The show that started the entire Arrowverse, The CW’s Arrow, has been going strong since it first started in 2012. Even with the creation of so many other superhero shows after it—The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, Agents of SHIELD, and a few others—Arrow will remain to be the original. It has managed to stay relevant all these years, thanks to the storytelling that has been like unwrapping a Christmas gift every episode. That’s thanks in part to the show’s former showrunner Wendy Mericle, who will be exiting after this season. This is one of the reasons why we think season 6 may be the series’ best so far, but there’s more.
Here’s why we think that Arrow Season 6 could arguably be its best so far:
The evolution of the Lance family
The Lance family has been central to the story of Arrow, and so far we’ve seen two Lance sisters die and resurrected. We’ve also seen the head of the Lance family, Mayor Quentin Lance, go through his own ups and downs. He started out as a humble police captain, became a detective, got demoted to officer again before he became detective again, then captain, then a member of the city council, and finally Deputy Mayor of Star City. Paul Blackthorne, who plays the role of Quentin Lance, will not be reprising his role in season 7. This will change Arrowverse forever, and it’s not going to be in a good way.
Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2
This was one of the best crossovers ever, not only in magnitude but in story as well. It was like The Avengers of television except with DC characters, of course. Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2 was one of the best episodes of the show period. The best part about it was having all the characters of Arrowverse in one episode (4 episodes to be exact, but 1 on Arrow).
On episode 5, we saw the return of Deathstroke, one of our most favorite characters on Arrow, ever. We were certainly glad that we got to see Manu Bennett reprise his role again after not seeing him for so long and after thinking that it was completely over for the character. To see him one last time was a gift, and we know for sure this time that he’s never coming back again, at least not unless it’s a flashback.
This season, we saw something we never thought would happen—the team split up because they didn’t trust Oliver Queen anymore. It was saddening and heartbreaking, but it made for great story telling. We can’t say that this was our favorite team of heroes (Speedy and Arsenal all the way), but this latest team was starting to grow on us.
The return of Roy Harper
We’ve been anticipating Roy Harper’s return to Arrow since the very moment he left after the last time he returned. Roy Harper was part of the original team, and he was the one that saved Oliver so many seasons ago. Watching Roy Harper again with the team was nostalgic, and we’re not sure what may happen in the future.