Last year, the fourth season of Arrow featured the controversial death of Dinah Laurel Lance a.k.a. the Black Canary, played by Katie Cassidy, after Neal McDonough’s character Damien Darhk killed her. While the story for this Earth’s Laurel had come to an end, the Arrowverse would soon get a new Laurel, but with a twist. In episode 22 of The Flash Season 2, titled “Invincible”, the fastest man alive encountered the Earth-2 version of Dinah Laurel Lance who not only was a meta-human, but also a villain.
Through her appearances on Arrow this season, we have learned more about what caused this Laurel to go down such a dark path. A few months ago, Cassidy officially became a series regular again on the Green Arrow series for its sixth season. At the recent Heroes & Villains Fan Fest in London, Cassidy elaborated on how she didn’t know that she would be asked to come back to the Arrowverse so soon after her death.
“I have no idea what’s gonna happen. I’ve been very transparent. I didn’t ask to leave, I didn’t want to, but I understand the whole from a producing standpoint and writing standpoint, it makes sense. The decision. And then the decision to bring me back, I had a conversation with Marc Guggenheim, he said ‘Would you…’ Actually, the day we shot my death scene, after I wrapped, he said, ‘Would you consider coming to play with us in the future?’ I was like, ‘Absolutely!’ I’ve been here and I believed in the show since day one and just because I’m not gonna be around as often, as sad as that was, I will always be with the show.”
“After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea. He returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs done by his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, he protects his city with the help of former soldier John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer-science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), his vigilante-trained sister Thea Queen (Willa Holland), Deputy Mayor Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), and his new recruits, street-savvy Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez) and meta-human Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy). Oliver has finally solidified and strengthened his crime-fighting team only to have it threatened when unexpected enemies from his past return to Star City, forcing Oliver to rethink his relationship with each member of his “family”.
Arrow Season 6 will begin sometime in October on its new timeslot at Thursday nights at 9/8c on The CW.