Did you see last night’s Arrow? We hope so because it was kind of, to use a word, “huge.” Since the beginning of the season, the show has teased the viewer with a big death that would change Team Arrow in the process; a big enough death that it would bring Barry Allen to town even in the midst of the intensifying fight with Zoom. Well the death certainly was big, and it certainly will change the nature of Arrow going forward, but what does the executive producer of the show have to say? Or the actor playing the now deceased character on the show? Obviously, they have some words, and spoilers definitely follow.
While talking to DC Comics online, Marc Guggenheim discussed the decision to kill off Laurel Lance, AKA: Black Canary, and it was all in the interest of evolving the show and its (surviving) characters:
“Arrow is always evolving. It’s a show where every character, arguably except for Oliver, is fair game. We started off this year with the promise of a death, and when we worked our way through our creative choices, we realized that the thing that will give us the most pop going into the end of the season and next season, unfortunately, would be Laurel. We knew that it would enrage a lot of people. We’re not blind to the “shipping” and the internet controversy, but we’ve never made decisions on the show creatively because of the internet. One of the things we knew that people would think is that in a season where Oliver and Felicity get engaged and Laurel dies, that’s clearly making a choice about who’s going to end up with whom. Truth be told, we told the Laurel/Oliver romance story in Season 1. We never really thought about going back to it.”
“We recognize that upsets a lot of fans, particularly the comic book fans. In the comics, Dinah Lance and Oliver Queen are in a romance together. To some people, that is considered canonical and iconic. We respect that, but at the same time we’ve always made no bones about the fact that we’re telling our own version of the Green Arrow mythos. Green Arrow and Black Canary have had so many different interpretations over the years that we never felt beholden to one particular interpretation. This is our interpretation, like it or not, and I recognize that there are plenty of people up and down my Twitter feed who do not like it. I totally respect that. But it made the most creative sense for us going forward, despite the fact that we love Katie. We absolutely love her. That part, not getting the chance to work with Katie day in and day out is tempered by the fact that [the show] now lives in a universe where there’s resurrection, parallel earths, time travel and flashbacks.”
As for Black Canary herself, actress Katie Cassidy, she seems to be taking her TV death in stride.
“Since Season 2 up until now, Laurel has had a truly amazing journey. The writers have written so well for me and I’ve had such an incredible arc. It made sense to me creatively. Laurel’s story has come to an end in the Arrowverse. I love everyone on set and our crew. Being there for four and a half years, they’ve become family, so it’s hard to not go into work every day and get to work with such amazing people. That part is certainly sad, but I was okay with it. We all came to an understanding that this was what was going to happen and it made sense to me. I think the shock value is good. It’s such a jolt and a turn in the story that it gives the writers so much more to do and places to go with it. Otherwise, I feel like shows can get stale.”
Of course, Cassidy will remain pretty busy in the Arrow-verse for some time to come. She’ll appear as the Earth-2 Laurel Lance, “The Black Siren”, in an upcoming episode of The Flash, and she’ll be voicing Black Canary again in the second season of the animated Vixen on CW Seed.
Arrow returns with new episodes on April 27.
Source: Comic Book Movie