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A rewarding episode for comic book fans and shippers alike that could still be considered a cliffhanger, "The Fallen" begs the question: Where can Arrow possibly go from here?
Tonight's wonderful, fan-service filled, tear-jerker of an episode ended with Ra's al Ghul declaring that Oliver Queen was no more and all that remained was the Arrow.
I came away from "The Fallen" feeling conflicted. I spent a week trying to figure out how to discuss my conflictions, but I ran out of time and energy...
This week's episode didn't disappoint, as we finally saw the culmination of the months-long struggle between Ollie and Ra's.
The A-plot gives us something we've been waiting for. Hell, we've been dying for it. But never in a million years did we think it would happen like this.
During Arrow Season 3 Episode 20 the theme was most certainly death and rebirth, but the ramifications of this hour will most likely be felt for some time to come.
Like some of the other best episodes of this season, I feel like all the best stuff happened one on one between characters.
"The Fallen" has everything you want to see in a sweeps episode: the dead coming back to life, long-awaited sex scenes, heart-wrenching goodbyes, and a climactic ending that leaves you wanting more.
Though they're rather inessential in story terms, this week's flashbacks do provide 'The Fallen' with a healthy dose of action to balance out all the present-day soul-searching.
I do look forward to seeing where the show goes from here. Oliver's embrace and later escape from the League (or whatever ends up happening) could be a fascinating showdown, could alter Oliver's trajectory and transform the show back to its darker roots.
The episode ends with a most excellent "suit up" as Oliver dons his new assassin gear. Cosplayers, go nuts!
While "The Fallen" is action-packed, with Team Arrow desperately trying to save Oliver and Thea from the League, it's the episode's more thoughtful moments that make it something special.
A surprising, left-field solution to last week's shock cliffhanger but an eminently logical one, hidden in plain sight. Well played, showrunners.