#FriendshipGoals - Laurel and Felicity
Talk about a pairing we never knew we needed. Laurel and Felicity have been working together throughout Season 7 in an attempt to free Oliver from Slabside. Despite their relationship starting out as strictly professional, the two have quickly formed a bond and their friendship has been a major highlight of Season 7. They share undeniable chemistry and have way more in common than anyone would like to admit. They both struggle with the darkness inside them, and Laurel has been the key to keeping Felicity's newfound darkness in check. Hopefully, these #Besties will continue to pal around despite Oliver being released. These two solving crimes together breathed new life into the show, and Arrow Fanatics are living for it!
#2019FitnessGoals - Oliver Queen
Oliver Queen has always been shredded, he's been God's gift to humanity since the beginning of Arrow. However, since there wasn't much for Oliver do in prison, especially because he didn't have any friends at Slabside, working out was one of the go-to activities for him. Oliver's Slabside workout routine turned his six-pack into an eight pack and added muscles to his body not seen on most normal human beings. If something were to happen, and Oliver was in desperate need of money, he should consider selling some fitness DVDs called "Oliver Queen's Prison Workout." He's sure to make a fortune.
Villian We're Most Excited About - Stanley
The best villains are always those who seem like friends but turn out to be foes. That was the case with Stanley, Oliver's fellow inmate and only friend at Slabside. Oliver tried to avoid being friends with anyone at Slabside but the little scamp weaseled his way into Oliver's heart. The two became pals but things took a turn for the worse when Oliver found out Stanley killed one of the guards. It turned out the little scamp was a bonafide psychopath who was super obsessed with Oliver and the Green Arrow. Arrow Fanatics only got a taste of what's to come with this psychotic lunatic and after killing Brick and escaping Slabside, we know he'll figure out a way to insert himself in Oliver's life once again and wreak havoc on Star City.
Villian We Need To Get Rid Of - Ricardo Diaz
The villain of the season was a tried and true formula that has been done on each and every Arrowverse show. So, it seemed inevitable that Diaz's journey was coming to a conclusion at the end of Season 6. Yet, he appeared again on Season 7 and played a very prominent role. Bringing him to justice was Oliver and Felicity's motive throughout the first half of the season and when it looked like they finally did just that on "The Slabside Redemption," he was brought back to the surface by Diggle and Lyla. Unless Arrow figures out a way to reboot his character and make him different, he needs to be let go just like the rest of the villains of Arrow's past.
Best Episode - "The Slabside Redemption"
This episode had everything comic book fans and Arrow Fanatics could ask for. From non-stop action sequences to an emotional reunion, from start to finish it was one of the best episodes Arrow's produced in a really long time. The Slabside story arc was the best story told on Season 7 and "The Slabside Redemption" was the perfect way to culminate it. Oliver's emotional journey as Inmate #4587 led to this "Shawshank Redemption" break out. While Oliver was the main focus in the episode, there were also standout moments for Stanley and Turner. Turner became the hero we knew he could be and Stanley became the psychotic villain we all wanted him to be. Most importantly though, "The Slabside Redemption" finally gave Oliver some closure when it came to Diaz, which was a long time coming. If you love watching Oliver kick some serious ass for 45 minutes, this is the episode for you.
Worst Episode - "Level Two"
It's been a pretty solid season of Arrow so far, but Arrow Season 7 Episode 4 stands out for all the wrong reasons. The episode's main focus was on Dinah and her identity crisis. "Level Two" focused so much of its time on Dinah's melodrama, and how she defined "justice" changed. If that wasn't bad enough, she was also a major focus in the flashforwards. Roy and William's journey was quite interesting up to that point, but the introduction of Dinah fell flat, and the storyline only started to pick up steam again thanks to the introduction Blackstar. Oliver's story was also watered down. His only involvement was in a therapy session that was quite dull. If it wasn't for the humble beginnings of Laurel and Felicity's friendship, "Level Two" would've been a snooze fest.