The Loop (TV)
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- "I'm saying that there is a man who killed Darhk in cold blood. And that same man stood on top of a car and gave the city its hope back. What you're feeling isn't darkness, it's a schism. You're at war with two sides of yourself."
- —Felicity Smoak to Oliver Queen
|Oliver teams up with a surprising force in an attempt to stop Damien Darhk and his magic once and for all.|
- Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
- Katie Cassidy (credit only)
- David Ramsey as John Diggle/Spartan
- Willa Holland as Thea Queen/Speedy
- Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
- John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn/Dark Archer
- Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance
Special Appearance By
- Audrey Marie Anderson as Lyla Michaels
- Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Amanda Waller
- Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt
- Jimmy Akingbola as Baron Reiter
- Nolan Gerard Funk as Cooper Seldon
- Carmen Moore as Mina Fayad
- Elysia Rotaru as Taiana Venediktov
- Charlotte Ross as Donna Smoak
- Keri Adams as Bethany Snow
- Marrett Green as Reporter
- Tuesday Hofmann as Nora Darhk
- Brent Hirose as Bystander
- John Murphy as Husband
- Robin Wilcock as Prisoner
Preparation ran from March 30 until April 7, 2016. Shooting ran from April 8 until April 19, 2016.
- This is the lowest-rated episode of , with a rating of 5.5.
- Sara Lance later learns of the episode's events during "" and the madness Damien Darhk slipped into once he lost his wife. She taunted him with this in "", leaving Darhk to try and change his future by time-traveling with Eobard Thawne.
- Afterwards, the two traveled to the date of Damien's death in 2016, hours after he died in this episode, to recruit Malcolm Merlyn in "".
- This episode is the very last time that Oliver and Team Arrow are in the original present day, before the aberration of the Flashpoint timeline and the events of "".
- The title of this episode comes from the conversation Oliver had with Felicity where she points out the two different sides of himself from when he murdered Darhk and helped restore the Star City citizens' hope.
- This is the last episode to credit John Barrowman as a series regular, as he is downgraded to special guest star in season 5.
- This is the last episode to credit Echo Kellum as a guest star, as he is upgraded to series regular in season 5.
- In a flashback, Amanda Waller orders the Khushu Idol to be taken to The Slab. In the comics, The Slab is a maximum security super-villain prison based in Antarctica.
- When Felicity is looking at the map of released missiles, Star City is located where real-world Chicago would be.
- Oliver kills Darhk by stabbing him with an arrow, the same way Darhk killed Laurel in "".
- During the final showdown between Green Arrow and Darhk, a cameraman can be seen close to the camera filming towards the viewers' point of view.
- Felicity says that the closest ICBM was headed to Star City from Warren Air Force Base in Colorado. If she is referring to Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, it is located in Cheyenne, Wyoming and not Colorado.
- While Oliver is giving his speech on top of the taxi, one can see a Canadian flag flying from the facade of a building. This is a giveaway to the show being filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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