The women in Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) life have been having a rough time on Arrow this season. After only being engaged for a few hours, his newly minted fiancée Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) was shot by Damien Darhk’s men, paralyzing her from the waist down. Meanwhile, his sister Thea Queen (Willa Holland) has been struggling for months against the effects of her resurrection, and the intense blood lust it causes.

A byproduct of the Lazarus Pit, Thea is now driven by the need to kill and the only thing thought to cure it was to continue killing. Thea had been working on her self control, forcing herself to fight the urge to kill that arises whenever she went into combat, but the Pit demanded blood – and now she’s comatose, having chosen to die rather than kill others to live. Now, a new poster hints at Thea’s fate and how it is tied to her duplicitous father, Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman).

The CW has released a new poster (via Twitter) for this weeks upcoming episode ‘Sins of the Father’ that shows Thea in her full Speedy attire, hood drawn down and eyes shut. Behind her is her father Malcolm dressed as the new Ra’s al Ghul holding what looks like a knife. The episode tagline reads: The sins of the father are revealed.

Malcolm has always had his fair share of secrets, and it is possible that they are the true reason for why he was so understanding and permissive of Thea’s choice to sacrifice herself rather than caving to the blood lust. Of course, with Nyssa’s new offer to save Thea’s life if Oliver kills her father now on the table, it seems likely that we will again see more information come to light as they (again) go head to head.

While the argument could be made that Thea’s rapidly declining health makes her the prime candidate for the flash-forward grave, it seems more probable that her current state actually confirms her safety. Aside from the fact that that Nyssa’s flower-cure, Damien Dahrk’s powers, or the return of John Constantine could all save her, her death would be her choice. This hardly seems like Oliver’s tragic “responsibility”  and the episodes leading up the reveal are already addressing his issues with Thea as well as his guilt complex. Either way, the upcoming Arrow episode is sure to explore those themes further as well as give us more insight into the layered Malcolm Merlyn.

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The Flash continues Tuesday with ‘Welcome to Earth-2′ @8pm on The CW. Arrow continues Wednesday with ‘Sins of the Father’ @8pm on The CW. Legends of Tomorrow continues Thursday with ‘White Knights’ @8pm on The CW.

Source: The CW