Tuesday, 28 January 2020 saw the final Arrow episode hit television screens in these United States. Did anyone think, back in 2012, that the series would run for no fewer than 170 episodes? It is a remarkable accomplishment, there is no denying it.
The series closed with John Diggle (David Ramsey), his wife Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson), children Sara (Tiahra Allen) and JJ (Marcello Guedes) packing up and moving to Metropolis. Could this be an indication that the Diggle family could make appearances in the coming Superman and Lois series? I can’t think of a reason why these characters would be not featured in the coming series.
Even if Diggle doesn’t make an appearance in Superman and Lois, not that he shouldn’t, we at least know he will be showing up in Central City for the coming episode of The Flash. Marathon, scheduled for Tuesday, 4 February 2020, is the first episode since Crisis on Infinite Earths.
There is also that moment when something falls from the night’s sky. Showrunners have alluded to the possibility Diggle is the John Stewart Green Lantern. If you recall the crossover event Elseworlds, the one that set up Crisis on Infinite Earths, Barry Allen / The Flash (John Wesley Shipp) of Earth-90 saw John wasn’t wearing his Green Lantern ring. Someone should let CW executives know we want a Green Lantern series.
Roy Harper / Arsenal (Colton Haynes), in addressing the elephant in the room (on the rooftop, actually), asks Oliver’s sister Thea Queen / Speedy (Willa Holland) to marry him. They got engaged. It was a nice touch which I have been hoping to happen for a few years. I can’t help wondering if either of these characters will make appearances in Green Arrow and the Canaries. Am I the only one to want longstanding Arrow characters to show up in the coming series? When I say longstanding, no disrespect to people that joined the cast after season one, I am obviously meaning the individuals that were there at the beginning.
Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson), in this Earth’s version of what occurred during season two, didn’t die. Slade Wilson / Deathstroke (Manu Bennett) killed Oliver’s mother in during season two. It’s difficult to not remember such a harrowing scene. Mayor Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) was brought back for the series finale. Quentin, my personal favourite Arrow character, was originally killed during the sixth season finale.
There is this great moment between Quentin and Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) where she expressed her thoughts about Oliver not having brought back Earth-1’s Laurel. The relationship that this Laurel has with Quentin is every bit as much important to the former police captain as the one he had with his eldest daughter. Just because this Laurel is from a different Earth, it doesn’t diminish the bond that they have. We saw how much Earth-2’s Laurel cared for Quentin in an earlier episode this past season.
No one should have been surprised to see Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell) resurrected. Earth-1’s Tommy got a second shot at life. Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez) becomes Star City’s new mayor. Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), Oliver’s wife, returned for the final episode. The seventh season finale scene where we see Felicity and Mar Novu / The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) stepping through a portal is explained. This is her travelling to the afterlife to be with Oliver.
Felicity initially thinks she has stepped into Oliver’s office. He tells her that the office she’s in, the one where he first saw her, is Moira’s office. There is a picture of Robert Queen (Jamey Sheridan) sitting next to a model of the Queen’s Gambit. Up until this point, Felicity wasn’t aware Oliver had seen her prior to their encounter at her own desk several floors below his mother’s office.
In the closing seconds, we see the camera zoom out to reveal an exterior show of Queen Consolidated. Oliver accomplished what he set out to do eight years earlier. He saved his city.
Fadeout, a thank you to fans that had stayed with the series from day one, saw the return of Sara Lance / White Canary (Caity Lotz), Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), Rory Regan / Ragman (Joe Dinicol), Emiko Queen (Sea Shimooka), Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law), Talia al Ghul (Lexa Doig), and Anatoly Knyazev (David Nykl). Both Barry Allen / The Flash (Grant Gustin) and Kara Danvers / Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) were at the funeral. Marcia Pedowitz (Jessica Heafey), previously seen in the episode Emerald Archer, retooled her documentary as a memorial to Oliver Queen / Green Arrow.
If the episode hadn’t had an issue for Team Arrow to resolve, the series finale wouldn’t have felt like an Arrow episode. On route to Star City to attend his father’s funeral, the young William Clayton (Jack Moore) was kidnapped by John Byrne (Johnny Cuthbert). Byrne had spent eight years in prison for human trafficking and he wanted revenge on the Green Arrow. Eight years earlier, Oliver went by The Hood. Mia Smoak (Katherine McNamara), brought back from 2040 by Sara to attend her father’s funeral, rescues her half-brother.