Shado (Celina Jade), the DC Comics character who shared a relationship with Oliver in the graphic novels finally appeared during "The Odyssey", where it was revealed that Fyers (Sebastian Dunn) had been holding her captive in order to keep her father Yao-Fei (Byron Mann) in line. But she will soon break free from him and join Oliver and Slade (Manu Bennett).
"She will team up with Slade and Oliver to get on the rescue mission to save her father and escape the island," Jade told TVGuide.com. "Somehow they have to come up with a way to leave the island."
Jade also described the similarities with her comic-counterpart ""Shado is an excellent martial artist," Jade says, noting that shooting her stunts has been very empowering. "She's also trained in archery. We'll see more of that in upcoming episodes where she teaches Oliver a signature move."
Slade will allow for Shado to stick around. "Slade's a little bit surprised by her marital arts skills," Jade says. "In the end, they're on the same team. They want to save Yao-Fei and get off the island."
And as to whether or not she'll spark a flame with Oliver "We'll see some romantic tension between the two," Jade says. "Because Shado is a lawyer, she reminds Oliver of Laurel [Katie Cassidy]. There's a good relationship there."
Don't worry the tattoos aren't a sign of obsessive-affection, as Jade joked that "I don't think Oliver would get a tattoo that is the same as hers if it was just a convenient relationship, otherwise he'd have many tattoos on him!".
Also, speaking of alliances.. will Dark Archer start to trust Oliver? After Oliver accidentley saved his foe's life, it sure seems likely. "It certainly makes the Dark Archer see potential that he maybe didn't see before for something greater," Geoff Johns told TVGuide.
Are you happy with Shado being closely portrayed with her comic-self? And will The Dark Archer learn Oliver's identity?