'Arrow' team breakdown 'Arrow' midseason finale; offer hints for second half
Creators Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim on what it all means going forward
On how significant the disintegration of his relationship with his mother is to Oliver:
Kreisberg: It's huge. Oliver's one big, giant flaw is that he sees the best in people. Greg Berlanti's always said that Oliver has the exterior of a pessimist, but at heart he's an optimist. At heart, he really does see the good in people, and wants to see the good in people. I think that's why he's tried so hard with Helena, and why he's tried so hard with Sara, and why he's tried to reason with Slade. I think with his mother, despite all the terrible things that she's done, he can still logic his way through it. He can't see the evil in Sebastian, because he sees the good in him. But this time, he can't hide anymore. He can't pretend. He just can't pretend anymore that she's not a monster, and not a villain.