The season 3 finale of Arrow saw Oliver Queen say goodbye to Starling City as he drove off with Felicity to find, well, happiness. But he didn’t leave his city without hope. Instead, he left it in the very capable hands of Laurel, Diggle, Ray, possibly Nyssa, and even Thea, who has officially inherited the Speedy costume.
Generally speaking, the stars of The CW are known for being—amongst other things—highly attractive. And considering the number of superhero and supernatural shows the network airs, most of them need great physiques as well as pretty smiles. After all, it’s hard to have a beer belly when your character is supposed to have a vampiric metabolism, or wears spandex and fights crime for a living.
“City’s under attack? Must be May.” (Quentin Lance)
It’s an Arrow season finale, which means the fate of Starling City hangs in the balance. Like the season it is concluding, “My Name is Oliver Queen” is an uneven episode with many thrilling and strong moments. Arrow makes very little effort trying to hide the fact that stopping Ra’s al Ghul from destroying Starling City is secondary to its other goals: bringing Oliver’s personal journey to a close and dealing with Olicity. There’s a lot to talk about, so let’s just dive in.
Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the season finale of Arrow. Read at your own risk!
Though Oliver was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice in the Arrow season finale, it wasn’t the emerald archer who paid the price.
As Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) sets his sights on destroying Starling City in the Arrow finale, Oliver (Stephen Amell) faces the unenviable task of beating the man that nearly killed him. Will everyone come out of the Arrow finale alive? Spoiler alert: Nope! EW turned to executive producer Marc Guggenheim to get the scoop:
There’s a party here in Nanda Parbat, excitement and a deadly virus are in the air! Yep, Oliver Queen Al Sah-Him is finally getting married, but there’s no verdict yet on if it will be the wedding of the century. However, Oliver and Nyssa don’t tie the knot until the end of the episode and there’s a ton of stuff to explore before we get there.
As Oliver Queen—ahem, Al Sah-him (Stephen Amell)—inches closer to becoming the next Ra’s al Ghul, Team Arrow will make one last ditch effort to save his soul before the season finale, which is aptly titled “My Name Is Oliver Queen.”
Wedding bells will soon be ringing on Arrow.
Al Sah-Him (Stephen Amell) was sent to kill his opposition to the ascension of Ra’s al Ghul. But the Head of the Demon (Matt Nable) offered him something else: his daughter Nyssa’s (Katrina Law) hand in marriage. That’s right: We’re about to see the most awkward nuptials in history as Oliver marries the woman who used to date his ex, Sara (Caity Lotz).
Throughout the course of this season, Oliver has constantly found himself at odds with his team and has almost always been cast as a quasi antagonist. Even though Arrow casts him as the “bad guy” (in the wrong) in those intra-team squabbles, he has always remained the hero of the story—until tonight. Continuing Arrow’s current hot streak, “Al Sah-Him” sees this season-long idea become more literal as Oliver is turned into a certifiable villain who poses a threat not only to the remaining members of Team Arrow, but also to Starling City.
Now that Arrow’s Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has become the new Heir to the Demon, it raises the question of what this means for the previous owner of that title, Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law), who has set up shop in Starling City as she trains Laurel (Katie Cassidy) to fulfill her comic book destiny in becoming the Black Canary.
“Nyssa was the Heir to the Demon,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim says. “There’s a real question as to whether or not Nyssa poses a threat to Oliver’s ascension to Ra’s.”
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