‘The Flash’ Season 8: Katherine McNamara Reveals ‘Uncle Barry and Aunt Iris’ Help Mia Become the Green Arrow in ‘Armageddon’ Episode 5

Mia Queen returns to the Arrowverse just as Team Flash is looking to finally defeat the Reverse Flash in The Flash Season 8 Episode 5. But what business does the Green Arrow from the future have in Central City? Katherine McNamara, who plays Mia, teased her character’s role in the crossover event. She also discussed how Mia gets along with Barry, Iris, and the rest of Team Flash in the episode.

'The Flash' Season 8 Episode 5 star Katherine McNamara, in character as Mia Queen, wears her Green Arrow costume and notches an arrow in her bow and aims it.
Katherine McNamara as Mia Queen | Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW

Katherine McNamara returns to the Arrowverse in ‘The Flash’ Season 8 Episode 5

The version of Mia that time traveled to help her father, Oliver Queen, during Crisis, was erased from the timeline. As seen in Arrow Season 8 Episode 9, Mia is now a socialite in 2040. However, Laurel Lance and Dinah Drake gave her back her memories from the erased timeline so that Mia could take on the mantle of the Green Arrow.

This episode was supposed to set up a spinoff, Green Arrow and the Canaries, but The CW passed on it. So, as far as fans know, Mia is still learning how to be a vigilante.

The last time we saw Mia, she attended her father’s funeral in the Arrow series finale. She was also trying to find out who kidnapped her brother, William, in the future. And The Flash Season 8 Episode 5 will pick up right where her story left off.

The synopsis for “Armageddon, Part 5” reads, “The conclusion to Armageddon presents an opportunity for The Flash to end his lifelong battle with Reverse Flash for good, but the payoff could be too much for Barry and team to handle. Meanwhile, Mia Queen drops in from the future looking to save a lost loved one, and she won’t let anything stand in her way.”

Mia comes into her own as the Green Arrow in ‘The Flash’ Season 8 Episode 5

Before The Flash Season 8 Episode 5, Katherine McNamara talked with Entertainment Weekly about her return to the Arrowverse. She also teased why Mia is in Central City.

“There are many, many unanswered questions that we set up at the end of ‘Green Arrow and the Canaries,’ and one of those is William,” McNamara said. “Mia made a promise to Oliver on his death bed that she would protect her brother and take care of the city and her family, and she is at a point where she feels as though she hasn’t done that, and a large part of that is William. She has become obsessed with finding William, and that has been her sole driving force.”

So, Mia will encounter Team Flash in The Flash Season 8 Episode 5 while trying to save William. And somehow that will tie into the “Armageddon” of it all.

McNamara revealed, “At the point where Mia had Green Arrow thrust upon her, she didn’t necessarily feel as though she was ready or worthy for it because she had had so little experience and was just barely beginning to understand why Oliver made the choices he did and what brought him to that place. But now more than ever in this episode … we see her becoming a Green Arrow that her parents wanted her to be, all with the help of Uncle Barry and Aunt Iris.”

First of all, we’re sure that many Arrowverse fans will lose it if Mia calls The Flash‘s power couple “Uncle Barry and Aunt Iris” in the episode. Besides that, Barry and Iris, who are naturals when it comes to parenting, are the perfect people to help guide Mia in her Green Arrow journey.

Will Katherine McNamara reprise her role as Mia in the future?

Katherine McNamara also discussed if Mia will return to the Arrowverse after The Flash Season 8 Episode 5.

“I would love nothing more than to come play in the Arrowverse again,” McNamara said. “Truly, if anybody needs a gal to come shoot some arrows at some bad guys in a cool super suit, just cast a green arrow in the sky, and I’ll come running.”

She added, “That was the biggest gift, I think, on this episode: that we didn’t know whether Mia could come back or what happened or where the mythology stood on that, and [showrunner] Eric [Wallace] and the Flash writers were so wonderful to leave that door open and to make it possible for her to be a part of this world again. It’s really an honor, and now maybe there’s a potential for a future there.”

The Flash Season 8 Episode 5, featuring Katherine McNamara, airs Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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