Episode 2.21: City of Blood
This latest offering of Arrow opens with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) in hiding. With the rest of the characters mourning the death of Moira Queen (Susannah Thompson) at the sword of Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett), the troubled Ollie is nowhere to be seen. As Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) try to locate their fellow ‘Team Arrow’ cohort, Starling City sees Sebastian Blood (Kevin Alejandro) elected as Mayor.
When Diggle and Felicity finally do manage to locate Oliver, thanks to some assistance from Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson), we find the Emerald Archer in a state of acceptance. Basedt on last week’s quip from Slade about there now being one more person who must die, Ollie believes that his cards are marked; that Slade will not stop his attack on those around Oliver until Ollie no longer has breath in his lungs and a beating heart in his chest. And so we find ourselves faced with an Oliver who is damned to his fate and who seemingly welcomes death.
Away from Oliver’s direct story arc, someone manages to piece together the puzzle that Sebastian Blood is “the man in the skull mask”, or simply Brother Blood. Whilst Blood’s real agenda plays out, there’s also a massively balls-to-the-wall moment where Oliver, once he gets his mind back in the game, confronts Sebastian and lays his cards firmly on the table. By the time their little restaurant rendezvous comes to an end, Blood is under no doubt as to what Oliver Queen’s plans are.
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