Arrow season 2, Episode 10 “Blast Radius” airs tonight, with Firefly alum Sean Maher making an explosive appearance.
Previously on ‘Arrow’
As Oliver struggled through hallucinations, Team Arrow faced Cyrus Gold, Sebastian Blood’s first Mirakuru success (though not his last, as Roy survived an injection). The Arrow eventually killed Gold, but not before Lance was injured and his partner killed.
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Meanwhile, on the island Ivo forced Oliver to choose between the lives of Shado and Sara. When Oliver jumped in front of Sara, Ivo shot Shado. Slade, who revived after being injected by Mirakuru, took out Ivo’s men and swore vengeance against whoever killed Shado.
It is revealed in the present day that the man pulling Blood’s strings is Slade himself, and he swore to “tear everything [Oliver] cares about away from him, destroy those who choose to follow him, corrupt those he loves.” Once he did that, he would drive an arrow through Oliver’s eye.
Meanwhile, Barry Allen returned to Central City where the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator malfunctioned. Barry was struck by lightning and thrown into a shelf of chemicals. The flash of a red light across his unconscious face hinted at the birth of the Flash.
Catch up with what you missed more in-depth with our recap of the mid-season finale, “Three Ghosts.”
‘Arrow’ season 2, episode 10 ‘Blast Radius’ synopsis
If that promo has whet your appetite, make sure to read the official synopsis for the mid-season premiere:
ARROW HUNTS DOWN SHRAPNEL — Oliver must tackle a new threat to the city when bombs start to go off in Starling City. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) discovers the person setting them off is Mark Sheffer (guest star Sean Maher), a man who goes by the nickname Shrapnel. Arrow discovers Shrapnel’s next target is Sebastian Blood’s (guest star Kevin Alejandro) “Unity Rally” and tries to talk the alderman out of hosting it, but he refuses. Arrow sets off to stop the bombing, but Shrapnel tricks him and traps him in a bomb-laced antique store where he is unable to move without setting off the device. While Felicity helps Oliver, Diggle (David Ramsey) races to the plaza to find the bomb before it goes off. Meanwhile, Roy (Colton Haynes) continues to hide his new strength from Thea (Willa Holland) but, after she witnesses his super strength in action at the rally, she demands answers. Laurel’s (Katie Cassidy) suspicions about Sebastian grow stronger once she learns that he grew up with Cyrus Gold, the man who killed Lance’s (Paul Blackthorne) partner. After Donner (guest star Dylan Bruce) refuses to help her investigate, she turns to Arrow (Stephen Amell) for help. Rob Hardy directed the episode written by Jake Coburn & Keto Shimizu (#210).
If you need more goodies to tide you over, we have promotional stills from the episode as well.
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Arrow returns to CW on January 15 with episode 10, and spoilers and the promo trailer have come out.
A big sneak peek into the new episode and the rest of the season comes from Huffington Post, which shows that Slade Wilson and Oliver Queen will have a showdown.
Wilson’s angry over the murder of Shado by Dr. Ivo. The “mirakuru” drug is making things worse for Oliver’s team.
Wilson, as disclosed in episode 9, is behind the attempts of Brother Blood to create a mirakuru-enhanced army, but Oliver doesn’t know yet.
Wilson’s anger means that he doesn’t just want to kill Oliver, he wants to inflict pain.
Also in Wednesday’s episode, Oliver and Felicity must deal with the consequences of the accident that befell Barry Allen.
Overall, the challenges Oliver faces in the second half of season 2 are much worse than the first half, executive producer Marc Guggenheim told the Huff Post.
“His vow [not to kill] gets challenged by all the things he’s facing. It’s one thing for him to say he’s a hero, but now he’s called upon to really be a hero,” Guggenheim said. “It’s not just the no-killing code — he’s got to find a new gear and dig deeper and overcome tougher obstacles. He’s got to bring people closer together and be more of a leader, even as that gets much harder. And on the other side of the board, Slade is manipulating events against him.”
“The struggle for Oliver is,” he added, “how does he adhere to the objective he set for himself of being a hero when things in the city start to get worse and worse?”
In episode 11, according to the official synopsis, Oliver will be conflicted after Laurel reaches out to Arrow, asking him to investigate Blood.
