Spoilers for Arrow’s series finale, “Fadeout”, below:
In the series finale of Arrow, Oliver Queen was laid to rest and his friends and family said their final goodbye to him. The final episode of Arrow was dedicated to paying tribute to the man who started it all- Oliver Queen. So the final episode titled “Fadeout” saw the return of a number of figures from Oliver’s journey over the show’s eight seasons. One of this was the return of Rory Reagan/Ragman. While there was the usual goodbye but there was more to Ragman’s appearance than just that.
While we are on the topic of Oliver’s death after Crisis, it must be said that Crisis on Infinite Earths is nothing like Avengers: Endgame and here’s why:
Ragman Helps Find William Queen
In the final episode, before everyone could say goodbye to Oliver there was one final mission to undertake. Ahead of Oliver’s funeral, William gets kidnapped in Central City. Felicity is able to track the boy to Star City but there are too many locations to check and just a handful of heroes to do the job.
This makes Diggle call everyone- Roy, Thea, Curtis and more help. This gang also includes Rory. He shows up and suits up in his rags to help find William, pairing up with Rene/Wild Dog to do so. Ragman returns and not only is he dressed for the rescue but, we soon see the mystical rags of the Devarim work once again. He is back as a vigilante and reveals to Rene that he has continued to fight for justice and has tried to carry on Oliver’s legacy in his own way. It’s a huge development for the character.
Ragman Has His Mystical Rags Back
Rory’s rags have been restored in a significant way from the last time we saw the character. We last saw him use his rags to wrap it around the bomb and try to save everyone and himself in Season 5’s “Bratva” episode. Rory was successful in that mission but it was too much strain on his rags. They lost their powers and Rory chose to ultimately leave the team and figure out how to fix the issue. Before leaving, he told Felicity that he will return one day.
Before Crisis changed everything, Rory’s status was unknown. It was shown that he became a target of the vigilante hunter Chimera in Season 7. While it’s still not known what happened there but the rebirth of the world may have reset Ragman’s fate. Yet what matters is that he made good on his promise to Felicity. He did, indeed, return to Team Arrow, even if only for one last mission.
Arrow’s series finale was everything we had hoped for and more. It’s always bittersweet to bid goodbye to a long running show. But it’s legacy lives on in the form of the Arrowverse and Green Arrow and The Canaries.