Arrow Thoughts: Season 3 Finale “My Name is Oliver Queen”

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By: Casey (@DarthHockey)

WARNING: There are spoilers ahead.

Oliver

Oliver finally got his happy ending, sort of. All season long, we’ve watched as Oliver insisted on doing things on his own while isolating his most trusted allies. Many people criticized this as poor writing, but we’ve seen in the past couple of episodes how that is not the case. Oliver learned the hard way that he can’t do things alone. He needs his friends to survive as the Arrow, and if he knew that going in, things could have gone more smoothly. Still, it made for better drama on the show, especially between Oliver and Diggle. That’s a relationship that will be difficult to repair.

Now Oliver is retired as the Arrow (for now) and he and Felicity are speeding along the Pacific Ocean. We know at least part of this story won’t last, but it was nice to see Oliver come away a better man. This can all come crashing down in the first episode of season four, but I hope the writers leave the inner-conflict with Oliver in the past. He’s at peace with himself, and hopefully he’s comfortable enough being Oliver Queen that he won’t feel the need to abandon that part of himself when he inevitably has to don the green hood in the future.

Ra’s al Ghul

Ra’s and his men went down surprisingly easy in the end. Maybe it’s just me, but I came away thinking the attack on Starling City would have been better served as a two-part episode. I never got the sense that the city was in any real danger. One bio-weapon got released, and from what I could see, no one was affected by it. I’m not sure if this was supposed to show how efficient Team Arrow has become together, or if the ending was just rushed. Either way, the most tension I felt was from the sniper aiming at Oliver and Ra’s on top of the dam.

Malcolm Merlyn

I knew that Malcolm had his own agenda throughout this whole thing, but I honestly didn’t see him becoming the next Ra’s al Ghul. That was some pretty shrewd planning on his part. Where does the character go from here? Oliver and Malcolm have a deep-seeded mistrust of each other. From where Malcolm now sits, he can be the main villain, once again, for Oliver next season or he can have an arc that goes all the way to the end of this series. He has been Oliver’s most formidable foe, and the only one who is still free to return to Starling City. When he does come back, he will have an army of assassin’s by his side. The old Ra’s was dangerous, but Malcolm knows Oliver, and having Thea caught in the middle will make this a more emotionally charged fight.

Did Ray Crash the Suit?

Nope, he had the good sense to let Felicity save Oliver.

Thanks for reading!