Since The Flash and Arrow share a universe over on The CW, it has provided endless opportunities for the two shows to share everything from exciting plots to beloved characters. Now, The Flash will be sending somebody distinctly less friendly over to Arrow, as former Walking Dead star Emily Kinney will reprise her Flarrow-verse role of Brie Larvin in an upcoming episode called “Beacon of Hope” that will pit her against Team Arrow in Star City.
Brie Larvin – also known as the Bug-Eyed Bandit – first appeared in a Season 1 episode of The Flash that featured Felicity Smoak and Ray Palmer crossing over from Arrow for a visit to S.T.A.R. Labs. Felicity was instrumental in taking Larvin down when she hacked Larvin’s army of robot bees, so the connection to Arrow is already very much there for the Bug-Eyed Bandit.
As it turns out, the Bandit will have her chance for revenge against the woman who helped foil her scheme in Central City. After breaking out of jail, she’ll show up at Palmer Tech to threaten to kill everybody there unless Felicity turns over the bio-chip embedded in her spine that allowed her to walk again. When Oliver realizes that Felicity, Thea, and Donna Smoak are among those trapped inside with Larvin, he’ll turn to an unexpected ally to try to save the day.
“Beacon of Hope” on Arrow may be even more action-packed for Emily Kinney than “All Star Team Up” was on The Flash. Brie Larvin spent most of her Flash venture menacing the good guys from afar; if she’s at Palmer Tech holding an entire building hostage, she’ll undoubtedly have more face-to-face interactions. It should be interesting to see if Larvin will connect the dots and realize that the person who out-hacked her in Central City is the same woman whose chip she’s trying to steal.
Emily Kinney is best known on the small screen circuit for her role as the ill-fated Beth on The Walking Dead. Beth died a heartbreakingly pointless death in Season 5 of the zombie apocalypse series, but Kinney landed roles on ABC’s now-cancelled Forever, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, Cinemax’s The Knick, and the upcoming ABC pilot for Conviction. Hopefully, Brie Larvin will survive her next venture in the Flarrow-verse and perhaps come back for another round of villainy on The CW. Who knows? Maybe she could hit the trifecta and earn a role on Legends of Tomorrow next.
We’ll have to wait and see just how Oliver Queen and Co. deal with the Bug-Eyed Bandit in “Beacon of Hope.” Personally, I’m curious about who Oliver’s unexpected ally to take her down will be. Considering that Ray will likely be too busy traveling through time to lend a hand and there’s no news of any other Flash characters crossing over, my guess would be Palmer Tech inventor extraordinaire Curtis Holt. Assuming that Curtis happens to not be at work when the Bandit takes over, he could be the ideal person to step in while Team Arrow’s tech genius is unavailable.
Be sure to tune into Arrow on March 30 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW to catch Emily Kinney as the Bug-Eyed Bandit.