What happens to Arrow without Oliver Queen? That’s what the CW series is going to be asking in the next several episodes, with “The Fallen” leaving Oliver no choice but to accept becoming the Heir to the Demon, thanks to Ra’s al Ghul’s recent actions.
While that move has been spoiled for some time now, thanks to promos for the end of The Flash Season 1, the transformation of Oliver into Al Sah-Him didn’t begin until the latest Arrow episode. After Ra’s left Thea to die in her loft, Oliver was forced to accept Ra’s al Ghul’s offer to join the League of Assassins in order to save his sister via the Lazarus Pit. While that worked, the Thea that emerged was different, as Malcolm had warned (the waters change a person in the soul, he explained). She thought Oliver was dead and Moira was alive. Once she woke up at home, however, she was back to being Thea again, only she didn’t remember what happened since she was stabbed.
Those won’t be the only side effects you see with Thea, Entertainment Weekly has reported, as executive producer Marc Guggenheim has teased “there will be more consequences.”
“We established very clearly that the Lazarus Pit returns you, but not always in the condition in which you left. There’s a lot of stories to be told with Thea and her recovery.”
With the Lazarus Pit in play and Oliver now part of the League, is it possible that someone else could be brought back to life as well? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is no, but Guggenheim did offer an explanation for that to the Hollywood Reporter.
“Now that we’ve got it in our world, and we have a lot of dead characters in our world, we will be addressing how it works and the circumstances and things of that nature. I know that is something our fans are going to be very interested in. I’m sure after the events of episode 20, there will be a lot of, ‘Get Tommy in the pit. Get Moira in the pit.’ We don’t have any plans to do that, but we have an explanation for why that is the case.”
Thea’s recovery isn’t the only thing that happened in Nanda Parbat in Arrow, Season 3, Episode 20. After conversations with Ray and Ra’s al Ghul, Felicity told Oliver she loved him, and after they had sex, she drugged him in an attempt to get him out of there, via tunnels, only for that plan to fail. But do they have a future together? According to EW, Guggenheim has teased that they wanted them to sleep together before the season finale, and the next few episodes address what happened and what that means for the couple.
“The last three episodes of the season spend a lot of time addressing the question ‘Is there hope for Oliver?’ Is there hope for Oliver in Felicity’s mind? 21 and 22 have some specific things to say about that and Felicity’s coming to grips with the conclusion of episode 20.”
For now, the team is going to have to go on without Oliver, and this time, there won’t be a focus on the crime in Starling like there was when they thought he was dead earlier in Arrow, Season 3. But just because the team is without Oliver doesn’t mean that Oliver isn’t going to be in Starling City.
In fact, Guggenheim has teased that the next episode, “Al Sah-Him,” is both “one of our most emotional episodes” and “a villain of the week episode,” with Oliver the villain.
Watch the promo for this next episode below to see just what Ra’s has planned for Oliver.
The emotional part of this Arrow Season 3 episode seems to come in with how Diggle, Felicity, and Laurel handle what’s coming, and according to the EP, each has a different way of doing that.
“Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is throwing herself into her work saving the city. Felicity is struggling with heartbreak and grief. She really goes through the seven stages of grief with Oliver. Something happens in 21 that upends Diggle’s world vis-a-vis Oliver. That will have repercussions for the remainder of the season.”
Arrow Season 3 airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW.
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