Let me start off by saying if you haven’t watched this episode of Arrow I implore you to watch it because this review is going to be spoiler heavy. (Spoilers Ahead………. I’ll wait)
R.I.P Laurel Lance aka the Black Canary. From the start of this episode to the end this was her moment. Whereas some had problems with the character I felt that Katie Cassidy really grew into the role. She went from someone who many thought was annoying to a very capable fighter who was very likable. This episode did a great job of showing this as there were several fight scenes with her and Thea working together as a team. The show also did a good job of a little misdirection as it seemed that it maybe possible that Malcom would kill Thea. That was not the case at all but he did play a big part in helping Darhk getting his powers back as he and the league raided the Arrow cave.
On the other side of things the Andy and Diggle conflict finally came to ahead as Andy betrayed his brother to get Darhk the last piece of the statue. All episode Oliver was warning Diggle that his brother couldn’t be trusted even going as far as interrogating Andy in John’s house when he caught him looking for the last piece of the medallion. This lead to the heartbreaking scene as John realized that the person that he grew up with can’t be redeemed. Diggle put all his trust in Andy against Oliver’s better judgement and it cost him. Diggle said some pretty harsh things to Oliver I wonder how much will it effect there relationship. This has very much been a season in which Ollie’s relationship with his friends have truly been tested.
The end of the episode was certainly exceptional as we got to see Katie Cassidy say her goodbyes to team Arrow and how much they meant to her. It was even more potent as Laurel told Oliver how she really felt about him and after everything she still loved him. It was an excellent moment to see them together in her last moments as she whispered something to Oliver before she took her last breath. It seemed fitting not only that her last moments were with Oliver but it was also fitting that Detective Lance arrived just in time to find out that his daughter just died. It has to be dishearten to lose a child and Paul Blackthorne did great displaying this emotion. Overall not only one of the best episodes of the season maybe one of the best episodes in the series.
Score 10 out of 10