After using Netflix to catch up on this season since it lost my interest around episode twelve, I have since completed it and wanted to share my thoughts.
I’m not going to lie. The beginning half of this season was really slow for me and by the time it got to the episode “Star City Slayer” I was pretty disconnected. I didn’t really want to dive in and catch up but knowing that this upcoming season set to begin in the fall will be Arrow’s final season, I knew that I had to. I ended up being pleasantly surprised because I think the season really gained speed as it got closer to being over.
We see a lot more connections and overlaps between the time jumps that show us the future to the present day situations. We learn that Felicity and Oliver have a daughter named Mia who ends up following in Oliver’s footsteps by being a skilled archer. This makes sense because we get a really cute montage scene that shows Nyssa training her to be able to fight and defend herself.
I’m not going to go into the plot of this season because I don’t want take up too much time just regurgitating a synopsis you could read anywhere. Something I would like to talk about, more like someone, is Emiko Queen. We are introduced to her and find out that she is Robert Queen’s daughter through an affair he had. We come to learn that he abandoned her and her mother out of fear that Moira was going to divorce him and take everything with her. We feel sympathy for her and hope that she and Oliver can reconcile their differences and be a family.
We are wrong because she ends up being the big bad guy, leader of a secret organization much like the league called the Ninth Circle. Up until this point, we really thought that Ricardo Diaz would continue to be the villain that we focus on, but this changes when Emiko kills him in coldblood. She ends up being a worthy foe who almost kills all of them while simultaneously slandering their names. It is only through a delusion where he has a conversation with Tommy, that Oliver is able learn that he shouldn’t be ruthless when dealing with Emiko because that would only continue his family’s cycle of violence. It all seems to be for nothing because she ends up killed by her own organization, but not before warning Oliver that the Ninth Circle knows about his unborn child and that they needed to go into hiding.
This is where past and future really align themselves because we watch as time passes and Felicity and Oliver settle into a mundane life with their little baby Mia. They even talk about speaking with William’s grandparents so they could have shared custody but then the Monitor shows up. You remember him right? The guy from the crossover event that Oliver bargained with to save Barry and Kara? Well he returns only to tell Oliver that it is time he went through with his deal and we have to watch as he and Felicity say their goodbyes.
The season ends with Dinah, Rene, Roy, John and Felicity passing the torch to their children; Zoe, William, Mia and Connor. We get a really touching scene with Felicity and her two children, now adults, in front of Oliver’s tombstone which only emphasizes the fact he will be dying in the upcoming crossover event.
I think this season ended on a really good note that sets a pretty solid stage for the final chapter, coming this fall. What did you guys think of this season? Let me know!