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Series overview
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The third season of Arrow premiered on October 8, 2014 on The CW and concluded on May 13, 2015. The season consisted of 23 episodes.

Official synopsis

In the aftermath of his victory, Season Three opens with The Arrow now a hero to the citizens of Starling. Crime is down, people feel safer, and Captain Lance even calls off the Anti-Vigilante Task Force. Basking in his success, Oliver believes he can finally have a private life and asks Felicity out on a date. But the second Oliver takes his eye off the ball, a deadly villain reappears in Starling, forcing Oliver to realize that he can never be Oliver Queen – not as long as the city needs The Arrow.[1]

In flashbacks Oliver being held against his will in Hong Kong being forced to work for Amanda Waller. Waller is ruthless and shows no remorse for his situation forcing him the try and kill his best friend Tommy. Oliver and his partner Maseo start tracking down Chien Na Wei a member of the triad trying to acquire a bio weapon to sell the the highest bidder. After capturing her Oliver and Maseos family go on the run from United States miltary General Matthew Shreive. They discover he plans to release the virus on Hong Kong which he eventually does. In the outbreak Maseos son Akio is infected and killed. Oliver tortures and kills Shrieve then leaves Hong Kong.

In present day Team Arrow hunts down criminals in hopes of finding Sara Lances killer. After her sisters death Laurel wants to take up her sisters mantle and asks Oliver to train her but he refuses so she turns to vigilantie turned boxer Ted Grant. Meanwhile Oliver's sister Thea is with her Father Malcolm Merlyn in Corto Maltese but comes home with Oliver. Eventually Ra's Al Ghul threatens to start killing citizens of Starling City unless they find Sara's killer. Thea is eventually revealed to be the killer while under the influences of Malcolm Merlyn. Oliver goes to Ra's and tells him he is the killer and challenges him to a duel. Oliver says his goodbyes to Team Arrow and tells Felecity he loves her before leaving to confront Ra's. Oliver is stabbed by Ra's and left for dead on the side of a mountain.

Back in Starling City Team Arrow learns of Oliver's fate and believe that he is dead. They struggle to operate without Oliver as they go after crime boss Danny "Brick" Brickwell. Oliver is revealed to have survived his injuries and is treated by Maseo and his wife Tatsu. Team Arrow stop Brick and Oliver returns to Starling City. Malcolm insists that Oliver reveals his identity as The Arrow to Thea which he does and the three begin to work together to survive Ra's impending attack. Thea begins to hate her father after she finds out he forced her to kill Sara.

After Malcolm is captured by the league Oliver and Diggle go to rescue him. Ther attempt fails and Oliver once again comes face to face with Ra's where he tells him that he wants him to be his successor. Oliver quickly refuses but Ra's sends his men to Starling City where they start killing people and framing The Arrow for there murders. The League eventually targets the mayor and after her murder the police begin a city wide manhunt led by Quentin Lance angry with Oliver for not telling him about Sara murder. Roy eventually puts himself up as The Arrow and fakes his death so that the police can't go after Oliver. Ra's murders Thea and blackmails Oliver into using the Lazarus Pit so that he can bring Thea back to life. Oliver does this and joins the league taking on the name of Al Sah-Him

After several weeks Oliver is broken and brainwashed by Ra's into taking kindly to his new role. Al Sah-Him goes back to Starling to hunt down Nyssa who has began training Laurel. Oliver kidnapps Diggles wife Lyla to blackmail Team Arrow into giving up Nyssa. This works after bringing her to Nanda Parbat Ra's has them married and orders Oliver to use the Alpha-Omega bio weapon to destroy Starling city. Oliver is revealed to have been working with Malcolm all along and warns Team Arrow of the threat. The team is able to synthase a cure for the virus and Oliver kills Ra's and gives the mantle to Malcolm Merlyn. Oliver leaves the protecting of Starling With Diggle, Laurel and Thea and leaves to start a new life with Felecity.


