Despite a misdirect early in Arrow's Season 6 premiere that seemed to reveal that Thea Queen (Willa Holland) aka Speedy died in the Lian Yu explosion, it was actually revealed later in the hour that she survived and ended up in a coma. It's been months since Thea fell into a coma on Arrow, and she still hasn't woken up. And the all-too-brief visits from her older brother Oliver (Stephen Amell) in the hospital really haven't been enough to satisfy fans of her badass character. When the Arrow showrunners told fans that the island explosion fallout would be lasting, they certainly meant it. But she can't stay in that coma forever... right?
Thankfully, during Bustle's visit up to the Vancouver set of Arrow, series star Amell gave some hope on the matter. While he couldn't reveal whether or not Thea will wake up from her coma, he does drop some hints while sitting in the middle of the Team Arrow bunker. "Willa has been back with us recently," Amell teases with a smile.
"I don’t think it’s a big reveal to suggest that series regulars, when they are in comas, tend to wake up eventually," Amell says with a laugh. "I can’t really tease a ton of that. But, assuming that Willa is back at a certain point, I think that there’s some interesting things we can do for her character."
In fact, Amell even has an idea for her character that he had pitched to the writers earlier that morning. So Thea may be down right now but she's certainly not out of the show for good. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, that's something to be grateful for.
And Arrow is actually taking the time to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, albeit in a very nontraditional way.
"It sort of works like every other holiday or moment that should be fun, which is to say that it goes to shit almost immediately, like in act one," Amell says of this Thursday's episode, airing at 9 p.m. "But it ends on a relatively happy note."
While Emily Bett Rickards, who plays Felicity Smoak, couldn't reveal too much about the specifics of the episode, she was thrilled to get to celebrate her favorite holiday onscreen this year.
"I think the holiday we always miss is Halloween, which is a real unfortunate event because putting on more costumes in this show would be great," she says with a laugh. "Anytime we can have more Thanksgiving festivities around the world, I think Thanksgiving should be at least four times a year so I was happy about that."
But after the holidays and the upcoming four-show crossover with Supergirl, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, it's back to business as usual for Arrow. And with all the non-crossover villains lining up to take aim at Team Arrow, the masked vigilantes are going to have their plates full post-turkey time.
"The Vigilante reveal is definitely something that they're going to deal with, but also Cayden James [Michael Emerson] is really going to be trying to put his stamp onto what he wants the city to look like, and the revenge he wants to get back on ARGUS and everyone who made him pay and sit in that cell for so long," Echo Kellum says. "You'll definitely see them dealing with Ricardo Diaz [Kirk Acevedo], and Anatoly [David Nykl] is out there, Black Siren's [Katie Cassidy] out there, so you'll see this kind of 'all hands on deck' atmosphere come up."
So hopefully Speedy wakes up soon, because with Oliver not suiting up as the Green Arrow and his replacement Diggle (David Ramsey) compromised with his injury and steroid use, Team Arrow is going to need the assist.