The saddest but also greatest thing about Tommy’s “death” (I don’t actually believe Tommy Merlyn is dead) is that in his final moments he felt betrayed and/or abused by every person he ever loved and his worldview shattered; however that didn’t stop him from being a genuinely good person until the very end despite all odds being against that.

Arrow and philosophy, part 3: homecoming and combat trauma
Preface What I’m about to discuss does not apply to all veterans. That’s worth noting up front. There’s a danger in universalising what are specific, varied, and limited experiences.
By Matthew Beard

Third and final installment of a series of columns focusing on “Arrow” and ethics.

Arrow provides us with two different methods of integrating one’s identity. One, I would argue, is healthier than the other.

The first way of integrating identity is to uphold warrior identity at the expense of other social roles. One of Oliver’s most dangerous opponents, Ra’s al Ghul, provides him with this option. Ra’s invites Oliver to take his place as leader of the shadowy League of Assassins. …

A healthier solution, I believe, is the path Oliver ultimately chooses. A re-commitment to interpersonal relationships. In Queen’s case, his romance with Felicity Smoak. After avoiding involvement with her for several seasons, Queen finally opens himself to vulnerability in human relationships. He learns to trust again, and in doing so, overcomes his dehumanising gaze. …


Let’s play connect the dots with everything Stephen has posted today and his SDCC interviews.

I think it’s pretty safe to say the season is going to start with Oliver running on the beach, assisting children [in batman costumes], then coming home to cook Felicity breakfast in their home where they have a framed picture from their roadtrip!  And after breakfast, they’ll be all… domestic  ;)  and utilize Oliver’s new “skill set.”  

This is going to be the best season ever.