On the left, a painting by Palestinian artist Souad Nasr painted more than 35 years ago. Which reminds me of the photo on the right of an Old Palestinian woman holding onto an olive tree that’s being uprooted by Israel somewhere in the early 2000s
STEPHEN IS KILLING ME WITH THE RETURN OF OLIVER’S SAD, RASPY VOICE. AND THE WAY HIS VOICE SQUEAKS WITH WEAKNESS WHEN HE’S TALKING TO DIGGLE AND FELICITY, WHILE NOT BEING ABLE TO LOOK THEM IN THE EYE. AH THIS IS SO PAINFUL.
I find it interesting that Oliver brought up post-traumatic stress when he was talking to John about why he blames himself for the bad things that happen to people in his life. I like to think Oliver brought it up because PTSD is something that he and John (and perhaps he and Felicity) have talked about before, even if we’ve never seen it on screen.
I’m just happy that after five years of strongly hinting at the fact that Oliver suffers from PTSD, the show finally decided to outright mention it (even if Oliver’s initial response is to deny it because Chase has broken him to the point where he just believes the worst of himself).
On this episode of “Make Everything About Your OTP”:
Here’s Damien Darhk holding Felicity’s mask up to Oliver’s, during Legends of Smoak. The camera zooms in a little too, because even in “Doomworld”, the villains (and cameramen) stay shipping Olicity (◡‿◡✿).
↳ A better look at Oliver’s mask and broken arrows:
the entire longbottom family, canonically speaking. then i’ve always thought in my heart that narcissa black must have had a pretty difficult life and that in the end she only made the choices she could make and yeah.. but that’s not really canon
oh and ??? oliver wood???!!!!? like he’s not underrated but hello??? i need SO MUCH more on him like a ton shit like i need a series of his life idc if it’s only him brushing his teeth for ten books i need it okay
You know what I love to see in the Arrow fandom? I love to see the people who love and defend Oliver Queen because you have one group that’s all,
‘Excuse you sir how dare you hurt our smol son! You need to go sit in that corner and reevaluate your wrong decisions right this second. Here you go Oliver. Here’s a blanket and a movie. Don’t worry no one will ever hurt you while I’m here.’
Then there is the other group that’s out for blood.
‘I’m sorry did you really just say that to my husband?! My husband?! Oh no you did not! *pulls out knife proceeds to carve out the bad guys heart* That’ll show you and anyone else to mess with our hero. *casually wipes bloody hands on the bad guy’s shirt* Don’t worry Oliver babe I’ve got your back. Here’s a blanket and a movie. Let’s get out here.’
Soooo yeah just something I noticed and loved! Keep loving on Oliver Queen! Our boy has more than earned it. (Btw I’m definitely the second one)
So spoilers for the new LEGEND’s episode, but this idea came to me when we see Barry’s cowl on that shelf next to Oliver’s mask. Anyways enjoy my lovelies :)
“This is no fun without the Flash to try and stop us.” Mick grumbled as
he and Leonard headed towards where Thawne had ‘summoned’ them. Mick hated
being summoned, but he kind of no choice right now.
“The Flash was a pest and now without him we have free reign of the city,
Central is ours Mick.” Leonard sent his partner a sideways look.
“When did they pluck you from the timeline? Have you ever even fought against
the Flash yet?” Mick asked, a sudden coil of dread appearing in his gut.
“No, they told me everything though.” Len wasn’t sure where Mick was going at
this, but felt something settle in his gut at the way Mick paled.
“You know Damien killed the Flash and has his cowl mounted on a shelf right?” Mick
started off slowly, he almost threw up when he had spotted the red headpiece
“So?” Leonard rubbed at his wrist, the leather soul mate cover starting to
annoy his skin.
“Look at your mark Len.” Mick said quickly, picking up on the movement. Leonard
all but ripped his leather cover off his wrist and fell to his knees at the
sight of the black, scorched words that were inked on his skin. That only
happened when their soul mate was dead.
“No, you mean… The Flash was my soul mate?” Len’s voice was small and quiet
even to himself.
“His name was Barry Allen, he was your heart. The reason you agreed to Rip
Hunter’s offer, he was the light to your dark. He was everything to you, he
meant more to you than any heist ever did.” Mick explained, remembering seeing
the two in quiet moments together, remembering everything his Len had told him
about his soul mate.
“Thawne took your soul mate away without a single thought and used you, us to
do it.” Mick growled and Len looked up from his blacken wrist with a look of
rage on his face that was rarely seen.
