Executive producers Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim understand their audience. While non-comic book nerds will most definitely be tuning into “Arrow”– the DC adaptation of popular Green Arrow comics — there will be a slew of fanboys and fangirls ready to see their beloved vigilante take a leading role on screen. And for their special dedication, the producers are already hiding Easter Eggs in the pilot to find.
Case in point, Willa Holland plays Thea Queen, the vigilante’s little sister. During her interview with the CW, she points out a very interesting Easter Egg hidden within the first episode. Here’s how it goes down:
Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) went missing after a boating accident in a rough ocean, and during that time, little Thea grew from a child to a seventeen-year-old girl — also changing from being studious to extremely wild. Oliver walks into her bedroom as she fumbles with a line of coke. She quickly stands in front of her bad girl behavior and greets him with the name “Ollie.” He replies back saying, “no one has called me that in a while, Speedy.”
Some may recognize the nickname as Green Arrow’s sidekick. There have been many versions of Speedy in the comics — some male — but the female version has a slightly tumultuous past, beginning with child prostitution. Speedy eventually convinces Green Arrow to take her under his wing, and like her mentor, she wields arrows — specifically trick ones.
Speedy is not actually Oliver Queen’s little sister in the comics, but we can still expect a twist.
About the nickname, Willa Holland says, “A little hint there, you know, I have been talking to the show’s writers and they’ve been saying they have a lot in store for me.”
Would you be up for a sidekick? Better yet, would you like to see Oliver Queen’s little sister fighting crime along side him? As a fan of Willa Holland, I’m just happy her story arc will not simply be in Green Arrow’s shadow. She has too much talent to hide behind a set of abs.
Watch the full interview below:
— Becca Ritchie