Things might change for Summer Glau's character Isabel Rochev in future episodes of Arrow. She started as Oliver's business rival in episodes 1 and 4, but we can expect the ice to thaw between the two business associates as time goes on. And if you're not convinced, the image from next week episode "Keep Your Enemies Closer" showing Isabel in a nightgown with Oliver standing next to her bed should.
Take on our poll: Will Isabel and Oliver have an affair?
But there might be more coming for Isabel: in Arrow episode 2.05 "League of Assassins", baddie of the week Al-Owal did drop a huge hint that "the child of Ra's al Ghul" is looking for Sara Lance (watch video below). It was interesting that they decided to use the line “the child of Ra’s al Ghul” which could mean that we might see Talia al Ghul before her dad shows up. Arrow sure does know how to entertain its comic book fans.
UPDATE: Spartacus alum Katrina Law has been tapped to play Ra's al Ghul's other progeny, Nyssa al Ghul.
All viewers of "The Dark Knight Rises" and the DC comics know that Ra's child is Talia al Ghul. Arrow writers are accustomed to dropping names, only to see them on the show some time later. Which leads us to ask: Could Isabel Rochev turn out to be Ra's al Ghul's daughter, Talia? This is definitively something to watch out for in Arrow.
We've already seen that twist in Christopher Nolan's directed "Dark Knight Rises" (2012); Marion Cotillard's character Miranda Tate was masquerading as a business woman (she took over Wayne Enterprises) and later revealed herself to be Talia al Ghul.
Anyone can see the similarity to Summer Glau's character Isabel Rochev, looking to take over Queen Industries.
Remember how Miranda hookep up with Bruce Wayne in "Dark Knight Rises". So if Oliver turn out to have an affair with Summer Glau' Isabel, we will take this as a further sign.
Oh wait, there's the photo above.
We do not know to what extend Arrow's writer will stick to the comic book characters but if you take a look at the comic book versions of Isabel Rochev and Talia al Ghul, you'll notice that Summer Glau looks more like Talia than like Isabel.
As an Arrow fan, Jacqueline, told me with humour, she is expecting "Malcolm Merlyn to come walking shirtless out of Isabel's bathroom."
There's other possibilities here, though, as in the comics Ra's has two other childs, a second daughter named Nyssa, who was born in 19th century Russia and a third child named Dusan, an albino who was supposed to succeed his father in ruling the League of Assassins.
And don't forget the mysteries attached to Summer Glau's character itself: the name Isabel Rochev is on Robert's Queen list of people who have failed this city. She is probably also the same woman we saw in Arrow 1×22 “Darkness At The Edge of Town”, from which Fyers - the English man leading the operations on the island - received its orders (see previous Blog post for all the images). More, Isabel’s surprising connection to the Queen family will be revealed in episode 8, teased executive producer Andrew Kreisberg.
We still don't know how Sara Lance got from the boat where she was help prisoner to the League of Assassin. So oviously that story will be told in later episodes, maybe when Talia al Ghul makes her appearance.
Now that we've reviewed all the hints left by Arrow writers we're eager to hear what you think about this interesting plot twist, so please take on the poll in the forum Is Isabel Rochev Talia al Ghul in disguise? and share your thoughts with us.
Wether Isabel Rochev is Talia al Ghul in disguise or not, it looks like Arrow's writers are slowly building a very interesting character for Summer Glau. She's up to no good, and that makes it fun and interesting to watch.
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