With ‘Arrow’ not returning until January 15th, fans of the show have been clamoring for more and we’ve got some fun new screen grabs and the plot synopsis for the first episode back! More importantly, in the photos we see Arrow’s new mask which is a long waited piece of his costume for fans of the character!

Yes, even though they’ve made a point that the face paint wouldn’t affect his aim as a mask would, Grant Gustin‘s Barry Allen (let’s hear it for the Flash, ladies and gentlemen!) came up with a better way for Oliver to protect his identity without messing up his shots. Now, finally, we have the iconic mask of Green Arrow set upon his face!

Episode Synopsis:

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 Sheffner (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 (Amell) for help.

So ‘Arrow’ fans, what do you think about Oliver finally wearing a disguise and not just that face paint? Is it what you imagined it to look like? Was it too long overdue? Share your thoughts below!

Source: Blastr