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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. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he's become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow - a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory.
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Sebastian Blood visits his mother in the sanitarium and learns that she told Laurel that he killed his father. Oliver continues his search for the man in the skull mask, and receives help from Laurel, who suspects that it is Sebastian Blood. Oliver investigates Sebastian, who, fearing that he will be discovered, has Laurel arrested for narcotic possession by his disciple, Officer Daily. Afterward, he has her kidnapped to lure Arrow out. Arrow comes to rescue her, but during a fight Laurel kills the man in the skull mask, who is revealed to be Officer Daily, unknowingly throwing suspicion off Blood. Laurel is cleared of wrongdoing, but is fired when her opiate addiction is brought to light. Meanwhile, Roy and Sin attempt to use his new powers to stop a murderer, but Roy goes overboard and puts the man in the hospital. In order to help, Arrow offers to train Roy to control his new powers as well as his change in mental state. In flashbacks, Sara considers an offer from Ivo to return the Mirakuru for safe passage off the island after remembering Ivo's torture of the ship prisoners, she declines.
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When Oliver goes missing after Moira's death, Diggle and Felicity enlist the help of Amanda Waller to track him down. They find Oliver in a secret hideout, where he reveals his plan to give himself up to Slade in order to save everyone else. Isabel returns and immediately shuts down Verdant, forcing Thea to make a decision to leave Starling City for good. Sebastian is sworn in as Mayor, but Laurel uncovers documentation that he knew Slade was going to kill Moira. Laurel reveals to Oliver that she knows he is the Arrow, and that Sebastian is working with Slade. After confronting Sebastian, Oliver decides that they have no choice but to kill Slade's Mirakuru army. The plan backfires, with Oliver and Laurel cornered by Slade's army, various Mirakuru soldiers wreaking havoc on the city, and Diggle being confronted by Isabel clad in Deathstroke armor. In flashbacks, Anatoli repairs the Japanese submarine that brought the Mirakuru, and he and Oliver prepare to attack the Amazo.
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Oliver is saved from the police by a female vigilante, who quickly vanishes into the night. He sets Roy to track her down, which he manages through the vigilante's connection to a girl named Sin. Officer Lance discovers that the serial killer Barton Mathis, whom he arrested years earlier, escaped from prison during the earthquake and is on the killing spree again. Lance looks to Oliver's alter-ego vigilante for help when he is forced to stay away from the investigation. The pair break into a lab running tests on the evidence found at Mathis's crime scene and are able to discover the link between all of his victims. Oliver learns that Mathis abducted Quentin and Laurel and plans to kill them both. Oliver saves Laurel and Quentin the female vigilante shows up and kills Mathis after Oliver captures him. During the pre-trial motions for Moira Queen, the district attorney announces his plan to seek the death penalty for Moira's actions in the death of the citizens of the Glades. Later, the female vigilante is tracked down by an agent of Ra's al Ghul she kills him to avoid having to return to his organization. In flashbacks to the island, Oliver and Slade rush to the aid of Shado who is being attacked. Oliver gets imprisoned by unknown assailants on the boat, Amazo.
The cure works, and Oliver and his team must escape their hideout when Slade's men arrive. Back at Verdant, Sara arrives with Nyssa and the League of Assassins to provide backup to take out Slade's men. Equipped with the cure, the team confront Slade and Isabel at Queen Consolidated. Nyssa kills Isabel, but Slade manages to escape. Meanwhile, Diggle and Lyla go to A.R.G.U.S. to force Waller to stop the nuclear strike on the city. Laurel is abducted from police HQ and Quentin is seriously injured. Thea meets up with Roy, but when she finds a bow and quiver she loses trust in him and decides to leave Starling City with Malcolm. Oliver and his team successfully use the cure on all of Slade's men. Oliver tricks Slade into kidnapping Felicity, believing she is one Oliver loves. With Slade distracted, Felicity injects him with the cure. Oliver is able to defeat him, and Waller calls off the bombing. Slade is locked away in an underground A.R.G.U.S. prison on the island, and Sara rejoins the League as payment for helping the city. In flashbacks, Anatoli fires a torpedo into the Amazo, causing it to sink. During the destruction, Oliver presumably kills Slade, and Sara disappears overboard. Later, Oliver awakens in Hong Kong, where he meets Amanda Waller.
As Slade's men continue to terrorize the city, Felicity joins Diggle and hits Isabel with a van so he can escape, and Malcolm Merlyn returns to the city to save Thea. S.T.A.R. Labs successfully makes a cure for the Mirakuru, but Slade sends men to acquire it before Oliver. Finally trusting Lance, the police force pledges to help the Arrow stop Slade's men, and Quentin is re-promoted to detective to lead the other officers. Slade reveals to Blood that he plans to destroy the entire city, people and all, in his quest for vengeance against Oliver. As a result, Blood steals the cure and gives it to Oliver in return for help saving the city. For his betrayal, Slade has Isabel kill Blood. Oliver tests the cure on Roy after Amanda Waller reveals that she intends to bomb the city at dawn to prevent Slade's men from attacking the rest of the country. In flashbacks, Oliver boards the "Amazo" to rescue Sara, after she was captured by Slade, with specific orders for Anatoli to destroy the ship if they do not return within an hour. However, they are both captured by Slade.
When a masked thief with superhuman strength steals a centrifuge from Queen Consolidated, Oliver and his team investigate, with the help of Central City CSI Barry Allen. Oliver suspects that Barry is hiding something and has him investigated. When confronted, Barry reveals that he is searching for super-powered beings in the hope that he will find the one responsible for the murder of his mother. Oliver realizes that the thief was enhanced using the same serum that Dr. Ivo was searching for on the island. Roy and Thea stumbled upon Oliver's case after helping Sin to find her missing friend, but Oliver shoots Roy in the leg to prevent him getting further involved. Oliver tracks the thief, but is injured and injected with an unknown toxin. In order to save Oliver's life, Felicity contacts Barry to help find an antidote. Meanwhile, Malcolm puts pressure on Moira to tell Thea that he is her father. Moira instead contacts Ra's al Ghul, who wants to kill Malcolm for breaking the League of Assassins' code of honor by destroying the Glades. As a result, Malcolm leaves and warns her that the issue regarding Thea is not over. In a flashback to the island, Oliver and Shado find the serum, but when they inject Slade with it his heart stops, just as Dr. Ivo arrives with his men.
Sworn to fight crime and corruption in his city, Oliver Queen (aka The Arrow) - with the help of his iron-fisted right hand, John Diggle, the tech-savvy Felicity Smoak and newest member of the team, Roy Harper - narrowly defeated the vengeful Slade Wilson (aka Deathstroke), his onetime ally and mentor. But Season Three brings another lethal face from his past - Ra's Al Ghul!
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