“I am going to get that spear and I will make him pay for stealing my soul mate
from me and I will bring my Flash back.” Leonard snarled as he stood up
strongly, his purpose was renewed as new plans started to form in his mind.
“That’s the Leonard Snart I know.” Mick said smugly glad he had lit a fire
underneath of his partner.
5x20 title is "missing" people are saying that Chase is gonna kidnap someone (some are saying William) and take the person to Lian Yu. What do you think?
5x22 is “Missing,” not 5x20, which super effects my answer here.
I sort of doubt William will be kidnapped. He was kidnapped the last time we saw him, after all, and that feels too repetitive to me. Will we see him again? Yes. I think we will. Maybe not this season, but I do think we’ll get to see him with Oliver and the two of them finally on the same page. He’s come up too frequently for that to be dropped. But in spite of Oliver’s attachment to him, the audience isn’t attached to him (except for… you know… me) and that’s a weak plot-thread to follow through on for a season ender. You need your audience more invested than that. Main characters in danger only this time of year.
I do think Felicity will be kidnapped and I do think she’ll be brought to Lian Yu. There’s circumstantial evidence here and there, of course, but a lot of that is just based on gut instinct. They’ve put off having her kidnapped and in real danger for a reeeeeally long time. I think we’re at that point and I think it’s a good turning point for the team, for Olicity and for both Oliver and Felicity’s individual growth. As always, the Arrow writers like double meanings for their episodes, so I think we’ll see something missing earlier in the episode and then wind up with her kidnapped partway through. I also think that it’s not just that she’s missing, but what Oliver’s missing with her gone. Any which way you look at it, though, I’m looking forward to it.
P.S. This was my 4,000th post! I don’t know why this feels noteworthy…
like he was in a time warp, taking him back ten years.
into Oliver’s cell and dragged him outside into the mercenary compound. A metal
loop was embedded in the ground and Chase fed Oliver’s chains through it. It
was mid-day and the sun shone down on Oliver’s nearly naked body, giving a
little warmth to the coldness he was feeling. Beside himself and Chase, the
compound was empty. Oliver looked around, wondering where they were holding
Felicity and Thea. Empty huts and the ruins of a watch tower was all he saw.
caught movement to his right, and Malcolm Merlyn came strolling up to Oliver
that explains how Thea got here.” Oliver glared at him, visualizing all the
times he could have and should have put arrows into the man. “I should have
taken your head off that night on the roof,” Oliver told him.
Merlyn replied. “This really is like a homecoming for you, isn’t it?”
“If I get
out of this,” Oliver coldly said to him. “You are going to die.”
“Oliver, you’ve been trying to kill me for five years now. You keep missing
your target. Sad really. You’re supposed to be an expert and all.”
Malcolm, not having any more to say to him.
out his low, evil laugh. “It’s show time,” he told Oliver.
Talia suddenly came out of two different huts, both dwellings in line with Oliver’s.
Felicity was being led by Talia. She was limping on her right foot as Talia
dragged her past Oliver. Thea was pulled past him by Slade. They stopped about
ten feet in front of Oliver and were forced down on their knees. Talia pulled
her sword out and put the blade to the back of Felicity’s neck. Slade repeated
the motion with Thea.
Lambs to the
slaughter, Oliver thought. Except for when he had to watch his mother die,
Oliver never felt as helpless as he did now.
Felicity started to say.
on the back of Felicity’s head. “Do not speak,” she ordered.
of the ground and her whole focus was on Merlyn. She didn’t move or speak, just
glared at her father with hatred as deep as her bloodlust had ever taken her.
put his hand on Oliver’s bare shoulder. “You know,” he said. “Isn’t it
interesting how some people never learn from their mistakes? Their whole lives
they keep repeating the same history, over and over.”
to shake his hand off, but Chase tightened his grip.
went on. “You can’t deny that I’m right. It’s your mistakes that keep hurting
people. It’s your decisions that push them down, putting them in pain.”
Felicity spoke. “Don’t listen to him. He’s wrong, He’s…”
Talia hit the
back of Felicity’s head with her sword handle. “Shut up, I said. Adrian is
telling your man’s life truth.”
The force of
the blow knocked Felicity forward, face planting her into the hard dirt of the
compound. Then Talia jerked her back up into a kneeling position. Blood flowed
down Felicity’s face from a cut on her cheek.
lurched forward, trying to reach Felicity, but his chains stopped him a couple
“The people who you think love you?” He nodded at Felicity and Thea. “They are
victims. They really don’t know who you are…” Chase suddenly punched Oliver; a
clean shot to the kidneys that brought paralyzing pain to him.
