“He could very much care about Sara, but what’s the thing that we know about Sara? She can take care of herself. Part of what Oliver said to Felicity in that episode is that he doesn’t know if he’s willing to open himself up to having feelings for her, if in fact he does, because the danger is so imminent when you’re in close proximity to him…. Him working with her and her working with him is one thing, but a relationship is another.” - Stephen Amell.
Oh, he knows that she doesn’t need saving that she is her own hero her own knight in shining armor. But even though he knows all of this nothing in this cruel world…could stop him from t r y i n g anyway.