#Arrow 2×20 Recap: ‘Seeing Red’

Seeing RedIt’s been awhile since I’ve experienced an Arrow hangover. But damn this is incredibly painful.

In 2×20, “Seeing Red,” Roy officially loses control as he’s gone full Mirakuru and Team Arrow has to decide whether to put him down or try to save him. There is a divide on the team between Oliver and Sara over which to do. Also, the mayoral race is nearing its end and it looks as if Moira’s poised to be Starling City’s next mayor.

Where do I even begin with this episode? Pain. There was immense pain. Shocking revelations. And an even more shocking loss. I’ve said before that I don’t think I’ll survive this season and I’ve never believed that more than I do right now. Screw you, Arrow writers (I mean that in the sincerest way possible, I swear), because you tore my heart out and stepped on it right in front of me. I don’t think I’ll ever get over that final sequence. Excuse me while I go cry again in the corner.

So, let’s get to it. Warning: There will be immense fangirling and crying discussion (and GIFS) of spoilers, so click at your own risk! I don’t even know where to begin…


The death of Moira Queen


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This is clearly the talk of the episode. And for good reason. I will never get over this moment. Never. I will say that I’ve been saying that perhaps Slade could be saved, but after this episode there really is no way. He crossed a line and I cannot wait to see Team Arrow put him down. The entire scene was truly incredible, and that’s credit to the actors. Stephen Amell, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland and Manu Bennett gave perhaps their best performance of the series in this scene. I felt the pain deep in my soul. I was sobbing. That fucking hurt. And I’m so not okay with that.

But I do understand why they did it. This was the final push Oliver needed to put Slade down. I think that Oliver believed that, like Roy, Slade could be saved. And up to this point Slade hadn’t permanently hurt any of Oliver’s loved ones. But after Slade killed his mother, that was the final straw. Like Oliver said, “I swear to God I’m going to kill you.” This season has been about Oliver and his vow not to kill (with the exception of killing Count Vertigo when Felicity’s life was in danger, which further illustrates the lengths that Oliver will go to to protect those that he loves), but I feel like Moira’s death will kickstart the realization that to be a hero sometimes you have to make difficult decisions. Sometimes you have to kill. But the difference between killing (and season one killing) is knowing when it’s absolutely necessary, which is something Oliver had no sense of in season one.

Roy loses control and is nearly put down


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“Seeing Red” aka the episode where Roy completely loses his shit and takes it out on the citizens of Starling City. We finally saw Roy go full Mirakuru complete with creepy shadow Thea whispering orders in his ear. Roy spoke just once during this episode and it was “Kill me. Please kill me.” And my heart broke. Because a part of him is still Roy and he knows what the Mirakuru has done to him and how he’s nearly hurt those close to him (Felicity) and hurt those close to them (Thea, Sin, Diggle, Sara, Oliver). Even Thea couldn’t talk him down. Until Oliver put three arrows of Tibetan pit viper venom in him. Now he’s unconscious or in a coma for what I can’t imagine will be long. Especially with Slade nearing the final hours of his takedown of Oliver and Starling City.

Oliver has a love child


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Oliver Queen, you ARE the father. Is it just me or every time we get a pre-island flashback of Oliver that I cringe waiting to see what else he screwed up this time? Like, no offense, but the best thing to ever happen to you was that island. So, Oliver has a kid out there. A kid that’s about 5 or 6 years old. Well, it is comic book canon. Can we talk about how badass Moira Queen was basically paying the baby mama $2 million to disappear and say she lost the kid? Like it further illustrates my point: no one fucks with Moira or her family. I feel bad for Laurel. Not only did Oliver cheat on her with her sister (twice), but he knocked some random girl up while he was dating Laurel. If this isn’t the final straw for those that ship “Oliver and Laurel” then something is wrong with you. That relationship will never be healthy. Laurel can do so much better. The EPs saying Oliver and Laurel are like Clark and Lois? What are you smoking and where can I get some? But back to the kid, I have no doubt that the kid will come back into play either in season 3 or season 4.

Moira has known for awhile that Oliver is the Arrow


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My reaction: “Whaaaaat?” Then: “Well, that makes sense I guess.” I will admit when Moira told Oliver that she knew he was the Arrow that was the moment I knew that she wouldn’t make it out of this season alive. Granted I didn’t think she’d die this episode, but I knew she was a goner before season’s end. She said that she’s known since the season one finale and the Undertaking and it makes sense. Moira Queen isn’t stupid. And I kind of like that she never told Oliver that she knew. Kind of like Laurel now. Laurel, if you know what’s good for you (and want to survive to season three) I suggest you don’t tell Oliver that you know he’s the Arrow. But I loved when Moira told Oliver how proud she as of him for being a hero. *cries*

Oliver and Sara are DONE


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Though to be fair they haven’t truly been a “thing” but in a few scenes in the past eight episodes, including a sex scene in the opening minutes of this episode. I’m relieved that this doomed-from-the-start relationship is officially over. Because these two never worked. And never could work. They’re too similar. Too dark. Too conflicted. That much darkness is bound to officially combust and destroy them both. I think this is the best thing for both of them.

Oh and Sara secretly ships Olicity. You can’t convince me otherwise. “Someone who can harness the light that’s still inside of you?” That’s clearly Felicity. And for further proof, Sara looked back at Felicity as she told Oliver this. Yeah, that didn’t go unnoticed.

Sara leaves Starling City…for reinforcements?


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I was all for the Oliver-Sara break-up, but I totally didn’t sign up for Sara leaving Starling City when things were truly just going to shit. But she did say she was going to meet with an “old friend,” which is clearly Nyssa. Could Sara be enlisting the help of Nyssa and the League of Assassins to help take Slade down? I sure hope so. Because Oliver, Diggle and Felicity (maybe eventually Roy if he regains some psychological control of himself) cannot take on Slade and his masked, Mirakuru army alone.

Oliver literally falls into Felicity’s arms


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This was by far the cutest moment and Olicity scene of the episode, granted there were only two, but I digress. Oliver awkwardly stumbles down the stairs to the Foundry (and looks sexy as hell while doing it) and literally falls into wifey Felicity’s arms. My heart stopped just a second. “You’re heavy. Is that really all muscle?” Plus the moment following this when Felicity and Oliver have a moment with a needle. These two are so married.

Slade promises one final death before he finishes off Oliver


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“There is still one person who has to die before this is over.” Those are the haunting words Slade left us with at the end of the episode which have me curled in a ball rocking back and forth. First thought, especially after the baby revelation, was Oliver’s child. Because Slade knows everything, including things Oliver doesn’t even know himself. But the writers are going to hold onto that love child storyline for season 3 or season 4 I’d assume.

So my next guess is Felicity, which terrifies me to no end. Let’s recap, Slade has in some form harmed or threatened everyone Oliver cares about (Thea, Moira, Diggle, Sara, Laurel, Detective Lance, Roy) except for one: Felicity. And I don’t think that’s a coincidence. Felicity is Oliver’s heart. And what better way to destroy Oliver in his final act than taking his heart from him. Let’s face it, Felicity is not only Oliver’s heart but Diggle’s, the show’s and the fans’. So her loss would not only be impacting but downright gut wrenching. With that being said, Felicity is not going to die. Going back to her being the “heart” of this show and of Team Arrow, the writers would be downright stupid and suicidal l if they did that. But I still believe Slade will try to kill Felicity and hurt her to some extent. Spoiler warning: There was a photo from the finale that showed Felicity with a gash on her head and a bloody nose, so it’s guaranteed that Felicity is going to play a huge part in the finale.



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