'Arrow' Producer Says the Return of Laurel Will Be 'a 9 On The Emotional Scale'

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 - 2:40PM
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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 - 2:40PM
'Arrow' Producer Says the Return of Laurel Will Be 'a 9 On The Emotional Scale'
We were understandably shocked when Laurel, aka Black Canary, showed up in the Arrow mid-season finale episode "What We Leave Behind," turning around and smiling at Ollie in the Arrowcave like nothing had ever happened. After being stabbed by Damian Dahrk during his escape from prison and dying surrounded by her teammates (not to mention being buried), it looked like the Black Canary was (on a scale of 1 to dead) pretty dead. But the old rule still holds true: in the DC Comics universe, no one stays dead forever. 

We've seen dead people come back before in Arrow—heck, Laurel herself even resurrected Sara using the Lazarus Pit, though the resulting person was a feral monster. So it's not completely unbelievable to see Laurel among the living, though it is highly unlikely that there will be zero evil strings attached. And we have even more reason to be suspicious after a recent report from TVLine's Michael Ausiello and Matt Mitovich (via io9):

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Laurels return will be a 9 on the emotional scale, that's what [executive producer] Wendy Mericle told me. She said to me specifically that the Laurel storyline-or should we say "Laurel" -depends on what you believe…That storyline, as a whole, will have an emotional resonance for not just Oliver, but Oliver and Felicity. Felicity, actually, is going to be the biggest skeptic about "Laurel" while Oliver is little bit more into seeing his old friend again, under whatever circumstances he thinks she came back.
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Yeah, that's suspicious as hell. And the titles of the upcoming episodes reinforce those suspicions: Episode 10 is titled "Who Are You?", while Episode 14 is titled "The Sin-Eater". It sounds like Laurel is going to be sticking around for a whole arc, so we're suspecting that "Sin-Eater" may reveal her true nature, considering that the traditional meaning of a "sin-eater" is someone who ritually 'eats' the sins of another person and absolves them of their wrongdoings while taking on the burden of sin themselves. Laurel did a pretty bad thing when she resurrected Sara, so we're guessing that might be a possible symbolic through-line.

But there's always the possibility that Laurel might have fought her way back into the world of the living through legitimate, not-evil means. Maybe science helped. Who knows? Clones and necromancy aren't mutually exclusive.

Arrow airs on the CW on Wednesdays at 8/7c.
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