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Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) asked Oliver (Stephen Amell) to take over his title and lead the League of Assassins on Tuesday’s Arrow, after capturing him and Diggle (David Ramsey).
There is a strong nod to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, in which Ra’s was initially played by Ken Watanabe. He was replaced by Liam Neeson by the end of the movie, demonstrating the idea that the title of Ra’s is passed from one person to the other, and this is how he achieves his immortality. In the DC comics, Ra’s cheats death thanks to regular baths in the restorative waters of the Lazarus Pits.
The Arrow (Oliver) now has a choice. If he joins The League of Assassins as its leader, it would certainly be hard for him to stick to his “no killing” vow, though perhaps he could reform/change the group as its head.
If he took the title, he is in a better position to leave Starling City than he might know. Fledgling superhero Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) provides the possibility that The Arrow (Oliver) could potentially exit and feel like he wasn’t failing his city. The Atom (Ray Palmer), took a flight for the first time, and he could potentially be a protector to fill Oliver’s shoes.
However, things are also more complicated since The Arrow (Oliver) left Starling City to hunt Ra’s for a second time. Oliver’s sister Thea (Willa Holland) confessed her role in Sara’s (Caity Lotz) death to Nyssa (Katrina Law), Sara’s former lover and Ra’s’ daughter. Thea freed Nyssa, and now Ra’s’ daughter will also have a choice. She can either take out her anger over Sara’s death on Thea, or save her rage for the man truly responsible, Thea’s father Merlyn (John Barrowman), who drugged her and forced her to kill Sara.
Like The Arrow’s (Oliver) “death,” earlier this season, it’s unlikely he will be leaving Starling City for good (the show has been picked up for a fourth season). But whatever happens, these questions won’t be tackled until the next episode, the aptly titled “The Offer.”
Arrow returns March 18 at 8 p.m. on The CW.
The CW is on an early renewal spree, announcing Thursday that “Arrow,” “Reign”, “The Originals,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural” will return next season.
CW president Mark Pedowitz, in a statement, listed the reasons. The Tuesday pairing of “The Originals” and “Supernatural” has boosted the night for the network, helping it achieve its most-watched Tuesday since 2008. The rookie “Vampire Diaries” spinoff will return for a sophomore season while the long-running vet will return for a 10th season that will help it reach its 200th episode.
“The Vampire Diaries,” meanwhile, continues to be a force in the young adult demo on Thursday nights, and extends its strength in the social media sphere. And “Reign,” though not exactly on par with its “Vampire Diaries” lead-in, has steadily grown in its time period; during last month’s TCA, Pedowitz seemed bullish on its prospects.
Then there’s “Arrow,” which hit a target for the network in the ratings out the gate with its freshman launch last season. In its second season, it’s the network’s most-watched series (3.9 million) and has proved that the CW isn’t all about the girls, with the show gaining among men 18-34.
Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is not the only terse and succinct superhero on television, but he is the one with perhaps the biggest heart. He will literally do anything to protect his family and those he loves. We have seen him struggle time and time again to walk the line between vigilante and hero. He recently crossed back over to the dark-side in order to save his teammate Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) when The Count (Seth Gabel) had her in his clutches, and Oliver snapped again when he thought that Roy may be endangering Thea – and an arrow through the leg was Roy’s punishment for daring to venture more into Oliver’s forbidden vigilante world. In a recent press interview at the WBTV Mondo International Press Tour, star Stephen Amell briefly talked about the Oliver/Roy relationship and Oliver’s struggle to stop the killing in his quest to help the people of Starling City. ARROW on a fast-track right now and we’ve seen how Arrow decided that Roy (Colton Haynes) shouldn’t be on the team anymore. He’s gotten himself in a little bit of scrapes. So what is the dynamic going to be between them right now? STEPHEN: That will not be resolved, but will be addressed immediately in this week’s episode. It did seem like a little bit of a rash decision by Oliver, but Roy flew too close to the sun, so to speak, ’cause he’s involved with Thea (Willa Holland), which is an absolute no-no. I’m excited to see — in Episode 9, we see more interaction between Oliver and Roy, but then it comes to a head by Episode 12. It was a really great opportunity for me to work with Colton, who I hadn’t spoken to that much. He’s great and I excited to see where that will go. What has the transformation of Oliver been between Season 1 and 2? STEPHEN: In Season 1, he was very much a loner and didn’t want any help. He wasn’t very particularly interested in any type of deep relationship and all that behavior cost him. So he’s trying to use that as an example of how to behave differently. He’s know more focused on doing good and not getting revenge and a lot more of the human elements are creeping into Oliver, which is nice for me to play. To see if Oliver can keep up with his vow to stop the killing and yet still protect everyone he loves, as well as smooth things over between Roy and the Arrow, be sure to tune in for an all new episode of ARROW on Wednesday, December 11th at 8:00 p.m. on the CW f