By: Casey (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead.
We learned tonight that everything that happened in the past two weeks is an elaborate charade by Oliver and Malcolm to infiltrate the League of Assassins and dismantle it from the inside. I might be the only person watching this show who’s disappointed in this revelation. I know, Oliver Queen can’t be a bad on his own series, but I desperately wanted to see how things would work out with him being the next Ra’s al Ghul. Logically, there’s probably no way to make it work, but a guy can dream, right?
Anyway, think about what this means for the character development of Oliver. No one came right out and said it, but Oliver has shown himself to be a very strong-willed person this week. He managed to overcome whatever brainwashing techniques the League used to turn him into al Sah-him, all the while fooling the world’s most formidable assassin. That’s pretty damn impressive. It didn’t work out in the end, but give the man all the bonus points for trying.
As Malcolm pointed out, Oliver was a little too convincing in his efforts to show Ra’s that he’s completely on the side of the League. Now the whole team is against Oliver (well, Felicity keeps jumping from one side of the fence to the other). Laurel thinks the Oliver she knew is gone. Diggle might believe in Oliver’s ruse, but he doesn’t care; even if Oliver is still a good guy, he went too far when he kidnapped Lyla and endangered Sarah. Felicity wants to believe, but she’s too logical to ignore the evidence in front of her.
None of this should be a surprise to Oliver. We’ve talked all season about his trust issues. Despite having a very capable team by his side, Oliver has always felt the need to do things on his own. Now he’s hatched a plan to take down the League of Assassins and the most important part of it hinged on everyone trusting the word of Malcolm Merlyn? How did Oliver not see this coming? Now the team is dead (good thing they’re, like, three feet away from a Lazarus Pit) and Oliver has forced himself into the worst corner ever.
Maseo and Tatsu
I haven’t written much about Maseo and Tatsu because I don’t really get into the flashback parts of the episodes, but their storyline took a dramatic turn when Tatsu’s katana dramatically went into Maseo’s abdomen (speaking of katanas, I loved the reveal of Tatsu being Katana from the comics). Maseo has been quite the tragic character this season, and his end was a welcome relief for him. I got the impression that joining the League was less about revenge and more of a punishment for him. He’s right when he says the League wasn’t his prison; his mind was his prison, but the League was more like death row. He can say all he wants that Maseo is dead and Sarab has taken his place, but he kept allowing “Maseo” to influence his decisions because he could never let go of the part of himself that was grieving over Akio.
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