Last week on ARROW, Thea’s returning bloodlust grew too much for her. Her decision to internalize her need to take a life instead of killing someone became more than her body could sustain.
Oliver (Steven Amell) was going to make a deal with Damien Dahrk (Neil McDonough) whose magical powers seem to take away the bloodlust temporarily, but the meeting fell through.
Thea (Willow Holland) ended up in the hospital, comatose from the effects.
Malcolm (John Barrowman) offered to supply her with a local deviant to kill to alleviate the symptoms, but Thea (Willow Holland) refused to take another life.
Both in pain, Malcolm and Oliver seemed to overcome the chasm in their relationship and agreed to abide by Thea’s wishes. For the first time in months, the two men seemed to have repaired their fractured friendship.
Enter Nyssa (Katrina Law) with a proposition for Oliver…kill Malcolm and give her the ring to ascend to the position as head of the League of Assassins. In exchange, Nyssa will supply the cure for Thea’s bloodlust.
Tonight, Oliver is faced with how to respond to Nyssa’s offer. With Thea having only a couple of days left before she dies, it is clear to Laurel (Katie Cassidy) that Malcolm is expendable.
For Laurel, the situation is win-win. Save Thea and rid the world of the man who killed her sister and Tommy.
Oliver is not convinced. Despite his low opinion of Malcolm, he knows that killing Thea’s father might save her physically, but destroy her emotionally.
To that end, Oliver suggests that Laurel negotiate with Nyssa while he talks to Malcolm. If the ring is the only reason that Malcolm must die to save Thea, perhaps a compromise can be reached.
After all, Malcolm seems like he is willing to do anything to save his daughter, including giving up his position as head of the League.
While that seems simple, the situation could be more complicated. Will a simple handover be possible, or must there be a battle to take the ring by force?
Thea will not be the only Star City resident tonight with daddy issues. Charlotte Ross and Tom Amandes return as Felicity’s (Emily Bett Rickards) parents.
ARROW also stars David Ramsey and Paul Blackthorne. Colton Haynes is rumored (but not confirmed) to be making a visit as Roy Harper.
Tonight’s episode, “Sins of the Father” was written by producers Ben Sokolowski & Keto Shimizu and directed by Gordon Verheul.