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What prompted the decision to kill Moira?
Andrew Kreisberg: I don't want to give the impression that we sort of [said], "Well, somebody has to die, let's spin the wheel. Bad luck, Moira." Just as with Colin Donnell, it was difficult. Susanna has been with the show since the beginning. She was one of our big gets early on that I think really signaled to the audience and to reviews that this wasn't your average CW show, it wasn't your average superhero show. Like with Colin Donnell, these last episodes are her pinnacle. This is as good as anything that's on television -- and unfortunately, because of the kind of show it is, probably won't be recognized as such. Truthfully, you see all of those scenes with her and Stephen, and her importance to the show in helping Willa and Stephen go from solid actors to amazing actors.
It really was, just like with Tommy, "Where is her trajectory going?" In season one, she has this incredible secret, that she was part of The Undertaking. She suffered for it, and went to jail for it, and then we discovered she had an even better secret -- that Thea is really the daughter of Malcolm Merlyn. When that secret blew up, it split the whole family apart. Obviously, we've been taking steps to bring people back together again, and knowing it was only going to be powerful if Slade really changed the game by doing something truly monstrous, it was, "Well, if Moira wins the mayorship, if she makes up with her kids, what is she?" What is Moira without a giant secret? And if they all forgive her, and then there's some other giant secret, for us it sort of felt like we were becoming a soap opera.
In a way, she could die a hero's death, and also die this person who was conflicted, because even as she's saying, "Hey, we have to tell the truth," we're seeing that she's kept this other horrible secret. You just literally can't change her, despite the fact that she sacrifices herself for her children -- which is so amazing, yet she was still lying. We felt like ending it at this time left you with that great feeling of what an amazing character she was, rather than let her become a caricature. That was the math, and just like Tommy, it was horrible math, and it was tearful math, but her death, just like with Tommy, has a profound impact on everyone on this series. It's certainly what's going to drive Oliver in these last three episodes, and it's going to drive Thea, not only in these last three episodes, but also into season three.