Any way you look at it, no one is happy about the pending nuptials between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law). Even Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) seems more determined than elated at the prospect of uniting his bloodline through his new heir Al Sah-him and his daughter. But the League of Assassins needs an heir and prophecy has preordained Oliver, as the one who survived Ra’s blade, to be being Ra’s successor. So with wedding preparations underway, just what is next for Team?
Back in Starling City, there is a distinct vacancy in the superhero team, with both Oliver and Roy (Colton Haynes) gone. Diggle (David Ramsey), Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) are doing their best to keep the criminal element in check and remind the citizens of Starling City that there still is someone watching out for them. It seems to be a full-time job and it is not without some regret and anger knowing that Oliver chose to walk away — even if it was done with the best intentions of saving his sister Thea’s life.
Speaking of Thea, now that she knows Roy is still alive, she is determined to find him again. Surprisingly, her father Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) seems supportive of Thea’s decision to track Roy down. Maybe father does know best this time?
With Thea searching for Roy, Oliver and Nyssa resistant to marrying, and Team Arrow scrambling to curb the rising tide of crime in Starling City, one can only wonder just what else is coming their way. Well, the fact that Maseo (Karl Yune) has given Ra’s the Alpha and Omega virus is probably not a good sign of what is to come. All those flashbacks to Oliver, Maseo and Tatsu in Hong Kong have come full circle — the virus they had fought so valiantly together to stop back then has resurfaced and it appears that Ra’s has something diabolical in mind in how to use it.
That’s right: the thing to fear in this episode is not the dreaded wedding of Oliver and Nyssa, but rather just what Ra’s may do with that killer virus.
With another threat looming, it will be up to all of them, in their respective corners of the world, to find a way to stop the threat before it can be unleashed. Just how is that possible? Suffice it to say, someone has a plan. It will be a game of chess to see who can stop who and what consequences will come of all the chess moves coming in “This Is Your Sword.”
As forewarned for weeks now, it is nearly impossible to stop the pain and tears that will come as a result of Ra’s al Ghul’s diabolical machinations. Tremble with fear at what is coming. With these final two episodes of Season 3 of ARROW, a lot is going to happen rapidly, and not all of it will be good or even just.
That is the curse of being a superhero: there is always a villain willing to strike hard and fast and viciously, so our heroes will have to move just as fast and confidently with so many lives on the line.
Here’s a few spoilers to hold over the more anxious fans:
– There is an ever-present feeling of longing that stretches across the miles and scenes between Oliver and Felicity as the events of this episode play out. Alas, fate just seems to keep getting in the way.
– Not everything in this episode is pain and tears. There will be a moment or two worthy cheering for, as well.
– But moments of happiness are fleeting when dealing with a man as brutal and ruthless as Ra’s al Ghul.
– Oliver and Nyssa are understandably appalled at the prospect of being forced to marry each other. Both are very unhappy about it.
– There is a good Ray and Felicity scene, but they do not waste time discussing their former relationship. They are turning a corner to a more positive future.
– Laurel gets into the thick of it with some kick-ass moves in this episode. She’s definitely not sitting this fight out.
– The wedding scene is a small portion of such a big episode. There is a lot more going on and it will leave jaws on the floor.
– Maseo has a big part to play in the events through the final two episodes of the season.
– Felicity does something cool and clever, as we all hope that she would.
– Three words to describe this episode: tragic, terrifying, tortuous.
– The wedding scene is very aesthetically beautiful, but the emotions throughout the ceremony are less so.
– This episode builds up to a powerful end-note, which springs story/characters into finale.
– “This Is Your Sword” demonstrates that ARROW is definitely getting much darker for remainder of season. Be prepared.
– Feeling at end of episode: tense, curious and a bit worried. It’s a nail biting episode.
– As promised, there will be tears.
With those teasers in mind, buckle up for “This Is Your Sword,” which airs Wednesday, May 6th at 8:00 p.m. on the CW, and the epic ARROW finale airs Wednesday, May 13th at 8:00 p.m. on the CW.
In case you missed it, check out our article with quotes foreshadowing the events of “This Is Your Sword” here:
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