Warning: Spoilers ahead if you have not seen the mid-season finale of Arrow.
Since the incredibly dramatic mid-season finale of [Arrow](series:720988), fans have been going wild speculating about the possibilities; is Oliver really dead? Will he be healed (and how on earth do you heal a sword through the chest?!) or is this all some kind of trick or crazy dream?
The most common speculation is that next year we will get to see the Lazarus Pit (if you aren't sure what that is, I created a handy-dandy guide to the Pit which you can read here). There have been many posts about why, exactly, we should see the pit, and who else might return courtesy of it (*cough Tommy *cough).
It was all speculation until Stephen Amell posted a little something on his Facebook page on Monday, at which point the frenzy of conjecture turned up several notches.
It seemed to some that this was proof positive that Arrow would return along with the Lazarus Pit. The star of the show posted it, so it must be true, right?
For those of you who are not following Mr Amell on the big blue social network, you should know that he's very into interacting with his fans. He loves fan art especially, and every Monday posts the best that he and his followers can find under the heading of "Meme Monday". Really, this wasn't a huge deal, except for whoever made the original image.
Then today, if you weren't entirely convinced that this was just a normal Monday, Amell decided to address the rumors directly.
Which puts a pretty solid end to that theory, thank you very much. I'm not sure that it's possible to be clearer than "Actual people, who get paid actual money to write about entertainment news, deemed this a reportable story. Did they think we crafted the biggest cliffhanger in the history of our show only to reveal how it'll be solved two days later on a Facebook page?".
Of course, there is the possibility that Stephen Amell screwed up, and this is some frantic backpedaling to appease furious network-types, but I would like to give him a little more credit than that. Sure, it's possible that this professional was tucking into the rum and eggnog and accidentally posted a giant spoiler...but given that this wasn't uploaded at 2am and he's (presumably) smart enough to know the dangers of drinking and posting, I'm going to say it's unlikely.
I'm still voting that we see the Lazarus pit in the new season, but that's because a) I really want to and b) I refuse to believe that they would have killed off Oliver, and if they actually did, I would cry. I don't like crying. Ergo, I'm team Lazarus Pit.
Amell, on the other hand, seems to be Team Regretting-Posting-That-Fanart, so I think it's time to base our Pit-shaped arguments on other things.
What did you think about his Facebook posts? Are you following him on Facebook?