Arrow season 3 has been one of the best yet, showing just how consistently the show can continue to improve and build off of itself. The third season has been the darkest yet, and as it is coming to a close, it seems like things are only going to get darker. With the looming threat of Ra’s Ah-Ghul looking like he will play a much bigger role in next week’s episode and the finale, there are many different ways that things could play out. Here are some theories of how I believe this season could end. Beware of spoilers for anyone that is either not caught up or doesn’t want to know any info relating to other sources.
5. Felicity Becomes Oracle
Information has been coming out left and right giving some hints about the future of characters. While nothing is official or even gives strong hints to character outcomes, there are plenty of theories to go off of. Felicity is a great character that all of the cast care about. She’s their over-watching genius that is making sure things go smoothly behind the scenes. In the past couple of weeks it has been discovered that a future scene has Felicity in the hospital. It was also announced that Charlotte Ross would be returning as Donna Smoak in episode 18 of the third season, which is being called a major series altering episode. Combining these snippets of information with the line that Slade dropped in last week’s episode about Oliver losing everyone he loves with a specific hint that Felicity would be next, it’s possible we see her get very hurt and put in the hospital which is why her mother would immediately come back. If she is hurt bad enough to become paralyzed, this could mean that the show is going to fully convert her into the Oracle character. She essentially already is “Oracle” so to speak but it could add a dark angle to the show and give her character something to struggle with and overcome.
4. Roy Loses His Arm
A major plot point for Roy Harper in the comics an cartoons is him losing his arrow shooting arm at some point. It gets replaced with a robotic arm and he is able to continue being a hero, but this would be a pretty interesting turn for the series to take. Oliver has been putting a lot of trust in Roy and his skills this season, so much that he is fine leaving the city knowing Roy is there to step up in a major way. With Ra’s and the League coming more into play, Roy could be in over his head skill-wise. Ra’s is a brutal guy that isn’t afraid to teach someone like Oliver a lesson in an evil way. Colton Haynes claims that there are no plans to pursue this plot, but that it could come into play in the future. He could easily be lying, and this would be a pretty dark and extreme end to the season that, like the Felicity theory, could add a new struggle for his character going forward while also completely altering Oliver’s mindset as well.
3. Thea Kills Malcolm
Thea has been an awesome character this season because she is finally doing something productive. We’ve seen just how good of a fighter she is and that she can hold her own with people like Oliver and Malcolm. Over the past couple of weeks she has been growing apart from Malcolm in realizing his true personality, but last week pushed things over the edge when Thea discovered he drugged and manipulated her to kill Sara. I think that it’s inevitable that she will kill Malcolm at some point, and it could easily be by season’s end. When she discovers more about how Ra’s is truly after Malcolm more than anyone else, it would make a lot of sense that she sees the simple solution and kills him to protect everyone else and the city. When sparring with Malcolm a few episodes ago, Thea seems to have won their duel but Malcolm knocks her down saying she hesitated to finish him. Looking back on that scene, combined with her new found rage towards her father, I believe Malcolm wouldn’t ever expect her to have the guts to kill him, especially with Oliver claiming she’s not a killer; however, in the midst of the mass chaos caused by Malcolm in the first place, I could easily see her finishing things.
2. Roy “Red Arrow” Harper Dies
Roy is probably one of my favorite characters on Arrow. I really love Colton Haynes’ performance and have really enjoyed watching his character grow from a bad kid from the Glades into a noble hero. Arrow is getting really crowded; the team now includes Oliver, Diggle, Felicity, Roy, Laurel, Ray, and now Thea. Recently, Oliver has been conveniently calling Thea by her nickname, “Speedy,” and it is extremely likely that she will become another sidekick who goes by that title. Depending on how this season plays out, the show could deliver a really sad ending with Roy dying just as he was rekindling his romance with Thea and establishing himself as a hero who can hold his own. I really don’t want this to happen, but it definitely wouldn’t surprise me.
1. Detective Lance Dies
Arrow has shown in the past two seasons that they end each season with someone dying. While there is a chance it could be Roy, I think there is a better chance that we see Detective Lance die instead. Lance is a great character, and I would also hate to see him go, but I think he is the most expendable character right now. The information that has been revealed seems to show that in the aftermath of Sara’s death Lance is once again against the idea of the Arrow and vigilantes in the city. The season seems like it will end with a big battle between the League and Team Arrow in Starling, and Lance, being at the top of the police force, will find himself in the middle of it all. The police force are a pretty irrelevant part of the show with him being the only link to the police and Team Arrow being the law of the city. There’s not much use for Lance aside from him being a normal grounded character. I’d hate to see him go, but would love to watch Laurel deal with her father and sister dying this season and testing how strong she really has become.