Katie Cassidy’s Laurel Lance/Black Canary has played a key role on Arrow ever since the pilot, all the way through her death last season. To say that her death was a controversial decision is an understatement. While Laurel of Earth-1 is dead, Cassidy has reprised the role in other ways. She voiced the character on Vixen, while portraying her villainous Earth-2 doppelganger, Black Siren, on an episode of The Flash. Additionally, Laurel appeared in Arrow‘s 100th episode and flashbacks elsewhere.
Black Siren then returned this season on Arrow, as part of Prometheus’ grand plan. Siren was ultimately defeated and sent to ARGUS, but with Oliver’s determination to bring the old Laurel back, the door was open for Siren to undergo a redemption arc.
Now, Arrow is bringing the character back full-time. It has been announced that Cassidy will appear in the last two episodes of this season, before returning as a series regular in season six. And yes, this Laurel is the Black Siren version. But chances are, this Laurel could become a hero like her Earth-1 doppelganger, and ultimately assume the Black Canary identity. (Sorry, Dinah Drake?)
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim had this to say about Laurel’s return. “One of the things that most excites us about Arrow is that we go where the story takes us. Last year, the story took us to the tragic death of Laurel Lance. This year, our midseason finale reintroduced us to Laurel’s doppelgänger, Black Siren. We were so taken by Katie’s fearless interpretation of this character that we knew her story was not yet finished. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Katie back to Arrow as Black Siren, though as her appearances on Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow this season show, she never really left the family.”
Are you excited to see Laurel return to Arrow full-time?
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