Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) knows exactly what Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) is up to on Arrow and he’s ready to tell the world — or at least his daughter Thea (Willa Holland).
In an exclusive sneak peek at the May 11 episode, Monument Point, Malcolm and Thea have a forced heart-to-heart while she’s in Darhk’s captivity, at which point he breaks down the mystical madman’s entire plot, not unlike many classic James Bond villains. “Darhk plans to burn the world in a nuclear fire while we are protected down here,” he tells Thea.
It’s a plot Malcolm understands; destroy something and rebuild it yourself. After all, as he says, “Truth be told, it’s not dissimilar to the plan I had for The Glades once upon a time, but on a much, much larger scale.” So it should come as no surprise that he’s helping Darhk pull it off.
But why trap Thea in this weirdly suburban underground prison? The answer is simple, really. He wants to save her from the world burning, “even if she doesn’t want to be saved.”
It seems Thea’s already resigned herself to the fact that she’s stuck, unable to help avert the end of the world, though. Instead, she simply wants to see Alex (Parker Young), the brainwashed boyfriend who brought her there.
Don’t give up, Thea. All hope isn’t lost and the team is going to need a little Speedy.
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on CW33.