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"Life was...a series of cycles. A time to be born, a time to die...a time to kill."
Damien Darhk

Oliver and Diggle learn that Merlyn is going to try to break Darhk out of prison. Meanwhile, Laurel gets a surprising offer.

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  • A Death in the Limelight: Laurel gets a lot of focus in this episode between her relationship with Oliver and the rest of Team Arrow as well as her double life and the possibility of her possibly leaving the Black Canary behind and focusing entirely on being a DA. Sure enough she dies at the end of the episode.
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  • Ambiguous Situation: The fact that we don't overhear Laurel's last request of Oliver right before her death has already started up theories on him helping her fake her death. Word of God denies this, but they've lied before.
  • Arc Welding: The idol Darhk uses for his powers is confirmed to be the same one Reiter searched for on Lian Yu.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Thea says she considers Malcolm this. He doesn't return the sentiment.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Malcolm and his minions break into the bunker in order to steal Darhk's idol back.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Darhk gets his powers back after the idol is rebuilt, injures Laurel enough to kill her, and escapes from prison.
  • Bait-and-Switch: At first it seems like Laurel is going to recover, but then you remember there's ten minutes in the episode left...
  • Bond One-Liner: Darhk, to Laurel:
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  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Darhk simply leaves (with Merlyn, Andy, and other lackeys in tow) after stabbing Laurel, despite the fact that he easily could kill all of Team Arrow right then and there.
  • Broken Tears: Diggle sheds the most Manly Tears after Laurel dies. Word of God says it's Guilt Complex due to not seeing the fact that his brother is Evil All Along directly led to her death.
  • Buried Alive: Oliver and Taiana try to seal the tunnels in order to trap Reiter. Unfortunately, Reiter already found the idol by then.
  • Character Death: We now say goodbye to Dinah Laurel Lance note .
  • Darkest Hour: Laurel is dead, Ruve Adams is now mayor of Star City, and Darhk has escaped from Iron Heights with his magic regained and full knowledge of Team Arrow's identities, and about 60 inmates have now escaped.
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  • Death by Adaptation: Black Canary.
  • Disappointed in You: In a very twisted example, Malcolm is actually disappointed that Thea doesn't kill him, even when she has the chance.
  • Downer Ending: Laurel is dead thanks to Darhk, who is now free thanks to two of Team Arrow's family members (Malcolm and Andy Diggle). Oh, and Quentin suffers a heart attack after losing another daughter again.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Initially, it seems like Andy is still on Team Arrow's side, as he tells them of his meeting with Merlyn and even takes an arrow for Oliver. The latter however still has his suspicions, but John blows him off. Sadly, Oliver is proven right, as he sides with Darhk and gives him back the missing piece of the idol.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Laurel confesses to having always been in love with Oliver just minutes before flatlining.
    Laurel: I know that I'm not the love of your life, but you will always be the love of mine.
  • End of an Age: The Tagline for this episode was "Witness an end of an era".
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Malcolm looks uncharacteristically troubled during Darhk's gloating towards Team Arrow at Iron Heights. Possibly out of concern for Thea, since Darhk has finally worked out who the Arrow is; Darhk even mentions that Merlyn kept Team Arrow's identities a secret.
  • Event Title: The title refers to Laurel's time of death.
  • Evil All Along: Andy never changed, he was still loyal to Darhk through and through.
  • Evil Is Petty: Darhk kills Laurel to get back at Captain Lance.
  • Handicapped Badass: Malcolm is still able to fight with only one hand.
  • Heel–Face Mole: Andy Diggle. Only Oliver is suspicious of him, and rightly so.
  • He's Back: Darhk, once he's reunited with his idol, he becomes the killing machine he was back in the beginning of the season.
  • Hope Spot: The case with Laurel, as the doctor initially states she will get better, only for her to die anyway.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • For some reason, Team Arrow thought it was good to rebuild Darhk's idol.
    • Later on, it's revealed that Andy does indeed have the missing piece, which Team Arrow should have at least accounted for before entering Iron Heights.
  • I Gave My Word: Darhk tells Laurel that he promised he would kill her if Quentin betrayed him.
  • Internal Reveal: Darhk reveals that he's worked out the identities of Team Arrow, since Andy mentioned that John worked for Team Arrow and then he began to to make the connections.
  • It's All My Fault: Diggle blames himself for Laurel's death, since he ignored Oliver's warning about Andy being a traitor.
  • Irony: Laurel's death, since she resurrected her sister, earlier in the season.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Laurel tells Oliver that she has always loved him even though he has already moved on from her.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Andy does a very convincing job of pretending that he's on Team Arrow's side, and has been like this the whole season.
  • Manly Tears: Oliver, Diggle and of course Quentin shed them after Laurel dies.
  • Mayor Pain: Ruvé is officially sworn in as mayor.
  • Mythology Gag: Darhk reveals that the idol was forged by the homo magi.
    • While Oliver getting 48% may not seem like one, this also means Ruvé got 52%.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: While Laurel's friends were with her in her last minutes, none of her family are.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Thanks to Diggle not believing in Oliver's warning about Andy possibly being a traitor, Darhk was able to regain his magic and escape Iron Heights, but not before fatally wounding Laurel.
