Warning, spoilers follow:
“Bow down to Al Sa-him, heir to the demon’s throne!”
Boy, that was one helluva episode this week!
The episode immediately picked-up on the aftermath of Ra’s brutal attack on Thea and where that leaves Oliver in his war against the League of Assasins. What follows after is a rather tense moment in the E.R. for Oliver. And from those scenes we can really feel how distraught and tough this year has been for him.
Of course with the effects of the brutal attack on Thea barely clinging on for her life, Oliver was left with no choice but to accede to Ra’s plan and use the Lazarus Pit and accept his place as heir to the throne.
This week has also been a rather big one for Felicity emotionally. What with the break-up with Ray and then having to accompany Oliver to the Demon’s Lair together with Diggle and Merlyn. We saw all sides of Felicity in this installment, she was the emotionally hurt woman having to say goodbye to Ray and eventually Oliver, but she also showed strength when she confronted Ra’s and ordered Merlyn around. She has really come a long way from the nerd we saw in season 1.
Diggle and Maseo also had a strong showing this week. Diggle had a great moment with Maseo, and even had Maseo second-guess himself on his loyalty to Ra’s. Actually, everyone had their strong moments in this week. Matt Nable’s portrayal of Ra’s has been captivating, and with his confession to Felicity on how he sacrificed every part of himself to become Ra’s was heartbreaking.
The best scene though was courtesy of Oliver and Thea. That goodbye was heartfelt and so sincere that you couldn’t help but feel sad for them. You could really feel how heavy all of this has become for Oliver and that he’s had enough of this nightmare and would just accept the inevitable. There’s a complete sense of surrender on his part.
And finally, we see the initiation of Oliver as a member of the League of Assassins. Truly a dark time in the Arrow’s life.
Some quick fire notes
- We learn from Maseo that his son’s death was the driving force for him to join the League.
- Is that Talia with Ra’s?
- Flashbacks provided the action in this episode, and we are finally getting back on track with regard to flashbacks.
Overall a great emotional episode setting-up the explosive final episodes of season 3.
Rating: 4.5/5 Arrowheads.
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