It's never easy being Thea Queen (Willa Holland) on "Arrow." She's been on the brink of death, driven mad with bloodlust, lost loves of her life and always ends up playing second banana to her brother, the Green Arrow (Stephen Amell).

Currently though, Thea is stuck in a world of pain that she's made for herself. At the end of Season 4, Thea decided to hang up her Speedy costume and quit the vigilante lifestyle, opting instead to work in her brother's mayoral administration. It was a smart move, as it allowed Thea to move on with her life outside of the Arrowcave.

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When the crossover came around though, she was quick to jump back into her red leather -- the chance to fight aliens was too hard to pass up. While we agreed that battling aliens would be a very unique life experience, it was a very quick change of tune for someone who had retired from the superhero game. It also led to a heartbreaking series of events for Thea, as she was reunited with her deceased parents in a hallucination, only to be ripped from them once again.

Understandably, that proved to be too much for Thea and she sat out the rest of the fight against the alien Dominators. One episode later though, she was suited up as Speedy once again to help Oliver and the team in their fight against Prometheus.

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While we love seeing Thea as Speedy, it's time for her to decide who she truly is. Is she a vigilante or a civilian? As Oliver and just about everyone else has proven time and again, jumping back and forth between the two is difficult and dangerous.

You can't simply dip your toe in the superhero pool. You're either all in, or you're a liability. That's something Thea needs to keep in mind when she wants to suit up and start shooting arrows. She also needs to think about her own mental health.

The last few years have not been easy on anyone but Thea has had an especially rough go of it to the point that she retired from the team because of the person she was becoming. What's changed in the short amount of time since she decided to step down? Not much.

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Thea's an adult and if she thinks she can truly handle being a vigilante then more power to her. However, a line needs to be drawn and she needs to pick a side. It's best for everyone that Thea figures out her identity -- and legacy, for that matter -- before somebody gets hurt.

"Arrow" returns with new episodes on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

Posted by:Chris E. Hayner

Chris E. Hayner is equal parts nerd, crazy person and coffee. He watches too much TV, knows more about pro wrestling than you do and remembers every single show from the TGIF lineup. You may have seen him as a pro-shark protester in "Sharknado 3." His eventual memoir will be called "You're Wrong, Here's Why..." TV words to live by: "I'm a firm believer that sometimes it's right to do the wrong thing."