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Now in its fifth season, Arrow is the longest-running show in CW's superhero lineup — and still shows no signs of slowing down. Season 5's premiere will be the 93rd Arrow episode to air on the network, kicking off a brand new era for the show that will take Oliver and Team Arrow back to basics.

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Check out the official synopsis for Arrow's Season 5 episodes here to keep yourself up to speed(y):

"Newly appointed Mayor Oliver Queen finds himself challenged as he fights on two fronts for the future of Star City. With Diggle back in the military and Thea adamant about hanging up her hood as Speedy, Team Green Arrow is down to just Oliver and Felicity – but they’re no longer the only vigilantes in town. Green Arrow’s public defeat of Damien Darhk at the end of Season Four has inspired a new crop of masked heroes to step up and defend the city, though their painful inexperience makes them obstacles, rather than allies, in the field. The arrival of a deadly new adversary will force Oliver to confront questions about his own legacy, both as mayor and as the Green Arrow."

Check out the best trailer for Arrow Season 5 yet below:

As new Arrow Season 5 episodes air each week, we'll keep you updated with spoilers on everything that's happening on the show with this handy episode guide, complete with recaps of the story as it progresses so you never miss a beat.

Legacy — Episode 1 (93)

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Director: James Bamford

Story: Greg Berlanti (Written by Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle)

Air Date: October 5, 2016

Synopsis: 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.

Recap & Review: 'Arrow' S5 E1 'Legacy' Recap — Easter Eggs, DC References And A Whole Lot Of Sharks!?

The Recruits — Episode 2 (94)

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Director: James Bamford

Story: Speed Weed & Beth Schwartz

Air Date: October 12, 2016

Synopsis: 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.

Recap & Review: 'Arrow' S5 E2 'The Recruits' Recap — Quotes, Easter Eggs, DC References And Ragman!?

A Matter of Trust — Episode 3 (95)

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Director: Gregory Smith

Story: Ben Sokolowski & Emilio Ortega Aldrich

Air Date: October 19, 2016

Synopsis: 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. Runnels proves more powerful than Wild Dog and it is up to the Green Arrow to go head to head with Runnels to save his teammate.

Recap & Review: 'Arrow' S5 E3 'A Matter of Trust' Recap — Quotes, Easter Eggs, DC References And Deadshot!?

Penance — Episode 4 (96)

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Director: Dermott Downs

Story: Brian Ford Sullivan & Oscar Balderrama

Air Date: October 26, 2016

Synopsis: 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.

Recap & Review: 'Arrow' S5 E4 'Penance' Recap — Quotes, Easter Eggs, DC References And Prison Break!?

Human Target — Episode 5 (97)

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Director: Laura Belsey

Story: Oscar Balderrama & Sarah Tarkoff

Air Date: November 2, 2016

Synopsis: When Tobias Church (guest star Chad L. Coleman) captures and tortures one of Oliver’s new recruits, Oliver must turn to an old friend, Christopher Chance (guest star Wil Traval) AKA the Human Target, for help. Meanwhile, Felicity’s (Emily Bett Rickards) worlds collide when Detective Malone (guest star Tyler Ritter) joins the ACU.

Recap & Review: 'Arrow' S5 E5 'Human Target' Recap — Quotes, Easter Eggs, DC References And Oliver's Death!?

So It Begins — Episode 6 (98)

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Director: John Behring

Story: Wendy Mericle & Brian Ford Sullivan

Air Date: November 9, 2016

Synopsis: 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.

Recap & Review: Did 'Arrow' Just Reveal Prometheus' Identity?

Vigilante — Episode 7 (99)

Director: Gordon Verheul

Story: Ben Sokolowski & Emilio Ortega Aldrich

Air Date: November 16, 2016

Synopsis: When the bodies of two criminals are dropped at SCPD, Oliver (Stephen Amell) 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 (David Ramsey) is frustrated with his new situation and Thea (Willa Holland) fights for Lance (Paul Blackthorne) who confesses a shocking secret. Meanwhile, in the flashbacks, Oliver finally sits down with Konstantin Kovar (guest star Dolph Lundgren).

Recap & Review: How That Jaw-Dropping Twist On 'Arrow' Season 5 Revealed Prometheus's True Identity

Invasion! — Episode 8 (100)

Director: James Bamford

Story: Greg Berlanti (Written by Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle)

Air Date: November 30, 2016

Synopsis: 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.[26]

Recap & Review: TBD

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What We Leave Behind — Episode 9 (101)

Director: Antonio Negret

Story: Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz

Air Date: December 7, 2016

Synopsis: 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.

Recap & Review: TBD

Who Are You? — Episode 10 (102)

Director: Gregory Smith

Story: Ben Sokolowski & Brian Ford Sullivan

Air Date: TBD

Synopsis: TBD

Recap & Review: TBD

Second Chances — Episode 11 (103)

Director: Mark Bunting

Story: Speed Weed & Sarah Tarkoff

Air Date: TBD

Synopsis: TBD

Recap & Review: TBD

Check out this clip of Oliver competing against other famous archers below:

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Now that Arrow's cutting magic out of the equation in Season 5, it's going to be tough looking ahead to future episodes without our crystal ball — but remember to check back regularly as we update this complete Arrow Season 5 episode guide as often as possible.

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