'Arrow': Ra's al Ghul Twist Leads to Unimaginable Choice

The vigilante found himself in a position quite different than the last time he visited Nanda Parbat.
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[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Wednesday's episode, of Arrow, "Nanda Parbat."]

Oliver has received the offer of a lifetime.

Ra's al Ghul (Matt Nable) asked Oliver (Stephen Amell) to take over his title and lead the League of Assassins on Tuesday's Arrow, after capturing him and Diggle (David Ramsey).

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The move gives a strong nod to Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, in which Ra's was initially played by Ken Watanabe, who was actually a decoy. He was revealed to actually be Liam Neeson by the end of the movie, with Neeson giving a nod to the idea that the title of Ra's might be passed from one person to the other, and this how he achieves his immortality. In the comics, Ra's cheats death thanks to regular baths in the restorative waters of the Lazarus Pits.

Oliver now has a choice. If he joins The League of Assassins as its leader, it would certainly be hard for him to stick to his "no killing" vow, though perhaps he could reform the group as its head.

If he did take the title, he is in a better position to leave Starling City than he might know. Fledling superhero Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) provides the possibility that Oliver could potentially exit and feel like he wasn't failing his city. As the Atom, Palmer took a flight for the first time, and he could potentially be a protector to fill Oliver's shoes.

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But things are also more complicated since Oliver left Starling City to hunt Ra's for a second time. Oliver's sister Thea (Willa Holland) confessed her role in Sara's (Caity Lotz) death to Nyssa (Katrina Law), Sara's former lover and Ra's' daughter. Thea freed Nyssa, and now Ra's' daughter will also have a choice. She can either take out her anger over Sara's death on Thea, or save her rage for the man truly responsible, Thea's father Merlyn (John Barrowman), who drugged her and forced her to kill Sara.  

Like Oliver's "death," earlier this season, it's unlikely he will be leaving Starling City for good (the show has been picked up for a fourth season, and The Atom is being eyed for its own spinoff). But whatever happens, these questions won't be tackled until the next episode, the aptly titled "The Offer."

Arrow returns March 18 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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