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Arrow: Why Oliver and Sara are Perfect for Each Other

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Should Oliver Queen and Sara Lance have a shipper name?

Maybe not, since there doesn't seem to be much support for their re-ignited romantic relationship. Olicity fans went crazy when Oliver and Sara hooked up, but should they really be concerned? I don't think so.

It may be a controversial point of view, but the writers made the right decision to have Oliver and Sara get back together. They share a history and a current state of mind that only the two of them understand. After years of emotional isolation, both Oliver and Sara have found their match. 

Oliver and Laurel Together
Before Oliver disappeared for five years, Laurel believed that she was in a loving relationship with a faithful Oliver. Oops.

Oliver was a playboy before he went missing. He was a commitment-phobe who cheated on Laurel when she was ready to take the next step in their relationship. While she was looking at apartments, he was sleeping with her sister. Ouch! He wasn't a good guy. The island changed him in many ways.

When Oliver 2.0 arrived back from the dead, he was different. In Arrow season 1, there wasn't any indication that he found romance while on the island. He returned with complicated feelings for Laurel. He will always love her, but was he still "in love" with her? Probably not. Instead, his feelings came from a place of immense guilt over what happened, while trying to re-assimilate back into his life.

Oliver's playboy ways didn't entirely go away. He had a revolving door of women, which included Laurel for a short time. As Oliver's dedication to being Arrow progressed, his willingness to have a real relationship waned. In Arrow season 2 episode 6, this new Oliver was out in the open.

Oliver had a fun, one-night stand with Isabel Rochev. He satisfied his needs with no strings attached. Oliver wasn't in position to be in a relationship. As Arrow, he put his life in danger on a regular basis, but anyone he was involved with was also put at risk. He wasn't willing to do that.

In a touching moment, Oliver told Felicity that, "Because of the life I lead, I just think it's better to not be with someone that I could really care about." He couldn't let emotions get in the way of his work. He needed Felicity by his side, just not in a romantic way. It would muddy the waters too much.

Why is Sara different? As much as Felicity is a key member of Team Arrow, she's not Sara. She's not Black Canary. Sara's able to physically protect herself and is an equal to Oliver in that respect. On the street, he doesn't have to worry about saving her, but instead helping her get the job done.

And, perhaps even more important at this time in Oliver's life, Sara understands what he has been through in a way that no one else can. They were on the Queen's Gambit together. They suffered on the island together. And, they have a history and connection that isn't even close to one he has with anyone else.

Oliver and Sara of today are not the Oliver and Sara that hooked up on the Queen's Gambit behind Laurel's back. Their emotional, physical, and historical connection is unrivaled. After years of emotional isolation, they can lean on each other. Viewers should be happy to see that Oliver finally has someone by his side like Sara.

Now that Slade has returned to Starling City, Oliver is going to need Sara even more than ever. I, for one, am glad that she's by his side. Oliver and Slade will fight a battle full of emotion, betrayal, and will.

Oliver and Sara are perfect for each other in the right now. Down the line, perhaps Oliver can open his heart and allow his emotions to guide him. When that happens, will Felicity still be waiting?

Who should Oliver be with?

 

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Oliver and Sara are perfect for each other. She is a perfect Canary too. I don't know why they have no shipper name. The only other woman I liked enough for Oliver to end up with was Helena. Why aren't there any Helena/Oliver shippers? Just because she went crazy doesn't mean she is irredeemable

