Laurel Lance is proof that female characters can carry strong storylines on their own.
When I look at Dinah Laurel Lance, I see a character that has flourished as an independent woman. Her storyline this season is probably the biggest reason I am still watching this show.
Laurel is a character that can hold her own.
Looking at the history of Laurel, when her storyline was focused on Oliver and then the death of Tommy, she was a bit of a mess. Even though she had moments when her indepence and strength were shown, for the most part her entire worth seemed to be defined by the men who loved her and her reactions to them. With Ollie it was all about whether or not she would forgive him for the sins of his past and fighting her feelings for him. With Tommy it was all about loving someone other than Oliver and then the guilt she felt because of his death. It was never really about her. It was always about the men.
Fast forward to now. Pushing aside her romantic relationship with Oliver and any other character, she is her own person. The focus isn’t how she will react in respects to the men in her life. Her story is about her journey to becoming the hero she was always meant to be.
Laurel Lance is the Black Canary. Period.
Sara (though a character I enjoyed) was never meant to be the lead. She was never meant to be the hero that Laurel is.
Laurel Lance becoming the Black Canary is wonderful to watch!
She is taking every thing that has happened in her past and using it as a driving force to become something better than she was. She wants to save the world! In a way, she is the true hero of Arrow because unlike Oliver, her pursuit of justice has never been someone else’s fight.
Yes, losing Sara was the final push it took to make her pursue vigilantism, but even without that, Laurel was fighting for justice. With or without Sara, she was going to become the Black Canary.
Laurel is a hero!
Without a man at her side or fighting for her love, she is awesome!
She is proof that women CAN carry a storyline that is all about them.