The Loop (TV)
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- "I was gonna let myself rot in prison for what I did. But you told me to atone for what I did as Spartan. And if that's true for me, then it's one hundred times truer for the Green Arrow. You don't just get to walk away from this, man. The Hood is who you are. You don't think you deserve it? Fine. Work to become the man who does."
- —John urging Oliver to reassemble Team Arrow
|Diggle and Felicity are shocked by Oliver's decision to call on the Bratva to help take down Prometheus. Concerned the Bratva may overstep, Diggle has a hard conversation with Oliver about what happens if things go south. Meanwhile, Felicity learns something shocking at Helix.|
- Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen
- David Ramsey as John Diggle/Spartan
- Willa Holland (credit only)
- Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
- Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt
- Josh Segarra as Adrian Chase
- Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance
- Rick Gonzalez as Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog
- Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake/Black Canary
- Carly Pope as Susan Williams
- David Nykl as Anatoly Knyazev
- Kacey Rohl as Alena Whitlock
- Alison Araya as Officer Lopez
- Raresh Dimofte as FSB Bratva #1
- Edwin Perez as Amir
- Celia Reid as Mayor's Assistant
- Troy Anthony Young as WITSEC Official
Preparation ran from January 31 until February 8, 2017. Shooting ran from February 9 until February 21, 2017, with a break on February 13 for Family Day.
- This is one of the few episodes in which Oliver doesn't wear his Green Arrow suit, though he wears his Hood suit in the flashback.
- The original theme music didn't play when the title card was shown at the beginning.
- The title refers to Oliver's brief disbandment of Team Arrow after his torture at the hands of Adrian Chase.
- After discovering the device Chase uses to pixelate his image, Felicity warns him that "winter is here", referencing the motto of Game of Thrones.
- When Oliver and Diggle are arguing in the latter's apartment, Diggle states that he knows "the good, the bad and the ugly" in Oliver's life. This is likely a reference to the 1966 film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
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