Ever since the death of Laurel Lance toward the end of Season 4 of ‘Arrow,’ fans have been wondering just how permanent that death really and truly is. Sure, the Lazarus Pits of the Arrowverse were destroyed, but surely they would find another way to bring the character back to life, especially since she is such an essential part of the Green Arrow mythology in the comics, and is supposed to be the main love interest for Oliver Queen. While we still are not sure of the answer, we do know thanks to the mid-season finale of ‘Arrow’ and the CW promos that followed that a version of Laurel Lance is back, and apparently, she is going to be making numerous appearances, and not just on ‘Arrow.’
According to Arrowverse executive producer Greg Berlanti:
“We made a deal at the end of that season to bring her back for a bunch of episodes. Katie is a part of the fabric of the show. Because the show, like a comic book, can move in different ways, and characters go and come, everybody that’s ever been a part of the key and core ensemble has always had a place at the table for our show. There’s the capacity for her to be [in all four shows]. At this moment, she’s in three of them.”
Of course, whether it is the original Laurel, the Black Siren Laurel from Earth-2, or another version that appears on all these shows is yet to be determined, even if we are fairly certain that the one on ‘Arrow’ is the Black Siren. Also unclear is whether or not her return is on a permanent basis or a kind of stunt. Personally, I think it would be cool if it was permanent, if they did a redemption arc with the Black Siren Laurel and turned her into the Black Canary, thus giving her the darker edge you sometimes see in the comics and use the opportunity to make the character more in line with the Laurel from the comics, and less the CW heroine Laurel became after her drama filled first 2 seasons on ‘Arrow.’ But that’s just my hope. Feel free to share your thoughts and hopes for the future of the character in the comments below!
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