Not everyone is making it out of the next “Arrow” episode alive. Well, at least that’s what it seems like in the 4×18 promo the CW released on Wednesday, March 30, for “Eleven-Fifty-Nine.” But what exactly is going to go down?
In this next “Arrow” episode, Oliver and Diggle learn that Malcolm is going to try to break Darhk out of prison. Also, Laurel gets a surprising offer, and Felicity has a heart-to-heart talk with Curtis. (Could the heart-to-heart be about Felicity being a “beacon of hope” via Palmer Tech and rejoining the team after Curtis’ own experience in the bunker last episode?)
“Witness the end of an era,” the “Eleven-Fifty-Nine” promo ominous warns. “Life is a series of cycles: a time to be born, a time to die, a time to kill,” Darhk says as it begins. Whatever’s about to happen, it’s not going to be good. The team is falling apart. Thea’s fighting Malcolm in the bunker (and it looks like Laurel may be part of that fight as well), and while he boasts that she’ll never beat him, she does get swords to his throat.
A possible theory is that Malcolm is the “him” that Oliver and Felicity want dead in the flashforward, that he’s the one responsible for whoever’s in the grave, but the end of the last episode put forth another candidate in Andy Diggle when the final scene saw him meeting with Malcolm as the “ace in the hole.” The promo shows Oliver confronting Diggle’s brother, who tells John that “he thinks I’m a traitor.” Diggle then reminds Oliver that he knows exactly where the Kevlar doesn’t protect him. Now, there are a couple of possibilities here. Maybe Oliver and Diggle are playing Andy because they know he’s a traitor and they’re trying to get him to ‘fess up. Maybe Andy is playing Malcolm and for some reason, Diggle has kept this from Oliver. Maybe Andy just is a bad guy and Diggle can’t accept that so easily after getting him back. Whatever’s going on, is Andy the one who alerts them to the fact that Malcolm is going to try to break Darhk out of prison?
But the most concerning part of the preview is the end, as doctors work on someone who flatlines. Who’s dead? And is that Laurel’s voice saying that the time of death is 11:59? If so, why is she saying that? But are “time of death” and the actual time said by two different people?
“Arrow” season 4 airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. What do you think of the episode 18 “Eleven-Fifty-Nine” promo?