Last week, Arrow kicked off its sixth season in style with a premiere that contained every bit of the intensity we’d come to love in the previous year. As such, we slowly learned who survived the blast on Lian Yu, with Oliver Queen’s baby mama, Samantha, being the only confirmed casualty. Still, we found that his sister, Thea, wasn’t left unscathed.
As it turned out, the final move in Prometheus’ deadly game left her in a coma, with her now residing in a Star City hospital. Obviously, this calls into question just how much we’ll be seeing of actress Willa Holland, whom longtime fans have come to know as a series regular since the first season aired.
If you’ll recall, season 5 saw her take on a much more limited role, as Holland appeared in 14 out of 23 episodes. Sure, it may not sound like much of a reduction to some, but there were a fair amount of viewers who noticed her absence, wondering what it meant for the future of the retired vigilante.
Well, according to executive producer Marc Guggenheim, “she’s on a similar deal as she was last year,” but he wasn’t clear on how many episodes Holland is contracted for this time around. It could be 14 yet again, or her schedule could be even more limited. If we were to hazard a guess, Thea may very well stay comatose until the back half of the current season. We’d like it if she were to appear in the next big crossover, “Crisis on Earth-X,” but it’s hard not to notice that she’s nowhere to be seen on the first promo poster.
Arrow airs on Thursday nights on The CW.