Arrow‘s eighth and last season is greater than midway by its run, and Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) final journey is taking some stunning twists and turns. This week’s episode was no exception, as the members of “Future Team Arrow” have been inexplicably despatched to the current day, together with the grownup variations of Oliver’s kids, William (Ben Lewis) and Mia (Katherine McNamara). While the episode’s central thriller did not seem to have a lot to do with the coming “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover, the last scene utterly turned issues on its head. Spoilers for this week’s episode of Arrow, “Present Tense”, beneath! Only look if you wish to know!
The episode concluded with the varied members of present-day and future Team Arrow on relatively-happy phrases with one another, after having efficiently prevented Grant Wilson/Deathstroke from setting off one other endeavor. Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) and Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy) spent their time consuming dinner at the Star City Police Department, as they started to work on crafting the Canary Network that they each run in the future. While leaving the SCPD, Laurel was all of a sudden confronted by The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett), who she had been properly conscious of following the destruction of her Earth in the season premiere. The Monitor requested Laurel if she needed to see Earth-2 return once more, and stated that just one factor could be required so as for that to occur — Laurel betraying Oliver.
It stays to be seen whether or not or not Laurel will observe by with The Monitor’s instructions, a lot much less what precisely that betrayal would entail. Even although Laurel has properly established herself as a hero since final season’s “Lost Canary”, she clearly remains to be heartbroken about the lack of Earth-2. And Laurel positively is not afraid to butt heads with Oliver when needed, one thing she mentions outright to Mia Smoak (Katherine McNamara) on this week’s episode. Given the proven fact that Laurel is seemingly set to seem in the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover – in addition to a currently-filming backdoor pilot for a Green Arrow and the Canaries spinoff – it looks as if how she responds to The Monitor’s supply will not drastically have an effect on her standing with Team Arrow.
More than something, this plot twist showcases yet one more instance of The Monitor’s ever-evolving motivations, which do not appear as altruistic as meets the eye. If The Monitor actually had the potential to deliver Earth-2 again – a lot much less the array of different Earths that the Anti-Monitor is in the technique of destroying – the complete level of each hero getting concerned in “Crisis” would arguably be moot. Oliver and the remainder of Team Arrow has already begun to doubt precisely what The Monitor desires out of all of this, and this newest scene actually provides a wrinkle to issues.
Arrow airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.