Wednesday, November 19, 2014

EDITORIAL: Arrow...Who Killed Sara Lance *Updated Until Episode 6*


EDITORIAL: Arrow...Who Killed Sara Lance *Updated Until Episode 6*

The scene in question can be watched below



Each section contains evidence as to WHY and WHY NOT theories may be right/wrong...so don't assume a long paragraph means evidence for....






1) Komodo

Episode 1: Many people assume that seeing as he is appearing in the next episode that it is Komodo who killed Sara. However the description for episode 304 reads..."When Oliver learns Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) is alive, he suspects Merlyn killed Sara" which suggests that even after the next episode...Oliver still doesn't know who the killer is... This also could be the reason in which Sara returns to Star(ling) City...to tell Oliver that Malcolm is indeed alive and well. 

Episode 2: -Komodo is offered up to him...Komodo seems to be served up on a plate to Oliver at the beginning of the episode 
- Oliver jumps to a conclusion...naturally, the fact that his friend was killed by Arrows and another archer leads Oliver to jump to this conclusion
-LENGTH of Komodo's Arrows?...This may just be me, but his arrows seemed longer then those used to kill Sara
- He denies it and doesn't have knowledge of it (alibi) 

Episode 2 Disproves it was Komodo



2) Ra's Al Ghul

Episode 1: A second, and slightly more plausible theory in my opinion is Ra's Al Ghul... this seasons big bad...although this one is still contestable... In accordance with the fact that Ra's thinks very lowly (doesn't admire her), we know from last season that he was highly aggravated and disappointed that she had left the league, and it is quite possible that this was the final straw for Ra's himself. A fan also pointed out that the music playing at the time of her death was similar, if not the same as, the music playing when Ra's was teased in the season 3 extended trailer. Lastly, Sara's response, and one of the most important parts about this death, "What are you doing here", suggests quite a bit. "What are you doing here" suggests that this character is NOT a native of Star(ling) City, as it seems it would be a surprise that they are there.

Episode 2:
-Oliver doesn't think its the league (could easily be some reverse psychology on the writers parts)
-Wasn't mentioned otherwise

Episode 3:
-N/A

Episode 4:
-Against: Sara was on League Business
-Proof: Doubted Sara's loyalties...BOOM

Episode 5:

Episode 6:



3)Thea "Dearden" Queen/Merlyn

Episode 1: We all know that this season will be a big one for the ladies of the Arrowverse, with Laurel FINALLY stepping into the big role of (Black) Canary, and Thea becoming some amalgam of Cheshire and Speedy II. Many fans seem to think it is Thea who killed Sara on the rooftop that night, a claim that is "further" supported by a soundcloud clip someone created after "unfodifiying" the voice. Click here to hear the clip. This theory seems wrong for a few reasons, the first being Sara's response, "What are you doing here"...it would seem that despite Oliver has not been keeping in contact with Sara after she departed, and therefore Sara would NOT know Thea had yet to return to the city, on top of that, it wouldn't be unnatural for her to be in the city, so why ask her "what she is doing there", and lastly, to this point I think it will become apparent that despite her being trained by Malcom, Thea will return to Star(ling) City STILL not knowing the secrets of her ex-boyfriend and her brother. Next, why would Thea use a voice modifier at all? Especially if she knew she was going to kill the person...yes it does add mystery for the audience, but in terms of the show....WHY would she use a voice modifier?...she wouldn't in that situation as it would serve no purpose to her. Lastly, the sound clip above does "sound" like Thea...but first off...we don't know how much the clip has been altered, secondly, do we think the Arrow writers didn't think people could do this?....they are obviously smart people...so tossing a red herring in isn't unlike them, and finally, voice clips can be modified differently, and depending on the tone used or background/foreground noise changed it can be made to sound different.

Episode 2: Thea and Malcolm still training... I think this helps disprove the theory that they killed (one or both) killed Sara... it would seem they are clearly still out of town, and that likelihood that one of both of them took a quick flight to Starling to kill someone and come back? Slim to none in my opinion. Especially considering the line highlighted in the clip for next weeks episode by Thea, "I'm never going back to Starling City"

Also will Thea learn the secret already? In the clip for S03E03 we hear Oliver say that Thea needs to know the truth. Personally I A) Don't think she will learn the truth, but B) I don't think that her learning so soon is the best route for the show to go. They will most likely stick with the "bad Thea" development and switch her over into a more Speedy/Artemis-esk role later on (seasons down the road). Another viable option is she finds out and really doesn't care...more secrets...more Thea rage...then we see her swap sides down the line.

Lastly, Malcolm took extreme care to make sure the League wouldn't be able to find him/think he was alive... why would he send Thea out/allow Thea to leave and go back to Starling City...especially when the whole point of last seasons finale was to show (in regard to Thea) her newfound allegiance to her father. Killing Sara on both her part and Malcolm's just redraws the Leagues attention to the both of them.

Episode 3:
-This lady showed up on the roof...looked like she could handle herself...could have been Sara..although again...it seems Thea has yet to return to Star(ling)
-"Never coming back to Starling City"
-Again it seems Thea has NOT left Corto nor does she want to...Ollie then convinces her finally

Episode 4:
-Although it's pretty clear she was in Corto, didn't want to go back to Starling, and has no reason to kill Sara..I'll leave this one because people still seem to see it
-Against: BOOM even Malcolm says it's illogical

Personally I feel episode 4 disproves the notion that it was Thea





4) Malcolm Merlyn

Episode 1:The final theory I have seen is that it is Malcolm Merlyn. If we discount the fact that Sara could have been in Star(ling) City to tell Oliver he was still alive, then Sara's response of "What are you doing here" could make sense seeing as she may still believe him to be dead. My only gripe with this theory is the same as Thea's, why the voice modifier?...With Ra's and Komodo it seems to fit, as they are both unknown characters, but why... again yes it does add mystery for the audience, but in terms of the show...although he did change his voice throughout season 1...so that could be a reason.