Main cast

Recurring cast


# Episode name Directed by Story by Teleplay by Original airdate
1 "The Calm" Glen Winter Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg Marc Guggenheim & Jake Coburn October 8, 2014
With crime in Starling City at an all-time low thanks to The Arrow and his team, Oliver thinks he can finally balance being both the Arrow and Oliver Queen and asks Felicity out on a date. However, when a new villain emerges, who has claimed the name Vertigo from the recently deceased Count, Oliver is caught off-guard and someone close to him is hurt. Oliver and a newly suited up Roy take on the Count. Meanwhile, Diggle becomes a father, Quentin is promoted to Captain, Laurel joins Team Arrow and Felicity gets a part-time job at a tech store to make ends meet. Also, Oliver fights to regain his company, Queen Consolidated, but comes up against a very worthy opponent - the charming Ray Palmer.
2 "Sara" Wendey Stanzler Jake Coburn & Keto Shimizu October 15, 2014
Quentin calls The Arrow when another archer appears in town and starts skewering businessmen. Diggle uses A.R.G.U.S. to find the archer’s identity; he is a man named Simon Lacroix, who goes by the codename Komodo. However, the team hits a rough patch with the mission and gets help from a surprising source - Laurel. Meanwhile, Oliver begins to worry that he hasn’t heard from Thea, which forces Roy to tell him the truth about why she left town. Ray Palmer pursues Felicity. In the flashback, Maseo tells Oliver that Amanda Waller has ordered his first kill. As Oliver looks down the scope of the rifle, he sees the target is his best friend, Tommy. Despite her promise to her sister, Laurel debates sharing a secret about Sara with Quentin.
3 "Corto Maltese" Stephen Surjik Erik Oleson & Beth Schwartz October 22, 2014
Oliver decides it’s time for Thea to come back to Starling City, so he packs for Corto Maltese, where Felicity has traced Thea’s whereabouts. Lyla asks Diggle to go with Oliver because one of her field operatives, Mark Shaw, has gone dark in Corto Maltese and she’d like him to look into it. Feeling responsible for Thea's departure, Roy joins Oliver and Diggle on their journey. Shaw double-crosses Diggle, putting numerous A.R.G.U.S. agents, including Lyla, at risk. Meanwhile, Laurel meets Ted Grant, and Felicity adjusts to her new job.
4 "The Magician" John Behring Wendy Mericle & Marc Guggenheim October 29, 2014
A furious Nyssa confronts Oliver about Sara. When Oliver learns Malcolm Merlyn is alive, he suspects Merlyn killed Sara. Oliver and Nyssa join forces and go after the Dark Archer, intent on bringing Sara's killer to justice. Laurel keeps her distance from Nyssa, as she blames her sister's death on her involvement with the League of Assassins. Meanwhile, Oliver and Roy work on repairing their respective relationships with Thea, who has returned home. Nyssa discusses Oliver with her father, Ra's al Ghul.
5 "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak" Michael Schultz Ben Sokolowski & Brian Ford Sullivan November 5, 2014
When a cyber attack brings Starling City to its knees, Oliver and Felicity are pushed to their limits to contain the destruction. Life gets even more complicated for Felicity when her mother, Donna, stops by for a surprise visit. Meanwhile, Ted Grant questions Laurel’s motives, and Thea buys an apartment with Malcolm’s "estate" money, which infuriates Oliver.
6 "Guilty" Peter Leto Erik Oleson & Keto Shimizu November 12, 2014
After a body is found strung up in the Wildcat gym, Ted Grant becomes the main suspect. Oliver and Laurel argue over Ted's innocence. Meanwhile, in flashbacks, when Maseo needs Oliver to remember where an informant for China #EBFAEB stashed key information, he asks Tatsu to help jog Oliver's memory. Roy shares a secret with Felicity.
7 "Draw Back Your Bow" Rob Hardy Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz November 19, 2014
Oliver must stop an Arrow-obsessed serial killer, Carrie Cutter, who is convinced that The Arrow is her one true love and will stop at nothing to get his attention. Unfortunately, her way of getting his attention is to kill people. Meanwhile, Ray asks Felicity to be his date for a work dinner with important clients. Thea auditions new DJs for Verdant and meets Chase, a brash DJ with whom she immediately clashes.
