With Arrow's fifth season about to begin, we are eager to see what's in store for our favorite hooded vigilante. But perhaps the one thing we're most excited for is the series's upcoming 100th episode. It's almost impossible to believe that the show has been on the air that long, but it is certainly a reason to celebrate it's remarkable run.
Traditionally, one way for a series to honor 100 episodes is to bring back some of its most beloved faces, and Arrow is already excelling at this — we recently learned that both Jamey Sheridan and Katie Cassidy will reprise their roles as Robert Queen and Laurel Lance/Black Canary. And now it has been revealed that Susanna Thompson will also be returning as Moira Queen.
Given that Thompson was an integral part of Arrow for its first two years, an appearance in the 100th episode isn't all that surprising — but how she might appear may be a different story. Although her role is being kept under wraps at the moment, there are some possibilities we may have to rule out. In regards to Jamey Sheridan's return as Robert Queen, executive producer Marc Guggenheim confirmed that it wouldn't be via flashbacks or the Flashpoint event that is currently taking place over on The Flash.
So, we can only assume that the same applies to Cassidy and Thompson. With that in mind, let's take a look at how the Queen matriarch could return and what her presence could add to the evolved show.
Back From The Dead
The mother of Oliver and Thea Queen, Moira was a mainstay on Arrow for its first two seasons until she was shockingly killed by Slade Wilson right in front of both of her children. She was certainly one of the show's deepest characters, and throughout both seasons, she struggled between failing Starling City or saving it — sometimes doing both. And this made her death at the hands of Deathstroke one of the most harrowing moments the show has ever produced. I think it's safe to say that we all were screeching at the TV set when the recently elected mayor bravely stood up and offered herself to Slade — saving her son from the impossible choice between her and his sister.
Since her death was during the pre-Flash era and the supernatural practically didn't exist, we just accepted that her death was final. But now, with Guggenheim's recent comments, perhaps the only logical way for her to return would be through a resurrection. It wouldn't be the first time people have come back from the dead on Arrow — just ask Sara Lance — so it wouldn't be totally unbelievable for Moira to reunite with her family.
Furthermore, since her husband Robert is going to make a dramatic comeback as well, it would make perfect sense for the two of them to rise from the dead together. Since Moira revealed that she knew about Oliver's secret identity as the Arrow only hours before she was killed, it would be interesting to see how she would fit into the whole "superheroic" vibe that all of the CW's superhero shows have now.
Without the family dynamic in recent years, the show has missed her presence and a reunion of the entire Queen family would certainly be an image we would all like to see for the show's 100th episode.
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Could Oliver See His Parents In A Vision?
If the sudden resurrection of both Oliver's parents doesn't sit too well with you, there is another option. With flashbacks and Flashpoint possibly ruled out, perhaps Oliver may end up seeing Moira in a vision. If you think about it, it actually works and would be a perfect way for the show to effectively utilize both Thompson and Sheridan for the episode without venturing into the supernatural world of resurrections.
It wouldn't be the first time Oliver has seen visions of lost loved ones. Remember when he was injected with the Mirakuru drug during Season 2 and he constantly saw his former island love Shado everywhere he went? It turned out that it wasn't really Shado but just a nasty side effect of the drug. Visions have been used effectively in the show before, and with an alien invasion about to enter the Arrow-verse — the 100th episode also happens to be its offering in the CW's superhero crossover — stranger things will most certainly happened.
A Message From Beyond
If Oliver doesn't see visions of his parents, perhaps he may actually see his parents. He never did get the chance to say goodbye to either of them, and perhaps with the theme of legacy — based on the death of his former lover Laurel Lance — running through the season, he may end up seeing the ghosts of all of these characters.
Moira and Oliver had a rocky year in the second season — especially when he found out that Malcolm Merlyn was really Thea's father — but they finally made things up shortly before her death. While this is definitely as close to closure as he could have gotten, I'm pretty sure that Oliver would love to see his mother one more time, just to know that she's at peace.
Perhaps she might want to tell him how proud she is — she did begin to let him know that when she revealed that she knew his secret. Furthermore, she may even want to offer him a little advice on mayoral duties — she was, after all, elected mayor just before her death.
With Arrow having ventured into the afterlife before with John Constantine saving Sara's soul, as well as metahumans, telepathic gorillas and aliens all in the same shared universe, ghosts don't sound that surreal, do they?
A Flashback To Her Death?
I know that Guggenheim ruled out flashbacks for Robert Queen, but that may not apply to Moira. After all, I can't help but think about the fact that Deathstroke may be returning also — although it's unknown if Manu Bennett will be portraying him. Perhaps Oliver revisits the night of her death, or even imagines it differently — with Slade in the Deathstroke outfit instead of his normal clothes. Perhaps this is the least likely theory but it's still a logical one. Deathstroke's return and Moira's return may be more interlinked than we think.
With Arrow's 100th episode on the horizon, it's good to know that they will be bringing back some of its most beloved characters. While Moira Queen certainly had her ups and downs, she loved her children unconditionally — proving it beyond a shadow of a doubt when she sacrificed herself to allow them both to live.
Now that we know Susanna Thompson will be returning to the show, we can only speculate on how Moira will reappear and in what capacity. But knowing the former Mayor of Starling City, it will be in style. Moira Queen may have "failed this city" once, but she has certainly not failed this show and its fans. I for one, can't wait to see her return!
Arrow Season 5 premieres on The CW on October 5. Are you excited about Moira Queen's return? Let us know in the comments!
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]