When it comes to Laural Lance on The CW’s Arrow, this woman refuses to stay dead for long! Though her character died in Season 4, Katie Cassidy is set to return as a series regular for Season 6. But there’s a twist! She’ll be playing Black Siren, Earth-2’s evil version of Laurel/Black Canary. Additionally, she’ll be making an appearance over the final two episodes of Season 5.
“One of the things that most excites us about Arrow is that we go where the story takes us. Last year, the story took us to the tragic death of Laurel Lance. This year, our midseason finale reintroduced us to Laurel’s doppelgänger, Black Siren,” explained executive producer Marc Guggenheim in a statement. “We were so taken by Katie’s fearless interpretation of this character that we knew her story was not yet finished. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Katie back to Arrow as Black Siren, though as her appearances on Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow this season show, she never really left the family.”
It was announced back in July 2016 that Cassidy struck a deal with The CW that makes her a series regular across all of the network’s superhero shows, including The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Arrow. Since then she’s only shown up in a few episodes, and it seemed as though the agreement petered out. However, the network will embrace the deal better moving into the sixth season of Arrow.
It’s unclear whether or not Black Siren will remain a villain or become reformed. It’ll certainly seem awkward when she meets her Earth-1 doppelganger’s replacement, Dinah Drake, the new Black Canary.
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, John Barrowman, Willa Holland and more.