Diggle – She has a point Oliver. Roy’s a loose cannon. Now he knows your secret.
Oliver – You’re right, and I wasn’t thinking about the consequences. I only knew that…I need his strength. His power. On the island Sarah told me that love is the most powerful emotion. Well, the Arrow couldn’t get Roy to think about Thea. But I could.
It’s really neat how they use love in this episode as a (super) power. Love changes people. Oliver has been trying to transform the city through his persona of Arrow. He is cleaver, dedicated, and willing to fight for others but he has not used the power of love to reach them…until he tries to help Roy. Helping Roy to focus on love, Oliver gives him the ability to use his strengths for good. To make a difference, help the city, change lives they must use their physical powers in combination with love.
Oliver has done this in the past. Slade reprimanded him on the island for caring about people too much and how dangerous that was…but even at that time Oliver declared his love for others as a strength, and it is. His ability genuinely care about others is what keeps him from being overtaken by his vigilante persona. Love keeps him grounded.
The disguise, although strong, inspirational, and empowering is incomplete. Arrow has limits. He changes things through force and fear…the costume is not able to reach others on a level of love…but Oliver can. For Arrow, everything is anonymous. He is not known by those he cares about and is willing to protect…Oliver is. When he sees Roy full of strength but detached from love he recognizes that the cover of Arrow will not be able to complete this disconnection, and so he reveals his secret…he is not just Arrow he is Oliver Queen, a person who understands loss, defense, and love.
His secret, our secret, is that our true identity can connect with others on the level of love.