Across the entire Arrowverse, Marc Guggenheim & Co. have killed off a whole lot of characters the past few years. But, there’s one you definitely don’t have to worry about.
While talking up the latest episode of Legends of Tomorrow to Entertainment Weekly, which put Felicity in a superhero costume and killed her in the opening scene (don’t worry, it was an alternate reality), Guggeheim revealed the one character he will never kill on Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.
So, who’s the bulletproof hero? Thea Queen, aka Speedy. The character has been through a lot across the series, and is currently retired from superhero-ing (and the show in general) after sustaining too much emotional trauma. Guggenheim said they’ve taken so much from Oliver, it wouldn’t be right to kill his only remaining family member. So, no matter what, Thea is safe.
Here’s the choice excerpt:
“There’s two lines in the sand that I’ve drawn for Arrow for myself. I can’t speak for Greg [Berlanti] or for Wendy [Mericle], but for as long as I’m involved with the show, the two things I never want to do is kill off Thea [Willa Holland] and put Felicity in a mask and a costume. Those, to me, are two lines that I just think are a bridge too far. Thea, because we’ve taken so many family members away from Oliver, and Felicity because when you put a character like that in a costume, I think it diminishes who that character is and it makes the idea of superheroics seem silly.”
Guggenheim’s reasoning makes some sense, and after everything Thea has gone through, killing her would be a crappy ending for her character’s arc. But, since we know she’ll be alive, they need to figure out a story for her that isn’t terrible. Like, now-ish. Because Thea has been wildly underutilized the past few seasons.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)