The midseason finale of Arrow noticed Oliver Queen making an attempt to regulate to life as a free man once more after being launched from jail final week, however as the previous Inexperienced Arrow labored to settle into his new regular, there have been an entire host in “Unmasked” that’ve left followers with some main questions on the place The CW collection goes from right here.
Main spoilers for tonight’s midseason finale of Arrow, “Unmasked”, under.
Tonight, Oliver (Stephen Amell) picked up his bow and arrow once more utterly unmasked and with no less than considerably provisional blessing from regulation enforcement, the New Inexperienced Arrow’s (Shea Shimooka) id was launched to followers, we have been launched to Katherine McNamara’s Maya tonight, and there was a reasonably shocking twist about Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) that may depart followers scratching their head for a short while.
There was even a reasonably nice tie again to Arrow’s first season within the type of an sudden villain of the week.
However all of those satisfying parts include massive questions, so we’re breaking down a number of the issues followers are pondering tonight after “Unmasked” and what it means for Oliver — and the way forward for Star Metropolis.
Learn on for our prime questions raised by “Unmasked”.
Oliver’s again! Time to get the gang again collectively, proper? Not so quick. Oliver could also be again, however Star Metropolis’s anti-vigilante regulation continues to be in full impact and, greater than that, a lot of the heroes of Workforce Arrow have moved on with different issues. Dinah (Juliana Harkavay) is busy being police captain, Diggle (David Ramsey) and Curtis (Echo Kellum) are each working for Argus, and whereas Renee (Rick Gonzalez) is greater than able to get again on the road that does not appear to be within the playing cards proper now.
However now that Oliver is working with the police, what does this imply for the group? Nicely, it seems that at the least in some capability it Workforce Arrow can be again defending the town. Simply from the regulation enforcement aspect of issues, however as we noticed tonight the road between doing issues by the guide and doing issues the Group Arrow means. When an archer confirmed up at an occasion honoring Oliver and killed somebody, Oliver and Renee teamed up with Dinah to attempt to decide if the killer and the New Inexperienced Arrow have been related. To an extent, this alteration in construction for the heroes is in keeping with what Harkavy advised ComicBook.com again at San Diego Comedian-Con concerning the heroes having to step up on their very own.
“I think everybody kind of has to step up in their own way. In a large part I think that’s what this season is really going to be about like how do we see ourselves as heroes without our leader,” she stated. “It’s going to come in a lot of different forms for Dinah.”
After seven seasons of the Inexperienced Arrow being on the improper aspect of the regulation issues modified in a serious means for Oliver tonight: he began working with the Star Metropolis Police in a professional capability. Nevertheless, that wasn’t the one shift for Oliver. The episode additionally confirmed Oliver struggling to adapt to life as a free man once more in addition to encounter some relationship challenges with Felicity.
No matter is subsequent for Oliver, we will anticipate that Oliver will proceed to be a modified man, one with slightly little bit of a throwback to at the very least his pre-Inexperienced Arrow look, one thing Amell defined in when talking concerning the evolution of issues and the way they’ve modified the main target of episodes a bit.
“[The] same thing happened when I read Episode 8.” Amell continued. “I know they wanted Oliver back in the world, and he is and in a new and exciting way. Concurrently, it felt like we were treating my experience at Slabside like I spent a night in county jail. In actuality, even for Oliver, it was a pretty horrific experience. So I did want a change in him. I wanted a change in him in the way that he interacts with people, with the public, and even so far as his wardrobe. I went to [costume designer] Maya [Mari], and I’m like, ‘Oliver’s in his mid-30s, he’s a former politician. I want him to dress a little bit more like he used to dress for Sunday brunch at the Queen mansion.’ WASPy’s the wrong word, but it’s not totally the wrong word. But that’s not what we were going for. In the first episode that I’m out, we had him going to a gala, and I was in sort of like the same suit that I would wear as the mayor. I didn’t like that. So we pushed that in a different direction.”
Amell additionally teased that the consequences of Oliver’s time in jail shall be dealt with in some artistic methods.
“And part of the fun of this year is I’ve pitched a bunch of stuff.” Amell revealed. “Not the opening scene of Episode 8, but the first time that you see Oliver, we came up with a really interesting way, I think, of showing what prison life did to him without really bashing people over the head with it.”
Final week we noticed Oliver and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) fortunately reunited outdoors the gates of Slabside jail, however this week issues do not look fairly so home for the fan-favorite couple. Felicity has clearly modified whereas Oliver was in jail, one thing that Oliver finds out firsthand when, upon being attacked by an arrow-wielding murderer Felicity pulls a gun — and she or he’s greater than ready to make use of it.
And, it will get deeper than that. Felicity tells Oliver that what’s greatest for her will not be what’s greatest for his or her relationship. It is a highly effective and heartbreaking second — and we’re positive Olicity followers aren’t completely satisfied about this in any respect.
