Arrow set a fresh standard for comic television back in 2012 when it presented a new kind of small screen superhero. Oliver Queen had no superpowers or supersuit or super pals to save the day for him. He had a bow, he had a quiver, and he was willing to use just about any means necessary to achieve his goal of saving his city. Oliver was by no means the first dark and gritty hero to hit the streets in costume, but he did have one quality that set him apart from most other superheroes. Oliver Queen was willing to kill.

I'll be the first to admit that the stunts were at their best in the early days when Arrow would unleash Oliver and let him end the bad guys permanently. The action rivaled anything on the big screen. Still, Oliver gave up killing following the death of Tommy, and he's stayed mostly on the no-killing wagon ever since. Here are three major reasons why he shouldn't return to killing on a regular basis in Season 5. This topic has been pretty divisive here at CinemaBlend and if you disagree, you aren't the only one. Check out Conner's take on the topic, here.

The Show Is About Oliver's Evolution

Arrow is essentially a superhero origin story spanning five seasons. The pilot introduced us to Oliver at his very lowest on two fronts. Flashback Ollie was a spoiled sleazeball with terrible hair who took his girlfriend's sister on a sex cruise, and Present Oliver was a cold-blooded killer. The show ever since has been about Oliver's upswing toward becoming a balanced superhero in his own right. His vow to stop killing was a step in the right direction. To begin killing regularly again would negate all his progress. Killing every once in a while - such as with the Count in Season 2, Ra's al Ghul in Season 3, and Damien Darhk in Season 4 - can work for the greater good, but he shouldn't revert to his days of murdering minions who happen to cross his path. Arrow is a cumulative and evolving origin story, not a procedural.

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