Arrow actress Lexa Doig who plays Talia Al Ghul in the fifth season of The CW series has revealed that an upcoming episode will explain Talia’s dynamic with her father Ra’s Al Ghul and sister Nyssa.
Doig recently spoke with Comicbook about how the fact that her character was never mentioned in previous seasons of the series that featured the League of Assasins deserves an explanation:
“With the introduction of a character like Talia, especially with an introduction in season five, having met other members of the Al Ghul family before and Talia never being mentioned, I think, begs an explanation a little bit.”
Doig also dished on her character explaining that her own personal take on Talia is that she is someone who can operate in both the shadows on the outskirts of society and also in the real world and that is what she is trying to teach Oliver before he returns to Star City:
“To me, it was a far more interesting choice to place Talia — at least mentally — in the real world as well. You’re just as likely to see her sitting in a board room orchestrating a hostile takeover of a corporation as you are in leather firing arrows at people and slicing somebody across the neck. And that’s kind of what she’s teaching Oliver to do. Is to sort of have almost a split identity or to separate the vigilante part of himself or that hero part of himself from how he has to live in the real world. And I think that’s probably why that’s a good final step before he goes back to Starling City.”
Doig also teased that if we were to see a meeting between Nyssa and Talia it “would probably be fairly violent.” She explained that she sees Talia having her own moral code that differs from the code her family and the League of Assassins live by but that they are still her family and we will eventually learn why she hasn’t been in contact with them on the show before:
“She has her own moral code. It makes absolute sense to her but it’s not something that she would necessarily project onto anyone or expect anyone to understand or live by. However, within her family, I think there is a certain amount of understanding or expectation because that’s where it comes from. Nyssa is family and there are reasons why they are not obviously in contact or close from the time that you’ve seen the Al Ghul family on Arrow before. But family is still family, they come first in a lot of ways. They’re also the ones you fight with the worst.”
Arrow returns next week with the episode “Checkmate”. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Checkmate” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DLV) (HDTV)
OLIVER SEEKS THE TRUTH — Oliver (Stephen Amell) gets closer to the truth about Prometheus. Meanwhile, Helix refuses to continue helping Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) until she does a favor for them. Ken Shane directed the episode written by Beth Schwartz & Sarah Tarkoff (#516). Original airdate 3/15/2017.”
Arrow airs on Wednesday 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.