With Black Canary (Juliana Harkavy), Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), Arrow has a strong cast of female characters — but there have been a couple not getting much screen time yet this season: Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson) and Thea Queen (Willa Holland). We know that Thea has been in a coma since the season finale, but as a series regular, you know she has to come back at some point. And with the John Diggle (David Ramsey) story going on right now, you know Lyla will have to get involved. TVLine has some information on when we will likely see both characters.
Anderson reprises her role of the head of A.R.G.U.S. this week. Ramsey says that the secret of Diggle's injury and sketchy treatment "will have to blow up, and it will, and Lyla will confront him about it, which is which is always interesting because you're talking about the woman who is the leader of A.R.G.U.S. — talk about secrets! There's always an interesting conversation between them about that."
Meanwhile, Stephen Amell mentioned:
"Willa [Holland] has been back with us recently… I don't think it's a big reveal to suggest that series regulars, when they are in comas, tend to wake up eventually…. But, assuming that Willa is back at a certain point, I think that there are some interesting things we can do for her character. I know I had an idea that I pitched today, actually."
We get Lyla back this week, and it sounds like Thea was around for the filming of episode post-crossover. As for Amell's idea, since he already successfully lobbied to get the Bruce Wayne name drop — I would love to know what his idea was.