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Warning! The following contains spoilers for "Crisis On Infinite Earths Part 1." Read at your own risk!
Part 1 of The CW's "Crisis On Infinite Earths" has finally aired, and it had quite the ending. There was action, heartbreak, a new appearance, and a big exit that came as a shock to everyone.
It was a lot to unpack, but for anyone feeling a bit out of the loop, all hope is not lost. Here are some of the major moments of the final minutes unpacked and explained to get you back up to speed in time for Part 2.
Oliver Queen Is Dead
In perhaps the biggest twist of the evening, Oliver Queen died after staying as long as he could on Earth-38 to ensure as many people could escape as possible. His efforts literally saved a billion lives, but came at the cost of his own life. Did Oliver for real die in the first hour of "Crisis On Infinite Earths?"
It's definitely possible, though it's worth noting the Arrow-verse has done a fake out death a handful of times in the past. In either case, Oliver effectively passed the torch of Green Arrow to his daughter Mia so, expect to see her doing a bulk of the arrow shooting in the foreseeable future. Again, don't be surprised if we see more Oliver, or another character played by Stephen Amell before this special is up. Can The CW really kill Oliver before Arrow concludes?
Nash Wells Became Pariah
Remember the daring Nash Wells from Season 6 of The Flash? Well, that whole post-credits sequence from the week prior's Batwoman finally got a follow up and Nash Wells is now Pariah. To be quite honest, the reveal only made a bit more sense, as Pariah revealed he is now a servant of sorts forced to bear witness of the events that pass after he freed the Anti-Monitor.
It's still a bit confusing on whether his penance was instilled by the Monitor or Anti-Monitor, though the end result is ultimately meaningless. While DC Comics made the original Pariah immortal and invulnerable, he lacks any other superpowers that will make him of any use of the events that pass. He will bear witness, and possibly provide useful insight to the heroes going forward, so expect to see him hang around some of the heroes.
Events Have Not Unfolded The Way The Monitor Predicted, And "Everything Is Doomed"
Oliver's death was a shock to all, including The Monitor and Pariah. The Monitor is ultimately the most shaken, as everything he laid out to that point was a road map for what would ultimately save humanity from the Anti-Monitor. Oliver dying this soon means events won't unfold the way he initially foresaw, and that it's entirely possible the Anti-Monitor wins and humanity is destroyed. This was why Pariah dramatically announced "everything is doomed," before the credits rolled.
Now, we're not going to speculate that this special ends with the Anti-Monitor's victory and DC's surprise cancellation of a bulk of their television programming, but we can speculate some things the Monitor revealed prior to Crisis may not come to pass. This means Barry may not die, specifically, which was one of the biggest reveals of The Monitor leading up to Crisis.
Billions Have Already Died
A few billion people survived due to the evacuation from Earth-38, but that was really a drop in the pot compared to the amount of lives lost in Part 1 of "Crisis On Infinite Earths." Argo City as well as several earths were lost, which has upped the loss of life into the double digit billions. Not a great start for the good guys!
The good news is that Earth-1 is still safe, for now. That said, it may become an even bigger target for the Anti-Monitor soon since the Earth-1 heroes made their stand to fight off his forces on Earth-38. If the Anti-Monitor is looking to end this battle quickly, what better way than to target the home world of a majority of The Monitor's closest allies? Earth-1 stayed somewhat free of the fray for now, but it wouldn't be surprising if it becomes a battleground soon enough.
"Crisis On Infinite Earths" is just getting started on The CW, with the special picking back up Monday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Continue to stick with CinemaBlend for more on the mega-crossover, and for the latest news on what's going on in the world of television and movies.