“Once you let the darkness inside…it never comes out.” ~Helena (and later Laurel)
Interesting idea. It seems to me that Helena is unable to recognize that the dark and the light go together. She has no sidekicks (Oliver was not ready to help her when he tried before and she rejected the idea of sidekicks) so she became lost in the darkness. All she sees is her purpose. And then at the end of this episode, when her purpose is gone, she feels alone and hopeless. What she doesn’t realize (and hopefully will now begin to see) is that it only takes a little light to negate the darkness. It may feel like the darkness/loss/despair will never leave but one spark can start a huge fire and one lit candle (although the room may still be dark) allows you to begin to see. I think that is what is happening to Helena at the end when Oliver comes to talk with her. Oliver, this time, now that he is beginning the hero state, is bringing a small bit of light into the darkness. Yes, Helena is right in that the past will never change…the darkness/dark memories/things she has done wrong will always be with her (never come out)…but with light she can become something more.
Maybe this is the hope for those who have entered the Villain stage. That they will lose their purpose because with the loss of their purpose there is opportunity for light to get in.
I also thought it was interesting that Laurel repeats this quote…what does that say about her?