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Arrow Photos Reveal First Look At Show’s Mysterious New Archer

The CW has released images from the Dec. 12 episode of Arrow, called “Year’s End,” that promise not only a Christmas gathering for the Queen clan but also a mysterious second archer for Starling City.

Who’s under that hood is the $64,000 question. It seems a little early in the run of the hit superhero drama for Tommy Merlyn (played by Colin Donnell) to follow in the footsteps of his comic-book namesake and take up his bow against Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), but stranger things have happened. Maybe it’s a feint intended to make viewers think the shadowy figure is Tommy, only to have him revealed to be someone else. (But, hey, what happened to Oliver’s island mentor, anyway?)

Oliver (Stephen Amell) discovers that after he and his father went missing, Moira (Susanna Thompson) and Thea (Willa Holland) stopped celebrating Christmas. Determined to make up for lost time and restore a sense of normalcy to the Queen household, Oliver decides to throw the family a Christmas party. Meanwhile, Tommy (Colin Donnell) asks Laurel (Katie Cassidy) to spend Christmas with him but she points out that Christmas was also her sister’s Sara’s birthday and she needs to be with her father. Tommy suggests changing things up might be the best way for everyone to heal but Laurel isn’t sure her father is ready for that.

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.


  • Dekko

    Look at the heavy coat – it’s Laurel’s sister.

  • Dekko

    Look at the heavy coat – it’s Laurel’s sister.

  • Molibdeno

    Well, of course it’s Tommy Merlyn…

  • Optime

    Perhaps it’s a Merlyn, but not Tommy.  Have we met his parents yet? 

  • Christian

    Justin Hartley is pissed and wants his show back…

  • Masked Man Issue 1

    I’m thinking in this order:
    1. Merlyn senior, whose mantel will be picked up by Tommy
    2. The island mentor, who’s become the dark archer and will take Tommy under tutelage
    3. Tommy himself (doubtful, but he’s also demonstrated to know more than he claims)

  • Guest

    Chuck Norris…

  • Trevor Bivens

    Hawkeye. Duh.

  • jpbl1976

    … unless of course it’s Connor…

  • Faust

    Whats he up to these days?? I miss seeing him half naked every week!! :)

  • Dekko

    No .. this “dark archer” will be revealed to be Laurel’s sister, who survived the wreck but went through a similarly dark trial (perhaps under Deathstroke’s tutalage)  But the real kicker will not be the reveal that it’s Laurel’s sister, but that she has a five year old boy in her care named “Connor” …. boom! ;)

  • Joeymax8

     He’s playing a doctor on that new medical show starring Meryl Streep’s daughter..Something MD. Saw him in a preview for it..still looking hot but, wasn’t half naked in that episode!  >)

  • Brenticles

    That belt is really cinched up there making me think there is a tiny waist under that coat. I think it’s a girl and might be Ollie’s sister, the premier of Speedy.