Warning: There are massive spoilers ahead for Crisis on Infinite Earths episode 1!
During the first hour of Crisis on Infinite Earths, Supergirl’s Earth was destroyed. However, Oliver Queen a.k.a. Green Arrow gave his life to help as many people survive as possible. Oliver’s death had been foreshadowed since last season’s Elseworlds crossover According to Crisis on Infinite Earths executive producer Marc Guggenheim, that’s why Oliver had to die early.
“We told the audience that Oliver’s gonna die in Crisis,” said Guggenheim while speaking with Collider. “So, the dilemma that we presented to our own selves was that we spoiled our own story. If Oliver dying isn’t the surprise, what is the surprise? We’ve figured the audience is expecting that Oliver would die in the climax, in the fifth hour.”
“So, if we go in the exact opposite direction and killed him off at the end of hour one, we accomplish two things,” added Guggenheim. “We, hopefully, do surprise the audience. That’s absolutely the intention. But we also really establish the stakes. Going into the next four hours, if Oliver Queen can die, then no one is safe.”
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Arrow star also sent out a post on Twitter that echoed Oliver’s last words.
Keep me in your heart.
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) December 9, 2019
However, the first episode of Crisis may have also provided a way to keep Amell in the crossover. On an alternate Earth, an older Oliver saved the life of Jonathan Kent. He also seemed genuinely moved to see Sara Lance again. How would Old Oliver react if he could meet his daughter as well?
Crisis on Infinite Earths episode 2 will be tonight’s episode of Batwoman on The CW.
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