Season 4 of The CW’s Arrow has had its highs and lows. “Code of Silence” on February 17 had some of each. Fans must now consider all of the places where Arrow might be going next. Some of those places are more necessary than others. So, here is a look at what absolutely needs to happen next on Arrow after the events of “Code of Silence.”
Assuming that the chip designed to restore Felicity’s mobility works, Curtis needs to either mention that the implant will only work in Felicity specific case or state that he’s working on finding a way to mass-produce the tech. Arrow already cured the uncurable with tech that could save lives en masse with Ray’s clot-busting robots last season; doing the same with Curtis’ chip this season would be too much.
If Felicity does indeed regain the ability to walk, she needs to not be able to hop, skip, and jump right off the bat. She needs to take baby steps and recover rather than leap out of the wheelchair if her arc to this point in Season 4 is to feel significant in hindsight.
The truth about the baby mama drama absolutely needs to come out as soon as possible. Every scene that passes on Arrow without Oliver coming clean to his team and to his future wife about his secret kid is one more scene that makes Oliver look terrible.
Team Arrow needs to prioritize William once the truth comes out. Oliver has been a huge dummy about seeing his secret kid despite the supervillain gunning for him, and it wouldn’t be entirely unjustified for him to be at the end of an Airplane-esque slap train of sorts at some point, but Team Arrow is comprised of adults. They need to prioritize rescuing the kidnapped child over any homefront histrionics. Any major meltdowns can wait until after William is safe again.
Oliver needs to face consequences for how he’s handled the William situation. He’s been taking the path of least resistance ever since he found out about William, and his lies and omissions and poor judgment need to come back to bite him. He has developed a habit over the years of the series for blaming himself for everything, but this fiasco is his fault, and the narrative needs to treat it as such.
The narrative needs to address Oliver’s wrongs to the Claytons as well as to Felicity. Oliver endangered William and Samantha first by visiting them at all when Damien Darhk was after him and then by not immediately reaching out to them when he learned that Malcolm Merlyn knew about them, and Oliver actively deceived Felicity while letting her and her mother plan their wedding. Neither the Claytons nor Felicity should have their mistreatments marginalized for the sake of the other, and the show needs to address Oliver’s misdeeds on both fronts.
Samantha needs to be held responsible for her part in the fiasco. Oliver may have made the choice to see William and to lie to Felicity about his trips to Central City, but he never would have done so if Samantha hadn’t forced a ridiculous ultimatum on him. Besides, The Flash has shown that Central City gets press about the goings-on in Star City all the time. Samantha should not have let Oliver anywhere near her son. He’s a highly recognizable man who has recently survived an assassination attempt that crippled his fiancée and killed his driver. Oliver had no business being anywhere near his son in these circumstances, and Samantha had no business letting him.
Oliver and Felicity need to break up. As painful a truth as that is to type, Oliver and Felicity really do need to end their relationship for the time being. Oliver has betrayed her trust passively with every moment that he didn’t tell her that he was seeing William and actively with every lie that he told in order to go see William. He needs to really understand and feel what he’s done this time around, and losing Felicity is one of the few things that might be able to shock his system enough to make him learn. She doesn’t have to fall out of love with him or throw the ring in his face or wish that something awful would happen to him, but she does need to call off the engagement. Felicity deserves to choose to protect herself rather than try to heal him, and Oliver needs the rude awakening. Breaking up now doesn’t mean staying broken up forever, but both characters need for it to happen.
The writing for the culmination of the baby mama drama needs to have nuance. Stephen Amell is really a remarkable actor when he’s given solid material, and it will fall to him to salvage this storyline when the truth comes out. Oliver is not irredeemable for this latest misstep, and Amell is certainly capable of bringing shades to Oliver to invite some emotional empathy to his plight. The baby mama plot to this point has pretty much been a disaster; if the writing is done well for the conclusion, Amell might be able to turn it into a tragedy.
Arrow airs on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. EST on The CW. To look back at the good and bad of “Code of Silence,” be sure to check out ‘Arrow’ S04E14: What worked in ‘Code of Silence’ and ‘Arrow’ S04E14: What didn’t work in ‘Code of Silence.