It looks like Laurel Lance will be returning to the streets of Star City on a more permanent basis.
We haven’t seen too much of Katie Cassidy since her character was killed off during season four of Arrow. Undoubtedly a divisive moment among fans, Laurel Lance/Black Canary met her end due to HIVE leader Damien Darhk. Last year Cassidy eventually returned to The CWverse when she portrayed the Earth-2 version of Laurel on The Flash, who happened to be an evil metahuman operating under the moniker Black Siren. Since then, Cassidy struck a deal with The CW that made her a series regular for all of the superhero shows that make up TheCWverse. In spite of this, Laurel has only made a few appearances since first being killed off appearing briefly in both Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Now it seems like they’ve found a way to bring Cassidy back into the fold full time again according to Arrow Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim. Black Siren will appear again for the final two episodes of this season before coming back full time for season six. Guggenheim gave a statement regarding her upcoming return saying,
“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.”
It will certainly be interesting to see what sort of role she’ll have going forward. While Earth-1 Laurel was an ally and love interest of Oliver Queen’s, her Earth-2 counterpart was decidedly less friendly as we saw earlier in this season of Arrow. That said, some fans that were not keen on her portrayal of Black Canary but were rather pleased with her turn as Black Siren, so it may make for an interesting dynamic for next season. This is especially true if she turns into more of an ally than an enemy, which seems to be the most likely scenario that would enable her to return to Arrow full time. However, that’s purely speculation as nothing official has been revealed about what sort of role she’ll have on the show next season.
Catch Arrow on The CW on Wednesday’s at 8:00pm.