The following contains spoilers from Arrow season four.
At the end of Arrow season four, the original Arrow crew lost one of their own, Laurel Lance/Black Canary (played by Katie Cassidy).
During an interview with TV Guide, executive producer Wendy Mericle, discussed the upcoming season of Arrow and how Laurel’s character will still be an important part of the show.
“I can’t say too much about that. I can say with confidence that, in Season 5, our decision will make more sense… even to the fans who were really vehemently opposed to it.”
It was added that fans will be able to find out what Laurel said to Oliver right before she died, in the season premiere.
Marc Guggenheim, Arrow showrunner, also commented on Laurel’s character. He added that Katie Cassidy would not have time to appear on Legends of Tomorrow because she will still be a part of Arrow in some capacity.
Moving forward, Arrow will be returning to more of its “street” roots. Speaking of the next “big bad” on Arrow, Mericle explained that past consequences will heavily influence season five.
“Somebody Oliver unwittingly created in Season 1 when he was a killer in a hood. This guy is going to be collateral damage who lost someone to the Hood and [has] spent the last several years training and plotting for revenge. He will be a true dark mirror to Oliver Queen.”
“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), former police captain Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), and brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum). But sinister players with a connection to Oliver’s past will push the team to its breaking point, threatening everything Oliver’s worked for and his legacy as the Green Arrow. Based on the characters from DC, ARROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Supergirl”), Marc Guggenheim (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Eli Stone”) Andrew Kreisberg (“The Flash,” “Eli Stone,” “Warehouse 13”), Wendy Mericle (“Desperate Housewives”) and Sarah Schechter (“The Flash,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”).”
Arrow Season 5 is set to premiere on Wednesday, October 5 at 8/7c on The CW