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Oliver and company return to where it all began and exchange emotional goodbyes during "Purgatory," a table-setting episode that tees up the impending Crisis nicely.
So yes, "Purgatory" is both the table-setting episode to end all table-setting episodes and a message: That was nice, but it's over.
Yes, the end is near, but it doesn't feel that near. That being said, it's impossible not to be moved when you see Oliver share a moment with Rene and Dinah, and especially with Diggle.
A love letter to Season 1, the aptly titled 'Purgatory' takes Arrow right back to the beginning in order to propel it towards the end, and the result is poignant trip down memory lane that successfully kicks off the Crisis.
Oliver saying goodbye to Diggle is almost like the fans saying goodbye to the show, and that is something no one is ready to do. Thankfully, there are still three more episodes before that has to happen, and we can stay in denial for a bit longer.
From a show about a rich man's brutal revenge, Arrow has become a show about finding your team, learning to treat them better, protecting those you love, and making sure they know you care.
It's only fitting for the story to bring Oliver and his team back to where his journey began more than a decade ago.
If there's one thing the Arrow writers do so excruciatingly well, it's the emotional moments with an impression, especially in the final act of the hour.
The actual explanation behind this episode's big resurrections is pretty flimsy, but the plot of "Purgatory" is far less important than the urgent tension, hard-hitting action and rich, emotional character moments.
Not as strong as last week's episode, but delved into Oliver's heart maybe more than many other episodes and it's nice to have these even at the end of the series.
It's weird how Arrow started off so promising this season and then tumbled along to Crisis. "Purgatory" didn't make the ride any smoother, but time has run out as far as ending the series on a high note.
If this was the last of Lyla as fans knew her, it was an anticlimactic and sudden end that could be overshadowed by the hell that breaks loose in the Crisis.