Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
If you want to boil down Arrow’s post-Season 5 problems to their most fundamental level, the show has been hindered by an apparent indecision over what the next step in Ollie’s never-ending evolution should be. Prometheus proved that Ollie isn’t the hero he wishes he could be, and that Green Arrow hasn’t done enough to save his city. The final showdown between Ollie and Adrian Chase in the Season 5 finale felt like a huge turning point for the show. Especially with that five-year flashback storyline wrapping up at the same time, it was like Arrow was tying up all loose ends and prepping Ollie for his latest and most significant transformation. After shifting from playboy to assassin to vigilante to superhero to mayor, what was next?