When Arrow producers announced last year that Talia al Ghul would finally appear on the show, it was cause for celebration. Ra’s al Ghul has been a major figure on the show for years, so it only makes sense to see his famous daughter on the show, as well. But wait — with her sister Nyssa al Ghul already having a large presence on the show, won’t bringing Talia on just be duplicating the character we already know?
Not so fast, says executive producer Marc Guggenheim. He tells EW that Arrow‘s version of Talia al Ghul (played by actress Lexa Doig) will be unique. “She’s definitely her own person; she’s not a Nyssa clone, by any stretch. You can definitely sense a familial resemblance. Having Ra’s al Ghul as your dad, it’s likely to forge a very specific kind of person. They’re close enough and different enough that I would love, at some point, to do a story with Nyssa and Talia.”
Of course, actress Katrina Law recently said she’s too busy with her new CBS show, Training Day, to make another appearance as Nyssa. But, hopefully, sometime in the future the timing will work out well enough to make that happen.
Guggenheim also addressed another issue with bringing Talia onto the show. She’ll be introduced in the flashback story in Russa which, at first glance, doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense.
“We’ll also be dealing very directly with the fairly obvious question, which is: Wait a second, when Oliver met Ra’s al Ghul, why didn’t he say, ‘Hey, wait a minute, I think I met your daughter back in Russia!'” Guggenheim says. “We have a very specific answer for that.”
The obvious answer would be that Oliver simply didn’t know her last name or her connection to Ra’s al Ghul, but who knows? It could be a lot more complicated than that.
Arrow returns from winter hiatus on Wednesday, January 25 at 8/7c on The CW.
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