Arrow executive producer Wendy Mericle has confirmed Willa Holland will appear as Thea Queen in all five remaining episodes of the series’ fifth season.
The actress signed a shorter contract for season five, appearing in only 14 of the 23 episodes which has led the writers to come up with organic ways to weave her character in and out of the season. After her bloodlust was cured last year, Thea departed Team Arrow in fear that she was beginning to become like her father Malcolm Meryln only for her to begin to become like her Mother after she took up a career in politics as the Chief of Staff to her brother as Mayor. In recent episodes, Thea engaged in dirty politics in order to protect her brother and his administration when she framed Susan Williams (Carly Pope) for plagiarism and caused her to lose both her job and credibility as a reporter.
In a recent chat with TV Line, Mericle explained that the final episodes of season five will feature both Thea coming to terms with who her parents are and her dealing with her questionable morality:
“Thea is the daughter of sociopaths, which is one of the biggest challenges any human being can really face… so she’s going to grappling with that and trying to understand: What is this in her that makes her so kind of Moira-esque, and how is she going to manage it? Ultimately, she and Oliver are going to come to the same conclusion about how to do that, by the finale.”
But Thea isn’t the only one who has engaged in morally questionable activities as Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) has also been on her own downward spiral. The events of season five have led the resident hacker of Team Arrow to join the hacktivist group Helix in order to defeat Prometheus and salvage what is left of Team Arrow.
While Diggle (David Ramsey) has tried to get Felicity to come to her senses, Ramsey has teased that he’s done trying to appeal to her sense of morality:
“We’re going to come face-to-face with Felicity’s Helix acquaintances and her allegiances to them and the stakes are going to get higher before they get lower. Diggle’s had a heart-to-heart with her, like he did with Oliver nearly every week in Season 1 and 2, and he appealed to her higher, moral self. But we’re going to get past talking at this point. Now it’s time to place foot to rear ends, as it were.”
Arrow returns on Wednesday, April 26, for the final five episodes of season 5. The series airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET.PT on The CW. Make sure to check back at Heroic Hollywood after every single episode of Season 5 for our weekly reviews.
Source: TV Line