Arrow S4E09: Dark Waters preview

*spoilers ahead if you haven't seen season four episode eight*

PREVIEW: IT IS back to fighting Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) and HIVE for Team Arrow.

Darhk has been one of the most impressive villains so far on Arrow, and has consistently been one or two steps ahead of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Stephen Amell).

It all comes to a head this week however as much of Team Arrow finds itself in trouble.

The biggest is Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), who on the ads is shown to be being gassed by Darhk.

Whether or not the writers are willing to take such a massive step is yet to be seen. Felicity is one of the more popular characters on the show, but that was hurt last year when she became involved in romantic storylines.

Instead of the problem-solving, socially awkward genius we were used to, Felicity became an annoying sideshow.

Thankfully the writers have found more of a balance this season, but with her life in danger it could be a matter of too little too late.

That will only happen if Darhk truly beats Queen.

The HIVE boss has had the wood on Queen and it appears their rivalry is set to hit new heights.

Meanwhile Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) is never far away, and at the end of last week's crossover event seemed to take part of Vandal Savage's remains.

As Ra's al Ghul he might have the power to restore the time-travelling immortal's life which will spell danger for everyone let alone just Star City.

A few more things:

- What is Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) up to now? He was revealed to be working with Darhk but was asked by Queen to undermine the HIVE boss. Which side is he on?

Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Arrow airs Thursdays at 6.30pm (AEST) on Fox 8 (Channel 108).

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