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Arrow boss explains Artemis' betrayal

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Warning: This story contains mild spoilers from The CW’s Invasion crossover. Read at your own risk!

A member of Team Arrow was conspicuously absent during the 100th episode of Arrow on Wednesday night, the second hour of the four-way crossover with Supergirl, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

While Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez), Ragman (Joe Dinicol), and Curtis (Echo Kellum) were on hand to help Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) try to find the quintet of heroes abducted by the Dominators, Evelyn Sharp (Madison McLaughlin) was missing in action, with nary a mention of why she wasn’t there.

The previous episode of Arrow ended with the reveal that Evelyn, a.k.a Artemis, has been working with the season’s big bad Prometheus as a mole, which is a big part of the reason why she wasn’t involved in the crossover episode.

“It’s funny, to be honest with you, in the break of 508, we talked a lot about Do we have her in there?” executive producer Marc Guggenheim told reporters following a screening of the crossover. “It felt like it was the elephant in the room and we didn’t want it distracting, so we don’t reference it in large part because I’m not a fan of, ‘Oh, it’s too bad that Evelyn’s mom is sick this week.’ I would prefer to just whistle past the graveyard. I will say, you will get a payoff to 507’s cliffhanger with respect to Evelyn big time in 509.”

EW can reveal that Evelyn has not been working with Prometheus all along. In a recent episode, the new Team Arrow discovered the truth about Oliver’s original kill list, and Evelyn felt that Oliver was a hypocrite since he was previously on a mission of revenge, yet prevented her from taking vengeance on her parents’ killer. “Rewatch episode 506,” Guggenheim tells EW of Evelyn’s double cross. “If you view the end of 506 and her final scenes with Oliver as, ‘Oh, she’s lying,’ I think you see when she decided to team up with Prometheus. Basically in the commercial break between Act 5 and Act 6 [of that episode], that’s when she made the decision to join up with Prometheus. So while people were watching car commercials, that’s what she was doing.”

Head here for the best nods to the last five seasons of Arrow during the 100th episode. The four-way crossover continues Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, while Arrow’s winter finale airs next Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.