Unfortunately, last weeks episode of ‘Arrow’ titled ‘Heir to the Demon‘ was the last one we’ll get for several weeks as the show takes a hiatus during the Winter Olympics. But the series went out with a bang! And several twists.
Things took an interesting twist when Ra’s Al-Ghul’s daughter Nyssa arrived in Starling City to collect Sara and return her to the League of Assassins. Sara, who had previously had a relationship with Oliver, revealed that she and Nyssa had been lovers during her time with the League.
In another twist, it turns out that Thea is actually the daughter of Moira and Malcolm Merlyn, a fact Thea has kept concealed all these years, until now. Felicity actually makes the discovery and after Moira refuses to disclose this information, Felicity takes matters into her own hands, driving a wedge between the Queen family.
So should viewers expect additional fallout from these events? Absolutely!
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg spoke regarding Nyssa and Sara’s relationship, stating “It was really more about Sara. It felt like something new and different.” He insists that the move wasn’t meant “to be salacious. It’s a pretty chaste relationship from what you see on screen. For us, it touched on a couple of interesting things: the idea that Sara found herself in this terrible world [of the League of Assassins] and found this one person who treated her with love and kindness. And even the way it bounced back off [Quentin] Lance, this hardened, tough cop who’s probably not the most progressive guy — the fact that he was like, ‘I’m just glad you had somebody who loved you and took care of you during those nightmare years,’ those moments felt like they would be special and play for us.”
Fellow executive producer Marc Guggenheim added “We specifically avoid using the term bisexual; we didn’t want to label her at all. Let her be her own person and if the audience wants to label, fine. And by the way, maybe Sara’s had other female relationships in her past, but we’ll get to that in due course when it’s right — if it’s right.”
Nyssa’s freeing of Sara from her obligation to the League was essential for the shows plotlines. “Part of the reason we did this episode was to free Sara, at least for the time being, from the threat of the League of Assassins, which will allow her to fully be the Black Canary and come home,” Kreisberg said. “You got a glimpse of how some people are very happy and some people are very upset. You’re really going to see how Sara’s return affects everybody. Hopefully people will be surprised by the reaction.”
The producers also assured that viewers haven’t seen the last of Nyssa and to expect to see more of her later this season. Of course things are sure to be complicated with that whole Nyssa kidnapping Sara’s mom thing and then Sara hooking up with Ollie. Ollicity fans everywhere collectively screamed.
Expect Oliver and Felicity to grow closer, even after she spilled Moira’s dirty little secret. Guggenheim expressed, “It would never even occur to Oliver to be angry at Felicity; all Felicity is is the messenger here. I think his anger is correctly directed at Moira.” Also, Felicity mentioned her father walking out on her and her family. The producers hinted that this will also factor in in the future.
As for the fallout from this discovery, Kreisberg stated, “For [Moira’s] arc this season, it’s really about redemption. She went to jail and kind of got away with it. She still hasn’t really paid for what she did and in this episode, again she’s paying off doctors, she’s threatening Felicity, she still hasn’t had her ‘come to Jesus’ moment despite what you think would be rock bottom — and that’s coming. This is a fracture to her relationship with Oliver that is not going to be mended in an episode.”
Thea will also find out the truth, Guggenheim explains, “There’s a great scene between Oliver and Thea about this territory in episode 17, where both Stephen [Amell] and Willa [Holland] are absolutely phenomenal together. There’s so much in the Queen family that is impacted by just the amount of lies — not just Moira’s lies, just lies all over the place in this family. Almost every episode [after] this one really deals with the ramifications and different dimensions of all those lies. Can you have a family, even, based on lies — with so many lies present?”
Obviously, there’s much they’re keeping under wraps. Even with as much as they tend to spoil ahead of time, the creators still keep viewers on their toes with a bunch of surprises throughout the season.
What are you hoping to see by the end of this season?