If you are an avid watcher of The CW’s hit show Arrow, then you are aware of the show creator’s on-going theme of showing Oliver Queen’s life before becoming Green Arrow in flashback sequences. It’s a way for the audience to understand what Oliver (Stephen Amell) had to endure in order to become the hero he is in the present. This theme has been going on since the show’s premiere and many DC Comics villains have made some pretty memorable appearances during the show’s run. This season during an episode called Second Chances, the elite assassin Talia Al Ghul (Lexa Doig) made an appearance in Oliver’s flashbacks.
As epic as her appearance was, fans couldn’t help but wonder if the character would be relegated to being a staple in Oliver’s past, or if she’d appear in the present time to spar with her old friend and his bow. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Marc Guugenheim confirmed what fans had been hoping for:
“We will see her in the present day. What she wants from Oliver in the past is very different from what she wants from him in the present.”
Guggenheim went on to confirm that Oliver will remain clueless as to who Talia really is partly because he doesnt even know her last name;
“Oliver couldn’t have heard it, because if he had, when Ra’s talked about his daughter he’d be like ‘Yeah, the other daughter I met back in Russia’. We were very cognizant not to retcon anything. So yes, she is Talia Al Ghul, but Oliver obviously doesn’t know that.”
With the season almost drawing to a close, fans can expect for Oliver to find out Talia’s true identity very soon. It’s unclear when exactly Talia will make an appearance in the present, but you can expect that once she comes face to face with Arrow that it won’t be eating marshmallows and singing Kumbaya.
Arrow airs on Wednesday nights at 8pm ET.