Wow. What an episode. Broken Arrow was everything I thought it would be and was an emotional roller coaster from start to finish, as I wondered which one of the characters would die. It ended with one of the characters, I found the most interesting this season, dying. But I didn't fret too much, because this is a comic book show, and death doesn't always mean death. In the description for the episode, it says, "Ra’s al Ghul finally makes Oliver an offer he can’t refuse. The team joins Oliver on his journey to Nanda Parbat where a heartbroken Felicity decides to take matters into her own hands".
Oliver gets at least one bang in Nanda Parbat
For all those Olicity fans out there, the moment all of you have been waiting for has come. I am not an Olicity fan but I'm really happy they took out the will they- won't they thing from the show. With Felicity and Ray's relationship becoming slightly awkward because of her not saying "I love you" back to him, Ray noticing how close Oliver and Felicity are, and the fact that they will be on separate shows at the end of this year, it was pretty easy to guess that their relationship was not going to last.
Team Arrow goes to Nanda Parbat to save Thea
Team Arrow is going to Nanda Parbat, to put Thea into the Lazarus Pit. This is where the offer that they talked about in the description will come into play. Ra's will allow Oliver to put Thea into the Lazarus Pit, if Oliver takes his place as the demon's head. The Lazarus Pit is the way that Ra's was able to live for thousands of years in the comics as it has rejuvenating powers and can bring back the dead. Thea's death will be what pushes Oliver to finally give in to Ra's demand. So this explains why Oliver will be in League of Assassin's attire in the Flash trailer and in the look ahead trailer in Arrow. Ra's has found the perfect motivation for Oliver in the form of Thea.
The Mystery Woman
I honestly didn't know who this woman was, but on many discussion boards, it has been said that her name is mesi. I tried to search this up to find any proof but ended up finding only results for lionel messi. But I finally found a source on who mesi was. http://arrow.wikia.com/wiki/Mesi_Natifah. She went through terrible things such as being a prisoner and she ended up in the desert, dehydrated and alone. She was found by the Canary and Nyssa and brought to the League, where she was renamed as Talibah. This is just a theory that it is the same person as this woman, because they could be two different people.
Sara is back??!?!?!
For those of you who are sceptical whether that is Sara or Laurel, look at the costume. Sara's jacket sleeves only go up to her elbows, while Laurel's jacket sleeves cover her whole arm. There is a chance that this is a flashback but there is also an equal chance that this is in present day. (spoilers ahead).
It may be that someone put Sara into the Lazarus Pit and that is how she is alive. This will also explain her future involvement on the spin off show. My theory is that Mesi might have put Sara in the Lazarus Pit, because Sara had saved her from death. But if she truly is alive, where has she been? Why couldn't she come back and stop Oliver form fighting Ra's? And why couldn't she control her very persistent father from screwing up pretty much Oliver's entire operation?
"The water changes people, in the soul"
It seems that Arrow will finally explain the Lazarus Pit to the audience to some degree. So far all we know in the show, is that it helped Ra's live way beyond his time, and that it healed the cut on his hand. Otherwise they haven't really explained how it works or any side effects. In the comics, a dip in the pit causes the person to become temporarily insane. As batman very nicely put it, "You go in dead. You come out insane". Merlyn said that the water changes people, in the soul. This may mean a new Thea to handle. This could be very bad or very very good. The very bad option is that she goes bat shit crazy and the very very good option is that this eventually leads her into taking her destined role of Speedy. It is however safe to assume it does have some kind of effect on Thea as the end of the promo shows her jumping out of the water, at Oliver, with a type of growl. Whether it makes a person go temporarily insane like in the comics, is still to be seen. This may explain why Sara did not come back to Starling, due to her temporary insanity, if she is alive and if it actually causes insanity. Unfortunately, there are so many questions and so little information revealed, so I have to make many assumptions. I hope you enjoyed this article and if this episode was any indication, the finale of Arrow is going to be out of the world.