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Arrow Synopsis – Season 3, Episode 20: The Fallen


(NOTE: There are always spoilers in these, but because of the events of episode 19, this will be more spoilery than usual. Be forewarned!)

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Has any super hero show, or any hour-long drama, for that matter, ever pulled off a twist like the one during the last 15 minutes of the previous episode of Arrow?

One fairly important supporting character dies. Oh, wait, that character isn’t really dead! How about we kill off another one at the very end instead?

That actually happened, but if you’ve got prior knowledge of Ra’s al Ghul, you also know that death isn’t necessarily the end where he’s involved. Thanks to the powerful waters of the Lazarus Pit, it could be that he’s going to use last week’s untimely demise as the ultimate bargaining chip in the continuing negotiations over whether Oliver Queen succeeds him as head of the League of Assassins.

In fact, that’s exactly what it sounds like in the official synopsis of “The Fallen” from The CW:

"Ra’s al Ghul (guest star Matt Nable) finally makes Oliver (Stephen Amell) an offer he can’t refuse. The team joins Oliver on his journey to Nanda Parbat where a heartbroken Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) decides to take matters into her own hands. Antonio Negret directed the episode written by Wendy Mericle & Oscar Balderrama (#320)."

I don’t think there are many fans left at this point who don’t think Ollie is going to become head of the League. The “Will he or won’t he?” question was the early part of the drama, but that’s been replaced by the circumstances that would lead him to accept the position. The possibility of saving Thea’s life counts as fairly powerful motivation in my mind.

The real fun this week could be seeing Felicity “take matters into her own hands.” It’s kind of hard to imagine what she could do — the League of Assassins doesn’t seem like an organization you could bring to its knees just by hacking it — but just seeing her try is going to fire up the #Olicity crowd, for sure. We’ve discussed it before, but now it’s actually going down.

Looks like more excellent late season Arrow drama, beginning with “The Fallen” Wednesday night at 8 pm on The CW. Our recapper (that’d be me) will be traveling this week, but we invite you to check out the Arrow After Show from theStream.tv, where hosts Ann Campea, Kaori Takee, David Griffin and Michael A. Medina will fill you in on anything you might have missed and what it all means. Use the hashtag #ArrowAfterShow to connect with them on Twitter.

Next: Previously on Arrow: our recap and review of Broken Arrow

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