What’s next for our Starling City Heroes? All you need to know about Arrow’s return

Photo: The CW
Photo: The CW

Oliver Queen is dead. So what now? In a recently released second promo for Arrow’s mid-season premiere that question is tackled. And if even John Diggle has no idea what comes next, we should consider ourselves doomed. The promo teases a few new vigilantes in Starling City, a distraught Team Arrow and a surprising amount of action. But the next few episodes will also, without a doubt, be full of angst, sadness and despair. When Malcolm Merlyn announces that Oliver has died in his fight with Ras al Ghul, it certainly will make the team question their crusade. How will Oliver’s death affect their work? Is Roy as Arsenal ready to take over? Should they continue without Oliver? Could they just stop being heroes and go back to their regular day-jobs? I honestly doubt it.

There are a few things that we already know about the upcoming episodes. Diggle is going back to his search for H.I.V.E., the organization that ordered the murder of his brother Andy, executed by Floyd Lawton, better known as Deadshot, who is now a Suicide Squad member. And speaking of the devil, he shall appear. Showrunner Andrew Kreisberg confirmed that we have, in fact, not seen the last of Task Force X: “”We’re definitely going to bring back the Suicide Squad”. And as Carrie Cutter joined the Squad in episode 7, I am incredibly excited to see how she will play into the group. And maybe we will finally get some more footage of the lovely Harley. As for what’s next for the broken-hearted Felicity, Kreisberg only teases that “there’s a lot of Thea and Felicity,” and “[Felicity will] have some pretty big moments with Laurel as well”. I’d love for Felicity to become a sister-figure for Thea, I’ve been waiting for some kind of interaction for the past 3 years. Every female friendship on this show is worth exploring. I cherish all the strong, kickass women.

One thing that has been painfully obvious ever since Sara Lance was cruelly ripped out of our little vigilante world is that her sister Laurel will follow in her footsteps and become the Black Canary. I am quite honestly still dreading this, because Laurel as a character has been flat and predictable at best. But, as always when it comes to television, I am hoping to be positively surprised. Furthermore the synopsis for Arrow’s episode “Left Behind”, as well as the previously mentioned promo, tease that not only will the Black Canary suit be seen in action, but we will also get a closer look at the Atom suit: “Meanwhile, Ray (Brandon Routh) tests a part of his new suit and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) takes up the mantle of the Black Canary.” But episode 10 is only the beginning of Laurel’s Canary journey, explained Kreisberg a few weeks ago: “Episodes 10, 11 and 12 are a three-part trilogy that are about her. And episode 13 I think I can spoil, is called ‘Canaries.’”

In addition to Laurel’s transformation these next few episodes will continue to revolve around Sara’s death. In episode 12, called “Uprising”, Bex Taylor-Klaus will reprise her role as Sin, who “plays a pivotal part in the investigation into Sara’s death”, claims Kreisberg. And speaking of returns, we get to see quite a few familiar faces in the next few episodes. First of all we’re having Caity Lotz as Sara Lance and Peter Stormare as Vertigo back in episode 13 “Canaries” and, as previously reported, Colin Donnell will be back as Tommy Merlyn in episode 14 “The Return”. This episode also marks the return of Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson. As you can see there is a lot to look forward to! Two more weeks, vigilante fans!

Arrow returns January 21 at 8/7 ct on The CW.

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