I think the purpose of the whole Maseo/Tatsu storyline is to show Oliver that if you walk away from what makes you human then you’re just a shell, better off dead. Did you see Oliver’s face as Tatsu kissed Maseo and he stood there like a statue? I think right then Oliver realized that was what he has been doing to Felicity
Maseo became Sarab.
Oliver became Arrow.
Both strong men with soft spots for their families that lost ones they cared about and became hard. They lost their humanity through grief.
I think Oliver now understands that he can’t give up Oliver Queen because if he does he’ll lose everything that makes him the Arrow.
He is not one identity or the other, each broken half makes a whole.
I believe if anything “dying” was a humbling experience for him because now he’s realized that dying without living is worse than anything you can possibly imagine.
He will return ready to live and Felicity will have none of it.
She can’t take it. Losing someone only to have them back with the possibility if losing them again. The pain deep in you’re heart that never goes away. Once you feel something so deep, it never goes away. It scars and you’re left permanently damaged. Even though circumstances may change for the rest of your life you will remember that deep pain and for Felicity I think she knows that if she has to go through that again she won’t come out worse than just scarred, it would destroy her.
We’ve seen Oliver’s journey to loving her these past two and half seasons. We’ve been patient with him. Now its time we give Felicity the same courtesy. Oliver went through much to get to where he is. If having a relationship with Ray is how she realizes that Oliver is what she really needs than that’s what needs to happen.
Oliver went through Laurel and Sara.
The least we can do is allow Felicity some of her own space. She’s waited for Oliver. It’s time for him to wait for her, to earn her.
It’s time they both decide what they’re living for and if they can do that with each other.
It’s time for them to learn that they’re stronger together than apart.
It’s time for them to stop saying goodbye.
To live while they’re alive, like that day could be their last.
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