OLIVER MAKES A DARING MOVE THAT COULD COST HIM EVERYTHING — Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Diggle (David Ramsey) face their biggest challenge yet. Curtis (Echo Kellum) is disappointed to find out his new boyfriend has a firm anti-vigilante stance. Mark Bunting directed the episode written by Sarah Tarkoff & Jeane Wong (#617).
-to no one's surprise willa holland aka thea queen/speedy exited the show in last night's episode "the thanatos guild"
-leaves with roy and nyssa to destroy [Spoiler (click to open)]three discovered lazarus pits malcolm knew about and to "right her father's wrongs"
-willa went to producers at the end of s4 and said she wanted time for herself and asked for a reduced number of episodes for s5 & s6
-s6 was the end of her contract and she decided against signing again & asked to leave mid-season
-having thea (based on mia dearden in the comics) be oliver's sister was one of the first major creative liberties writers changed when they wrote the show
-wrote thea off in a way that suggested a bigger story was yet to come for her, a new beginning and not just an end (i.e. her just riding off into the sunset with roy)
-killing off thea was never an option
-the door is open for willa to return
-even without her on screen thea's story can be told in an animated series, comic book, or companion novel
-show is likely to return for 7th season
-according to jjj: the cast is banding together for contract renegotiations
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