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"The people closest to you always pay the most for your sins. You are paying for your father's. Who will pay for yours?"
Anatoly Knyazev to Oliver Queen[src]

The fifth season of Arrow​​​​​ premiered on October 5, 2016 on The CW and concluded on May 24, 2017. The season consisted of 23 episodes.



Main cast

Recurring cast

Universe regulars


# Episode name Directed by Story by Teleplay by Original airdate
1 "Legacy" James Bamford Greg Berlanti Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle October 5, 2016
After Laurel's death and the departures of both Diggle and Thea from Team Arrow, Oliver takes to the streets solo to protect Star City's citizens as the Green Arrow. With Felicity guiding him from the bunker, Oliver is forced to deal with a city that has become overrun with both criminals and a slew of new (and painfully inexperienced) vigilantes. Watching Oliver try to balance his jobs as both the mayor and also the protector of Star City, Felicity suggests he form a new team, but Oliver resists. However, when a deadly new criminal, Tobias Church, enters the picture, Oliver realizes the best thing for the city might be a new team of superheroes. Meanwhile, the flashbacks take us to Russia where Oliver faces off against the Bratva.
2 "The Recruits" James Bamford Speed Weed & Beth Schwartz October 12, 2016
Oliver's new recruits for Team Arrow are Curtis, Wild Dog and Evelyn Sharp. Unfortunately, the Green Arrow's training methods prove to be too much for some of them to handle. Meanwhile, in the flashbacks, Oliver's initiation into the Bratva continues.
3 "A Matter of Trust" Gregory Smith Ben Sokolowski & Emilio Ortega Aldrich October 19, 2016
Now that Oliver has his new team, they are ready to hit the streets but Oliver doesn't feel they are ready. Headstrong Wild Dog defies the Green Arrow's orders and sets out on his own after a new drug dealer, Derek Sampson, who is terrorizing Star City. Sampson proves more powerful than Wild Dog and it is up to the Green Arrow to go head to head with Sampson to save his teammate.
4 "Penance" Dermott Downs Brian Ford Sullivan & Oscar Balderrama October 26, 2016
Oliver and Lyla team up on a secret mission for Diggle. Felicity finds out and disapproves of the plan and opts to stay behind. When Tobias Church launches a deadly assault against the city, Felicity must decide if she wants to send the recruits out sans the Green Arrow.
5 "Human Target" Laura Belsey Oscar Balderrama & Sarah Tarkoff November 2, 2016
When Tobias Church captures and tortures one of Oliver's new recruits, Oliver must turn to an old friend, Christopher Chance AKA the Human Target, for help. Meanwhile, Felicity's worlds collide when Detective Malone joins the ACU.
6 "So It Begins" John Behring Wendy Mericle & Brian Ford Sullivan November 9, 2016
When Prometheus ups his killing spree, Oliver searches for connections between the victims. Felicity and Curtis discover the victims have a mysterious link to Oliver's past and this new secret could upend his new team. Meanwhile, Thea has a heart-to-heart with Lance, and Felicity considers telling Malone the truth about her work.
7 "Vigilante" Gordon Verheul Ben Sokolowski & Emilio Ortega Aldrich November 16, 2016
When the bodies of two criminals are dropped at SCPD, Oliver realizes there is a new Vigilante in Star City. The team is split about whether they should stop someone who is helping keep the city safe. Diggle is frustrated with his new situation and Thea fights for Lance who confesses a shocking secret. Meanwhile, in the flashbacks, Oliver finally sits down with Konstantin Kovar.
8 "Invasion!" James Bamford Greg Berlanti Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle November 30, 2016
Oliver wakes up to a life where he never got on The Queen's Gambit. Robert and Moira are alive and well. Laurel is his loving fiancée and their wedding is imminent. Everything seems perfect, but Oliver starts to notice small imperfections that make him question this new reality. Meanwhile, Felicity and the recruits take on a new threat with help from The Flash and Supergirl.
9 "What We Leave Behind" Antonio Negret Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz December 7, 2016
After Prometheus attacks Curtis, Oliver realizes Prometheus knows all of Team Arrow's secret identities and is planning to come for them one by one. Felicity and Detective Malone discover a clue that links Prometheus to Oliver's past.
10 "Who Are You?" Gregory Smith Ben Sokolowski & Brian Ford Sullivan January 25, 2017
Worried that Prometheus is right and he is truly a killer at heart, Oliver looks for any ray of hope and finds it in what seems to be the miraculous return of Laurel Lance. However Felicity, still reeling from Detective Malone's murder, is bent on revenge - she wants to stop Prometheus at any cost. While in prison, Diggle fights for his life.
11 "Second Chances" Mark Bunting Speed Weed & Sarah Tarkoff February 1, 2017
