In the “Pilot,” Oliver Queen, billionaire playboy, is rescued from an Island in the Pacific after having been presumed dead for five years. Each episode has contained flashbacks to Oliver’s time on the Island in addition to the present day storyline.
Oliver is also reunited with his best friend Tommy Merlyn, Malcolm Merlyn’s son, and Laurel Lance in the “Pilot.” Tommy is thrilled to see him, but Laurel, and her father Detective Quentin Lance, still blame Oliver for Sarah’s death.
Diggle persuades Oliver to expand his protection of Starling City from just the list, and Oliver tries to help the Reston family who have turned to crime after Queen Industries wrecked their lives by outsourcing their jobs. Oliver also has a brief affair with Helena Bertinella, who turns out to be the Huntress. She is also on a vendetta to avenge her dead fiancé by killing her own father. Oliver tries to help her see her own humanity as Diggle has helped him to see his. He ultimately fails and she turns to more radical methods. Oliver also has a brief relationship with Detective McKenna Hall which ends after she is shot by the Huntress and moves to Coast City for her rehab.
In the last episode of the fall, “Year’s End,” Oliver comes up against the Dark Archer, who kills the people that Oliver has previously spared. The Dark Archer turns out to be Malcolm Merlyn. The Dark Archer wins the confrontation with the Hood and leaves Oliver beaten and broken.
Oliver slowly rebuilds his relationship with his sister who has been very troubled while he was presumed dead. In “Trust But Verify,” Thea thinks that Moira is cheating on Walter and takes a new drug called Vertigo. In the next episode, Oliver goes after the Count who is the major supplier of the drug. Thea crashes her car and is arrested while under the influence of the drug and is sentenced to do community service in the legal clinic where Laurel works. While working for Laurel, Thea meets Roy Harper, whose mother is a Vertigo addict and who lives in the Glades. The Hood saves Harper from the vigilante “The Savior,” and Harper becomes obsessed with finding the Hood and changing his own life for the better. When Oliver warns both Thea and Roy to stay away from the Hood in the “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” Thea is ready to listen to her brother and break up with Roy if he doesn’t listen as well. Roy vows he won’t give up.
Heading into the finale of the season there are many questions left to be answered. Will Oliver be able to stop the Undertaking? Will he be able to stop the Dark Archer? Will Malcolm reveal Oliver’s alter ego? Will Roy Harper find the Hood? Will Oliver and Laurel really be able to have a relationship? Is Moira involved more than we know? And how did things turn out on the Island? How did Oliver get away from Fyers? What of Shado and Wilson’s fates? It’s going to be an action-packed finale, and I can’t wait! What are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below.