Still recovering? 12 things to know after Arrow’s game-changing death:
1. Marc Guggenheim knew this death “would enrage a lot of people,”
but the decision was not made based on anything but story. “We are not
immune to shipping and we’re not immune to the internet controversy.
We’re not blind to it. We knew people would think, in the season where
Oliver and Felicity get engaged and Laurel dies, that’s clearly making a
choice about who’s going to end up with who. We told the Laurel/Oliver
romance story in season one. We never really thought about going back to
it. Shipping was not an element or a factor for us.”
2. You haven’t seen the last of Katie Cassidy in the Arrow/Flash
universe: With multiple universes and time travel involved, different
versions of Laurel and the Black Canary will still pop up occasionally.
Katie is currently slated to play Earth-2 Laurel (and The Black Siren)
in an episode of The Flash, and will play earth-1 Laurel on the CW Seed’s Vixen.
3. Laurel will also appear in flashbacks in next week’s episode.
4. We will find out what Laurel said to Oliver, but not until season five.
5. Sara (Caity Lotz) will find out about her sister’s death on Legends of Tomorrow, with help from her father. Paul Blackthorne will be appearing on Legends to grieve with her. “I think we give it its due,” Guggenheim says of the episode.
6. Quentin has now been through the death of a daughter three times,
and it’s not getting any easier, according to Paul Blackthorne. “This
death is just devastating for Lance because this is not the one that was
ever supposed to happen. He’s going to have to pick up the pieces, not
pick up a bottle, and reconcile what’s left in his life. With that, he’s
got the Arrow family, and that’ll be where he’ll have to find his
anchor now, from here on in, without his beautiful daughter.”
Katie Cassidy is supportive of the direction the show is going in.
“Since season two up until now, Laurel has had a truly amazing journey
and they’ve written so well for me,” she said. “I’ve had such an
incredible arc so it made sense to me, creatively, that we’ve told
Laurel’s story. It has come to an end in the Arrow-verse. I
think the shock value is good. It’s such a jolt and such a turn in the
story that it gives them so much more to do and places to go. Otherwise I
feel like shows can get stale.”
8. Wendy Mericle described the
upcoming episodes as “devastating.” Laurel’s death will be felt
throughout the rest of season four and into season five.
9. “Secrets, guilt, death—that’s our secret formula.” Oliver may not
feel as responsible as he once would have for a death like this, but
Diggle is certainly feeling the guilt after he was so unwilling to
believe his brother might not be totally reformed. “He’ll never forgive
himself,” Guggenheim says. “The biggest consequences emotionally are
felt by Thea and by Diggle. I mean Diggle, you can draw a straight-ish
line from his decisions in this episode to Laurel’s death. That’s a fact
that’s not lost on him.”
10. Whether the Black Canary mantle
will be passed on has not been discussed, but her legacy will be covered
in the next episode.
11. Laurel’s death will have a “huge impact” on Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards).
“If you think about Felicity and what she would do in the wake of
something like this, I leave you to draw your own conclusions,” Mericle
12. Cassidy’s final scene that she shot was a reshoot of her
the stabbing scene, but she views a different scene as her real last
one: “That [last] scene [in the hospital] was so real shooting it
because it was my saying goodbye to the team and all of us,” Cassidy
said. “It definitely wasn’t difficult for me to get to that emotional
point. It was hard but it was very real. It was genuine. There was no
other way that I would want it to go.”