Season 4 of The CW’s Arrow has had its highs and lows so far, and “Lost Souls” on Nov. 11 was no different. The sixth episode of the fourth season, “Lost Souls” was an emotional rollercoaster that also happened to see the return of a character not seen since Season 3. The episode raised as many questions as it answered, and fans must now consider all of the places that Arrow might be going next. Of course, some of these places are more necessary than others. So, here is a look at what absolutely needs to happen next on Arrow after the events of “Lost Souls.”
Oliver and Felicity need to not break up. Arrow passed the point of no return with their love story for Oliver long ago. He gazed longingly at her while she was looking at a baby. She was the last thing that he saw before he basically died. She was the one that he wanted with him when he was leaving everything else behind. She was the woman to whom he was so excited about proposing that he was blabbing about it to the neighbors. Olicity has been it for Oliver for so long that the journal he was writing in is probably filled with scribbles of “Mrs. Felicity Queen” and/or “Mr. Oliver Smoak” dating back to Season 3.
“Lost Souls” made Olicity it for Felicity. The woman was freaking out because she loved him too much, and her final line of the episode was “We found ourselves in each other.” That’s a forever kind of love, and the show needs to honor what it has written for their romance.
If that leads to more physical and/or horizontal shenanigans in the Loft o’ Love, that’s totally okay. Showing is way more important than telling, and the Loft o’ Love earning its name is something that really makes tons of sense for the narrative. If it also involves getting rid of the bizarre comforter on their bed, so be it.
Damien Darhk may have already had a couple of encounters with the Green Arrow, but it’s about time that he meets mayoral candidate Oliver Queen. Damien Darhk has been at his most chilling when using his voice and icy eyes as his weapons rather than when he’s whipping chains and playing cards with magic, and watching him try to intimidate Oliver while Oliver tries not to give the game away could be fantastic.
Oliver needs to play totally dumb, ridiculous, airhead Ollie when talking to Damien Darhk. Darhk might not take him seriously enough to threaten him if he’s only a ditz running because he’s unopposed whereas he might start compiling a list of Oliver’s loved ones if Oliver makes a stand. Oliver trying his hand at manipulation in a game in which his enemy has already proven that arrows aren’t enough would be a compelling change of tack, and deliberately trying to underwhelm Darhk as mayoral candidate Oliver could a step in the right direction.
And also pretty funny. Airhead Ollie was awful back when the ditziness was played straight, but airhead Ollie existing because Oliver is a terrible liar to come up with any dignified stories is always entertaining.
Felicity needs to wear her hair down more often. There are times when it’s pretty obvious that Emily Bett Rickards is not 25/26 and Stephen Amell is not 30, and wearing her hair down manages to age her up without making her look old. The length looks great on her right now, and wearing it long fits with her new professional role as well as her role as love interest to crinkly-around-the-eyes Oliver. The ponytail is iconic to Felicity, but she doesn’t need to always wear it.
Arrow needs to try a bit harder to incorporate the elements of the story that exist for the sake of launching spinoff Legends of Tomorrow. Even if those elements are really only present for the sake of Legends, Arrow will be better if it tries to sell them as relevant to the story rather than extraneous for the sake of the spinoff.
Felicity needs to have the freedom to be a bit tetchy with Oliver or just in general in the future. Granted, it was never okay when Oliver was dismissive of her and it wasn’t okay that Felicity was dismissive of him in “Lost Souls,” but it’s also very realistic. Felicity was running on no sleep, energy drinks, and licorice while her boyfriend was trying to divert her attention from her project. Felicity was not in the mood for Oliver’s obliging kindness to be anything but irritating, and she needs to be allowed to show streaks of human weakness without being dismissed as something that rhymes with “witch.” She was in a bad mood and behaving badly; she’s not a bad person, and the show needs to remember that distinction.
The flashbacks need to be more interesting. There’s no urgency or sense of purpose, and even Oliver isn’t scary or dastardly enough to kick the danger up a notch. Now that Oliver is good and understanding and wonderful in a million different ways in the present, the time has come for him to start truly descending into the darkness that turned him into the murderous Hood of Season 1. Honestly, if it turns out that his kindnesses toward Ambiguously Accented Woman are a long con to condition her into doing his will, the flashbacks will be better. Flashback Oliver needs to be instinctively leaning more dark than light at this point. Otherwise, the flashbacks will continue to feel irrelevant.
Oliver needs to cook a spectacular chicken cordon bleu for John Diggle. It’s been wonderfully refreshing how nobody has acknowledged the inversion of gender norms as Felicity works as the breadwinner and Oliver works as the bread-maker, and Digg certainly perked up at the mention of the cordon bleu. A dinner party with Original Team Arrow with bonus Lyla and baby Sara would be marvelous.
In lieu of a Original Team Arrow dinner party, needs to produce a web series of Oliver trying to casually mention his delectable dishes in the hopes that somebody will ask him to cook. There’s no way that Oliver just happened to mention his spectacular chicken cordon bleu to Donna.
Check out ‘Arrow’ S04E06: What worked and what didn’t with “Lost Souls” for a breakdown of the good and bad of the episode.
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on The CW.