[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Arrow ahead.]
Quentin Lance has always had a rough ride, when it comes to the DC superhero TV series Arrow. Losing his daughter after she had already ‘returned from the dead’ (following the wreck of the Queens’ ship she was onboard years before), he’s been forced to rebuild relationships with his children more times than a parent should ever have to. Once she was buried, Team Arrow discovered the infamous Lazarus Pit and found out that Sara could be brought back once more - but now with her leading the Legends of Tomorrow, she’s hardly got any time for her father. Couple that with the fact that Quentin’s second daughter Laurel died during the fourth season of Arrow and you’ve got just the right combination for a heck of a lot of trauma.
With one of his daughters dead and in the ground (and presumably not making a full-time return, despite Katie Cassidy’s willingness to make a comeback), while the other is traveling through time hoping to right the wrongs of the world, Quentin has found himself becoming a father figure to Thea Queen - who lost her father in the same wreck that Sara was a part of. Though he may not realise his new position and the influence he has on the young Queen family member, there’s definitely a shift in dynamics taking place.
Chatting about the forever-changing relationship Quentin has with Thea, actor Paul Blackthorne told CBR:
“Well, it’s interesting, because she has this rather strange father situation and I have my desperate daughter situation and there definitely seems to be a bit of role replacement going on in there somewhere. It’s interesting, because we talked about it in the scenes, and neither of us sort of realized. We both felt the characters wouldn’t realize that was happening for quite a long time. It’s not like, ‘Oh, she feels like my daughter!’ It’s quite unspoken, but of course it does certainly feel like that. It’s like, ‘I recognize this feeling, but it’s with somebody else.’ It’s been interesting playing on that dynamic with her.”
When Quentin realises that he’s having such an effect on Thea’s life, there’s the possibility that this new dynamic will cause him to give up drinking for good. Struggling with alcoholism and his health throughout the seasons that have gone by, there’s every chance that Quentin himself could be the next person lying under a gravestone if he doesn’t change his ways.
Implementing a new father/daughter relationship into the show for Quentin to be a part of could be an incredibly wise choice. Since his daughter Sara’s decision to lead the Legends team through time and exact revenge against Damien Darhk, he’s wallowed in misery without very much to do at all.
There’s also the possibility that this could be an unnecessary way to bring Quentin back into the fold. Whether or not the show really needs him moving forward is something that remains to be seen, but this new twist in the relationship he shares with Thea is going to be an interesting one to watch unfold, no matter what.
Arrow continues next Wednesday with ‘Human Target’ at 8pm on The CW.