Say it with me now, people: Oliver Queen is alive! Yeah, that's never going to get old. As you and all of my neighbors know due to my squeals of joy, Arrow's midseason premiere episode "Left Behind," concluded with Maseo's wife Tatsu bringing Oliver back to life — a gesture that we will all be eternally grateful for. (Seriously, we owe you, girl!) But the thing is, we still have no idea how she went about doing so. I mean, don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining. Far from it, actually. It's just that Oliver was in pretty bad shape what with being stabbed and laying out in a blizzard while shirtless. So I'd be curious to know what she did to make him all better again.
The Lazarus Pit is one very possible option. Perhaps Tatsu is responsible for keeping watch over it, which would explain why Maseo apologized for having come to her for help. I mean, I assume allowing just anyone to use the healing waters of the Pit is strictly forbidden. In fact, she could probably end up getting into quite a bit of trouble with Ra's al Ghul is he were to ever find out. She may be excellent in martial arts, but judging how easily he defeated Oliver, I'd say he's better.
And let's not forget that we currently have no idea what's happened to Tatsu from the time she was kidnapped in Hong Kong up to the present day. In the comics she's known by the name Katana and in the New 52 is a member of the Birds of Prey with Black Canary. But other than that, we know very little about her or how Arrow intends on handling her particular character. So learning a little more background on her as the episodes progress could certainly help to explain how she wound up so close to the League of Assassins' lair. Does Ra's know she's there? Is she working for him? Right now, your guess is as good as mine.
But perhaps the Lazarus Pit has nothing to do with it. (Stephen Amell himself recently hinted that the Pit would not be used on his character.) So there could be something else out there with similar properties. Maybe Tatsu's in possession of some powerful herbs that help to miraculously treat even the most fatal of wounds. It certainly wouldn't be the first time we've seen such a powerful drug with accelerated healing. (Looking at you Mirakuru!) Really anything is possible at this point.
The main thing that makes me so convinced that his recuperation is at least somewhat related to the Lazarus Pit is the fact that Maseo came right out and said that Tatsu brought Oliver back to life. She didn't just heal him — she legit made him rise from the dead. Surely no such drug could conjure such a impressive feat. A Pit on the other hand… I'm just saying let's not totally rule it out. Amell could just be trying to throw us off the scent. (It's been known to happen, believe me.)
Normally Arrow has a tendency to shy away from the supernatural aspect of things, but hey, desperate times call for desperate measures. And as long as the result was getting Oliver back, you'll hear no complaints from me.
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