SPOILER Destroyed in Arrow Final Season Premiere
Arrow’s final season kicked off tonight, sending Oliver Queen on his first mission for The Monitor after parting ways with his family in the Season 7 finale. While fans had been prepared for an emotional episode thanks to various teases and teasers promising a return of sorts to key moments in Oliver’s past in the months leading up to tonight’s Season 8 premiere, “Starling City” contained quite a few major surprises as Arrow leads the march to “Crisis on Infinite Earths”. That includes a stunning, devastating destruction that will have major impact across the Arrowverse.
One of the things that becomes quickly apparent in tonight’s episode is that Oliver (Stephen Amell) didn’t somehow travel to the past. He’s not even on Earth-1. Instead, Oliver is on Earth-2 and on that world, Oliver Queen didn’t come home from the shipwreck of the Queen’s Gambit in 2012 the way Oliver did on Earth-1. Instead, he’s been missing for 12 years — the Gambit went down in 2007. While the episode never explains where that Oliver ends up, it’s probably safe to assume that on Earth-2, Oliver Queen died. Earth-1’s Oliver uses the lack of his Earth-2 self to come “home” to Starling City and acquire dwarf star particles for The Monitor.