The Heir to the Demon is coming!
Nyssa al Ghul (Spartacus’ Katrina Law), the daughter of infamous villain Ra’s al Ghul, will make her way to Starling City on Wednesday’s episode of Arrow (8/7c, The CW) in an attempt to bring Sara (Caity Lotz) back to the League of Assassins.
“Second to him, she’s one of the most important figures in the League,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told reporters following a screening of Wednesday’s episode. “They sent their first round of minions to come for Sara and that didn’t go so well for them, so now they’re bringing out the big guns. The way Nyssa comes into the story is in a far more provocative and surprising way than the last round.”
Since Talia al Ghul had recently been portrayed by Marion Cotillard in The Dark Knight Rises, the producers decided that taking a look at the lesser-known daughter would bring a fresh perspective to the League of Assassins. “I love the fact that she hasn’t been in any movies,” Law said. “Interpretation is left wide open to the writers and myself. I love that she’s only been in the comic books, I think, a total of 19 times. Everything about her is just wide open.”
Unfortunately for Sara, Nyssa doesn’t plan on taking no for an answer, even going to so far as to kidnap Sara and Laurel’s (Katie Cassidy) mother Dinah (Alex Kingston) to convince her to leave Starling City. “It’s one of her worst nightmares and the hardest thing to happen is for Nyssa to come back,” Lotz said. “When Nyssa does [return], Sara is not sure what she’s going to do and she definitely gets tested.”
“It’s not that the League of Assassins is all evil and bad memories,” Lotz continued. “Her heart is tied into it. They saved her life and rescued her, and made her into who she was. She still does have part of her heart in it. They’re also her family. Her blood family is stronger for her, but it’s not an easy decision. [There’s] definitely a lot of gray area for her.”