  • Offing the Offspring: Averted, Malcolm won't kill Thea in any fight.
  • One True Love: Laurel admits to Oliver that despite all of the rough patches their relationship has gone through, and the fact that she knows he doesn't feel the same way anymore, he's still the one she loves.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Quentin (and Dinah) loses another daughter again.
  • Papa Wolf: The reason why Malcolm stole the Idol for Darhk - he wants to make sure Thea is spared from Genesis. Of course, given what happened as a consequence of that, Thea isn't going to appreciate the favor.
  • Playing the Victim Card: Andy pulled this off when Diggle walked into his apartment and finds Oliver torturing Andy for information about Darhk. It doesn't help Oliver when there's no solid proof that Andy's still a traitor until it was too late.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Turns out everything Andy did for Team Arrow so far (including taking an arrow for Oliver during this very episode) was only to get their trust so he can lead them right into Darhk's hands.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Darhk, to Laurel:
    Darhk: Lance, 9 months ago, I made your daddy a promise. I told him what I would do if he betrayed me. I want you to give your father a message from me. I want you to tell him—
    [he stabs Laurel with an arrow]
  • Properly Paranoid: Oliver is very suspicious of Andy. It turns out, Andy is a mole still loyal to Darhk.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: Malcolm is able to recruit some old League loyalists to assist him.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Ruve Adams wins the mayoral election due to not having an opponent (though Oliver still got 48% of the vote as a write-in candidate).
    • Just because Nyssa dissolved the League of Assassins, doesn't mean all of its members stopped being evil. So Malcolm is able to recruit the remains of his old loyalist faction.
    • Given how dangerous Team Arrow's work is, it was only a matter of time before somebody didn't come back from a mission.
  • Retirony: Laurel decides to quit being the Black Canary to work full time as the DA to keep tabs on Ruvé, with the mission at Iron Heights being her final mission as Black Canary. Of course, it ends up being her final mission period.
  • Ship Tease: The episode has a quite a few moments between Oliver and Laurel with the two of them offering each other heartfelt advice and Flashback!Oliver even shows the photo he has of her for the first time in forever. Unfortunately any hope that these two would get back together is sunk by the episodes end.
  • Shout-Out: Damien isn't the first DC villain to claim he's a man of his word before killing someone although this is in a different context.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: OK, not that shocking but Laurel does randomly flatline after the doctors declared she would be okay.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: The bunker's security is upgraded to try and avert this, but Malcolm and some assassin goons still get in.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Damien killing Laurel was because her father betrayed Damien, so Damien wanted payback for that. Her death was also used as a reason for Oliver to kill Damien later in "Schism".
  • Taking the Bullet: Andy takes an arrow for Oliver, as part of his cover.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Damien and Malcolm's partnership is this, consisting of thinly-veiled threats and insults.
  • Terminology Title: "11:59" means "Intensive attention: high hazard, business areas" in police codes.
  • There Are No Coincidences: Why Ollie is so suspicious of Andy; he tells him that Merlyn wants to hi-jack a missile, Merlyn breaks into the bunker instead.
  • Title Drop: Courtesy of Dr. Schwartz who announces the time of death for Laurel.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: We finally see who fills the grave teased all season. And the main advertisement for the episode featured Dr. Schwartz announcing the time of death.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The official synopsis mentioned that Felicity would have a heart-to-heart conversation with Curtis. In fact, Curtis does not appear in this episode nor is even mentioned, and Felicity herself only appears at the very end after Laurel is hospitalized.
  • Undying Loyalty: A number of former League of Assassin members are revealed to still be loyal to Malcolm.
  • The Unfettered: Malcolm in a very twisted way. He's well aware that breaking into the Bunker to steal the idol (and Laurel's death) permanently burned any chance of reconciliation between him and Thea, but in his mind it's necessary to keep her safe from HIVE's evil plan.
    Malcolm: [talking to Darhk] I don't think you appreciate what this cost me!
  • The Un-Reveal:
    • Whatever request it is Laurel asks of Oliver right before her death, which Word of God says will stay secret until Season 5.
    • Whoever Oliver vowed to kill in the flash-forward (a vow that Felicity agreed with) has not been revealed; while Darhk was directly the one who killed Laurel, Malcolm and Andy Diggle both played major parts in it as well.
  • Wham Episode: Laurel Lance dies. Her death was foreshadowed since the season premiere.
  • Wham Line: Darhk, to Andy:
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Last episode, HIVE was content to let Darhk rot in prison. It's not explained how or why they changed their mind (Malcolm helps him out because he wanted to keep his daughter safe from Genesis, but without HIVE's support Darhk shouldn't be able to threaten her with whatever this is. Of course if Darhk is restored to HIVE he can personally oversee Thea's saftey).
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit:
    • Taiana uses one to get the drop on Reiter's men.
    • One of Darhk's goons holds Andy hostage, and Darhk threatens to shoot him in cold blood unless Team Arrow lowers their weapons. Of course, this is all a ploy, as Andy is firmly on Darhk's side.

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