So what’s subsequent? Whereas followers are little question hoping the couple works issues out sooner somewhat than later — although to be truthful, the flash forwards do not look promising — Rickards did tease at San Diego Comedian-Con that some relationships are merely damaged.
“Going forward relationships are broken,” Rickards stated. “Somebody said we’re going to be doing more fighting and I was like ‘how [is that] possible?’ but sure.”
There have been fairly a number of flash forwards in tonight’s episode giving followers a bit extra details about the destiny of Group Arrow and Star Metropolis itself and that included a bit extra details about the one workforce member we’ve not seen but: Rene.
Tonight it was revealed that regardless of the state of affairs between Star Metropolis and the Glades are, Rene seems to have some main authority with the residents of the Glades. No matter that authority, Zoe (Andrea Sixtos) is protected by is which is why she’s been volunteered as tribute to go to the Glades for assist in stopping a bomb. However how did we find yourself right here? We might have gotten a tease of that in current day.
Whereas at Oliver’s reception. Rene complains to Dinah that each one the wealthy individuals there aren’t critical about jail reform as a result of in the event that they have been, they’d truly one thing to assist the individuals of the Glades who typically flip to crime as a result of they haven’t any different choices. Dinah then asks him if he is ever thought-about stepping into politics. Perhaps future Rene did simply that — and someway ended up at odds with those that have been as soon as his staff within the course of.
There was a shock on the finish of tonight’s episode — and we do not imply the one concerning the New Inexperienced Arrow. After operating into connections between one thing Argus is investigating and the Longbow Hunters, Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) and Diggle flip to Diaz for assistance on the case.
How does Diaz go from being some of the harmful foes they’ve confronted to an ally of types? Properly, given his relationships with organized crime and the Longbow Hunters, Diaz actually could be the solely individual with the knowledge they want. However that is Diaz. It is in all probability going to return at a worth — and that worth may simply be a few of the relationships between Group Arrow.
Tonight, we met Maya/Blackstar, Katherine McNamara’s character, however there is a twist: Maya is not a personality within the current timeline, she’s sooner or later.
William Clayton (Ben Lewis), Dinah and Zoe Ramirez discovered their approach to an underground battle membership in seek for Blackstar, the mysterious one that seemed to be the final individual speaking with Felicity earlier than her dying. As they shortly discovered, Maya was Blackstar, a dealer who moonlit as a member of a battle membership to alleviate stress.
Maya vaguely hinted that she and Felicity had labored collectively on some type of unlawful work up to now, and she or he was stunned to study that she’d died. She revealed that Felicity had contacted her to get instruments to construct a bomb, which strains up together with her plans to probably degree Star Metropolis.
However…who’s she? A number of followers have already began speculating that it would not be inconceivable for Maya to develop into Felicity and Oliver’s daughter, although if that finally ends up being the case there are an entire new set of questions that brings up — the most important one being why she does not know William and William does not know her.
The most important shock got here on the finish of the episode when the Asian lady we see within the opening talks to Robert Queen’s gravestone outdoors of the now-burnt Queen Mansion and refers to him as “dad”. That is proper, the New Inexperienced Arrow is Oliver’s sister and whereas she does not say her identify outright within the episode, followers of DC Comics know precisely what it’s: Emiko Queen.
Within the comics, Emiko is the kid of Robert Queen and Shado, who will get kidnapped and raised by Simon Lacroix/Komodo as a child. Emiko grows up underneath the tutelage of Komodo and the Outsiders, however finally kills her adoptive father whereas he’s preventing Oliver. Emiko then returns to Seattle with Oliver, dwelling with him and working as his sidekick, Pink Arrow. Over the previous few years of DC Comics canon, Emiko has helped Oliver save the day on an array of events, virtually sacrificing herself to save lots of him, and went on to hitch the Teen Titans.
It is unclear precisely how Emiko’s story might be tailored onto the small display, as Arrow made Shado a (a lot youthful) love curiosity of Oliver’s as an alternative of Robert’s, and already tailored Komodo again in Season three. And contemplating the truth that Oliver already has a half-sister-turned-vigilante in Thea Queen (Willa Holland), it undoubtedly does not appear out of the query that her origin might be getting a little bit of remix.
Even then, it is going to be fascinating to seek out out precisely why Emiko is suiting up as the brand new Inexperienced Arrow, and what precisely the campaign is that she’s on. Relying on how the storyline shakes out, that would manifest in some fascinating methods, each on the subject of comedian canon and with the present’s current give attention to Oliver’s legacy as a vigilante.
Arrow airs Mondays at eight/7c on The CW. After subsequent week’s “Elseworlds” crossover, new episodes will return on Monday, January 21st.