Felicity and Thea cried out, neither one caring about retaliation from their
Chase went on relentlessly. “My father died because of that killer in you. You weren’t
interested in justice or second chances. I wonder if you got off watching him
drown. Was the killer excited?”
off the pain from Chase’s punch. “Adrian,” he whispered in defiance. “Your
father deserved to die. He was evil, like you are. He was poisoning people for
profit. If I had to do it again, I…”
Oliver around and unleashed vicious punches to his midsection and face. Oliver dropped
to his knees, blood spurting from a broken nose, a smashed lip and an ugly cut
that opened above his eye.
Talia shouted out. “Adrian, back off. I need Oliver conscious. I need him to be
Thea yearned to go to Oliver. They would risk the blades at their necks to
agreed. “Oliver’s pain can wait. It’s time for him to choose.”
blood on the ground and wiped some away from his eyes as well. “Slade” he
breathed. “You can go the hell. I’m not playing your game.”
“Oliver, you don’t have a choice. If you refuse, the game is over and both
these women lose their heads.” She paused and made sure she had everyone’s
attention. “So these are the rules of our game. If Oliver remains stubborn and
doesn’t choose, all three of you will die. I will, however, spare one of these
girls if Oliver does decide to play. Simple. So, Oliver, what’s it going to be?”
Thea,” Oliver spoke as he ignored Talia. “Close your eyes. It’s alright. I’m
not going to choose either of you. I love you both. I want you to know that. I want
you to take it with you into the next life.”
furious. “I’m done,” he growled. “Game over.” He pulled his blade from the back
of Thea’s neck and brought it around in a backswing.
arrow came out of the trees surrounding the compound, sailed past Talia and
Slade, and then planted itself in the links of Oliver’s chains. A red light
blinked and then the arrow exploded, severing the chains and freeing Oliver.
Next, one of
Curtis’s T-Spheres came out of the trees, hovered above Slade, and then it too
exploded, taking Slade’s head with it.
Rene and Dinah came running into the compound, heading toward Talia and the kneeling
Felicity. Talia brought her sword up, and then Rene crashed into Felicity,
taking her to the ground and shielding her with his body. Dinah emitted a sonic
cry, the strongest she ever attempted. It hit Talia, liquefying her internal
organs and killing her instantly.
pulled his chains off and turned to face Chase.
Lyla came into the compound. John was carrying Oliver’s bow and quiver. “Oliver,”
he yelled out. “Do you…”
Oliver replied. “Keep everybody back. Chase is mine.”
down, and the rest of the team went over to the stunned Malcolm Merlyn, forming
a circle around him. Thea picked up Slade’s swore, advancing toward her father.
Oliver called out, and then Chase was on him. His arm attempted to circle
Oliver’s neck. Oliver spun around and threw a head butt into Chase’s face,
shattering both his cheeks. Chase stumbled back a few steps and Oliver followed
up with a flying kick into his chest, knocking him to the ground. Oliver reached
down and picked up his broken chains. He went over to the dazed Chase and
wrapped them aroud the man’s neck, tightening his muscles and choking the life
out of him.
right,” he said to Chase. “I am a killer. I kill because sometimes infections
in this world need to be cut out.”
started to frantically struggle out of the chain around his neck—then Oliver
jerked it and snapped Chase’s neck. The man dropped to the ground, his brutal,
evil life over.
footsteps behind him. He turned around and Felicity crashed into his arms.
she said. “You were…you were…well, heroic is the only word that comes to mind.”
away the blood from her face. “You were
pretty awesome to,” he told her. Then he softly and tenderly kissed her lips.
John and Lyla yelled out. “Thea, don’t…”
away from the kiss in time to see his sister run Slade’s sword through Merlyn’s
chest. Malcolm dropped to his knees in front of her, as if he were pleading for
forgiveness. Then he fell dead at her feet.
sighed. “You…why…” Then he stopped trying to figure out what he wanted to say. Instead,
he nodded at her. “If anyone was going to kill him, it should have been you.”
back at him, a small smile on her face. “Damn right,” she replied.
over to Oliver and reached out to shake his hand. “I figured you might need some
did you become so accurate with a bow?”
at Oliver. “Well, you know, I’ve had five years to watch an expert. I guess some
of it rubbed off on me.”
smiled at them and then turned to Oliver. “Hey,” she asked. What’s the date
his head. “I have no idea. Sometime in May, I think. Why?”
birthday this month?”
“It was last
week,” Thea told her.
“Uh, yeah Speedy, you’re right.”
matter,” Felicity said to him. “You’re going to get some cake when we get back
home.” She acknowledged all of Team Arrow as well.