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Against all odds, Arrow has come back from the brink, and become the strongest show in the Arrowverse. Season 5 has become one of the best in its history, and we're not even halfway through yet. All of the characters have become more compelling than they were in past seasons (especially Oliver and Felicity), and the new additions are amazing. The mid-season premiere, titled 'Who Are You?', only helped to solidify the fact that Arrow has returned to its former glory.

Arrow [Credit: The CW]
Arrow [Credit: The CW]

The mid-season finale was heartbreaking for Felicity, but it has not broken her spirit. Billy's death has awoken something inside of her, and she is becoming more tenacious than she has ever been. Prometheus continues to torture Oliver at every turn — even using Laurel's doppelganger as a pawn in his twisted mind game. This episode was full of surprises, but one of the real game changers was the appearance of a new possible Black Canary.

Who Are You?

The mid-season finale ended with the reveal of Laurel Lance greeting Oliver in the Arrowcave. This episode picks up where the last left off, and Laurel explains to Oliver that Sara and the Legends went back in time and saved her. Oliver is understandably shocked by her appearance, and hardly even questions her. Felicity, on the other hand, is not buying Laurel's story one bit.

Felicity realizes this Laurel is really Black Siren from Earth-2 (who was introduced on The Flash last season). Once the jig is up, Black Siren goes apeshit, and uses her "Canary Cry" to wreak havoc. It is revealed that Black Siren was part of Prometheus's plan to emotionally torture Oliver, and that Prometheus freed her from Star Lab's meta-human pipeline prison.

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Following an altercation with Black Siren, Oliver secures her in a cell, only to have Felicity let her escape. But don't worry: Felicity spiked Black Siren's water with tracking nanites, and they set up an ambush for Prometheus. Their plan works, but shit goes sideways rather quickly, and Oliver chooses to save Felicity instead of defeating Prometheus. Team Arrow wins the day, and they place Black Siren into A.R.G.U.S. custody.

A New Black Canary

Arrow [Credit: The CW]
Arrow [Credit: The CW]

The episode ended with Oliver and Felicity having a conversation at the foot of the Black Canary memorial, which was destroyed during the capture of Black Siren. They discuss a promise Oliver made to Laurel before she died, regarding the him recruiting someone else to don the Black Canary mantle.

The camera then cuts to Hub City, where we see Tina Boland (Julia Harkavy) sitting in a bar. Two standard road house assholes are harassing another young lady behind her, and Tina intervenes. After a few choice words are exchanged between the two parties, Tina proceeds to launch the two large men out of a window using her "Canary Cry". This reveal means we might actually get fully powered Black Canary in the .

Passing The Mantle

Executive producer Marc Guggenheim had this to say regarding the last scene of the episode during the Television Critics Association press tour:

“Without commenting on the spoiler, I would say that the episode ends with laying a very specific seed, with a very specific game plan on our part that we hope to see come to fruition.”

If you combine this quote with what we just saw on the mid-season premiere, this seemingly confirms that they will indeed be passing the mantle down to Tina Boland: a completely new character created for the show. There had been talk for a while regarding a new Black Canary on , and many fans were concerned that Felicity would take on the mantle.

For now, it looks like Olicity shippers might be disappointed, as it seems someone else is destined to be Black Canary. We don't yet know how or when Oliver & company will convince Tina Boland to join the team, but based on Marc Guggenheim's comments, I would guess it would be before the end of the season.

Arrow [Credit: The CW]
Arrow [Credit: The CW]

We know that Prometheus's diabolical plan is going to stretch out for the rest of the season, giving him all of the time he needs to enjoy torturing Oliver. On the other side of the coin, it also gives Team Arrow time to prepare, and maybe bring in some new allies to help them defeat Prometheus. Whatever happens on the show, we can find solace in the fact that Arrow is back, and is truly living up to its potential. You can catch Arrow Wednesdays 8PM/ET on The CW.

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