The death of Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) on The CW’s hit show Arrow is a sore spot for many fans. In fact, when the dirty deed happened, the fandom let the internet and it’s mother know how they felt, and they were not happy. With no Laurel there was no Black Canary. Her sister was off time traveling as the White Canary, and former team member Evelyn Sharp (Madison McLaughlin) had turned her back on the gang. For a moment, there was a slight chance that the Canary would cry once more when Laurel had some how come back to life, but it turned out to be her evil twin from Earth-2. However, thanks to last night’s episode, it looks like the Black Canary will live once more but in a new character Tina Boland (Juliana Harkavy).
If you paid any attention to last night’s episode then you’d know by now that Tina Boland was just a cover for Team Arrow’s newest recruit. Her real name is Dinah Drake. Unless you’re already a savy comic book aficionado, then you may have no clue as to who Dinah Drake is. Some of you may be more familiar with the name Dinah Lance as the original Black Canary, but the truth is that Dinah Laurel Lance is actually the daughter of the original Black Canary. Her name was Dinah Drake. She would later marry a man named Larry Lance and change her last name.
A pretty cool tidbit of trivia right there. Based on that information, it looks like there is a good chance this Black Canary will be around for a while. That is unless the writers do something drastic. If that happens, the Arrow fandom may explode with anger.
This version of the Black Canary is something to look forward to. Laurel still had a lot to learn compared to the rest of the team. And it was easy to tell that her character would hold back when the situation got bad and she needed to toughen up. If you saw last night’s episode, then you’d know that Dinah is a much different character than Laurel. She’s gritty and willing to kill. If anything she may need to be toned back a bit for Oliver’s liking, but it’s a lot easier to tone things down to bring out the aggressiveness in someone.
But what about Laurel from Earth-2? Oliver seemed pretty set on finding a way to bring her back from the dark side. Something says that her upbringing may cause problems with accomplishing that goal any time soon. But never say never.
Arrow airs Wednesday nights on The CW at 8 PM EST.