Final Thoughts from the Arrow Episode "Blood Debts"

by StevenHelmer

Thoughts from the season 4 television episode that first aired January 20, 2016.

Synopsis: With Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) in the hospital following an attack by Damien Darhk's (Neal McDonough) men, Oliver (Stephen Amell) begins hunting down his nemesis in earnest with the intention of killing him. However, finding Darhk may require assistance from killer Lonnie Machin (Alexander Calvert).

We Now Know It Isn't Felicity in the Grave

I kind of figured that was the case to begin with, mostly because the foreshadowing shows him standing in front of a fresh grave, something that wouldn't be the case if Felicity had been killed four months earlier. And, this episode confirmed she survives.

One thing we do know is it is someone that is close to them, close enough to cause Felicity to encourage Oliver to kill. My guess is it will either be Thea (Willa Holland) or Felicity's mom, Donna (Charlotte Ross).

Are They Referring to Damien Darhk?

One thing I noticed while watching that preview of things to come is they simply refer to getting revenge and killing someone. Unless I missed it, they never refer to a specific person by name. 

Obviously, Darhk would be the one that makes the most sense at this point. But, I suspect they are actually referring to another villain. My money would either be on Malcolm (John Barrowman) or Machin with the latter being the favorite because of his newly-revealed interest in Thea.

So, What Exactly Happened to Ray Palmer?

We haven't seen Ray (Brandon Routh) since November, when he appeared in the episode "Brotherhood." And, while I know he is getting his own spin-off series, his complete disappearance is a little odd. I mean, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) got a spin-off series too and you still see him.

Palmer's absence is of particular note because, with Felicity apparently injured to the point she will never walk again, I can't help but wonder if maybe his nanobot technology could help her. In fact, I was half expecting him to show up and inject her.

What is the Deal with Damien Darhk's Wife?

When I first learned he had a family, I figured his wife (Janet Kidder) didn't know anything about his evil plans. But, that apparently is not the case. 

Now, I'm curious just how much she is involved with all of this. Does he do all the work on his own while she enjoys the benefits? Are they partners? Is she really his boss? Needless to say, I'm intrigued.

It's Only a Matter of Time Before Thea Snaps

She's proving to be stronger than she originally thought. But, I fully expect that blood lust to reach a point where she needs to kill someone. And, it wouldn't surprise me if it was someone who was innocent.

My guess is, by the end of the season, she will either be the one in the grave or will end up leaving to join Malcolm in the League of Assassins.

Final Opinion

Overall, I thought this was a good episode, mostly because it creates quite a bit of mystery about what is going to happen next. And, I think there will be a couple twists thrown in between now and the time we learn who is in the grave.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 01/21/2016, StevenHelmer
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