“It should have been me.” ~Oliver
Death is not a fear for Oliver…in fact (as Slade says in the end) Oliver would welcome death. He wants a release. He wanted it to be himself instead of Tommy. He wakes up in the episode where his mom shot him and says “I guess I didn’t die…again.” Oliver lives with things much worse than death (like being forced to choose who lives Sarah or Shadow…that is truly an impossible decision and one that Oliver will feel the effects of forever, even though he couldn’t have done anything differently.) It’s interesting because Slade is aware of this. He is out to destroy Oliver…not his life (death would be a release)…but his soul. Not cool. I think intentionally causing harm to someone’s soul is much worse then causing a death.