Arrow Fans Freaking Out Over [SPOILERS] Death In Crisis On Infinite Earths

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Everyone involved in the Arrowverse has kept stressing that we weren’t ready for “Crisis On Infinite Earths,” and they were right. It turned out that the destruction of Argo City was a low-key warm up to the scale of death and devastation it had waiting for us, and even though billions of lives were lost as Earth-38 was obliterated by the wave of antimatter, it’s one death in particular that has fans in uproar.

Although it was pretty much a given that Oliver was going to die at some point, to have him do so at the end of the crossover’s first hour truly hammered home the stakes at play. Viewers were predictably devastated, and took to social media to express the intensity of their reactions.

The pure emotion of Oliver’s final scene got under many people’s skin, as he used his dying moments to say goodbye, tell his friends to carry on the fight without him, and be remembered by his family.

Some people chose to focus on Oliver’s dramatic last stand, alone, unarmed, and fearlessly facing down an army of demonic shadows with nothing but fists and a grim determination to do what has always been his mission: to do all he’s able to do to save as many people as he can.

Also observed were the parallels between Oliver’s death and that of Tony Stark at the climax of Avengers: Endgame, specifically the hero who launched an ever-growing shared universe dying to save billions of lives, both of whom began as an entitled playboy and grew into a hero ready to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Some are skeptical that Oliver is truly gone, and although comic books are notorious for their afterlife’s apparent revolving door policy, the TV shows have, with only occasional exception, been consistent in that once a character is dead they stay that way. To resurrect Oliver now would cheapen his sacrifice and rob the episode of its poignancy, likely leaving many people angry at their emotions being toyed with and the disregard for character it would display.

In any case, it’s a certainty that this won’t be the only time the crossover will have a nasty surprise in store for us and as “Crisis on Infinite Earths” continues, we have to wonder just how safe anyone truly is.

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