We’re a little over halfway into Arrow Season 4 and a lot has gone down so far (to put it mildly).
Sara Lance was resurrected (for like the eighth time), cured of her bloodlust by John Constantine, and ushered out of town to go do exciting time-travelly things over on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, all in the span of about 14 minutes of screentime. Oliver decided to throw his hat in the ring and run for mayor of Star City. Olicity got engaged, Felicity got shot and paralyzed, and Curtis invented a paralysis-curing implant (again, all in the span of about 14 minutes). Oliver betrayed Malcolm to save Thea, costing Malcolm his left hand in the process. And Nyssa disbanded the League of Assassins! And that’s just the major stuff. Phew.
Despite all of the crazy twists and turns this season has taken, the biggest mystery of all is still the one introduced right off the bat, at the end of the season premiere: who is the dead person in the grave that Oliver is mourning in the six months flash forward sequence?
We had some ideas back at the beginning of the season, but now that more time has passed, we’ve circled back around to this mystery and assembled our list of who might be (and who definitely isn’t) six feet under.
Check out our ranking of suspects (from least to most likely) for the mystery flashforward death!
Oliver & Felicity
Lucky for us, both halves of power couple Olicity are confirmed as not being in the grave. For a hot sec, it seemed like Felicity might be a goner, but after the show’s midseason shooting fakeout we got a scene with Felicity waiting for Oliver in the limo following his mourning at the mystery grave. If she’s in the limo, she’s not in the ground.
Unfortunately, while Felicity and Oliver are both clearly alive in the flashforward, the good ‘ship Olicity may have sunk in the interim: in the flashforward, Felicity is noticeably distant from Oliver… and she’s not wearing her engagement ring. Uh oh.
Baby Sara & Lyla Diggle
OK, for one, this is The CW we’re talking about. No way would they kill off a baby. Also, that grave was not baby-sized, so it’s definitely not Sara.
Lyla, while big enough to have fit in the grave, is also unlikely to be the victim. Though she is beloved by the other characters, we hardly see her and her death would come completely out of left field at this point. Also, she just took over recently deceased Amanda Waller’s gig as the director of A.R.G.U.S. It would be odd if they gave her this role, only to kill her off and leave it vacant again a handful of episodes later.
Diggle, Felicity, and Oliver are the heart of the show. They are original Team Arrow. Killing off any of the core three would irrevocably wreck the dynamic of the show. Plainly, it would be a stupid move, and we have faith in the writers to not go and do something so ill-conceived just for sweeps ratings and shocks. Though it would certainly pack a gut-punch.
Again, it would be extremely shocking and upsetting if The CW killed off a little kid. It’s just not that kind of network, typically. Also, to echo the rationale for baby Sara not being the victim, the grave was just too large to be that of a child.
On top of all that, all of the promo materials for this season promised a lighter, happier Oliver Queen. The poor guy has hardly gotten a chance to know his son, what with all of the Damien Darhk brouhaha of the last several months. It’s highly unlikely that William would be reintroduced only to be killed off before he ever had a chance to bond with his father.
Now we’re getting into the more probable suspects. Everyone on the list prior to Samantha is, in our opinion, an extremely unlikely suspect.
Samantha could easily be the poor unfortunate soul caught in the crossfire and relegated to the grave, especially now that her son has been kidnapped by Damien Darhk. Hell hath no fury like a mother whose child is in danger, and we’re betting that Samantha will stop at nothing to get her son back. That could easily lead to death by stray bullet. Or death by Damien Darhk hand wave, either/or.
On the other hand, Samantha is not exactly an integral part of the cast. In fact, she’s essentially a nobody (harsh as that sounds). Sure it would be lousy for William to have lost his mother, the only parent he’s ever known, but it’s extremely unlikely that Samantha would elicit the type of extreme emotional response from Oliver at the grave site (in “Green Arrow”) or from Felicity in the limo (in “Blood Debts”).
Thea’s death, on the other, would devastate both Oliver and Felicity (particularly Oliver).
… On the other hand, she, like, just died. Thea already returned from the grave once, and was near death just a few weeks ago. Can’t a girl catch a break?
We love Laurel when she’s kicking ass and taking names while belting out that Canary Cry, but to be honest, Laurel has been extremely inconsequential for a while. She hasn’t had a plot of her own for a long time. Much of what she’s done for the past two seasons has been dealing with Sara’s death, training to become more like her late sister, getting Sara back, and training some more. That’s about it.
Losing Laurel, sad as it would be, would not seem to affect the overall arc of the show. It would pack a hefty emotional punch, though, since she has been around since the beginning. Laurel’s loss would devastate Team Arrow, her father, and off-screen Sara.
Quentin getting involved with Damien Darhk to protect Laurel, and later betraying him, was very stupid. It was the equivalent of kicking a hornet’s nest. It’s shocking that Lance has lasted as long as he has. when Darhk’s put a target on your back, you’d best be fearing for your life. I mean, the man can force-choke obnoxious colleagues via TV broadcast. That’s something.
While Oliver and Lance have had a rocky relationship in the past, they’ve made great headway in mending fences throughout Season 4. Lance’s death would upset Oliver. For Felicity, seeing her mother lose yet another man that she loved would naturally point her towards rage and vengeance, inspiring her command for Oliver to “kill that son of a bitch” (said “son of a bitch” presumably being the mystery dead person’s killer).
Poor, goofy, lovable Mama Smoak. We’ve adored her quirky, effervescent personality ever since she showed up on the scene back in Season 3. We’ve gotten a whole lot of Donna recently, in season four, which is making us nervous–why are they front-loading all of these awesome Felicity/Donna scenes? Is it because our days with Donna are numbered? Egads!
Oliver has clearly grown close to his future mother-in-law in the time that she’s been in Star City. The two leaned on one another when Felicity was hospitalized with her gunshot wound. His reaction at the grave site makes perfect sense, if the person in the grave is Donna. Barry’ presence also makes sense–as a close friend of Felicity’s it would make sense that he would want to support her.
Felicity’s flashforward moment in the limo is crucial here. She is devastated by whatever loss has occurred, that’s for sure, but she’s also furious. She is enraged. The Felicity we know would never demand vengeance in the form of taking a person’s life, no matter how much said person deserved it. The only event that could possibly prompt such a reaction from Felicity would be the death of the closest person to her (save, perhaps, Oliver)–her mother, Donna.
What do you think of our ranking? Who do you think is in that grave? Let us know what you think by commenting below!
Arrow airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on the CW and CTV.
Caralynn is a freelance entertainment writer. She also writes about all things television for TV Fanatic, Tell-Tale TV, HelloGiggles, and New York Observer. In her spare time, when she's not writing about TV, she's tweeting about it over at @caralynn_marie.