‘Arrow’: Willa Holland on the start of Thea’s ‘downfall’

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theaThea Queen is in for a tough road that begins tonight in an all-new episode of Arrow. 

Willa Holland talked to The Hollywood Reporter about tonight’s “Deathstroke” and teased that this is just the beginning of Thea’s “downfall” this season.

“The circumstances are really scary and thrilling, in the sense that Thea has no idea what’s happening — all of a sudden, she gets kidnapped. She’s not being tortured by Slade physically; he’s mentally toying with her and with Oliver. It’s an intense episode for Thea, especially towards the end.”

“There’s a lot going on in Thea’s life that she’s aware of and that she’s not aware of,” Holland says. “This episode and the next few episodes are detrimental for a lot of characters — they’re bringing to light a lot of things that [can destroy] them all. This episode is the start of Thea’s somewhat downfall.”

Holland also teased a revelation that Thea will learn tonight that will drive a wedge between her and Oliver. Is it the truth of Thea’s parentage? Or could it be the truth of the Arrow’s identity? Either way she won’t be a happy camper.

If and when Thea finds out about her father, Holland posits that things won’t be pretty — rightfully so. She “would handle it the same way most people would handle it — if you found out something that is detrimental to your livelihood, you would probably freak out a little bit,” Holland hypothesizes.

And should Thea uncover Oliver’s Arrow identity — brother and sister already have a “long history of problems with trust” — their relationship may never be the same again. “She’s starting to finally come to a place where she can trust him and he is the only one who she can trust,” Holland says, hinting that Thea isn’t “too satisfied with her life at the moment.”

Read the full interview at THR.com.

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c.


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