‘Arrow’ finally returns next week on Wednesday January 15th, with an episode called ‘Blast Radius” so in preparation, The CW has released a plot synopsis, trailer and clip to tease the episode.

Here is the 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 Sheffer (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 (Stephen Amell) for help. Rob Hardy directed the episode written by Jake Coburn & Keto Shimizu (#210).

In other news, it’s been reported that one of Ollie’s closest and most valuable allies, Felicity Smoak, will actually be leaving Starling City.  The reason wasn’t given, but it’s possible that her departure may create a bridge between ‘Arrow’ and the (possibly) upcoming ‘The Flash‘ series, since the first half of this current season culminated, essentially. with The Flash’s origin.  What was revealed, though, is that Felicity leaves at a critical moment and that Ollie isn’t happy with this.

But check out the preview below.  The most notable revelation is Roy Harper exhibiting his new super powers, but we get more on Sebastian Blood’s political elevation.

Are you ready for ‘Arrow”s return?  What do you hope to see on the second half of this season?

Sources: Stephen Amell (Facebook)