CW's 'Arrow' began ramping up the drama and the stakes during last night's episode. With only six episodes remaining in the season, it seems clear that no one and nothing on the series is safe; status quo changes seem to be the new status quo.
Next week's episode, the fourteenth of the series' life, is entitled "The Odyssey," an homage to the Ancient Greek Epic by Homer. Seeing as The Odyssey centers around Odysseus' trials to make it home after being marooned following the Trojan War, it seems like the Epic is good allegorical material for Oliver's entire story to date. Odysseus also means "trouble" in Ancient Greek, making it a fitting allegorical name for Oliver himself; where he goes, trouble follows, even for those he cares about.
Well episode fourteen is no different, as the official description explains: WARNING! SPOILERS FOR LAST NIGHT'S EPISODE ENTAILED HEREIN!
"After Oliver is shot, he turns to a surprising person for help – Felicity. Diggle (David Ramsey) is stunned when he sees Felicity walk through the front door of the lair dragging a dying Oliver behind her, and the two team up to save Oliver’s life. As Oliver hovers between life and death, he flashes back to a seminal event on the island – a daring escape attempt with his new friend Slade Wilson (guest star Manu Bennett)."
Two episodes ago, Diggle pointed out to Oliver that his cover-stories when it came to Felicity were getting worse and worse; Ollie explained that he knew what he was doing. It would seem that our hooded hero intended to bring Felicity into his inner circle for some time--a timely bullet to his chest may have accelerated that scenario a tad, however.
I was hoping after the mid-season finale that we would get to see some more of Diggle's solo adventures with Oliver laid up in a hospital bed; could this latest injury finally bring Diggle into the spotlight? With Felicity joining the inner sanctum, where does Diggle's character go from here?
And how long can Moira keep her sins buried?
'Arrow' stars Stephen Amell as the second television incarnation of DC Comics' Green Arrow, Oliver Queen. 'Arrow' airs Wednesdays at 8pm EST on the CW.