Jessica De Gouw
The women of Arrow will take center stage on Wednesday (8/7c, The CW) when The Huntress returns to Starling City to settle a serious score against daddy dearest.
When Frank Bertinelli (Jeffrey Nordling) finally gets pinched after a year on the run, Helena (Jessica de Gouw) will return in hopes of getting vengeance on her father. But this isn't The Huntress that Oliver (Stephen Amell) remembers.
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"She's been all over the world chasing her dad to no avail thus far," de Gouw says. "And then she comes back to Starling where it all began, so she has to deal with not only encountering her father again, but also encountering Oliver, Laurel [Katie Cassidy] and this town that she was, at one point, thriving in. Of course, she's a little different this time around. She's let go of a lot. She's let go of all these complications and she's got a very focused aim."
Of course, her aim will put her directly at odds with Oliver, who has vowed not to kill his enemies since his former flame left town. Worse though is when she comes face-to-face with Sara (Caity Lotz), who is a kindred spirit when it comes to crossing the line to get vengeance. That will be especially evident when The Huntress inadvertently takes Laurel hostage and goes toe-to-toe with the Canary in an awesome battle sure to make fanboys (or girls!) squee. After all, it's not every day that future Birds of Prey team members are duking it out.
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But another future Bird will get to sing as Laurel also gets a taste of the action during the episode. "This is the episode where Laurel gets her groove back," executive producer Marc Guggenheim says. "We knew we wanted to return Laurel to the D.A.'s office and we knew that Laurel, by the end of the episode, had to be in a good, emotional place."
Though the Birds will be one member short, the producers already have plans on how to bring Oracle into the fold. "One of the things we'd love to do at some point is do an episode where you've got Black Canary, Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards] and The Huntress working together," Guggenheim teases. "That's on our show bucket list."
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Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
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