Oliver is unsure about her accusations against the man, but he ultimately decides to trust her. But Sebastian ends up exposing Laurel’s drug addiction and having her arrested.
Further, Sarah is going to expose a secret about Laurel.
“Arrow” Season 2 picks up Wednesday (Jan. 15) with “Blast Radius.” But what is coming after that explosive return? Executive producer Marc Guggenheim had plenty to share with Zap2it on the season’s threats, the characters’ journeys and more.
Warning: There are some minor “Arrow” spoilers in this interview. Read at your own peril.
Zap2it: What sort of episodes are we going to get when Season 2 returns?
Marc Guggenheim: The first half of Season 2 ended with a lot of cliffhangers, a lot of hanging chad. Barry Allen was struck by lightning, just as he was developing a flirtation with Felicity. Slade, back in the past, was injected with mirakuru, the miracle drug that turns people into sort of human weapons, while we revealed in the present that he is alive and well, and he has a vendetta against Oliver. Oliver learned that there was a force within the city that’s trying to take mirakuru and raise an army with it.
All of these things are sort of floating around, spinning around in a bit of a tornado as we pick up with episode 10. Our goal with this episode — like any episode when you come back — is to reset the players, ratchet up the tension, create a story that moves us forward. [It] also gives the Arrow a pretty cool villain.
Who will Oliver have to face in the new year?
We’ve actually got a lot of pretty great antagonists coming up in the early goings of the second half of the season. We’ve got Sean Maher, who plays Shrapnel in episode 10. Robert Knepper plays the Clockmaker in episode 14. Katrina Law plays Nyssa al Ghul, the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul, in episode 13. Michael Jai White returns as the Bronze Tiger in episode 12.
That’s not even taking into account the fact that Sebastian Blood is still out there causing mayhem. As Oliver discovered in episode 9, there’s a man out there in a skull mask who’s sort of behind a lot of what’s going on in Starling City. Meanwhile, you’ve also got Slade in the present day and we haven’t seen the last of him.
With so many villains, who is the biggest threat to Oliver and the Arrow?
For Oliver, the biggest threat is always in his own mind. The biggest challenge that Oliver deals with as a hero is how is he going to respond to all these different challenges? What is he going to do to achieve his goals of becoming a hero? And at the same time, what is he not willing to do? Can he stay on the no-killing bandwagon, as we say in the writers’ room? Can he manage to be the Arrow and not push everyone away as Oliver Queen? As the pressure begins to boil over for the Arrow, it tends to have an impact on Oliver as Oliver. That’s one of the through-lines in each of these episodes: How is Oliver affected by whichever villain of the week happens to come to town in that episode?
How bad are things going to get for Laurel?
From [episode] 5, Officer Lance learned that his other daughter, Sara, was still alive. As we often do on the show, that itself is a bit of ticking bomb. Because while Lance knows it, Laurel does not.
As we will see, starting with episode 10, she is going to continue this downward spiral that we started in episode 4 — really since the beginning of the year, since Tommy’s death. Her spiral is going to get much worse before it gets better. And all the while Lance is struggling with the fact that he knows — or at least senses — that were he to tell Laurel her sister is still alive, that would give her the hope that she has been lacking ever since Tommy died.
Will Laurel ever learn the truth about Sara?
I don’t think it’s spoiling it to say it’s just a matter of time before Laurel learns the truth that her sister is still alive. We’re looking forward to showing you that moment. Because, like most things on the show, things do not go down just as you expect them to.
Just how much trouble is Roy in, now that he has the mirakuru in his system?
Episode 10 begins to explore — it’s something that will take us at least through episode 17 — the past with Slade and the present with Roy. What are the pros and cons of the mirakuru?
We’ve seen in episode 9 that mirakuru gives you incredible strength and the ability to heal a lot faster. But starting in episode 10, both Slade in the past and Roy in the present will start to learn the downsides of that power as well. It’s going to complicate Roy’s life significantly. This is a large part of his ongoing arc for the year — we said that Roy would go through a crucible this year, and the crucible is the mirakuru.
Since there have been some hints of movement in that area, what are the plans for the relationship between Oliver and Felicity?
I would say we have a short-term plan and potentially a longer-term plan. The short-term plan is more likely to be followed than the longer-term plan. That said, there is no way I can answer this question without being in trouble with somebody!
“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW, Arrow Season 2 Episode 10.