Episode 2:  Thea and Malcolm still training... I think this helps disprove the theory that they killed (one or both) killed Sara... it would seem they are clearly still out of town, and that likelihood that one of both of them took a quick flight to Starling to kill someone and come back? Slim to none in my opinion. Especially considering the line highlighted in the clip for next weeks episode by Thea, "I'm never going back to Starling City"

Episode 3:
-Not support: Malcolm wants both him and Thea to stay in the shadows, away from the League

Episode 4:
-Proof: Malcolm was in Starling...unless Sara took the photos elsewhere
-Against: Even Malcolm says it's illogical
-Against: He swears on his life he isn't Sara's killer...although a bad guy....Malcolm does have a certain level of believability 

Personally I feel episode 4 disproves the notion that it was Malcolm



5) Nyssa

Episode 3:
-This lady showed up on the roof...looked like she could handle herself...could have been Sara..
-Nyssa "doesn't know" Sara is dead...this could easily be a lie seeing as we have only heard one line of dialogue and no other support...so you never know

Episode 4:
-Proof/Against: Nysa knew it was an arrow? (Maybe she thinks it was Malcolm)



6) Sin

Episode 3:
-This lady showed up on the roof...looked like she could handle herself...could have been Sara..


Honorable Mentions/Twists...



7) Roy...yea...not the case people

Episode 5:
-For: "The dream"...clearly a facade....
-ROY KILLED SARA? I think its pretty clear thats set there just to "confuse people" ... they have said 100 times over that this is Roy's redemption year...and that it is going to be tough because he killed a cop last year. I doubt he killed Sara...I think it is pretty clear it is just his remembrance of the mirakuru phase and his mind trying to remember everything while coping with the current. As for him remembering/dreaming how Sara died...I think thats more of a fan service to make it believeable just like when Oliver "retraced' the other archers footsteps and made it inferred how Sara died. Roy is already in the process of redeeming himself for last season (and he still doesn't remember the worst of it)...I think this whole ordeal will end with something like this:....Roy freaks out because he thinks he killed Sara... FILLER...Oliver confesses to Roy that Roy killed a cop last year...Memory's flood back faster and the true memory's reveal themselves....Enter Cupid in S03E07
-Plus in terms of Roy he was dressed in his "Royd rage" (get it) outfit from last year.... plus the whole throwing of the arrows... very reminiscent of the Mirakuru rage


Episode 6:
-Strange angle and force of arrows consistent with them being thrown....BUT we heard a bow string being pulled....

Episode 6 Disproves it was Roy



8) Cupid

Episode 7:
-Even the promo shows cupid a) has no need for voice modification and b) prefers her heart shaped arrows

Personally I feel episode 7 disproves the notion that it was Cupid 

9) Deathstroke...really guys?
-When/why would Slade use a voice modifier or a bow...it may mess with the audience but in terms of the show the voice modifier especially serves no purpose


10) Tommy ... I wouldn't mind this if done CORRECTLY ala not the Lazarus Pit

Tommy Merlyn was introduced as a red hearing for fans looking for DC easter eggs in the first few episodes of Arrow, many fans believed that he, not knowing of his father yet, was Merlyn the Archer. However, Colin Donnell's portrayal of the character soon became a fan favorite, and his death sparked theories and hopes all around the web.

A look at the New 52's Tommy Merlyn
People want to see Tommy return as more of a challenge for Oliver, some fans were happy to see him show up again in Hong Kong, but other were disappointed in the fact that he was put back in that way rather than actually bringing him back

Merlyn The Archer, the character many thought Colin Donnell was playing
The most common suggestion is that Tommy be resurrected via Lazarus Pit and return aggravated as a villain and to oppose Oliver…Tommy could become the true “Merlyn the Archer” that many people believed him to be before we met Malcolm.

Yea! ... No...


However there are a few general flaws with this hope, the first being the time Tommy has been dead. Off the top of my head, there is a limit to the Lazarus Pit’s use… you can’t toss a skeleton in there and assume it will return a fully fleshed human, it has its threshold of use.

Quite possibly the best screenshot from Batman: Under the Red Hood in which we see a crazed Jason Todd rise from the Lazarus Pit
The second issue, and this applies to Sara’s resurrection as well, the Jason Todd comparison. Many people believe that the CW’s version of Green Arrow is very similar to Batman, something that I will disprove/elaborate on in another editorial (working on it). People complain that the CW’s Arrow is a ripoff of Batman, and resurrection a friendly character as a villain especially via Lazarus Pit just begs for Jason Todd comparisons…why call attention to one of the most common complaints that people have about the show?

The third large issue with Tommy's return is coincidence (for lack of better word)... why...of all characters are the Merlyn's the ones who are returning?  That seems all to convent and coincidental, harkening back to the point about keeping more comic based characters around... they should go ahead and kill one of them off just to bring them back eventually... but not this Merlyn...nor the following Lance.

Ollie...this should never happen - Tommy Merlyn


11) Another archer completely

2 comments:

  1. god i hate those people that label Arrow as being Batman-lite.....so i just ignore them lol

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    1. As do I...but even so...bring Tommy back as a villain is just begging for more of those comparisons

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