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Willa Holland Is Returning to Arrow for Season 8

This is one cameo we were seriously hoping for!

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Arrow's Queen family reunion just keeps getting bigger and bigger! TV Guide has confirmed that Thea Queen (Willa Holland) will return in a recurring role for the final season of Arrow. TVLine and Green Arrow TV were the first to report the news of Holland's return.

Oliver (Stephen Amell) will probably be thrilled to have his sister back with the family, which also includes Thea's nephew William (Ben Lewis) and her niece Mia (Katherine McNamara). Thea and Oliver's late mother Moira (Susanna Thompson) will also appear in the Season 8 premiere.

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Ever since Holland left the show in Season 6, we've missed Thea Queen dearly. But we've been satisfied knowing she's off on a mission to destroy Lazarus Pits around the world, having experienced their negative side effects first hand. She'd previously gone off on this mission with her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), but we discovered in Season 7 that he'd actually been killed in one of those confrontations with the Thanatos Guild, at which point Thea and Nyssa (Katrina Law) decided to bring him back to life using one of those Lazrus Pits, resulting in his own bout of bloodlust.

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We're so glad that Holland decided to reprise her role as Thea, because we always knew Arrow's final season wouldn't be complete without Speedy!

Arrow premieres Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 9/8c on The CW.

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