Oliver (Stephen Amell) will be missing half of his team when he faces off against Cayden James (Michael Emerson) and his army in the upcoming midseason premiere of Arrow. In an extended trailer, fans can see a short-handed Team Arrow clash with James and his allies.
The fall finale didn't end well for Team Arrow. After Oliver learned that someone on the team was prepared to testify that he was the Green Arrow, Oliver became suspicious of the three newest additions to the team: Curtis (Echo Kellum), Rene (Rick Gonzalez) and Dinah (Juliana Harkavy). Dinah's secret involving the Vigilante (Johann Urb) caused her to be the prime suspect, when in fact the real traitor was Rene. Rene was initially forgiven, but was fired after making a second mistake. Wounded by Oliver's lack of trust, Curtis and Dinah quit the team as well.
The CW has released an extended trailer for the midseason premiere of Arrow that shows Cayden James continuing to be a formidable enemy for Oliver, whose team has already been crippled by the events of the fall finale. Oliver reiterates that they can't go into the field with people they can't trust, while Diggle (David Ramsey) seems to believe that their former teammates deserve another chance. Meanwhile, Curtis tries to talk Rene and Dinah into forming their own team of vigilantes.
While Team Arrow remains fractured, James' group appears united. James, Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo), Anatoly (David Nykl), and Vigilante were recently revealed to be working together. This twist causes season 6 to deviate from the formula of past seasons in terms of the show's approach to villains. So far, each season has had its own "big bad" for Oliver to fight. This time, Team Arrow will have to deal with multiple villains, in keeping with the season's theme of family.
With Oliver up against multiple enemies—not including FBI agent, Samandra Watson, who still wants to indict him—it's not clear if the team will be able to survive without reuniting the group. It remains to be seen if Oliver will stick with the original trio, make amends with the others, or call in old friends like Roy (Colton Haynes), who we know will be in season 6 at some point.
Season 6 of Arrow returns with "Divided" on Thursday, January 18th at 9pm on The CW.
Source: The CW