I gush often about Arrow, Olicity and Stephen Amell on this blog but after recent episodes, I feel compelled to share a few, short character sketches to help you get to know the amazing female cast members of one of the best shows on television.

Basically, I need to vent about the awesomeness of Arrow.

Next Wednesday, May 14, is the season 2 finale of the show and I definitely plan on writing a mostly-angsty post about the comic book adapation. Until then, I want to introduce you to the strong and capable women of the Arrow universe. Without them, the show would not have as much of the depth or emotion as it gained in this season. (Spoilers Ahead!)

Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson)

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Matriarch of the Queen family, Moira is a shrewd business woman and a fierce mama bear to her babies. If Moira has a talent for anything, it is keeping secrets. Her involvement with Malcolm Merlyn, the Undertaking and her own husband’s kidnapping as well as her fearless attack on the Hood to protect those secrets proves she is not to be messed with. Moira quickly becomes a complex character with her own visions and goals in terms of what she wants for her family and Starling City. In season 2, we see Moira working to make the city she helped destroy a better place by running for mayor. Still, her positive works are not enough to keep her children from holding some serious grudges. First Oliver disowns his mother and then Thea wants nothing to do with her when she finds out that Malcolm Merlyn is her real father. Even after all she’s done to renew her reputation in the community, Moira is alienated as a liar by her children because of past mistakes and isn’t redeemed until she is on her knees in front of the murderous Slade Wilson. After revealing she’s known Oliver’s secret identity since the Undertaking, (Spoiler! He’s the Hood/Arrow) the relationship with her son is repaired but it isn’t until the ultimate self-sacrifice–Moira’s life for that of her children–that Thea understands the depth of her mother’s love. Even Slade stands in awe at the fact that Moira volunteers, without fear, to die. It epitomizes all that Moira stands for and it is the act that pushes Thea away from Starling City.