Spoilers follow for [Arrow](series:720988) Season 3, Episode 1: The Calm. Leave now if you haven't seen the episode, and do not read the text below.
Well, that was a shock. Everything was going really well... We saw Oliver and Felicity have dinner (even if that plan blew up in their faces a bit), an introduction to the Hong Kong story arc for this season (with some ruthless play from Amanda Waller), Ray Palmer seize Queen Consolidated with plans for a future Star City, a new Count Vertigo battle it out with Oliver, some seriously awesome sidekick acrobatic action from Roy, which essentially proved my earlier point that we need more sidekick action, a nice cameo from Barry, a new collapsible bow....and then, wham.
Sara, our Black Canary for the last season fights with Oliver, talks with Laurel, for what we find is the last time. As she turns around on the rooftop we hear an unknown (or perhaps not- keep reading) assailant say simply "Hello, Sara." On rewatch, that voice sounds somewhat sad, but it's almost definitely male, even if manipulated. "What are you doing here?" She asks. And just seconds later she's falling from the roof, her body filled with arrows.
It was shocking, yes, even if many of us thought it would eventually happen. We also don't know the identity of the killer for certain, though we might. At the very least, it's time we gave him his attention. But first, Marc Guggenheim, in his comments on why Sara died, directly quoted from my beloved TVLine's Green Arrow TV, which I follow vehemently. See it below in spoiler tags so it's not clunky.
"Basically, every season, we spend what really should be our hiatus and what really should be me relaxing on a beach planning out the whole season. It’s what we did in Season 1. It’s what we did in Season 2. We did the same process in Season 3,” Guggenheim said. “We just started off talking about ‘what’s the season about?’ I’ve spoken at length, at this point, about that it’s about identity. We talked about what Oliver’s journey for the year is going be. We talked about what all the other characters’ journeys for the year would be. Just in the course of those story conversations, we had this notion of starting the year off in a way that we typically end the year. It was just part and parcel of our plan for the year ever since we started. It was one of the first ideas that we kicked around,” he told us.
It was hard. Every time we kill off a character on the show, it’s always incredibly hard. We’re not Game of Thrones. We’re not Sons of Anarchy. It’s really, really, really difficult. We’re very lucky. I really mean this. Our cast and our guest cast are always wonderful people. We’ve been very lucky. We don’t screen people for their personality, but we have this great group and a really wonderfully welcoming cast, and Caity Lotz completely fit into that family. So it’s always really hard to kill of someone who you just really enjoy working with and you really love writing for and love seeing on the screen. But as with Tommy’s death, as with Moira’s death, the story implications for this development are so far-reaching for the show and affect all of the characters. We always call it it’s the terrible story math. It kicks off, obviously, a mystery that will drive us for at least the first half of the year. It will set Laurel on a trajectory that she’s never had before on the show. It will create all these other complications and dynamics that I can’t talk about because it would spoil stuff. It buys us a lot of story, and it speaks to all the things that we wanted to do this year in terms of Laurel’s character, in terms of Oliver’s character, in terms of Felicity’s character. It’s always a hard thing to do, but it is really the engine that’s driving the whole third season,” Guggenheim explained.Sara’s death will definitely affect how Laurel and Oliver interact, and probably not necessarily in the ways that one would expect. “I think Sara’s death probably pulls them closer together than pulls them apart,” Guggenheim said. “That’s not to say there’s not significant moments of conflict between them also. That’s one of the reasons we killed Sara off: the amount of story and richness that we get out of it. There’s a scene in episode 2 where they’re going at it and can’t stand each other. And there’s also a scene in episode 2 where they’re the closest they’ve ever been. And that’s all in the same episode. And it doesn’t feel schizophrenic, it doesn’t feel inconsistent. Every moment feels earned, because of the emotional roller coaster these people are on.” The death of Sara might also change Diggle’s decisions as far as being part of the team goes. “In episode 2, let’s say the circumstances of Sara’s death change up a lot of things for all of our characters,” Guggenheim revealed. There will also be some questions among the characters: For example, will Quentin be told? Could he handle losing his daughter a second time?"
So, obviously we're in for some big changes. Let's have a look quickly at what's in store next week, which looks like a good old great Arrow episode.
In this trailer we get our first look at Komodo, a.k.a. Simon Lacroix, played by Matt Ward. All we know is he's skewing businessmen, and Team Arrow's out to get him. Did he kill Sara? The fact the voice seemed foreign, Sara seemed surprised, and he used a bow all led me to think "yes," but we'll have to wait and see. This show's renowned for its twists and turns.
No poll today, just a photo from next week's episode.