Arrow is making some big changes ahead of its seventh season. Longtime regular Willa Holland left earlier this season, a new showrunner is coming on board, and Colton Haynes is coming back as a regular. Now, the latest change reveals the exit of another longtime member of the cast.
The CW has announced (via THR) that actor Paul Blackthorne, who plays Quentin Lance, will be leaving Arrow after the end of this season. He won’t be back for season seven. No details were given on why Blackthorne is leaving, but with the show in its sixth season, actors have been reevaluating their contracts and deciding whether to keep going or leave. (Holland chose not to renew her contract, hence her exit.) It will be interesting to see how the next few episodes will address Quentin’s exit.
Quentin Lance has been a regular on Arrow since the pilot, and he’s had quite the character arc over its six-season run. After serving in the Star City Police Department in various roles, Quentin is later dismissed and is appointed as deputy mayor. Most recently, he replaced the impeached Oliver Queen as mayor of Star City. Along the way, Quentin has grieved the deaths of his daughters, Sara and Laurel (multiple times), and he has been a worthy ally to Team Arrow. He has also worked towards redeeming Black Siren, the Earth-2 doppelganger of Laurel.
Following Blackthorne’s exit, we only have two series regular left from the pilot: Stephen Amell and David Ramsey. Technically, Katie Cassidy counts too, but she wasn’t a regular for season five, and she returned to season six as a (sort of) new character.
We only have three episodes this season, so we better enjoy Quentin while we still have him. Stay tuned.
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