It’s no secret that “Arrow” is the darkest of the superhero shows currently on The CW — and if you don’t believe us, just ask the guy who had his fingers broken as punishment by Oliver (Stephen Amell). Maybe that’s why we’re so surprised that Rory (Joe Dinicol) took his leave in such an amicable and promising exit.
On a trip to Russia — who doesn’t love a good winter trip to Russia? — Oliver, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Diggle (David Ramsey) all dealt with their own personal demons and darkness, while Rory provided the moral compass and levity for the group, as always.
Unfortunately, his willingness to take a hit to save millions of lives from a bomb (how’s that for irony) somehow sapped his rags of their magical powers. Yep, you heard it right. Ragman is no more.
We’re hoping Rory finds a way to restore those old rags with whatever magic was powering them before, because we’re not sure if we can handle how dark “Arrow” has gotten without Rory’s smile, snark and can-do attitude. He might be a bit of an absurdly-powered hero, but he often provided the lighthearted reprieve the audience needed to stomach all the other stuff.
He even urged Felicity not to take the dark path offered to her by her hacktivist hero-worshipper. And when that failed, he straight up tattled to Oliver. Classic Rory.
When we’re not waiting impatiently for Rory’s return, we’ll probably be busy trying to manage our anxiety, now that Susan (Carly Pope) is about 90 percent ready to reveal that Oliver is the Green Arrow.
We were so determined to like this woman, but despite all the kind words and comforting shoulders she’s offered this season, she still has it in her to turn around and pull a move like this.
Investigating Oliver’s trip to Russia (and spotting the not-so-coincidental appearance of the Green Arrow there) is either awesome journalism or terrible sneakiness. Maybe both. We’re not entirely sure she didn’t press Oliver about sleeping together in the hopes of getting his shirt off and confirming he’s got a Bratva tattoo. Come on, girl, we all want to get Oliver’s shirt off, but cut a superhero a break.
If only Oliver could have been a little more open with Susan after their little rendezvous, she might have had second thoughts about going public with this information. Oliver obviously has a lot of secrets to keep, but closing himself off to Susan’s questions right after sleeping with her? Probably not the best omen for their relationship.
Nevertheless, we still have hope that Susan can be talked out of publishing this scoop. The woman’s got a heart, we know it. Oliver just needs to talk her into using it and keeping his identity a secret.
“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.