In his quest to take down Kovar, Oliver gets help from a surprising source – Talia al Ghul. However, when she reveals what she wants from him in exchange, Oliver isn't sure he can accept her help. Felicity attempts to hack the NSA to help free Diggle but when her online efforts are flagged, she faces off against an unknown adversary. Meanwhile, Curtis tells the team about a female vigilante, Tina Boland, he uncovered online who has been wreaking havoc all over the country.
12 "Bratva" Ben Bray Oscar Balderrama & Emilio Ortega Aldrich February 8, 2017
A mission takes Oliver, Felicity and team to Russia where they meet up with Oliver's old friend, Anatoly. Meanwhile, fresh out of rehab, Lance returns to the mayor's office ready to get back to work. However, when Susan asks for an interview with Lance to discuss his addiction, he balks and it's up to Rene to help keep things on track.
13 "Spectre of the Gun" Kristin Windell Marc Guggenheim February 15, 2017
A traumatic attack on City Hall triggers painful memories for Rene about his family. Flashbacks reveal how Rene went from simple family man to a hero named Wild Dog. Meanwhile, Oliver must deal with the perpetrator behind the attack and realizes the best way to do so is as Mayor Queen instead of the Green Arrow. Tensions run high in the Arrow bunker.
14 "The Sin-Eater" Mary Lambert Barbara Bloom & Jenny Lynn February 22, 2017
China White, Cupid and Liza Warner break out of Iron Heights and head to Star City for revenge. Oliver tries to bring in the newly formed girl gang but the ACU intervenes mid-fight. To his surprise, they are there to arrest the Green Arrow for the murder of Detective Malone. Meanwhile, Lance feels responsible for the prison break after Warner tells him she heard about him working with Damien Darhk.
15 "Fighting Fire With Fire" Michael Schultz Speed Weed & Ben Sokolowski March 1, 2017
Oliver faces his biggest challenge yet as mayor. Felicity continues down her dark path with Helix. After Vigilante attacks Oliver while he's acting as the mayor, Diggle leads the team in a mission to stop Vigilante once and for all.
16 "Checkmate" Ken Shane Beth Schwartz & Sarah Tarkoff March 15, 2017
Oliver gets closer to the truth about Prometheus. Meanwhile, Helix refuses to continue helping Felicity until she does a favor for them.
17 "Kapiushon" Kevin Tancharoen Brian Ford Sullivan & Emilio Ortega Aldrich March 22, 2017
Prometheus goes to great lengths to break Oliver. Meanwhile, in the flashbacks, Anatoly becomes worried about Oliver's increasingly violent tendencies, which come to a head in a brutal confrontation.
18 "Disbanded" J.J. Makaro Rebecca Bellotto March 29, 2017
Diggle and Felicity are shocked by Oliver's decision to call on the Bratva to help take down Prometheus. Concerned the Bratva may overstep, Diggle has a hard conversation with Oliver about what happens if things go south. Meanwhile, Felicity learns something shocking at Helix.
19 "Dangerous Liaisons" Joel Novoa Speed Weed & Elizabeth Kim April 26, 2017
Oliver, Team Arrow, A.R.G.U.S and the SCPD kick off a citywide manhunt for Adrian Chase. Helix tells Felicity they have a way to find Chase but they will need something big, and illegal, from her in return.
20 "Underneath" Wendey Stanzler Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz May 3, 2017
Things get intense when Oliver and Felcity are trapped in the bunker together. Meanwhile, Lyla and Diggle deal with their marital issues.
21 "Honor Thy Fathers" Laura Belsey Marc Guggenheim & Sarah Tarkoff May 10, 2017
Oliver returns to the mayor's office and faces one of his most pressing issues yet – the forced release of dozens of violent criminals prosecuted by Adrian Chase. Meanwhile, a crate is delivered to Oliver's office containing a mysterious corpse encased in concrete.
22 "Missing" Mairzee Almas Speed Weed & Oscar Balderrama May 17, 2017
Black Siren returns to help Chase. Felicity organizes a birthday party for Oliver while Lance is furious after Rene misses the custody hearing for his daughter.
23 "Lian Yu" Jesse Warn Wendy Mericle & Marc Guggenheim May 24, 2017
The battle between Oliver and Adrian Chase culminates in a final epic battle on Lian Yu. After recent events, Oliver decides to recruit a group of unlikely allies - Slade, Nyssa, Merlyn and Digger Harkness - to defeat Chase. However, Chase has his own army - Black Siren, Evelyn Sharp and Talia al Ghul - and the forces collide in an explosive season finale.


  • This is the final season of Arrow​​​​​ to feature flashbacks regarding the 5 years Oliver Queen was away from Starling City (later known as Star City).
  • This is the only season to not feature Colton Haynes as Roy Harper.
  • This is the only season where Katie Cassidy is credited as a special guest star.
  • This season's premise is similar to Season 2 of The Flash, regarding the main antagonists, Adrian Chase and Hunter Zolomon, trying to force the protagonists, Oliver and Barry Allen, to release the darkest parts of themselves.
  • Despite being a series regular, Josh Segarra was not credited for the first two episodes of the season.
  • This season marks Echo Kellum's first, and Josh Segarra's only season, as series regulars.


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