Arrow Photos: Oliver’s Birthday… Crashed by [Spoiler] and [Spoiler]?

Arrow Oliver Birthday
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“A lull in the storm” that is Adrian Chase allows Oliver Queen to celebrate his birthday on-screen for the first time, as seen in these new photos from The CW’s Arrow.

In the penultimate Season 5 episode, titled “Missing” and airing Wednesday, May 17, Felicity organizes a birthday party for Oliver, while Lance is furious in the wake of Rene missing the custody hearing for his daughter, and Black Siren returns to abet Chase.

Throwing Oliver a party “was one of those ideas that we always talked about doing,” co-showrunner Wendy Mericle previously told TVLine. “We celebrated Thea’s birthday in a very dark way in the past — she crashes a car, under the influence, all kinds of things,” but Oliver’s appears to be a more festive and less felonious affair. “It’s a lull in the storm,” says Mericle, “and it’s a nice moment with the team.”

The new photos also preview the return of recently reinstated series regular Katie Cassidy, as Black Siren (“Earth-Two has afforded us some amazing storytelling possibilities,” says Mericle) as well as Malcolm Merlyn, who as of late had been vexing the Legends of Tomorrow. “Malcolm helped [Team Arrow] at the end of Season 4, but he also went after Oliver’s son in the middle of Season 4,” the EP notes, “so I think like always with Malcolm, you never know where you stand. You’re always a little bit off balance even if you think he’s on your side.”

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