Last week, fans of "Arrow" were relieved upon learning that the show's hero, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), is still alive. As the Arrow makes his recovery, the next episodes will feature the Arrow team as they deal with Oliver's absence and perceived death.
According to "Arrow" producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, the first three episodes of 2015 function as one extended story arc. In an interview with Variety, Guggenheim said, "Because it's such a huge thing that happens in nine, we really needed three episodes to give it its due because those three episodes—10, 11 and 12—really are a trilogy dealing with the very real question of, 'if there is no Arrow in Starling City, who is going to save the city?'"
In Oliver's absence, many will be attempting to fill his shoes including his protégé Arsenal (Colton Hayes), his partner Diggle (David Ramsey), former girlfriend Laurel (Katie Cassidy), and Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh).
The producers said that the three episodes will showcase Laurel as she makes her debut as Black Canary. However, not everyone is happy when she shows up in costume and attempts to take on the bad guys of Starling.
"She clearly doesn't have Sara's skill," said Kreisberg. "The thing about Laurel is—for people who are concerned that she's going from zero to Black Canary—just because you put on a costume and a mask and run around doesn't make you anyone else's equal … She just keeps coming and it doesn't matter how many times she gets knocked down to the mat … she keeps coming back and she won't stop."
Kreisberg also said that Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Ray will be crossing over to "The Flash" in its 18th episode. "Barry is really at a crossroads. Having Felicity come by exactly when he needs her really plays into the whole storyline." The producer also said that the Star Labs team is going to help Ray further his ATOM project.
As for the Arrow, Oliver will be returning to Starling City in episode 13, and he will find that many things have changed as he discovers that the team has evolved in his absence, and tensions quickly escalate in the Arrow lair.
"Arrow" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW