Major Women In Oliver’s Post-Island Life
Part 1: Instinct
In Ep. 1x07: Vendetta, Oliver left Moira (his own mother) bleeding on the sidewalk so he could chase down the assailant.
In Ep. 2x03: Broken Dolls, Oliver stayed with Felicity until Diggle arrived. Only then (when someone he trusted with Felicity’s safety was present) did Oliver chase after the attacker.
Part 2: Choice
In Ep. 2x01: City of Heroes, the Fake Hoods’ leader had Thea (Oliver’s own sister) heldat gunpoint. The man was going to kill her. But Oliver shot him in the shoulder, rather than killing him.
In Ep. 2x03: Broken Dolls, Laurel would most certainly have died at the dollmaker’s hands, but Oliver did not kill the attacker. He pinned the man to something, intending him to go to prison.
In Ep. 2x07: State V. Queen, Felicity was not going to die. She would have been drugged, and required the antidote (which QC created the same night). But at the mere hint of her being harmed in any way, of her feeling pain, Oliver killed the Count instantaneously.
- With Moira, Oliver’s instinct was to chase the attacker, not to sit with his bleeding mother.
- With Thea, Oliver sat indecisively aiming at the man right up to the moment he shot the arrow. And it wasn’t the threat to Thea that made him snap, so much as it was the man’s remarks (however unknowingly he said them) about Oliver being a killer to exact justice.
- With Laurel, Oliver made no move to kill Barton Mathis. He chased the man and chose to pin him down rather than kill him.
- With Felicity, Oliver’s instinct was to stay with her and protect her, Oliver was not indecisive about his aim towards the Count, and Oliver chose to kill him rather than pin him down.
This kept floating in my mind, so I had to make another little analysis about it. And here we are.
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