WARNING: Spoilers for Arrow season 7, episode 10.
Arrow returned in a big way with its season 7 midseason premiere, "I Am Emiko Queen." As the title suggests, the fan theory that the new Green Arrow would turn out to be Oliver Queen's half-sister from the comics was confirmed. Her background on the show, however, is radically different from that of her comic book counterpart.
Apart from revealing and exploring Emiko's character and motivations, "I Am Emiko Queen" largely devoted itself to answering the questions raised by the Arrow midseason finale. Surprisingly, Oliver Queen took a back-seat to Emiko for most of the episode, as he investigated the identity of the new Green Arrow and was floored by the revelation that she was his half-sister and that his father had a second secret family that he'd abandoned. This left Oliver with a momentary crisis of faith, as he tried to wrap his head around the fact that Robert Queen, who he already knew was no saint, was even worse than he'd ever imagined.
Meanwhile, at ARGUS, John Diggle was forced to improvise in order to save his wife's investigation into a vast criminal financial group, when an ambitious underling walked in on him offering a plea deal to Ricardo Diaz - the one lead they had on tracking down the group's mysterious leader, Dante. Diggle lied and said they were reactivating The Ghost Initiative - a program which employed expendable criminals as agents for covert missions requiring plausible deniability in exchange for time off their sentences. By the episode's end, Diaz was being fitted for one of the organization's trademark explosive implants, to ensure that he would obey orders under threat of death.
In Arrow's future of 2038, Zoe Ramirez and Dinah Drake confronted the last person they wanted to talk to about the bombing plot that threatened Star City - Mayor of The Glades, Rene Ramirez. A drastically different man from the vigilante of two decades earlier, the former Wild Dog is now more concerned with protecting his city-sized gated community than the lives that might be lost if Star City were destroyed. Yet for all that this episode explained, it still raised a number of new questions. Here are ten of the questions on the minds of Arrow-heads after the season 7 premiere.
10. Who Is Emiko Queen?
In the Green Arrow comics, Emiko Queen was the result of an affair between Robert Queen and the assassin known as Shado. Kidnapped at a young age by the rival assassin Kodomo, Emiko was raised as Kodomo's own daughter and shaped into the tool of his vengeance on both of her birth parents. Eventually, Emiko learned the truth of her parentage and resolved to assist her half-brother Oliver in his endeavors as the Green Arrow, with the intention of taking up his mantle someday.
Apart from being the daughter of Robert Queen, none of this applies to the Arrowverse version of Emiko Queen. Raised in The Glades - the worst neighborhood in Star City - Emiko was the daughter of a woman named Kazumi Adachi, with whom Robert Queen had a lengthy affair. In a letter to his friend Walter Steele, Robert Queen claimed to truly love Kazumi and Emiko, and asked Steele to look after them in the event of his death. It was implied that Moira Queen discovered the affair, hid the letter and gave Robert an ultimatum - abandon them or lose me and your other children.
9. Where Did Emiko Queen Get Her Training?
One aspect of Emiko's background that Arrow midseason premiere does not explore is how she learned the skills that enabled her to become the new Green Arrow and excel in the role. Unlike her comic book counterpart, Emiko wasn't trained from birth by a professional assassin in the way of the bow or the other skills that she has displayed over the course of Arrow season 7. It's possible there's more to Emiko's mother than was readily made apparent in this episode, as Emiko says nothing about her mother beyond how the two made blanket forts when she was a child. Was Emiko trained by her mother to be a warrior? There's nothing in the episode to prove or disprove this idea.
8. Who Is In Emiko's Book?
Much like Oliver Queen in the first season of Arrow, we see that Emiko is working her way down a list of criminals in a small notebook. A quick examination of the names confirms that most of them are people Emiko believes were responsible for killing her mother, including arms dealer Jason Stent and arsonist Jon Cortez, whom she fought earlier in the season. We only see one page of the book in "My Name Is Emiko Queen" and when Emiko speaks of the list at the end of the episode, it sounds like she composed it herself. Still, given that we see her flip through several pages of the book before coming to the list in the opening montage, it seems likely she has written down - and subsequently fought - many more criminals than we see on the one page.
7. Who Killed Kazumi Adachi?
Emiko's detective work led her to the conclusion that a soldier of fortune named William Glenmorgan was her mother's killer. With the help of Wild Dog and Mister Terrific, she is able to storm Glenmorgan's compound and bring the man himself down. When she confronts him, however,, Glenmorgan says that he couldn't have killed Kazumi Adachi because he spent the last two years working a covert mission in Santa Prisca and just came back to Star City last month. The mysteries of who framed William Glenmorgan and who really killed Kazumi Adachi are sure to fuel Emiko's storyline for the rest of the season.
6. Who is William Glenmorgan?
The name of William Glenmorgan may ring a bell with comic book fans, particularly those with an interest in Golden Age jungle comics. William Glenmorgan was the full name of Congo Bill - one of DC Comics' classic great white hunter characters. Bill would later become a superhero after acquiring a magic ring which allowed him to swap minds with the legendary Great Golden Gorilla. Surprisingly, Congorilla (as William called himself when in his gorilla form) was granted membership in the Justice League for a time, but Bill ultimately resigned to focus his efforts on building a superhero team that would focus on protecting Africa.