Yesterday we found out that Arrow was coming to an end after its eighth season, but fans of The CW’s superhero shared universe shouldn’t be worried about the fate of the Arrowverse, as all the evidence points to it continuing to thrive, just in new and exciting ways. Given that, it’s totally possible – maybe even likely – that members of Team Arrow will stick around the franchise, just on other shows.
One who apparently won’t be, though, is Katie Cassidy. A source has told We Got This Covered that the actress who’s been with Arrow since the beginning is looking to leave the Arrowverse for good this year. We can’t say anymore than that at this stage, but it’s believed that the star feels she’s been with the DC world long enough and wishes to move on to new challenges. It’s also probable that her mind was made up by the fact that Arrow is ending.
Fans will know that Cassidy has played Laurel Dinah Lance on the series ever since Arrow‘s pilot episode. Although, she hasn’t always portrayed the same Laurel. The original Black Canary was shockingly killed off in season 4, but she soon returned in season 5 as the Earth-2 version, who’s walked a path to redemption ever since. With Black Siren pretty much totally reformed by this point, you can see why the actress might feel she’s done all she can with her dual role.
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It’s unclear at this stage, however, if Cassidy plans to leave at the end of season 7 or will stick around for the extra 10 episodes that’ll make up Arrow’s shorter final season. Either way, we shouldn’t expect to see Laurel-2 migrating over to Central City or the Waverider once the series is wrapped up.
For now, Arrow continues its seventh season Mondays on The CW, and as soon as we learn more about Cassidy’s departure, we’ll be sure to let you know.