8 "The Brave and the Bold" Jesse Warn Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg Marc Guggenheim & Grainne Godfree December 3, 2014
Oliver, Arsenal and Diggle track down the location of a boomerang-wielding killer named Digger Harkness but are surprised when they come face to face with an A.R.G.U.S. team. Diggle asks Lyla why A.R.G.U.S. is involved but she defers until Harkness attacks the building, killing several agents and targeting Lyla. The Arrow joins the fight and gets help from an old friend – The Flash. Harkness manages to get away and Oliver teams up with Barry again to find him before he can get to Lyla. When Harkness plants five bombs in the city that are timed to explode at the same time, both teams must come together to save the city.
9 "The Climb" Thor Freudenthal Jake Coburn & Keto Shimizu December 10, 2014
Nyssa returns to Starling City and tells Oliver that her father, Ra's al Ghul has given Oliver 48 hours to find Sara's killer or the League of Assassins will start killing the citizens of Starling City. Laurel is stunned when her father delivers a very special Christmas gift – her mother, Dinah. Meanwhile, Ray tries to make amends with Felicity and Oliver sets a meeting with Ra's al Ghul.
10 "Left Behind" Glen Winter Marc Guggenheim & Erik Oleson January 21, 2015
In the aftermath of Oliver’s fight with Ra's Al GhulDiggle and Roy Harper continue to protect the city in The Arrow's absence. However, after 3 days without hearing from Oliver, they begin to fear the worst may have happened to their friend. Felicity refuses to believe that Oliver could be dead until Malcolm pays the team a surprise visit. Thea suspects there is something more behind Oliver’s disappearance and asks Malcolm for a favor. Meanwhile, Ray tests a part of his new suit and Laurel takes up the mantle of the Black Canary.
11 "Midnight City" Nick Copus Wendy Mericle & Ben Sokolowski January 28, 2015
Arsenal and Diggle confront Laurel about trying to step into her sister's shoes and warn her to stop before she gets herself killed. However, when Brick kidnaps the city's Aldermen and threatens to kill them all unless the police evacuate The Glades, it's all suits on deck. Meanwhile, Ray steps in to help Lance and the police force fight Brick, showing Felicity a new side of her boss. Malcolm tells Thea that Ra's al Ghul is after him and his family and they must leave town immediately.
12 "Uprising" Jesse Warn Beth Schwartz & Brian Ford Sullivan February 4, 2015
Still operating without Oliver and determined to stop Brick, Team Arrow is forced to weigh Malcolm’s offer to help shut Brick down as Malcolm has a personal vendetta to settle with the thug. Roy and Laurel point out that the team could use some help to save the innocents of The Glades, but Felicity is adamantly against it. They look to Diggle to make the final decision. Meanwhile, the flashbacks chronicle Malcolm’s descent from kind-hearted father and husband to cold-blooded killer after the murder of his wife.
13 "Canaries" Michael Schultz Jake Coburn & Emilio Aldrich February 11, 2015
Oliver 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 has been going out as the Black Canary and tells her to stop risking her life, but when Vertigo 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 so the Vertigo causes her to hallucinate an epic fight between Canary and Black Canary. Meanwhile, Chase surprises Thea, and Roy warns Thea to stay away from Malcolm.
14 "The Return" Dermott Downs Marc Guggenheim & Erik Oleson February 18, 2015
Malcolm puts Oliver and Thea in a dangerous situation that lands them on Lian Yu with Oliver’s former enemy, Deathstroke. A flashback reveals when Oliver and Maseo returned to Starling City to retrieve the Omega bio weapon, and despite being under strict orders from Amanda Waller not to reveal himself to anyone, Oliver looks in on his family, Laurel and Tommy.
15 "Nanda Parbat" Gregory Smith Wendy Mericle & Ben Sokolowski Erik Oleson & Ben Sokolowski February 25, 2015
