Arrow S05 E22: Can Arrow & unlikely band of villains take on the League of Assassins?

Hey, Team Arrow! Who's ready for the Season 5 finale?!

Let's recap last week first.

We kick off with a surprise birthday party for Oliver Queen, because all is safe. Adrian Chase is locked away and our heroes have won. Ahahaha - nope. Maybe, just maybe, if this were the series finale… but we’re not even at the season finale. And that Prometheus guy is CRA-ZY. Oh, and does this mean Oliver’s birthday is near every apocalyptic season end? Oof. I’d enjoy killing too, if every birthday was this stressful.

From behind bars, Chase is slowly picking off Team Arrow, one by one. Dinah are Renee taken off the board unseen. But we do get to see Curtis’ capture and some later investigative work by Arrow tells us it was done by Talia.

And from a not-so-safe safe house -- seriously, if you’re on a television drama, never let them put in you a safe house -- anyway, Quinton and Thea are taken by Black Siren and Evelyn Sharp. That’s three villains: Talia, Evelyn, and Black Siren now working with Chase on the outside.

Thinking he can prevent their capture, he sends Felicity and Diggle out of Star City, thereby breaking up the rest of Team Arrow; but this separation only gets them taken by Talia and entire the League of Assassins.

Alone in the Arrowcave, it looks as if someone is stalking Oliver. And the reveal is Malcolm Merlin! Is he working with Chase, too? Turns out, Merlin is there to help rescue his own daughter, Thea. And thus begins the unlikely alliances Oliver is going to make to save Team Arrow.

But first, Chase delivers his ultimatum from his cell: Let him escape in return for the lives of captured Team Arrow. Sensing a trap, Oliver isn’t going to play -- until Chase dangles his son, William, via a cell phone right as Chase is being taken to federal prison.

So, it’s Malcolm Merlin to the rescue as Arrow and Merlin take out all the guards and officers allowing Chase to escape.

Thus with all of Team Arrow off the board, prisoner of Chase and his team, including Talia Al Ghul  and the League of Assassins. Who better to turn to than another Al Ghul?! It’s the return of Nyssa Al Ghul and Merlin is not too happy. But remember, the enemy of my enemy is my wife. Or something.

So who else can Oliver call upon to battle an entire league? It’s been teased in the press and here it is: Slade Wilson, Deathstroke! It's our very own Suicide Squad as Oliver turns to Deathstroke, Malcolm Merlin, Nyssa Al Ghul and in a our preview, we even get Captain Boomerang Digger Harkness. YES!

Can Arrow and this unlikely band of villains take on Prometheus, Black Siren, Talia and the entire League of Assassins?

It’s return to Oliver's origin as the Arrow, as we return to the island of Lian Yu and an all out melee in our Arrow season finale, Lian Yu!