It’s the end of an era as ‘Arrow’ has wrapped its final episode ever. The episode won’t air until late January, and there are still quite a few more new episodes to enjoy until then, including those that connect to the massive “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event. But executive producer Mark Guggenheim has offered a little tease (via Twitter) of that final adventure– the last line of dialogue.
It seems that before the screen goes black, someone will utter the phrase “To you.”
#Arrow is wrapped. Last two words of dialogue: “To you.”
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) November 14, 2019
What?! That’s not even a full sentence!
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Of course, the internet has gone crazy trying to figure out who said this line and to whom. The most popular theory (which I hate) is that these are Oliver’s last words and as he dies he passes his bow and quiver over “to you” with the “you” being Mia Smoak, his grown daughter from the future.
There is a bit of evidence that would support this morbid theory. The next-to-last episode of ‘Arrow’ will be “Green Arrow and the Canaries,” a backdoor pilot for a potential spinoff starring Katherine McNamara, Katie Cassidy, and Juliana Harkavy.
However, I refuse to believe that ‘Arrow’ or any show would literally end with the death of the main character, cut to black and THE END! No, that would never happen. That’s just garbage storytelling. If Oliver dies, there will be reactions and repercussions. That’s not going to be the final scene. Viewers and the other characters need time to grieve.
However, allow me to posit another explanation.
In the ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ comic book, rather than kill off the Earth-2 Superman, the first superhero ever, the character went off to live in a pocket dimension along with his wife, Lois Lane. They were transported there by the son of Earth-3’s Lex Luthor, and Superboy from Earth-Prime accompanied them. They were supposed to have never returned, except DC got the bright idea to publish ‘Final Crisis’ in 2008, undoing that.
We know Oliver (Stephen Amell) and The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) made a deal of some kind. We also know Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) will be back for the final episode. So, maybe something similar will happen in the last episode of ‘Arrow’. Maybe The Monitor will open a portal from which Oliver can never return, but it will reunite him with Felicity. Maybe he’s coming home “to you” in that sense.
But that’s just my fanboy theory. What do you think will happen?
The final episode of ‘Arrow’ will air on January 28, 2020.