Midseason Recap: We're Watching
These Archery Shows Now! Midseason Recap: We're Watching These Archery Shows Now!

The masterminds behind our favorite TV archery shows brought us some epic, if sometimes cringe-worthy, midseason finales. Our favorite archery plotlines were no exception. They left us palm to face, sitting on the edge of our seats. Is he dead? Resurrected? Spell-bound?

Thankfully, you can binge-watch your favorite shows and prepare for the spring premieres throughout winter break.

Here’s your midseason archery recap. Tread carefully! Spoiler alerts ahead.

“Arrow”

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Photo Credit: MasterHerald.com

Season 3 was rife with turmoil, including face-offs with Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins, whose reputations precede them. The season ended with Oliver Queen denouncing his “Green Arrow” identity.

With help from his “Red Arrow” counterpart (and sister Thea’s love interest), Queen fakes the vigilante’s death, thus returning to his normal life as Oliver Queen. He rides off into the sunset with Felicity, his IT technician turned love interest. Red Arrow then leaves Starling City, bequeathing his suit and arsenal to Thea. She joins Team Arrow as the bow-wielding “Speedy.” By the way, we love Thea with a bow and arrow! Willa Holland agrees.

A series of events bring Oliver and Felicity – properly dubbed “Olicity” – back to Starling City in the Season 4 premiere. Right when justice is served, the episode flash-forwards six months to Oliver Queen kneeling at a freshly covered grave. We can’t read the tombstone, but it’s clear that Oliver will seek vengeance.

The midseason finale gave us the “who done it?” reveal we anticipated. But we still don’t know who died. We know that Oliver, as a mayoral candidate, angered Damien Darkh with his plan to clean up the bay area. And we know that Darkh opened fire on Olicity’s limo. Did Felicity die, or is that what the producers want us to think?

Find out in the spring premiere Jan. 20, at 8 p.m. on the CW.

Catch up on all 3.5 seasons and see Oliver and Thea Queen in bow-wielding action on Netflix, Hulu, and the CW.

Still confused? Read this midseason recap.

“Once Upon a Time”

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Photo Credit: EOnline.com

“Once Upon a Time” brings your favorite fairytale characters to life in magical Storybrooke, Maine – this is one of our fave archery shows this season! Several “Once” characters wield bows and arrows, including Snow White, Robin Hood and the Evil Queen. “Once” added sharpshooter Merida to the cast in September’s Season 5 premiere. Her appearances so far are brief, making Robin Hood our archery front-runner. Based on the midseason finale, we’ll need his expert marksmanship as we follow the “Once” characters to the Underworld.

In Season 5, the “Savior” Emma Swan is overtaken by dark magic, and her soul is tethered to the enchanted sword Excalibur. She and her “Once” cast mates travel to Camelot in search of Merlin with hopes he can cure her, but things take a turn for the worse. Swan has no choice but to steal her friends’ memories and transport them back to Storybrooke.

In the midseason finale, we learn Swan did so in an effort to save her love, Captain Hook, who was struck with Excalibur. Unfortunately, anyone cut with Excalibur’s blade dies. Unless they use the sword to become the “Dark One.” Emma secretly conducts a spell to tether her and Hook’s souls to Excalibur, making them both the “Dark One.

Hook soon learns what Emma did, and is angry. He brings back all the past Dark Ones and plans to take Emma and her entire family to the Underworld. Long story short, something goes terribly wrong, Hook dies, and Rumpelstiltskin assumes the role as the “Dark One.”

The spring premiere teases at a trip to the Underworld to bring back Hook and end Rumple’s evil reign once and for all. “Once” producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis told Entertainment Weekly that the “Underworld” isn’t what we expect. “The Underworld is not Hell,” they said. “It’s sort of an in-between place, and it’s a place filled with people with unfinished business.”

Will we see villains? Yes. But that’s not all.

Catch the spring premiere March 6, at 8 p.m. on ABC. Catch up through seasons 5.5 on Netflix, Hulu and ABC.

“The Walking Dead”

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Photo Credit: The Walking Dead Facebook

“The Walking Dead” has mastered the art of delivering massive gut punches to its audience. From the Glenn saga to Deanna’s heroic sacrifice and the Safe-Zone Walker invasion in the midseason finale, “The Walking Dead” is nothing short of action-packed.

But where’s our favorite crossbow-wielding hero, played by Norman Reedus? “I will say that we are going to see much more Daryl Dixon next half-season,” hinted Scott Gimple, executive producer.

“Our back half is the best eight we’ve ever done,” Reedus said in an interview with Variety. “It’s super intense.”

He then likened the current season to archery. “If you pulled back an arrow and let it go at the end of the first episode, that arrow’s just gaining momentum. It’s very intense.”

Check out this midseason prologue, then watch the spring premiere Sunday, Feb. 14, at 9 p.m. Catch up on “The Walking Dead” on Netflix and AMC.

Game of Thrones

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Photo Credit: TheGuardian.com

“Game of Thrones” Season 5 concluded in mid-June, leaving viewers clutching their hearts in pain, exclaiming, “What happened to John Snow?!”

According to Entertainment Weekly, a whopping six characters died in the Season 5 finale. Six! It’s a game of thrones and thorns in the frozen north.

The HBO hit has been on hiatus since then, but the network confirms that Season 6 returns in April 2016, giving you plenty of time to catch up on all things GOT.

GOT is confusing for those new to the fandom, but The Daily Beast offers this condensed synopsis:

“Game of Thrones” is a political potboiler crossed with the essence of medieval legend, as ambitious and power-hungry lords and ladies vie for the throne, unleashing a violent and dangerous game that threatens the tenuous peace of this feudal society.

Phrases that stand out: medieval, power-hungry, vie for the throne. What better way to fight for the medieval throne than with archery? The GOT cast could use a little archery coaching. Even so, they look good sporting those hand-carved bows and arrows.

Season 6 premieres in April. Want to join the GOT fandom? Catch up on seasons 1-5 on Netflix and HBO.

Warning: Viewer discretion advised. “Game of Thrones” may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

“Vikings”

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Photo Credit: Vikings Facebook

A new addition to our list of archery shows to watch: The Viking Age spanned from about 793 to 1066 AD. It’s believed that during this period, the Scandinavian Norsemen – people from the northern countries of Norway, Denmark and Sweden – explored Europe by its seas and rivers, engaging in trade, raids and conquests. The “Vikings” as they were called, were known for their great ships and navigational skills.

In this series, the History Channel follows fictional Viking warrior Ragnar Lothbrok and his Kingdom across seas on a quest for land and trade. The series is filled with ancient battles pitting swordsmen and archers against each other in fights to the death.

Photo Credit: History Channel

Photo Credit: History Channel

Arrows fly as the Vikings battle with wooden recurves and crossbows. And you’ll notice a familiar face among the cast members: Alexander Ludwig, “Hunger Games” tribute Cato.

Season 4 premieres in February 2016. Watch the trailer here. Catch up on Seasons 1-3 on Hulu, Amazon and History.

Warning: Viewer discretion advised. “Vikings” may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

 

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