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Here's Why Willa Holland's Thea Queen Was Never Going To Be Killed Off 'Arrow'

Here's Why Willa Holland's Thea Queen Was Never Going To Be Killed Off 'Arrow'

By now, you’ve heard that Willa Holland has left Arrow after last night’s episode.

EP Marc Guggenheim is talking about the original star’s exit and how her exit storyline came to be.

While we always knew that Willa‘s character, Thea Queen, wouldn’t be killed off, there were talks of doing just that.

“We talked certainly about the low-hanging fruit of ‘Well, the simplest thing to do is bring Colton back and have her and Roy ride off into the sunset together,’ sort of the way they do at the beginning of the episode,” he shared with EW. “That to me was the obvious choice. That’s the thing that you would expect given the story that we’ve told with Roy and Thea since season 1.”

But it wasn’t the right storyline at all. Not for Thea.

“That was one of the first choices we immediately discounted, because we never wanna do something that’s so patently apparent,” Marc adds. “Killing her off was never on the table. I’ve always been very sincere and consistent in my view that Oliver just can’t lose his last remaining family member. So that was never even on the table.”

Bringing Colton Haynes back into the mix for Willa‘s exit was just what the show was looking for.

“I had bumped into Colton on the Fox lot months earlier and we started talking and he expressed a desire to come back to the show, because he had a window of free time. I was like, ‘Actually, that works out great!’” Marc revealed to TVLine.

He adds, “It worked out really, really well because we always knew that in a perfect world, Thea’s departure from the show would involve Roy in some way. Roy’s been such a big part of her story that [Colton’s return] was a fortuitous circumstance.

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Thea Kisses Roy As Colton Haynes Returns To 'Arrow' Tonight - Watch The Clip!

Thea Kisses Roy As Colton Haynes Returns To 'Arrow' Tonight - Watch The Clip!

Thea (Willa Holland) talks with Roy (Colton Haynes) while also saving him in this still from Arrow.

In “Doppelganger”, Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Thea are shocked to hear that Roy Harper is back in Star City.

However, when they discover the circumstances of Roy’s return, Oliver and Thea realize that Roy is in trouble and jump in to save him.

Check out the sneak peek clip below now!

Arrow airs TONIGHT @ 9PM ET/PT on The CW.

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Willa Holland Does A Little Holiday Shopping Before 'Arrow's Mid-Season Finale

Willa Holland Does A Little Holiday Shopping Before 'Arrow's Mid-Season Finale

Willa Holland checks out a little clothing shop at The Grove in Los Angeles on Monday night (December 4).

The Arrow actress shopped around for a new dress, but didn’t seem to leave with anything. Afterwards, Willa was seen texting a friend.

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After not appearing in most of the first-half of the season, Willa will be back for the mid-season finale of Arrow, airing this Thursday night (December 7).

It also happens to be a momentous occasion — a bigger wedding for Oliver and Felicity!

Check out a sneak peek image in the gallery below!

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Stephen Amell Weighs in on Thea's Return to 'Arrow'

Stephen Amell Weighs in on Thea's Return to 'Arrow'

If you’re like us, you’ve definitely been missing Thea on our screens in Arrow‘s new season.

While we know she’s in a coma from the explosion on Lian Yu, it looks like she’ll be coming out of that soon, at least according to Stephen Amell.

Speaking with TVLine, Stephen shared that “Willa [Holland] has been back with us recently…”.

He adds, “I don’t think it’s a big reveal to suggest that series regulars, when they are in comas, tend to wake up eventually. But, assuming that Willa is back at a certain point, I think that there are some interesting things we can do for her character. I know I had an idea that I pitched today, actually.”

Hmmm, wonder what exactly that storyline is.

Either way, we are excited to get Thea back on the show.

How Many Episodes Will Arrow's Willa Holland Be in For Season 6?

How Many Episodes Will Arrow's Willa Holland Be in For Season 6?

Last week on Arrow, we learned that most of Team Arrow survived that blast on Lian Yu — all except Samantha, William’s mother, and Thea, who is now in a coma.

The latter has us wondering if we’ll see Thea at all in the upcoming episodes, and if and when she does return, for how long?

TVLine dug a little deeper and showrunner Marc Guggenheim revealed that Willa Holland “is on a similar deal as she was last year.”

In Season 5, Willa only appeared in 14 out of the 23 episodes.


So, looks like we don’t have an official count of episodes that Thea will appear in just yet. Stay tuned!

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