'Arrow' Season 8 episode titles hint Oliver Queen might return to island Lian Yu one last time before his impending death
The story of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) started when he was stranded on the island of Lian Yu. Now with 'Arrow' finally coming to an end at the close of its upcoming eighth season, it looks like Oliver might be preparing to return to Lian Yu one last time.
The last episode of the shortened season 8 is going to be the show's tie-in episode with The CW's crossover event 'Crisis on Infinite Earths'. As of now, Oliver is expected to die in that episode, though it is entirely possible that he might manage to come out alive through some unforeseen last trick.
That said, the showrunners and stars of 'Arrow' have made it pretty clear Oliver's predicted doom is going to be weighing pretty heavily on his mind. The final season will reportedly take the show on the road for a farewell tour and it seems the last stop on this journey is going to be the deserted island where it all began.
The penultimate episode of the season is titled 'Purgatory', which is the English translation of the island's name. Having Oliver return to the island would bring his story full-circle and it could be a beautiful way to say goodbye to a hero who has given his all to keep his city, his family and his friends safe from harm.
Oliver has come a long way from his days as a rich brat whose only thought was to fulfill his own desires. His being stranded on Lian Yu was the first step in a journey that saw him become first a bloodthirsty vigilante called the Hood, then an honorable hero known as Arrow, and finally the Green Arrow, the man who would willingly trade his life to save the multiverse.
It's been a long and amazing journey and there's no better place to end it than in the purgatory where it all began.
'Arrow' Season 8 will begin airing on The CW October 15.