Arrow, Season One SPOILERS ‘Year’s End’

Next week, it’s Christmas time at the Queens and they have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. Oliver is alive, safe (ish) and home again. Moira wasn’t killed by a stray bullet. Thea is sort of turning over a new leaf. . . and they’re rich!

This happy holiday episode is called “Year’s End,” which actually has kind of a depressing ring to it, don’t you think?

Let’s see what The CW has to say about it:

Oliver (Stephen Amell) discovers that after he and his father went missing, Moira (Susanna Thompson) and Thea (Willa Holland) stopped celebrating Christmas. Determined to make up for lost time and restore a sense of normalcy to the Queen household, Oliver decides to throw the family a Christmas party.

That’s very sweet and definitely a party I’d like to attend. Want to take bets on how long Oliver lasts before he dashes off to fight crime. I’m betting on twenty minutes (in TV time, 40 seconds in real time.)

Meanwhile, Tommy (Colin Donnell) asks Laurel (Katie Cassidy) to spend Christmas with him but she points out that Christmas was also her sister Sara’s birthday and she needs to be with her father (Paul Blackthorne). Tommy suggests changing things up might be the best way for everyone to heal but Laurel isn’t sure her father is ready for that.

Wow, Christmas humbug rules TV land (see Castle). But gaze upon that photo for just a moment. They look like they’re in love. They’re so sweet and so doomed.

Here’s Oliver and Laurel. Is he sniffing her? Christmas kiss, maybe? From the expression on her face, I’d bet he just whispered something disturbing. Really, he needs to stay away from her and let Tommy enjoy it while he can.

Meanwhile, Diggle (David Ramsey) tells Oliver someone is murdering the people on his father’s list with arrows, which sends Oliver off to face his toughest adversary yet.

Ah, so it’s not all parties and romance. We’re going to get some action, too! I love these blue shots but who just went face first through the plywood wall? The arrows make it look like it’s Oliver doing the kicking but the body’s all wrong. Is this a Green Arrow imposter or just a bad angle?

Getting back to the party, here’s who I really feel bad for – Walter.

He seems like an honest, open-hearted man who truly loves his wife and cares for his step-kids but his whole world is going to fall apart, isn’t it? I’d say Moira has something up her sleeve but not in that dress. What’s happening in this photo? Sorrow and reconciliation or Merry Christmas and goodbye?

Maybe we’ll find a clue in this week’s promo teaser:


by Cynthia Boris on December 6th, 2012

Cynthia is a TV fanatic who turned her obsession into a living when she became an entertainment reporter. She loves all kinds of TV but has a special place in her heart for brother shows and anything paranormal. Follow her on Twitter @TV_ofthe_Absurd and on Google+


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