A Solo Oliver Queen Is Exactly What 'Arrow' Needs Right Now
A Solo Oliver Queen Is Exactly What 'Arrow' Needs Right Now
Vanessa Frith
Vanessa Frith
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
And then there was one.

Last week we claimed Adrien Chase (Josh Segarra) had won a posthumous victory over the Green Arrow. Little did we know, our hero's subconscious agreed. Diggle (David Ramsey) reminded Oliver (Stephen Amell) that he leaves a trail of bodies wherever he goes, and those words cut deeper than any knife. They plagued Oliver's Vertigo-induced hallucinations during "Fundamentals", and it led him to one inevitable conclusion -- it's time to go back to basics.

When Oliver arrived in Star City six years ago, he was a rough etching of his future self. Quick to kill and quicker to lie, five years of high-stakes living made him into his own island. If it weren't for Diggle, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and the rest of Team Arrow, he would probably still be that man today. He never wanted a partner, but it was what he needed. Now, with his life falling apart around him, he needs to enter the field alone. For the moment, this twist is exactly what Arrow needs.

Yes, it's true Oliver would have never survived his SCPD encounter with Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) on his own. He was playing with a handicap, however, and now that Vertigo is out of his system (who would willingly take that stuff? How is there even a market for that nonsense?) he can see clearly. No more suicide missions. No more leading. It's time for Diaz and Queen to go mano-a-mano. And this will work under two conditions. One, Oliver continues to listen to and lean on his friends when he's not in the field. Two, his lone wolf act only lasts a few episodes.

Years of training molded the Green Arrow into a sleek killing machine, and provided he doesn't bite off more than he can chew, he doesn't necessarily need immediate backup. The emotional support he gains from Felicity, Diggle, Quentin (Paul Blackthorne) and Co., however, is absolutely vital, particularly if he's going to lean into the veritable sh-t storm that's coming his way. When he started as the Hood, Oliver felt he had nothing to lose. Over time, however, he came to realize that his enemies had no qualms putting his family in the crosshairs. Now, with domestic bliss finally within his grasp, the specters of death, prison and unemployment loom large. If Oliver was a normal man, he'd be popping Tums daily. He's clearly not normal, and that's because he has the optimism and compassion of others (along with an iron constitution.) That can't go away.

In the meantime, Arrow, unfortunately, has a roster of fantastic characters who are just wasting away while Oliver works through his issues. Everyone from Curtis (Echo Kellum) to Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) have their own side stories, of course, but their limited screen time makes it feel as if they've become an afterthought. The Arrow field is certainly overcrowded -- there are no two ways about it -- but now that the B Team is in play, they need to be used. We feel it would be a safe bet to say the last few episodes will bring everyone back into the fold, "Lian Yu" style. After all, what kind of finale would it be if it didn't blast us into the summer hiatus with a high-octane, full-cast hour of mayhem?

"We have a few surprises up our sleeves," executive producer Marc Guggenheim recently told Entertainment Weekly. "There's a couple of twists, there's a couple of things that we're doing that are not only very unexpected, but also unprecedented not just for Arrow, but for the other DC superhero shows as well."

With that said, how long do you think the Green Arrow will run solo? Is a Team Arrow reunion inevitable by season's end, or will the writers choose to leave us in suspense? Do you think Oliver is equipped to enter the field alone? Hit up the comments section with your theories!

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