Malcolm is captured by Ra's al Ghul and taken to Nanda Parbat. Because of his love for Thea, Oliver considers saving Merlyn. Ray is obsessed with finishing his Atom suit so he can save the city but Felicity fears he is heading down the same path as Oliver and tries to pull him out of the lab.
16 "The Offer" Dermott Downs Erik Oleson & Brian Ford Sullivan March 18, 2015
Still weighed down by his last meeting with Ra's al Ghul, Oliver returns home to find a new villain and his crew have started terrorizing Starling City – Michael Amar AKA Murmur, a man whose mouth has been sewn shut. Meanwhile, Laurel and Nyssa bond over their issues with their fathers and Nyssa makes Laurel an offer. Thea is forced to come to terms with her father after Oliver brings Malcolm to the loft to recover, and Lance shuts out both Laurel and the Arrow.
17 "Suicidal Tendencies" Jesse Warn Keto Shimizu March 25, 2015
It's celebration time as Diggle and Lyla get married. However, Deadshot interrupts their honeymoon and tells them the Suicide Squad has been given a new mission – rescue United States Senator Joseph Cray from a hostage situation in the Republic of Kasnia. Amanda Waller breaks down the mission and introduces them to the newest member of the Suicide Squad, Cupid. Meanwhile, Oliver learns about Ray's new Atom costume and the two have a heated stand-off. Felicity and Ray hit a rough patch.
18 "Public Enemy" Dwight Little Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle April 1, 2015
During an attack on the mayor's office, Ray is critically injured. Felicity is pleasantly surprised when her mother, Donna Smoak, shows up at the hospital to offer her support. With the SCPD out in full force looking for the assailant, Oliver and his team work hard to stay one step ahead of the police to find the man responsible. However, things come to a head when Ra's al Ghul kidnaps Captain Lance.
19 "Broken Arrow" Doug Aarniokoski Jake Coburn Ben Sokolowski & Brian Ford Sullivan April 15, 2015
Lance continues his mission to take down the Arrow so Felicity orders Oliver to keep a low profile. However, when a meta-human named Jake Simmons, who kills people with blasts of energy and plasma, starts terrorizing Starling City, Oliver is forced to ask Ray for help. The unlikely duo is forced to team up to save the city.
20 "The Fallen" Antonio Negret Wendy Mericle & Oscar Balderrama April 22, 2015
Ra's al Ghul finally makes Oliver an offer he can't refuse. The team joins Oliver on his journey to Nanda Parbat where a heartbroken Felicity decides to take matters into her own hands.
21 "Al Sah-him" Thor Freudenthal Beth Schwartz Brian Ford Sullivan & Emilio Ortega Aldrich April 29, 2015
Oliver goes through a rigorous transformation. The League of Assassins sets their sites on Nyssa, who is back in Starling City training Laurel. When Nyssa realizes they are coming, she arms up to face them alone but Laurel asks Felicity and Diggle to help protect her new friend.
22 "This Is Your Sword" Wendey Stanzler Erik Oleson Ben Sokolowski & Brian Ford Sullivan May 6, 2015
Oliver/Al Sah-him finishes his training and is left with two final tasks to become the next Ra’s al Ghul. Ra's threatens Nyssa and delivers some shocking news. Meanwhile, Malcolm makes a surprising offer to Team Arrow and Thea goes to see Roy.
23 "My Name Is Oliver Queen" John Behring Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg Marc Guggenheim & Jake Coburn May 13, 2015
Everyone's lives are in danger as Ra's al Ghul puts forth his final plan. Oliver/Al Sah-him must decide if he's strong enough to take on this new role and what it will mean for everyone on Team Arrow, and his soul.

DVD release

A boxset of the third season, titled Arrow: Complete Third Season, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 22, 2015. It will contain additional features, deleted scenes, a gag reel and the Arrow panel from the San Diego Comic-Con International 2014.[2]


Promotional images

Character promos



  1. Arrow - The CW Press
  2. ‘Arrow’ season 3, ‘The Flash’ season 1 DVD release date, cover art revealed - Hypable
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