" variant

"My name is Oliver Queen. After five years in hell, I returned home with only one goal-- to save my city. But I couldn't honor that commitment and honor the promise I made to the mother of my son. So I asked the best man I know to help. His name is John Diggle and he is the Green Arrow."

Season 7

"My name is Oliver Queen. After six years of being a vigilante, the only way to achieve my goal and save my city was to confess to being the Green Arrow. Now my family and friends must carry on my mission without me. I am no longer a hero. I am Inmate 4587."

Midseason variant (narrated by Barry Allen in "Elseworlds, Part 2")

"My name is Oliver Queen. After six months in hell, I have been released from prison and returned home with only one goal--to save my city, but things have changed. Instead of operating outside the law, I am now working alongside the police. I am no longer Inmate 4587. I am once more the Green Arrow."

Season 8

"My name is Oliver Queen. For seven years, I have fought with only one goal--to save my city. But now a new threat has emerged. A danger so severe it has forced me to leave my family in order to face it, and it won't be enough for me to just be the Green Arrow. To prevent the crisis that's coming, I am going to have to become someone else. I am going to have to become something else."

"Fadeout" variant

"My name is Oliver Queen. After five years in hell, I returned home with only one goal--to save my city. For eight years, I've fought alongside brave men and women striving for justice. But then, a crisis came. And I had to become someone else. I had to become something else. I made the ultimate sacrifice, which helped birth an entirely new universe. Now my friends and family will have to go on without me. And although I have become a Spectre, there is a part of me that will always be the Green Arrow."



  • The series was originally pitched as The Hunter.[3]
  • Arrow has had one supplemental web series, Blood Rush​​​​, and three supplemental comic book series: Arrow​​​​, Arrow: Season 2.5​​​​, and Arrow: The Dark Archer​​​​. As well, Arrow has had several supplementary books.
  • The actors with the most number of appearances are:
  • There is no actor who had appeared in every episode of the series.
  • The only actors who have appeared in every season of Arrow at least one time are; Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland, Paul Blackthorne and Audrey Marie Anderson.
  • All the penultimate episodes for each season were originally named after songs by Bruce Springsteen. Though Seasons 2 featured two episodes and Season 8 was supposed to, but was later changed. According to Marc Guggenheim, the latter episode's original title "Livin' In the Future" was changed at the request of Warner Bros. due to the inclusion of the backdoor pilot for the proposed Green Arrow and the Canaries spin-off.[4]
  • From season 2 to season 6, every eighth episode of Arrow's season featured Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, initially as an introduction, and subsequently as part of the annual crossovers. Season 5 Invasion's crossover also paid homage to the series as the series 100th episode. Not wanting for The Flash's 100th episode to be bogged down or deviate focus, Season 7 deviated from this by having the crossover featured in episode 9 of The Flash and Arrow's seasons, doubling as the mid-season finale for those shows.
  • Emily Bett Rickards is the only actress who appears in every episode she was credited as a series regular. All other series regulars missed at least one episode while being part of the main cast.



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