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Sometimes I think some viewers forget these are fictional characters. That said, how did pre-island Oliver and Sara "bring it on themselves" when it was Malcolm Merlin via Frank Chen who was responsible for sinking the Gambit? I'm not going to defend pre-island Oliver's actions. But past-Laurel wasn't exactly a virtuous person either. She Dad-blocked Sara to have a shot at Oliver in the first place, and was bitchy to her sister in the pre-island days. I can understand that maybe at 16 and 14 years old, but at 22 and 20? And Sara was having second thoughts about going on the Gambit until Laurel's attitude got in the way. I like present-day Oliver and Sara together, and to me it makes sense given their shared history. Oliver's feelings for her pre-dated the island, and he's stated on more than one occasion that he thought of her every day. From the moment Sara returned this season, he's told her repeatedly that he missed her and he needed her in his life. So their reconnection isn't out of left field when the foundation had been established in the Pilot episode and reinforced repeatedly throughout the life of the series. I like Sara the character and I really like the way Caity Lotz has portrayed her. The character is the most three dimensional female character on the series currently, even more so than Felicity (albeit not by much). And as with Stephen Amell portrayal of pre-island, island, and present-day Oliver, Lotz adroitly shows the nuance between pre-island, island, and present-day Sara. You can see that present-Sara carries the weight of both the island events and her League of Assassins tenure. Some people may not like Oliver and Sara together romantically, but Amell and Lotz have chemistry and they truly are dynamic and electric when in costume together as Arrow and Canary. And characters aside, I can't see at this point how Katie Cassidy would be a better Black Canary than Lotz – whether this year or five years from now. One of the pluses in this series is that all of the characters have flaws, which makes them more believable. The "heroes" are not entirely good, but they strive to be. The "villains" are not entirely evil, and have some virtues. It helps keep the series grounded.

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@ BBussey

Perfect post agree 100%

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I like oliver and sarah , she is a badass character and they understand each other, is what they need rigth now, but i got the feeling that she is going to die at some point so the olicity fans dont get mad!!! they are going to be together at some point ,my guess ending of season 3 or the beginning of 4, for now i like ¿¿olivara?? ajjaaj sounds weird pd: ok, is kind of a shitty situation for laurel but she sleep and had a relationship with tommy who was like a brother to oliver, plus she try to put oliver mom in jail !!! so they are kind of even XD

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I like to call Oliver and Sara SALIVA cos they make me gag. And I don't even ship anything. They are just mean people they way they treated her sister. and then to do it again. Unshippable.

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Oliver and Sara are just SO wrong. Nothing perfect about them. Perfectly DVR worthy.

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What are you talking about Oliver and Sara are awful together!!!!!! Seriously AWFUL! They make me root for Slade!
What show are you watching. Oh please!

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What are you talking about Oliver and Sara are awful together?
What show are you watching. Oh please.

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@ Katie

They are perfect for each other and are a the only pair of the 3 that makes any sense

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I like Olivara or Saroliver

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So allow me to start by stating I am not much of a Laurel fan(as far as this show goes anyway). That being said, I am getting really tire of Oliver and Sarah and their 'oh, but what we've been through, blah, blah, blah' Yes, you were suck on an island for years and it was hell. Got it. But guess what, you brought it on yourselves, and I still don't think they have had it as bad as Laurel. Her life was completely destroyed too, but instead of having hope, as in 'okay, I am stuck, but the real world is out there somewhere, maybe someday I'll get back to it' like Oliver and Sara had, Laurel had nothing but a bunch of horrible things ripping her life up that were completely out of her control. Not only that, but she had nothing to do with it. Her boyfriend and sister slept together, then they died, they her mom goes crazy and leave, then her dad spirals out of control, and there is nothing she can do to help it. She can't go train with some bad ass refugee or plot fight and scheme her way to a better life. I'm not saying that what Olie and Sara went thought was nothing, and of course we don't even know all of it yet, but they have a bad habit of forgetting that the rest of the world didn't just stop while they were on that island, and that other people went through some shit too. And where Laurel got totally screwed, Oliver and Sara... well, sorry, had it coming. Not sure why no one ever brings that up, but to hell with it, I'll just say it, maybe they got what they deserved. Just sayin'.

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@ Candice

'They didn't have it as bad as Laurel' don't make me gag they had it 50 times worse than Laurel

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@ Candice

Though I'm for oliver and sarah I do agree that they had no business messing around each other and laurel did have it bad but what I don't get its why people are blaming them for laurel being a completely different person during season 2 and whats going to be real funny is to see the reactions from people if they decide to make laurel the next black carnay and gets back with oliver (which were the original plans which I hope they don't do)

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@ Candice

I agree--especially that scene when Oliver tells Laurel off about how "I'm still standing here!" Uhh yeah.. You're still standing there--SCREWING HER SISTER...AGAIN!!!

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@ Candice

Bravo! Well said!

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