(As per the Agents of SHIELD column, spoilers upon more spoilers shall be in this column. Please be advised that I hold little back when I discuss something that involves a spoiler. Your mileage may vary on spoilers but I just want to get this out of the way now. Warning is given and onwards with the writing at hand.)
If you may or may not known I did a column for Comics Crux and for a short time at Rhymes With Geek called Arrow Analysis. I ended up putting the column on hiatus to focus on other matters. Now likely next season for Arrow I’ll revive Arrow Analysis because the Season Two finale set the stage for big possibilities. If you deal with Agents of SHIELD, the uptick for that show happened just before and after Captain America: Winter Soldier. Season Two of Arrow was on a high from the beginning outside of stumbling a bit at the midpoint, mostly in Laurel Lance’s character development. Outside of any stumbling points in Season Two, Season Three of Arrow looks like it could be mindblowing.
By the way get your spoiler goggles on now, because this is where I pull no punches and start revealing extra stuff left and right. Spoilers are now officially on because if one warning isn’t good enough, two should be sufficient to get my point across.
Now that you’re still here now we can begin, Arrow’s Season Finale gave us multiple changes to characters and new situations to play with. Thea Queen now moving on to be with her Dad, Malcolm Meryln which will be the set up for more appearances from Malcolm in the future. I’m looking forward to Thea’s evolution as a character, I hope that the series spends time with her as she gets to know her Dad. The train station scene of Thea and Malcolm shows that she has a lot more in her than even she realized. I don’t think this will end up being the generic someone becomes evil, I’m thinking along the lines of Thea becoming a stronger version of herself thanks to someone who’s accepted who he is. That’s my own theory on this one as Thea Queen’s evolution has only just begun.
At this point I am begging The CW at some point to do a Suicide Squad spinoff because Amanda’s team needs more screen time. Deadshot popping up in that last bit near the end made me so happy. The next step towards a stronger presence for Deadshot next season, especially with Diggle about to be a Dad with Lyla’s baby on the way. That ties A.R.G.U.S. into Arrow’s universe even more. Now that the flashbacks are going to be centered around Ollie’s time with Amanda Waller in Hong Kong, we’re going to be getting tons of A.R.G.U.S time next season. I’m happy that we’re not going to see a different setting for the flashbacks next season. I was so burnt on The Island flashbacks it was unreal so a new surrounding for them is a breath of fresh air.
Of course The Island is still a factor, Deathstroke is now there in the beginning of the A.R.G.U.S. supermax it seems. That is a slick idea especially when you realize Waller and Oliver Queen already have a relationship of sorts, it makes all the more sense how The Island became known to her in the first place. That’s actually the clever part of this season finale, the threats are all around but in a new way and the possibilities of new allies in the process. You even have the Black Canary set up with Laurel Lance though we’re not going to see that for a long time, Sara only gave her the jacket and Laurel has training to do. I was shocked though at Quentin Lance’s collapse, I’m shocked at what went down there.
Now as for speculation for next season, Roy is now Arsenal/Red Arrow depending on what name they use. That’s about all you can dive into there as really now that Thea is out of the picture, Roy is going to be focused on that. Felicity probably got to be part of one of the best teases in Arrow history with that relationship fake out on Deathstroke. The confusion and cheering that was happening at that moment was wonderful that turned out to be a larger scheme. Of course now the next focus is Diggle and Felicity with friends likely enough to help Ollie get back his company. That is going to be fun to watch, Oliver’s Arrow life is stronger than ever just he now has to get his secret identity life back in order.
I’m hoping that they don’t do the year jump like they did last time, it would be fun to see Arrow spending the season rebuilding itself. I wouldn’t be shocked if Season Three did another jump in Arrow to set things in motion. I’m going to repeat myself though on this, don’t do the time skip again as that gimmick can only be used once or twice in the history of a series. I want to see Arrow built back up before my very eyes, I want to see all of third season happen in a way that blows my mind. Arrow Season Two blew Season One away, maybe Season Three will be the time I revive Arrow Analysis once more. Until then, here’s to Season Three of Arrow being even better than the second.