Oliver Queen, you have not failed this season.
The second half of Arrow Season 7 will be arriving shortly but before it does let's reflect back on some of the best, worst and most questionable moments from the first half of the season.
Season 7 has been almost a reboot of sorts for the show, revisiting its roots in many ways. Oliver embraced his dark side once again as he transitioned into his new role as Inmate #4587.
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He may have been released but don't be surprised to see that dark side stick. Oliver wasn't the only one embracing his inner badass either. The Felicity we once knew is long gone and if the flashforwards are any indication, an evil Felicity is on the horizon.
Join us below as we revisit the first half of Arrow Season 7, and make sure to hit the comments with your thoughts on this season so far and what you hope to see happen in the second half of the season.
Arrow returns Monday, January 21 at 8/9c on The CW.
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Best Character - Oliver Queen
It's extremely hard for the protagonist of a show to stand out as the best character in the series, but Oliver somehow managed to do it. Oliver Queen needed to be freshened up after a couple of stale seasons, and he was in his attempt stay alive in his new role as Inmate #4587. His first months at Slabside saw a complete transformation of Oliver, he became a shadow of the hero he was once. Yet, he realized in order to survive, and get out of Slabside with his sanity intact, he would have to embrace the dark side that once consumed him years ago. The self-righteous hero who had us rolling our eyes last season became a badass who kicked some serious ass. His transformation has made him the most compelling character in the Arrowverse. And now that he's been released, his journey looks to just be getting started.
Most Improved Character - Laurel Lance
Since the release of "The Dark Knight" in 2008, it's become clear that the best heroes are those that toe the line between good and evil. Laurel Lance/Black Siren has toed that line since the beginning of this season as she attempted to change despite all her instincts. It was a great change of pace for Laurel who felt miscast and misused in her role last season. Her being this evil sidekick for Diaz never allowed her to reach her full potential. She's finally been allowed to do that, and it's been compelling watching her struggle to continue to try to do the right thing, even when her instinct is to take the violent, not-so-heroic route. The show must continue to let Laurel show her range as she continues to figure out who she really wants to be.
Worst Character - Dinah Drake
Dinah's been a part of Team Arrow for a long time now, yet she still hasn't managed to form a real connection with Arrow Fanatics despite how hard the show has tried. She's dominated screentime on Season 7, playing a prominent role in both the present and future timeline. Her characters motive this season has been super bland. Her motive to "find justice the right way" has gotten more eye rolls than applause. Even with her strong presence, Dinah was just too boring and too self-righteous to make us care about what she's doing. Something needs to be changed about her character because her overbearing presence in both timelines is dragging Arrow down.
Most Intriguing New Character - Blackstar
Blackstar, played by Shadowhunter's Katherine McNamara, was introduced at the tail-end of the first half of Season 7, and little is known about her even though she had a kick-ass introduction. If there is any way to get Arrow Fanatics excited about a new character, have them kick some serious ass in a steel cage. Hook, line, and sinker. The only thing that was revealed about her in the future timeline was that she once worked for Felicity and knew about Felicity's plans. There are so many things to unpack with Blackstar, and there is no character who Arrow Fanatics are more excited to learn about.
Best Twist - Oliver’s Long Lost Sister aka The New Green Arrow
The New Green Arrow mystery was introduced at the very beginning of the season, and most people assumed, including Arrow Fanatics and the citizens of Star City, that the new vigilante was a man. That was already quite shocking when it was revealed on Arrow Season 7 Episode 8. However, the big twist came at the end of the episode when it was revealed that the new Green Arrow shares the same father as Oliver! It was never once hinted at throughout the entire series that Robert Queen had any other children. The reveal came completely out of left-field, and if the Arrow comics are anything to go by, this new reveal gives Arrow so much story to work with moving forward.
Worst Twist - Diaz Is Still Alive
It was clear from the beginning of Season 7 that Diaz has overstayed his welcome on the show. While it was pretty obvious that Oliver didn't actually kill him on Arrow Season 7 Episode 7, it would've been nice if the show kept the character off-screen for a while, leaving an air of mystery surrounding his whereabouts. Yet, it was revealed way too quickly that Diaz is alive and well, locked up in Slabside. The worst part? He's going to be working with Diggle and Lyla, which means his presence in Star City will continue to be heavily felt.