After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. He returned home to Starling City, welcomed by his devoted mother Moira, beloved sister Thea and former flame Laurel Lance. With the aid of his trusted chauffeur/bodyguard John Diggle, the computer-hacking skills of Felicity Smoak and the occasional, reluctant assistance of former police detective, now beat cop, Quentin Lance, Oliver has been waging a one-man war on crime.
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After the Ninth Circle delivers a major setback for Team Arrow, Diggle reluctantly reaches out to a Four-Star General of the Defense Intelligence Agency for help, despite unresolved tension from their past. Meanwhile, Oliver discovers a piece of information that he believes will turn Emiko against the Ninth Circle. Alena returns with an interesting proposal for Felicity.
Lian Yu 05x23
Oliver frees Slade and Digger from the supermax to help him defeat Adrian, but things soon go wrong. Meanwhile, Adrian claims that William is dead to get Oliver to reveal that he's the killer that Adrian has always claimed.
To force Oliver to get him out of prison, Adrian has his allies capture Curtis, Quentin, Thea, Felicity, and Diggle. Oliver has no choice but to gather new allies to stop Adrian and his team.
Honor Thy Fathers 05x21
Oliver receives a bizarre delivery to his office, which ultimately leads to a secret about Robert that Oliver and Thea soon wish that they'd never learned. Meanwhile, Rene faces a custody hearing for his daughter Zoe.
Oliver and Felicity are trapped in the bunker after Adrian seals the doors and sets off an EMP bomb. While they try to get to the surface after Oliver is badly injured, their teammates try to find a way to help them.
Dangerous Liaisons 05x19
To get a device that will let the team locate Adrian, Felicity goes in deep with Helix. Meanwhile, Diggle discovers that Lyla is going down the same dark path that Amanda Waller did.
Oliver disbands the team and makes a deal with the Bratva to eliminate Adrian. However, Diggle refuses to accept his friend's decision and Oliver soon finds himself caught between the two sides. Meanwhile, Curtis makes contact with Helix to find Felicity and expose Adrian's true identity to the world.
Adrian tortures Oliver and demands that he confess his darkest secret. In the past, Oliver and Anatoly make their move against Kovar as he plots a coup against the Russian government.
Oliver learns who he's up against, and that Prometheus isn't his only enemy. Meanwhile, Felicity is forced to turn to Helix to get the information she needs to find Susan.
Fighting Fire with Fire 05x15
While Oliver faces mayoral impeachment, Vigilante comes after him and Diggle, Wild Dog, and Mr. Terrific go after him. Meanwhile, Thea asks Felicity to help her get the votes necessary to keep Oliver in office, and Curtis hopes to reunite with his husband after upgrading his technology.
The Sin-Eater 05x14
Cupid, China White, and Liza Warner escape prison and seek out a stash of Tobias Church's money. Green Arrow and the team prepare to go after them, but the ACU receives a tip tying Arrow to Billy's murder and go after the vigilante. Meanwhile Quentin deals with the new Black Canary, and Thea takes steps to discredit Susan before she can reveal that Oliver is Green Arrow.
Spectre of the Gun 05x13
After a masked man shoots up City Hall and kills seven, Oliver realizes that he can do more to stop the violence as mayor than as vigilante. Meanwhile, Rene's life before becoming Wild Dog is revealed in flashback.
Oliver and his team travel to Russia to track down General Walker after he escapes custody. When Oliver turns to Anatoly to help them, Anatoly warns that there will be a price. Meanwhile, Susan continues to work at connecting Oliver to Green Arrow.
Second Chances 05x11
The team looks for a new Black Canary and finds a meta with a sonic scream who is going after the man who killed her partner. In the past, Talia offers Oliver a chance to separate himself from the monster within.
Who Are You? 05x10
Oliver and the team prepare to celebrate Laurel's miraculous return, but get a rude surprise. Meanwhile, Adrian agrees to help Diggle, while in the past Gregor tortures Oliver until he receives an unexpected visitor.
What We Leave Behind 05x09
After Prometheus attacks and nearly kills Curtis, the team discovers that he is connected to one of the businessman Oliver killed when he first returned to Star City. Now Prometheus sets out to prove that everyone close to Oliver dies... by killing someone he knows. Meanwhile, an old friend returns to the bunker.
The Dominators abduct Oliver, Thea, Sara, Diggle, and Ray, and imprison them in a shared hallucination giving each of them what they want most. Meanwhile, Felicity calls in Cisco, Flash, and Supergirl to help Mr. Terrific, Wild Dog, and Ragman find a piece of stolen technology they need to locate their missing comrades.
There's a new crimefighter, Vigilante, in Star City... and his take-no-prisoners approach forces Oliver to confront his past when he killed criminals. Meanwhile, Thea helps Quentin out, and Prometheus makes contact with his secret ally.
So It Begins 05x06
Prometheus claims two more victims, and Oliver realizes that the killings are related to the people on his father's list. His recruits aren't happy to hear that Oliver used to be a serial killer. In the past, Oliver finally meets Kovar and may not live to regret it.
Human Target 05x05
When Church learns Green Arrow's secret identity, he makes plans to kill Oliver... and succeeds. The team learns what Church's plan is and heads out to stop him.
When Felicity refuses to help Oliver break Diggle out of military prison, Oliver goes it alone. Meanwhile, the new Team Arrow are left on their own to try and find Church and stop his new plan. In the past, Oliver undertakes his third test to join the Bratva.
A Matter of Trust 05x03
A new metahuman, Sampson, gains the ability to ignore pain and becomes a threat to Star City. Oliver is forced to trust his team if he wants to defeat the man. Meanwhile, Thea makes a mistake while doing her job as mayor's chief of staff, and word of Quentin's hiring gets out. Meanwhile, Diggle decides what to do next when he is prosecuted by the U.S. military.
The Recruits 05x02
Arrow tries to train his new team of recruits--Evelyn, Rene, and Curtis--the same way that the Bratva trained him. However, things don't go so well and Arrow finds himself on his own when a new vigilante arrives in Star City. Meanwhile, Diggle goes on a mission to recover a nuclear trigger and gets a surprise.
Oliver fails his responsibilities as mayor to deal with crime as Green Arrow, and is forced to work alone after Diggle and Thea have retired as vigilantes. In the past, Oliver meets an old friend and discovers that the only way to get close to his target is to join the Bratva.