Now that Arrow‘s Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has become the new Heir to the Demon, it raises the question of what this means for the previous owner of that title, Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law), who has set up shop in Starling City as she trains Laurel (Katie Cassidy) to fulfill her comic book destiny in becoming the Black Canary.
“Nyssa was the Heir to the Demon,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim says. “There’s a real question as to whether or not Nyssa poses a threat to Oliver’s ascension to Ra’s.”
Therefore, it won’t be long before Oliver—ahem, Al Sah-Him (or Wareeth al Ghul, if you’d like)—returns to Starling to track Nyssa down. But don’t expect those Oliver left behind to just stand by and watch. The team is “not necessarily all on the same page in terms of how involved they should be getting here,” Guggenheim says. “There’s an argument to be made that she’s not the nicest person ever. Part of the fun of episode 21 is seeing the very different perspectives that our characters have on this issue. They’re not all on the same page.”
With that said, allegiances will be tested. “Laurel, Diggle [David Ramsey] and Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards] probably go through the biggest roller coasters of any of the characters, because everything that they thought gets turned upside down in these final episodes,” Guggenheim says. “They really have a lot to deal with and some big decisions to make in terms of where their loyalties lie and how far they’re willing to go in order to save Starling City.”
“We’re building up towards our season finale, and usually that puts Starling City in the crosshairs in some way, shape or form,” he continues. “It’s a very different kind of season end for them, because we blew up the show, so it just stands to reason that episodes 21-23 would be very unconventional, certainly in regards to Diggle, Oliver and Felicity.”
What does this ultimately mean for Nyssa, who is not technically a member of Team Arrow and has left the League of Assassins behind? An ominous tease from Guggenheim about the final episodes including a wedding could spell the answer to her fate: “It’s both a wedding and a marriage,” he says. “The ceremony actually finishes. It does reach a conclusion.”
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.