Spoilers: Arrow Mid-Season Premiere

After the dramatic conclusion of the mid-season finale of Arrow, one can only guess where the show will go next. Andrew Kreisberg tweeted some spoilers about the upcoming mid-season premiere, titled “Left Behind,” for GreenArrowTV.

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As expected, Team Arrow has to deal with Oliver’s disappearance. In the aftermath of Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) fight with Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable), the team can only fear the worst after failing to hear from Ollie for 3 days. Diggle (David Ramsey) and Arsenal (Colton Haynes) are forced continue to protect the city in the absence of the Arrow. Merlyn (John Barrowman) pays the team a surprise visit and his daughter Thea (Willa Holland) suspects there is something more behind Oliver’s disappearance and asks for a favor.

During this time we will see further development of Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) as the Atom as he tests a part of the suit. We will also see more of the perpetually teased plot of the Black Canary legacy taken up by Laurel (Katie Cassidy).

Unfortunately, none of these of the spoilers we were all secretly hoping for. In a very Sherlockian twist at the end if the mid-season finale we saw Oliver take a plunge from a cliff. (#sherlocklives) Not surprisingly, everyone is wondering – how does he survive? I’ll be honest. I’m not in the know. But… John Barrowman mentioned in an interview prior to episode 9 that he was also filming on a mountain with Stephen Amell. Any fan can tell you there was no Merlyn there in the main episode… Which leads me to believe he is there for Oliver as we will see that in the upcoming episode 10. Pure conjecture here, but past clues have hinted that Merlyn knows how to “play dead” and come back. We also know that in his unique (read: twisted) way, he loves Thea. It is doubtful that he would take Ollie away from Thea without some kind of plan, to spare her pain. My assumption is that whatever way the Arrow comes back, we will have Merlyn to thank. Will it be the rumored Lazarus Pit? We will all have to wait and see.

Regardless, the night of the R’as Al Guhl ordeal (I am still emotionally reeling.), Stephen Amell stated that they would prove that despite the show’s name, it is more than just one character. Sounds like the rest of this season is shaping up to display some major DC character development.

Tune in on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 8pm EST for the midseason premiere of Arrow.

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