The CW has a juggernaut going with the DCTV shows, but six years ago, things were just about to get started with the first season of Arrow and Stephen Amell donning the green hood for the first time. At the time, Smallville had just wrapped up the season before, and where the show started off being about just Clark Kent and Lex Luthor, it grew over its decade on the air to include Green Arrow, The Flash, Cyborg, Martian Manhunter, Booster Gold and the list goes on. The question with the new series was how long would it be before we got to meet other characters from the comics besides Oliver Queen and Laurel Lance. That answer came in the seventh episode, Muse of Fire, where we met Helena Bertinelli (Jessica De Gouw)…also known as The Huntress.
Bertinelli was tearing apart her father’s crime family after he had her fiancé murdered. She and Oliver Queen got romantically involved and he tried to steer her revenge streak into something more productive. He got her the mask, the costume and even the crossbow. She was basically his first protegé. But her goal of revenge overwhelmed her. De Gouw appeared in four episodes total, three in season one and then returned in season two in an episode called Birds of Prey. By the end of the episode, it appeared the Huntress may finally had gotten onto a path of redemption…but we haven’t seen her since.
That may change in Arrow Season 6, according to executive producer Marc Guggenheim. When asked about the Huntress returning, he told CBR.com:
“I want to say, ‘Absolutely.’ Jessica De Gouw has expressed an absolute willingness to come back. Jessica’s a favorite actor of mine, and the Huntress is a favorite character of mine. I want to make it happen in Season 6. We’ve got some plans for the later half of the year that I think she will fit into really well, so we’ll see.”
De Gouw went on to be a regular on Underground, which has since been cancelled and is now appearing in the Amazon Prime series The Last Tycoon. This means the likelihood that she would be available to return to the series is pretty good at this point.
Arrow Season 6 premieres October 12th on the CW.
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