A character’s sexual orientation isn’t exactly the most newsworthy thing you’ll come across, in particular on a comic book adaptation when there appear to be so many of them as of recent. Whether it’s Hogarth on Jessica Jones, Jesus or Aaron on The Walking Dead, Alex Danvers on Supergirl, or Curtis Holt or Sara Lance on Arrow. But here we are, and speaking of Arrow, let’s use that awful segue as a way to talk about last night’s episode, “The Longbow Hunters.” More specifically, let’s talk about William.
Now a lot of things went down in the recent episode of Arrow, whether it was Oliver trying to find new information on the warden, Dinah Drake tailing and ending up joining forces with Black Siren, or Diggle and Felicity disagreeing on the methods in which they should attempt to rescue Oliver or take down Diaz. But in the middle of all of this, you’ve still got Arrow pulling a Lost with the flash-forwards, with an older William, played by Ben Lewis, on Lian Yu with an older Roy Harper.
While the details on why Roy is here and why William is on the island are continuing to unravel, in the middle of the conversations, we learn that William is gay. Yes, when Roy asks if Felicity and Oliver left him, William confirms this to be so, also stating that his boyfriend wonders why he has commitment issues. If you’re not paying attention, you may miss the line, and the line and revelation itself aren’t all that important here in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a detail inserted into William’s character that builds him out a bit without feeling forced.
And, at the same time, it makes you wonder what led to the separation between Oliver, Felicity, and William in the first place. Though chances are that William’s orientation had nothing to do with it. Did you happen to catch the line about William having a boyfriend on last night’s Arrow? Any thoughts on that? Let us know in the comments below.
Arrow stars Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy, Katie Cassidy, Colton Haynes, Ben Lewis, and Kirk Acevedo.
The series airs on Monday nights at 8 P.M. on the CW.