Before being found on a remote island, Oliver Queen was presumed to be dead for five years after a terrible shipwreck.
Prior to the shipwreck, Oliver was a wealthy and laid-back heart-breaker, without a care in the world. However, being on a deserted island changed him. While still pretending to be the man he used to be, Oliver goes by a different persona, Arrow, at night. As Arrow, Oliver tries to fight society's villains and restore his city to the way it used to be.
I'm not coming back to Starling City. I can't. My mission, my father's list - it was a fool's crusade. And I failed. Malcolm Merlyn destroyed The Glades. Tommy died. And The Hood couldn't stop it, so don't ask me to put it on again. Ever.Oliver
Thea: Tell me. Why now?
Oliver: Because Ra's al Ghul is coming for us. All of us. And the only chance that we have to survive is to work together. To trust each other.
Malcolm: He's right.
Thea: No. No, no he's not. I turned my back on everyone I know, including my own brother because you told me there was no one else I could trust.
Malcolm: I was only trying to protect you.
Thea: By driving a wedge between me and Ollie? You manipulated me!