My brother needed me. The Green one.
Oliver, for six years, I have followed the chain of command without question, even when my heart told me there was a better way. I trusted it. I trusted you. But the inescapable truth is that people have lost faith in your leadership. Truth is, Oliver, you have become a better man. But with your focus split... a worse leader. The Green Arrow allows you to become the best version of yourself, and I respect that. I respect you. But if I'm gonna be the best version of myself... Oliver, it can't be with you.
What I know, Oliver, is that you started something, something strong enough to live on past you. Question is, can you live with what it's become?
The Oliver that I met eight years ago is not the one that we say goodbye to today. Oliver always told me that in order to save his city, he had to become someone else, he had to become something else. I always thought that meant becoming the Green Arrow, but...today, I realized that meant becoming a better man, the best man he knew how to be, and he took all of us with him on that journey. He changed everything. Oliver brought heroes into the world, he inspired heroes, he inspired all of us here. I was his brother, and Oliver Queen was mine. Of course, life will go on. It always does. But how? What twists and turns it will take, I can't say. I don't know what the future holds...except to say expect the unexpected. Oliver may be gone, but his mission endures. That mission lives on, Oliver lives on, in the people he inspired. Some will take that mission to the rest of the world...maybe even beyond that. Because if the past eight years has shown us anything...it's that this universe is far bigger than any of us could have dared imagine. Even if it is a little less bright, without him in it.
Oliver, after everything we've been through, man, I couldn't fathom why you didn't trust me. Then I realized you couldn't. It's not who you are. You don't trust. You don't love. You were able to fool Ra's and join the League because inside you are every bit as dark as they are.
I don't know. For the first time since I met Oliver Queen I don't know what happens next. I know it's silly, but I still like to think of myself as Oliver's bodyguard. I just couldn't protect him. It's funny. He was worried something would happen to me.
Felicity Smoak is one of the smartest, most badass women on the planet.
Somewhere where I'm going to try to trust you again.
You've been in denial, Oliver. Holding onto hope with both hands that you don't have to give into that hate, use that hate, to do what needs to be done. But Oliver, this needs to be done. You have to kill Malcolm Merlyn.
Thea is dead. And yes, Tommy's alive. But, he's trying another undertaking with Rene and Dinah helping, who, if you haven't noticed, are very bad people here. Oliver, this world isn't better. It's much, much worse. You know why? Because you weren't in it.
Then you have to find a way to make it work. Comprise, do whatever you have to do because if you want a new future for this baby of yours it won't come by doing the same thing we used to do. We have to... we have to be something else. Something better.
Life is a marathon, not a sprint Barry. Slow down and enjoy it.
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- Arrow (TV Series) Episode: Al Sah-him
- Arrow (TV Series) Episode: Brotherhood
- Arrow (TV Series) Episode: Brothers in Arms
- Arrow (TV Series) Episode: Canaries
- Arrow (TV Series) Episode: Fadeout
- Arrow (TV Series) Episode: Green Arrow
- Arrow (TV Series) Episode: Left Behind
- Arrow (TV Series) Episode: Lost Souls
- Arrow (TV Series) Episode: Restoration
- Arrow (TV Series) Episode: Sins of the Father
- Arrow (TV Series) Episode: Starling City
- Arrow (TV Series) Episode: Suicide Squad
- Arrow (TV Series) Episode: Training Day