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‘Arrow’: Oliver fatal flaw isn’t his lust for killing, it’s his trust issues

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The plight of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) over the last couple episodes has been a frustrating one to watch. After being tortured physically and mentally by Prometheus (Josh Segarra), Oliver realized that he actually enjoys killing and in doing so disbanded his team and decided to call in Bratva to finish off the Season 5 villain, rather than further “corrupting” his team.

The problem is, killing isn’t Oliver’s fatal flaw: It’s who he chooses to trust, and his decision-making abilities. Oliver decided to believe what Prometheus was saying about him, accepting that he was a cold-blooded murderer, rather than believing in the team that has been with him since the very beginning. That includes Diggle (David Ramsey), who Oliver actually came to blows with before realizing how terrible an idea it was to bring Bratva to Star City.

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Oliver’s habit of acting rashly first and asking questions later is what ends up doing so much damage in his life and this is just another instance. Given everything he’s been through, which we’ve seen play out in endless flashbacks over five years, it’s understandable that he would have trust issues. Things haven’t really come easy for Oliver since he got stranded on that Island. That said, it doesn’t excuse him and the choices he makes — or the damage they do.

And it’s not just his vigilante life that winds up in trouble because of these trust issues. Look back at his failed engagement to Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), who ended their relationship because he lied to her for so long about something as major as having a child. Oliver is reckless with who he chooses to trust and what he chooses to do, and eventually it’s going to catch up to him.

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When that happens, will anyone be left at his side? While the team tends to stick to their mission, at a certain point not being trusted by the man leading you will become too much to handle. Being friends with him? That’s an even harder task.

It’s time to reevaluate how you make your decisions, Oliver, before it’s too late.

“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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