"I am the Green Arrow. I realize that I've denied that claim with the same conviction with which I'm speaking now. I have let good people stand accused of things that I've done. Roy Harper is not the Green Arrow. Tommy Merlyn is most certainly not the Green Arrow. These are two names on a long list of people who have given so much and sacrificed everything in the name of my crusade. Some of them gave their lives in the pursuit of one simple objective-- to save our city. Star City still needs saving. Last night, we dealt our enemy a critical blow, but there is still work to be done, so I'm looking to the people of this city, I'm looking to my allies, to my friends, to my partners... and I'm asking them to continue, to keep fighting. I'm asking them to complete our mission... to save our city."
Oliver Queen[src]
"Life Sentence" is the twenty-third and final episode of the sixth season of Arrow, and the one-hundred-thirty-eighth episode overall. It aired on May 17, 2018.


With a new ally on his team, Oliver engages Diaz in an epic final battle.[src]




  • In addition to Paul Blackthorne's final appearance as a series regular, this episode also marks the last to be co-written by Wendy Mericle at the time she and Marc Guggenheim stepped down from their duties as showrunners.
  • Quentin's death mirrors Laurel's Earth-1 counterpart from "Eleven-Fifty-Nine". Both Lances were sustained a mortal wound to the abdomen and died later after having an abrupt seizure in the hospital after a heartfelt talk with Oliver.
  • The title refers to Oliver volunteering to serve life in prison at the Slabside Maximum Security Prison for the crimes he committed as the Green Arrow as part of a deal he made with the FBI in order to protect the team's identities the moment he outed himself to the public.
  • Diaz references the 1957 film adaptation of Old Yeller after he shoots Quentin, who took the bullet for Laurel. Laurel later mentions it by name when she knocks Diaz off of the roof.
  • Quentin mentions the time he interrogated Oliver in "Damaged".
  • The cast and Marc Guggenheim called Oliver's outting a game-changer for the series filled with long-lasting ramifications and things that cannot be undone. According to the latter, it acts more of an unconventional kind of finale that still feels like a season finale.[1][2][3]
  • Stephen Amell jokingly hoped the finale is 3/10th's as good as Parenthood's series finale where the entire Braverman family appeared in the final scene of the series together except for Zeek.[4]


  1. The Arrow Season 6 Finale Is "A Real Game Changer" - GreenArrowTV
  2. Arrow Season 6 Finale: Ramifications and Things That Can’t Be Undone - Bleeding Cool
  3. 'Arrow': Stephen Amell Says Something Happens on Show That They Can Never Undo - Comic Book
  4. Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) - Twitter

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