The theme that runs throughout the episode is change, and more particularly how people have changed and whether other people really understand that change. We see that Oliver has had a profound influence on changing Roy (Colton Haynes). He is determined to find the Hood. Detective Lance (Paul Blackthorne) tries to discourage Roy and even resorts to trying to “scare him straight” by showing Roy the corpse of one of the men Oliver killed. He tells Thea (Willa Holland) that he owes the Hood everything. He’s changed who he is and he doesn’t want to go back to the way he was. Thea recognizes how important this is to him – “it means the world to you” – and vows to help him find the Hood.
Perhaps the saddest change is that of Diggle who is clearly obsessed with wanting revenge on Deadshot. He tells Oliver that they are no longer even in the same book let alone on the same page. As Oliver has tempered his revenge, Diggle has gone in the other direction. Diggle is increasingly being the one who is closed off emotionally – except for his anger – instead of being the voice of reason. The show is more complex than to paint either Oliver or Diggle in the wrong. Diggle’s revenge is motivated by the death of his brother, but Deadshot is also a ruthless killer. Oliver really only had one chance to catch Rasmus, but ultimately the threat came from Mr Blank anyway. Oliver also had given his word to Diggle that he would help him and let him down, resulting in four men dying and Diggle being hurt, yet it’s hard to find fault with Oliver catching Rasmus before he disappeared out of reach.
When Shado is teaching Oliver to shoot, she tells him to find his anchor point. This is an important theme going forward. Each character really does have an anchor point that helps to keep them on target. Laurel has been that anchor point for Tommy, and I think without her, he is much more likely to go down a dark path – maybe with his father. Oliver’s anchor has been Diggle to a large extent up to now. Diggle, however, seems to have lost his own anchor and his own moral compass. It may be that Felicity can act as an anchor for both of them. There is an interesting parallel between the trio of Oliver, Slade, and Shado on the Island and Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity in Starling city. Slade, however, almost seems a bit jealous of the bond between Shado and Oliver. But in both cases, the three are stronger when they work together.
The episode ends with Yao Fei capturing his own daughter, Slade, and Oliver. He tells Oliver that his time on the Island is at an end – which could mean that he’s going to attempt to kill him or that Oliver is getting off the Island. Either way, the tension is building as we come to the final three episodes of the season. Tommy has left Laurel and gone back to his father – will he become a part of the Undertaking? Will Laurel and Oliver get closer? Will Roy find the Hood? Will Diggle and Oliver bury their differences? What did you think of the episode? Are you excited for what’s coming next? Let me know in the comments below.