Wednesday’s Arrow finale ended with Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) getting something more elusive than anything else on the show: a happy ending. But what exactly do retired superheroes do?
“What I think is so interesting is that once you help people and have served justice for so long, is that it might become an addiction to a certain extent,” Bett Rickards tells TVGuide.com. “It’s one thing to go and be happy and sit on an island, but you want to still be doing important work. So I don’t know what that’s going to be for them. They’re going to have a balance of that and hopefully in their relationship as well.”
Shortly before running off together, Oliver and Felicity weren’t exactly on the best of terms. She was (very rightfully) pissed at him for marrying Nyssa and – more importantly – for his attempted suicide mission. But while Felicity is finally able to convince Oli to break free from the prison he’s built around himself and actually live his life, that doesn’t guarantee Olicity will succeed as a couple.
Who road off into the sunset and who didn’t make it out alive?
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Wednesday’s Arrow season three finale, “My Name is Oliver Queen.”]
“How can the show go on?”
That’s the question executive producer Marc Guggenheim promised fans would be asking once the credits rolled on season three of Arrow — and he wasn’t kidding. Oliver (Stephen Amell) road off into the sunset with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) after killing Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable), abandoning his superhero identity and leaving team Arrow scattered to the wind in Wednesday’s season finale.
Going into the finale, the series had already dismantled many of the things it depended upon. Sara (Caity Lotz) died and Roy (Colton Haynes) left the show after faking his own death to protect Oliver. But there was more to sacrifice in the finale.
“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.
As Ra’s, Oliver, Nyssa, and the rest of the League are making their way to Starling City for the newlyweds’ mass murder themed honeymoon, the rest of Team Arrow regains consciousness in the dungeon. Malcolm reveals that one of Oliver’s associates used Oliver’s blood to manufacture a vaccine for the virus, and Malcolm administered it to all of them subcutaneously. He’s expecting a thank you for saving their lives, but is left very disappointed. Felicity points out one flaw in the plan: their still trapped in the cell.
Added screencaptures from last night episode.
– Screen Captures 3×23 – My Name is Oliver Queen
The CW’s “Arrow” kicks off its season three finale with its titular hero (Stephen Amell) in a markedly unheroic place, married to Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) and next in line to succeed her father Ra’s (Matt Nable) as the leader of the League of Assassins. Oliver seemingly left his team for dead in a cell in Nanda Parbat and set off for Starling City with Ra’s to unleash a deadly virus on the unsuspecting populace — so where does the series go from here? Variety spoke to showrunner Marc Guggenheim about the consequences of Oliver’s choices, how the finale ties into The CW’s newly announced “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” spinoff, and what we might see from season four.
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:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What can you tell us about the season finale?
MARC GUGGENHEIM: It’s really the culmination of everything that we’ve been doing all year long. There’s obviously a fair amount of cliffhangers from the penultimate episode that need to be resolved. There are a lot of legitimate questions that people have, probably starting with, “Does Team Arrow survive?” This is a somewhat different finale than years past because it’s got a lot more character going on in it. There are plenty of pyrotechnics and two really huge sequences—one on a plane and another on top of a dam. It’s got the production value of years past, but there are a lot more character moments woven throughout here than we’ve typically done in a finale.
Marc Guggenheim says of the big episode: “We’ve never ended a season the way we’re ending this season, where literally you are going, ‘How can the show go on?’ ”
Is Arrow about to destroy everything it holds dear?
Wednesday’s season finale picks up after Oliver (Stephen Amell) left his friends to die in a cell in Ra’s al Ghul’s (Matt Nable) Nanda Parbat prison. Ra’s plans to release a toxin and destroy Starling City, and in order to stop him, Oliver has played along with the plan. Secretly, he’s been working with Merlyn (John Barrowman) to put a stop to it.
The season has already dismantled the Arrow lair and seen Sara (Caity Lotz) and Roy (Colton Haynes) exit the series. Though the CW series is coming back for season four, executive producer Marc Guggenheim says the episode has the feel of a series finale and that its conclusion will leave viewers asking, “How can the show go on?”
In a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, Guggenheim weighs in on the finale’s big events, The Flash’s (Grant Gustin) role in the episode, and how it ties into the upcoming spinoff DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
I have added episode stills from the season finale.
– Episode Stills 3×23 – My Name is Oliver Queen
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.
“This is Your Sword,” another strong installment of Arrow, focuses primarily on the scars Team Arrow incurred during their confrontation with Al Sah-Him last week. Some are definitely more scarred than others, and all of those wounds are readily apparent. One of the joys of the back half of Arrow’s third season has been seeing how far along Team Arrow has come since the first season, and tonight’s episode is definitely a reminder of how essential Arrow’s supporting cast is to the show. (Like, we need a reminder though.) As the episode unfolds, “This is Your Sword” reminds of us something Tatsu said to Oliver in “Uprising”: “To defeat a man like this Ra’s al Ghul, you must be willing not just to die, but to know what you have to sacrifice in order to beat him…It will be whatever you hold most precious.”
Added screencaptures from last night episode.
– Screen Captures 3×22 – This Is Your Sword