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Arrow's Russia Mission Has Big Consequences for Mia and Oliver's Relationship

Arrow's "Leap of Faith," the third episode in Season 8, ended with Team Arrow of the future being teleported into the past to meet the current Team Arrow. The meeting of the teams will lead directly into "Present Tense" as Oliver Queen works alongside his daughter, Mia, to infiltrate a Russian fight club.

Katherine McNamara, who plays an adult Mia Smoak, revealed her trip to Russia with her father will have a major impact on their relationship.

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"Well, if there’s anything we know about Mia, she thrives on a seedy environment — and Mia loves Russia," McNamara told Entertainment Weekly. "She takes to it like a fish to water. It’s fascinating to her. For Oliver, as any parent would, he wants to protect his kids from learning about the dark side of his past, and he quickly learns that’s a lot more difficult than he expects.

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McNamara also teased that the father/daughter team-up will also allow Mia to see her father in a new light.

"That becomes a huge challenge for them, but it gives Mia an opportunity to understand her father a bit more and to really see the difficult choices that have been put in front of him his entire time being the Green Arrow," she added. "I think it allows her to come to terms a little bit more with the decisions that he’s made and with her blaming him for abandoning her, in a sense, to be this hero. She’s slowly starting to see his perspective a bit more, just as he’s starting to see hers. They bond in a sense because they start to realize how similar they are."

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Airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Arrow's final season stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Rick Gonzalez as Wild Dog, Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary, Katie Cassidy as Black Siren, Katherine McNamara as Mia Smoak, Joseph David-Jones as Connor Hawke and Ben Lewis as William Clayton-Queen.

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