Oliver – I don’t know what to do. He’s too far ahead. I mean, he’s spent years planning this. He knows everything about me. I can’t, I……I don’t know how to stop him.
Sarah – Well, you start by letting people help you.
Oliver – But, he’s gonna come after you. You’re alive…because Shadow isn’t.
Sarah – And when he does do you think it’ll make a difference whether or not we’re together? Let him come. I’m not the girl he knew on the island. I’m not that easy to kill. — Together?
Oliver – Together.
Ok, so I know it’s really, really girly of me to say this but I was thinking a few episodes ago that one thing they really needed to do with Oliver next was have him show some emotion. In this scene they pretty much do. Hum…It’s a great scene because what I see happening is that Oliver is thrust back into survival mode and he’s barely making it…but this time he is tethered to the light. He is lost in darkness again but he is not floundering…he is attached to Sarah, Diggle, Felicity, and Roy…and because he is attached/tethered to them they can pull him back out of survival mode, into the light, onward toward being a hero again. Without them Oliver would have to learn to survive again, find a purpose (which is dangerous for him because his purpose right now is really to “get rid of Slade” a purpose that could easily cause him to become vengeful and perhaps even a villain). However, being tethered to the light Sarah can pull him back up. She offers him help and he accepts. This, I think, thrusts him back up to hero status. He’s not doing it alone. He is even willing to give up his purpose to work as a team.
In real life this is all very hard to do. Asking for help, recognizing when things are out of our control, giving up our own agenda, and allowing others to fight some of our battle are things I would like to do better.