If you haven’t watched the latest and final season of the CW’s Arrow, this review will be filled with spoilers.
After 8 years, the finale of Arrow has come and gone. In this finale episode, we see a lot of faces we haven’t in awhile because as it turns out, Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) sacrifice during the crisis meant that those he loved would return, as though they had never died at all. These characters include; Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson), Tommy Merlin (Colin Donnell), and Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne). Thea Queen (Willa Holland) asks why Oliver’s death didn’t bring back their father, and Moira gives a good explanation. He only brought back the people that wouldn’t change who he was and if his father hadn’t sacrificed himself for Oliver’s survival, there never would have been a Green Arrow.
It’s a tear-jerking episode filled with reunions. Mia Smoak (Katherine McNamara) was shown in the previous episode being reminded of everything she endured throughout this season by the appearance of Dinah (Julianna Harkavy) and Earth-2 Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). After being reminded of her capabilities, she takes on the mantle of being the Green Arrow. Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) returns because William (Jack Moore) is kidnapped, and we get to watch her reactions to Oliver’s death. It’s gut-wrenching to say the least. Felicity brought something out of Oliver that no other character really could. While her character hasn’t always been likable, no one could argue that she became memorable. There’s something really strong about Oliver and Felicity, and to have watched this relationship grow from the very beginning, made it hurt even more watching her be sad about his death. It also made their reunion in the afterlife mean all that much more.
John Diggle (David Ramsey) is struggling to accept Oliver’s death, having been with him on this journey for the longest, followed closely by Felicity herself. They were brothers, and while they have dealt with their fair share of bumps in the road, their bond always recovered and remained strong. He is dealt a curve ball in this finale, presumably receiving a ring that glows green while he is in the process of moving to Metropolis. This could really only mean that he will become the Green Lantern, and I’m excited to see if anything comes out of this.
What Oliver Leaves Behind
He leaves behind children that we know grow up to become heroes themselves,a team that continue wanting to make changes in the world and continue to be heroes, and he leaves behind a city that is presumably safe. Though, on that note, it doesn’t seem like it will stay like that considering in 2040, there is now a new reality where Mia is engaged to Deathstroke, but she is unaware that he has just received his memories back. This will make things interesting for the sequel show that will be coming. What Oliver the character leaves behind? He leaves behind a series of shows that are all in the same universe, with heroes like the Flash, Supergirl, the Legends, etc. What has become known as the Arrowverse will live on thanks to the foundation that Arrow built. (Granted, there were superhero shows before this, like Smallville, but I digress.)
All in all, I think Arrow ended on a strong note, with a happy-ish ending. I say this because while everything seems golden now, we know that the future isn’t certain, and the safety of Star City can come into question. Felicity and Oliver reunite in the afterlife, Thea and Roy (Colton Haynes) are going to get married, Rene (Rick Gonzalez) is going to be mayor, and Felicity will not keep William and Mia apart so that they can grow up together. Who did we also get to see in this episode? Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law). We can recall that she and Oliver were married in the eyes of the League, and while she erased that marriage, she and Oliver came to lean on each other and trust each other. I really loved her character, the entire time.
That’s a wrap on Arrow, and it will always be a show that I hold fondly in my heart. There’s so much to talk about, not just about this final episode, but the show in it’s entirety but I don’t want this review to be five pages long. If you want to read my review on the previous season, here’s a link.
What did you guys think of the show, and more specifically, what did you guys think of the finale?