Arrow brought to life an iconic comic-book character on Wednesday night as Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter Nyssa came to Starling City in search of Sara — and planted a kiss on her!
Below, executive producers Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim reveal the story behind the surprise twist and what Sara being home means for her romantic future.
LOCKING LIPS | The decision to have a romantic relationship between Nyssa and the younger Ms. Lance “was really more about Sara than anything else,” explains Kreisberg. “We thought about this at the beginning of the season. If you watch [Episode] 205, there’s a reference to ‘the beloved’ and ‘you think that’s going to keep you safe.’ We talked about, ‘Does Ra’s al Ghul have a son?’ Then we were like, ‘Could it be Talia?’ We felt like Talia had just been done in the movies.” Ultimately, one of the writers suggested Nyssa, which “felt like something new and different.”
Kreisberg maintains that the pairing isn’t meant to be “salacious.” Rather, “It’s a pretty chaste relationship from what you see on screen,” he continues. “For us, it just touched on a couple of interesting things like the idea that Sara found herself in this terrible world and found this one person who treated her with love and kindness.” And although Sara ends the episode reuniting with Oliver, “We actually specifically avoid using the term ‘bisexual,’” points out Guggenheim. “We didn’t want to label her at all.”
But her past will come back to haunt her: Katrina Law will reprise her role as Nyssa later this season. As for whether Sara and Oliver are a couple now, “That’s actually part of the journey of these next five episodes,” reveals Kreisberg. “Oliver has not had many successful relationships, and part of him and Sara moving forward is [the question of], ‘Is this something that can work given both of our [pasts]?’”
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.”
Now that’s how you make an entrance!
Fanboys everywhere, prepare to geek out hard-core, because we’ve got your exclusive first look at Spartacus alum Katrina Law in action as Nyssa al Ghul on Arrow. And. It. Is. Awesome.
Nyssa, of course, is the dangerous Ra’s al Ghul’s (the leader of the League of Assassins) equally-as-dangerous daughter, who is sent to Starling City to bring Sara (Caity Lotz), the Black Canary, back into the killer organization’s fold.
We’ve got an exclusive clip from Wednesday’s all-new episode, “Heir to the Demon,” which proves just how lethal Nyssa is. Oliver (Stephen Amell), you’ll definitely have your work cut out for you with this one!
Of the formidable new villain, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg teases, “Second to [Ra’s al Ghul], she’s one of the most important figures in the League. 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.”
And while Law performed most of her own stunts as Nyssa, including the entire airport sequence featured in the clip above, she admits that the character’s precision when it comes to fighting due to her rigid training made her a bit nervous.
“She is precision and precise and everything she does has a purpose and an intent,” she explains. “So I tried to make sure my movements were sharp—that was the biggest stress.”
Though Ra’s, who has yet to appear on Arrow, is a well-known character to DC Comics fans, Nyssa is a bit more of a mystery, only appearing in a few comics, a fact Law enjoys. “I love it. I love the fact that she hasn’t been in any movie and the interpretation is left wide open between the writers and myself with what we want to do with even everything down to how she looks and her costume. Everything about her is just wide open,” she says.
And now that we’re meeting his daughter, could viewers finally see Ra’s pay a visit to Starling City soon? Executive producer Marc Guggenheim simply says, “We really can’t comment on when on if you’ll see Ra’s.”
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Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg talks about the story of the Lance family before the island. Arrow is all new Wednesday at 8/7c!
I’ve replaced the 3 previously uploaded MQ stills with HQ pictures, and I’ve also added 5 new ones — in HQ as well, of course. You can check them all out in our gallery below! Doesn’t Katrina look absolutely badass?
Don’t forget to tune in next week, February 5 at 8/7c on The CW to watch Katrina’s episode!
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Katrina Makes Her Debut as Nyssa, the Daughter of Ra’s al Ghul
The Heir to the Demon comes to Starling City.
Arrow has been exploring the DC Comics universe in increasingly notable and cool ways as it’s progressed and Season 2 has seen multiple references to a major player in DC who’s also familiar to all those who saw Christopher Nolan’s Batman films – none other than Ra’s al Ghul. Now, in the February 5th episode of Arrow, called “Heir to the Demon,” we’ll meet one of Ra’s al Ghul’s daughters, as Katrina Law (Spartacus) makes her debut on the series as Nyssa.
In the comics, Nyssa is the half-sister to Talia al Ghul and known as Nyssa Raatko. Her comic book journey has included plotting to assassinate Superman with a kryptonite bullet, only to be thwarted by Batman, and becoming the co-head of the League of Assassins, alongside Talia. On next week’s Arrow, Nyssa will be introduced as a member of the League of Assassins who want to draw Sara Lance/Canary (Caity Lotz) back into the fold. Sara isn’t so agreeable however, leading to Nyssa upping the stakes and kidnapping someone close to Sara.
Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg explained, “Our Nyssa certainly has shades of Talia. Katrina auditioned for Shado and it actually came down to Katrina and Celina [Jade] and honestly, part of it was just that because we knew she’d have scenes with Slade [played by Manu Bennett], and it just felt like a Spartacus overkill. But she’s somebody that we’ve been a fan of. When this part came up, we saw a lot of people for it, but she certainly is exotic and beautiful and smart and our stunt guys are over the moon, because she can do a lot of her own stunts.” Kreisberg also noted that Nyssa is, “the next wave of the League of Assasins that comes to Starling City. But she has some interesting secrets as well…”
Directed by Quinn Saunders, Remorse is a psychological thriller about an architect from Philadelphia, Doug (played by Jody Quigley) and his fiancee Lori (Katrina Law from Spartacus), who purchase an old farmhouse which they intend to restore. Things go downhill from there…
Talk about some of the villains coming in during the second half of the season.
Guggenheim: Robert Knepper is coming in Episode 12 [as the Clock King]. He plays a bad guy, but there’s an expectation when Robert Knepper plays a bad guy that you’ll be seeing a very specific version of Robert. What’s wonderful about his turn on Arrow is that he’s every bit as scary as we’ve seen him be before, but in a completely different way. He really took a lot of inspiration from his character being the Clock King in the comics. Then we have Katrina Law coming in Episode 13 as Nyssa al Ghul. She is outstanding. We loved having her on the show. We thought she was the perfect embodiment of the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul.
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