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‘Arrow’ Stars, EPs Tease 7 Big Revelations From Wednesday’s Episode

”It’s a fight for their soul,“ CW star Katrina Law, who plays Nyssa, tells TheWrap

Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and John Diggle (David Ramsey) travel to Ra’s al Ghul’s (Matt Nable) lair on the all new episode of The CW’s “Arrow” to rescue their nemesis Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) from the villain’s deadly clutches.

The episode is filled with stunts and impressive action sequences, but executive producers Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and two of the show’s stars, Barrowman and Katrina Law, explained how Wednesday’s crucial hour is more about the internal battles within each character.

“One of my favorite things about all the characters on this show is that it’s a fight for their soul,” Law, who plays Nyssa al Ghul, told TheWrap at a press junket.

Here are 7 of the biggest and most unexpected developments from Wednesday’s episode, titled “Nanda Parbat”:

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1. Malcolm Meryln has a tough road ahead. Like, really tough.

Malcolm is used to being in control, but this week he is captured by Ra’s al Ghul’s soldiers and beaten to a bloody pulp.

“The one person [Malcolm] fears is Ra’s,” Barrowman said. “He’s touched on that fear prior in moments where he has been talking to Thea … But to finally see him in front [of Ra’s] – he knows he is not in control and there’s not much he can do. He has to face his maker, to some extent.”

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2. Diggle risks everything to help Oliver save Malcolm, and the two of them get in deep. Maybe too deep.

Diggle again puts his life on the line for Ollie and travels with him to Nanda Parbat, but doing so means leaving his lady love and their newborn daughter behind. The two soon wind up in shackles. But while holed up together, Diggle asks a favor of Oliver … It’s not one we want to spoil, but audiences will surely be talking about it.

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3. Felicity helps Ray find inspiration with Atom.

Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Ray (Brandon Routh) work together on Wednesday’s episode, much as she’s done with Ollie before. But Kreisberg revealed how her relationship with each man is different:

“Oliver has decided [he can’t be with her] and Felicity is not going to sit around waiting for him,” Kreisberg said. “Ray, in a lot of ways is a real analog to Oliver. He had a tragedy, and he’s trying to do right by it, but he’s opening his heart to her.”

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4. Nyssa (Katrina Law) will play a crucial role.

Nyssa is central to Wednesday’s episode of “Arrow” and will have important decisions to make about what kind of life she has to lead. Unlike most of the characters on the show, Nyssa was born into a bad situation and may be trying to make good, Kreisberg explained: “She’s on a different trajectory, seeing what kindness looks like for the first time and what normal-ness looks like for her.”

As an actress, Law loves the path her character has taken. “As actors it makes our journey incredible,” she said.

Willa Holland on Arrow

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5. Thea’s soul is on the line, now more than ever

It’s been a rough road for Thea (Willa Holland) this season. Everyone close to her betrays her and then, just when she thinks she’s regaining her bearings, she finds out that she was the one who killed Sara (Caity Lotz). Even though she was under the influence of a powerful drug, the guilt has started to take a toll.

“I think Willa has just raised to amazing heights these past few episodes,” Kreisberg explained. “This season is really the fight for Thea’s soul. More than anything, a victory for Oliver this season is saving Thea.”

“She’s processing a huge amount of guilt and of regret,” Guggenheim added.

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6. Laurel and her dad aren’t good yet. They’re not even close.
On a recent episode, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) finally told her dad that her sister Sara was dead and had been for some time. But the news tore her and her farther apart. Will we see a reconciliation on Wednesday episode? Probably not.

“[Laurel] made things irrevocably worse,” Kreisberg explained. “Usually on TV people do something wrong and they have a spat and they make up by the end credits. But one of the thing that happens on this show and will continue for a while is that [Laurel and her dad] are not in a good place. … It’s still not solved. Laurel made a bad decision and it’ll haunt her and her dad for a long time. For us, that’s where all the drama comes from.”

“As good as they are as superheroes, they’re all messed up as people,” he added. “They make a lot of bad decisions. They don’t mean to.”

Brandon Routh in Atom gear on Arrow

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7. And, oh yeah, it’s Atom time.
If you’ve seen the trailer for “Nanda Parbat,” then you already know this is when Ray finally makes his big debut in his Atom armor. We don’t want to spoil any of the surprises in store, but suffice it to say the reveals will blow audiences away.

“It’s a big moment for us. The show’s not ‘The Flash’ and we don’t traffic in these visuals, so it’s a big deal for us to get this kind of character on the show looking the way he does,” Guggenheim said.

Watch an inside look at “Nanda Parbat” below:

“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.