In this weeks episode of Arrow we finally find out who’s in the grave. * This piece contains spoilers for Arrow 4×18 “Eleven-Fifty-Nine”, read at your own risk.
1. Laurel Lance
Ever since the shocking flash forward at the end of the Season 4 premiere, the internet has been rife with speculation over who is in the grave. Tonight, we were finally given the answer. After being offered a position as the DA and giving up her role as Black Canary, Laurel Lance on her final mission as the Black Canary was severely injured by Darhks henchman, which ultimately resulted in her death. Parting with some words of wisdom for Oliver and some poignant parallels to both Tommy and Saras deaths, the final tear jerker for me was the emotional reaction of everybody else around her.
Personally, Laurel has never been my favourite character on Arrow, I just had no particular interest in her storylines. However, for those who did relate to her, I’m sorry that you’ve lost a character you can identify with and relate to. I can empathise and I hope that, amongst everything you’re okay.
2. The reactions to her death
All the reactions to Laurels passing were heart wrenching. I was particularly moved by the scene between Oliver and Thea. Both of them have already lost so much, and to lose another friend who has being in their lives for so long, that would not be easy. In addition the wordless performances of Emily Bett Rickards, and Paul Blackthorne and the emotions they conveyed struck a cord. Ultimately those who survive have a much harder road ahead than those who passed.
3. Oliver and Diggle
The confrontation between Oliver and John has been a long time coming and definitely needed to happen. Whilst Diggle’s words were cutting, Oliver needed to hear them. Diggle’s line “Just because Felicity left you, I’m supposed to believe that all men are incapable of redemption” particularly stood out. Oliver needs to make progress independently, he can’t be reliant on Felicity. We must thank Yoda Diggle (yet again) for his verbal kick in the butt for Oliver.
4. The Lack of Felicity
There was a disturbance in the force!! With Felicity only appearing in the final scene I felt that a part of the show was missing. I also would have loved to have seen a final one on one scene between Felicity and Laurel.
5. The flashbacks
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the flashbacks from this feel entirely pointless. Apart from the fact that they appear to have no real tangible connection to the current events, they’re also just really boring. I am hoping that Oliver’s journey to Russia will bring back some interest to the Flashbacks.
+ Ruvé Adams – She is simply diabolical and frankly I find her more terrifying than Damian Darhk himself.
+ I really enjoyed the heart to heart between Thea and Laurel, they share a lot of history
+ The stunts continue to be amazing as do the score. Big thanks to James Bamford and Blake Neely for all their hard work.
+ Malcolm Merlyn I don’t like you, in fact, I despise you.