"You are a pawn in a much larger game."
—Oliver tells Sebastian Blood that Slade doesn't need him for his plan to be put in action.

"City of Blood" is the twenty-first episode of the second season of Arrow, and the forty-fourth episode overall. It aired on April 30, 2014.


After Slade threatens to take everything Oliver loves away, Oliver decides the fastest way to stop further bloodshed is to surrender to his enemy. Knowing that surrender will surely lead to Oliver’s death, Diggle and Felicity go to extreme measures to keep Oliver from confronting Slade. Meanwhile, Thea considers leaving town, and Laurel resumes her crusade against Sebastian Blood. Finally, Slade unleashes his assault on Starling City.


The episode opens with Moira's funeral. Walter is there along with Thea, Laurel, and her father but Oliver is absent. At the same time, Sebastian is sworn in as the city's new mayor.

At the reception Sebastian offers his condolences to Thea. He sates that he wishes to see Oliver, but Laurel tells him nobody's seen him for several days. Across the way, John comforts Felicity who was crying, she states she had no idea why she was crying even though Moira was not even nice to her and she does not even like her. John says she is crying for Oliver. Isabel approaches Diggle and Felicity at the reception, surprising them, and states that they soon will perish.

When Walter asks, Thea tells Walter she's not doing well. She tells him about Slade. She's furious Oliver never told them about the psycho on the loose. Walter attempts to comfort her.

Back on the island, Oliver, Sara, and the other escapees go inside the abandoned submarine. Oliver asks Anatoly, who was in the Russian navy, to fix the Japanese sub so they can destroy the Amazo. Anatoly says he'll try.

In the present, Quentin is leading the effort to track down Slade. He tells Laurel that he doesn't know the location of Sara. Laurel tells her father she's worried about Sebastian and a possible connection to Slade Wilson.

Slade calls Sebastian while he's signing a piece of legislation. He tells Sebastian "you are the mayor now. Get to work".

Diggle and Felicity continue to work on Roy. Diggle believes Isabel has also been given the Mirakuru. They can't find Oliver or Sara.

Diggle and Felicity meet with Amanda Waller at A.R.G.U.S.. Diggle tells her about the impending danger with Slade's army. She helps them track down Oliver.

Isabel approaches Thea at Verdant, and says she has a few days to close down the club. The building belongs to Queen Consolidated, which she owns.

Laurel meets with Sebastian and shows him a case she's working on. He says he'll help and tells her he's looking forward to them working together. It is shown that while she was there, she planted a bug under Sebastian's desk.

Laurel and Quentin have CSU technician Kelton, hack Sebastian's system. They find a press release about Moira's death that was written the day before she died.

Amanda's team finds that Oliver is at his lair. When Diggle and Felicity say they were just there, Amanda says his "other lair".

Back in the past, Anatoly struggles to free the sub. Oliver suggests using a torpedo to blast themselves out and the verdict is that somebody will have to sacrifice themselves for the plan to work.

Back in the present, Diggle and Felicity find Oliver at an "secondary facility in case the foundry was compromised", he's been using for quite some time. They tell him that they asked Waller to help them find him. He tried going to the funeral, but he couldn't do it. He's feeling guilty he missed a chance to cure Slade. He tells them he thinks this whole situation ends with him dying and so he's planning to turn himself over to Slade. Felicity is emotional distraught over hearing this.

Oliver stops by to see Thea, who is leaving the city and starting fresh elsewhere. He tells her he thinks her getting away from Starling City is a good idea and says she's the best of their family. After the conversation, Oliver calls Isabel and tells her he's going to be at the pier, alone.

In the past, Peter offers to sacrifice himself, saying the radiation poisoning he got from Ivo will kill him regardless.

While reflecting on his life at the pier, Queen is hit with a tranquilizer dart. He wakes up surrounded by Diggle, Felicity and Laurel. She tells Oliver she knows everything about him. Oliver talks to Laurel about not being able to save Tommy or Moira and now feeling that he can't protect everybody else. She doesn't want to let Slade kill him and thinks Thea will take it particularly hard. She tells him he needs to stop Sebastian, who she has proof is working with Slade. Oliver realizes it's been Sebastian the whole time. Laurel says "What's happening, is bigger than you and Slade. This city needs the Arrow".

Back in the past, Oliver asks Sara not to be on the sub in case the torpedo damages the ship and kills them. She agrees. When she's clear, Anatoly launches a torpedo, which Peter directs back around and hits them below them. Oliver is knocked to the ground.

In the present, Sebastian is surprised when Oliver asks him if he could join him for dinner. Prior to entering the restaurant, Sebastian gets rid of his security detail, leaving Dig to go after the man. Diggle and Felicity interrogate Sebastian's guard by draining his money.

During dinner, Oliver says he knows Sebastian is working with Slade and confesses to being the Arrow. Sebastian thinks Slade's army will help get the city "ready" for his vision of Starling City. Oliver assures Sebastian that he's a pawn and Slade won't deliver on any promises, but Sebastian says he will. Sebastian tells him there's nothing Oliver can do to stop them. Sebastian notices that Oliver reaches for a knife and tells him that he can't do much of anything in such a public place.

As Thea gets ready to leave the Queen home, she ignores a call from Walter. She then sees an old photo on her phone of her and Roy. She turns off the lights and heads out of the home.

Oliver and Diggle prepare to go out. Felicity tells them Slade's army is using the sewer system. Laurel wants to join them as their "eyes and ears". Oliver tells her no, wanting her safe. He then mentions how it started with the three of them and it was time to get back to it.

Sebastian puts on the mask before he goes to meet the army, all who are wearing balacava's. We see him give them a pep-talk before they "take back this city". Felicity gives Diggle a place to plant an explosion that should bury them all. Dig places the bomb.

Meanwhile, Thea is waiting at the train station. She was waiting to board her train.

As Oliver heads to take on the army, one of the escapees is brought into the police station.

Oliver attempts to fight a member of Slade's army. Just before he's killed by the man Laurel knocks the assailant over the head, allowing Oliver to escape and kill the man. He grasps Laurel's hand and runs off.

Before Diggle can detonate the explosives he's attacked by Isabel, who is in a costume of her own, similar to Slade's.

One of Slade's henchmen is planted at the police station, and begins taking out cops after asking for the time. (It was nine o'clock.) A Slade henchman at the train station begins opening fire there.

As Felicity works on everything, she receives a call from Cisco, but tells him its not a good time.

Oliver and Laurel find themselves cornered by many of Slade's henchmen. Oliver fires an arrow into the ceiling and it covers them.

Back on the island, Oliver's plan worked. The submarine is free. He attempts to contact Sara but she sounds panicked.

The episode ends with Slade's army walking through the street, marching on their path of destruction.


Preparation ran from March 6 until March 14, 2014. Shooting ran from March 17 until March 26, 2014.[1]




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