Arrow: Season 3 Finale Fight Breakdown

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A short analysis/breakdown. It will include crucial moments from the part in normal speed and sometimes slow motion. It seems that there is a lot of misconception when it comes to this fight so it will hopefully help a bit:

The Fight

The fight starts rather evenly, nobody can get the upper hand although it's worth noting that Ra's and Oliver switched places:

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Therefore Oliver was the first to land any form of attack by utilizing his legs:

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Ra's gets up and attacks Oliver while the latter is on the ground. He eventually managed to land a kick and get up:

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So far it's 2:0 for Oliver but it's worth noting that the first maneuver didn't give him any advantage and the kick merely allowed him to get up. Still, hit is a hit.

After a short break the fights continues and once again there is no clear victor, they switch places twice but it's rather easy to tell who is who:

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Here we can see the fight from Lance PoV:

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Note that Oliver ends up closer to the bridge, it's hard to tell if he pushed Oliver so I won't count is a hit, nevertheless moment later he lands a kick:

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Oliver was staggered and even fell to the ground; worth noting that Ra's could have finish the fight here but decided to let Oliver recover.

2:1 for Oliver but that one hit was much more meaningful that the other two if you ask me.

They engage each other once again and after brief exchange of blows, Ra's once again land an elbow attack:

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2:2

Now if you closely follow both combatants it appears that Oliver wrestle with Ra's and the latter should be pinned to the guard rail:

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However it seems like Ra's managed to turn around while they were wrestling and so Oliver end up pinned. I'm not counting it as a hit for Ra's (althought it seems that Ra's is simply physically superior ):

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Oliver might have been tired, I leave the decision up to you. Anyway, he couldn't break free and Ra's quickly throw him on the ground, once again leaving him staggered:

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Yet again Ra's refuse to finish Oliver and let him get back to the fight.

3:2

Oliver tries to slash Ra's but the latter quickly stops the strike with a kick, punch Oliver in the face and break his swo. The fight pretty much ends at 4:2 and I'm not counting pinning Oliver to the rail and breaking his sword.

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Ra's has the third opportunity to finish Oliver but he decide to start villain monologue, if that's not enough instead of stabbing Queen in the throat he decided to gor for an overhead strike:

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Needless to say it ended up with Ra's death:

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Conclusion

It's hard to take seriously how this fight ended. Ra's arrogance and PIS lead to his downfall and I'll leave up to you the final decision, for me the fight ended at 4:2 or even 5:2 if we count pinning Oliver down. Two of Ra's hits had much more effect than those of Oliver (kick and throw, he could have ended the fight after each on of them).

If we add three hits Oliver landed during that cringe-worthy final scene then it's 5:5 or 5:4 if we won't count Ra's overpowering Oliver. One fact remain, Oliver never outskilled or outperformed Ra's, I find it hard to call them equals at that point, Arrow scored two hits at the beggining and managed to hold his own for quite a nice time but ultimately Ra's was literally letting him go back to the fight and his strikes had more impact(the only thing Oliver achieved with the roll was Ra's standing above him while he was on the ground, kick only allowed him to get back on his feets).

While Queen is clearly good enough to hold his own, Ra's was still superior fighter and died because of his own arrogance.

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