It is probably safe to say that, like myself, many fans of Arrow were left reeling after the shocking death of Laurel Lance/The Black Canary during last night’s episode. While we have three weeks to contemplate this change to the status quo, feel free to check out an extended promo for the next brand new episode, appropriately titled “Canary Cry,” at the top.
The death of a character who has been around since the pilot episode will likely spark debates long after this brief hiatus. When ComicBook.com recently caught up with executive producer and co-showrunner Wendy Mericle, she said the next episode and the ones to follow will be “devastating.”
“I think you can you know in terms of our process for making the decision, you can kind of judge the impact by how important that character was to the universe we’ve created. And there’s no question that it is, it is going to be shocking, and it was you know, it was a shocking thing for us to kind of process and to write the aftermath. We really wanted to make sure that we did it in a way that was very kind of honorable and that gave us space to honor all the characters’ various reactions to it, and I will say that the episodes that we have written in the aftermath, they’re devastating and they’re meant to be, and that’s what we wanted.”
That statement, compounded with the new footage, probably touches on a mere fraction of the loss Oliver and the rest of the team are feeling. One moment that grabs me is when Diggle catches up with Ruve Darhk and looks like he’s about to lose it. Needless to say, “Canary Cry” looks to be quite the emotional roller coaster.
Considering that Katie Cassidy will be appearing on an upcoming episode of The Flash as her Earth 2 counterpart, Black Siren, one has to wonder if that version of the character will ever cross paths with Team Arrow. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Arrow airs Wednesday nights at 8:00 pm EST on The CW, with new episodes returning April 27.