"I'm going to break Roy out of prison."
—Oliver vows to get Roy out of prison after he took the fall for him.

"Broken Arrow" is the nineteenth episode of the third season of Arrow, and the sixty-fifth episode overall. It aired on April 15, 2015.


Captain Lance continues his mission to take down the Arrow so Felicity begs Oliver to keep a low profile. However, when a meta-human named Jake Simmons, who kills people with blasts of energy and plasma, starts terrorizing Starling City, Oliver is forced to ask Ray for help. The unlikely duo have to team up to save the city.[1]


Preparation began February 11, 2015 and ran until February 19, 2015. Filming ran from February 20 until March 3, 2015.[2]


  • This is the first episode of Arrow where the villain is a meta-human, a feature usually seen on The Flash.
  • The sword that Ra's stabs Thea with is similar to the sword that he used when he stabbed Oliver.
  • In the Arrowcave, behind Oliver Queen can be seen a plexiglas box with a green "Chemulon 6" label on the bottom left-hand corner. Chemulon 6 was the chemical printer used in the TV series Almost Human in the episode "Perception" to 3D print illegal drugs.
  • A crossroads where Simmons commits a crime is named "Gantner and Yount", referencing Milwaukee Brewers players Jim Gantner and Robin Yount.
  • Jakes Simmons' previous address, 4160 Dixon Canyon, is a reference to former Green Arrow writer Chuck Dixon, who notably created Connor Hawke, Oliver Queen's son.



  1. Arrow Spoilers: Official Description For #3.19 “Broken Arrow” - GreenArrowTV
  2. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter