by Ryan Rigley
As anyone who watches the CW’s “Arrow” could tell you, the series is chock full of flashbacks to Oliver Queen’s time stranded on the island of Lian Yu. Therefore, it’s no surprise to see that this sneak peak from tonight’s episode of “Arrow” is indeed another flashback.
However, unlike all of the other island flashbacks that we’ve seen this season, this particular flashback takes place before Robert Queen and his son have set sail on the Queen’s Gambit. Hell, it even takes place before the boat crashes! Check out the clip below.
In the clip, we finally get to see all (or most) of the Queen family as they were before the shipwreck. There’s Robert and Moira, saying their goodbyes and being a generally loving married couple. There’s Oliver Queen, clean-shaven and not yet ruined by the hardships found on Lian Yu. And there’s Laurel Lance, Oliver’s ex-girlfriend who shows up to say goodbye and is completely unaware that Oliver is currently sleeping with her sister.
It’s interesting to see how much Oliver has changed over the years. The snobby, spoiled rich kid that cheats on his girlfriend with her sister has been effectively replaced by a grizzled, grieving lawman with a warped sense of justice. As for Laurel, the poor girl seems to be a lot smarter nowadays.
Is this clip a clever hint that Oliver and Laurel are on their way to rekindling their long forgotten relationship? Perhaps. Or perhaps the clip is better served as a juxtaposition for the way things were to the way they are now. Either way, we can’t wait to see the rest of tonight’s episode of “Arrow,” which premieres tonight at 8 P.M. EST on the CW.
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