Episode 18 of Arrow changed the show in a huge way, and the producers and cast have explained the shocking twist on DC Comics‘ official site. Beware, they’ve gone into full spoilers, so only read on if you’re up to date with season 4.

From the very start of this season, Arrow has promised us a major character death. While several of Team Arrow have came close, it was Laurel Lance who ended up paying the ultimate price in the fight with Damien Darhk. In the end, the leader of H.I.V.E stabbed the Black Canary with one of Oliver Queen’s own arrows.

This move has angered many fans, something the producers were well aware of. Executive producer Marc Guggenheim explained why they decided to press ahead with the death of Laurel:

“We knew that it would enrage a lot of people. One of the things we knew that people would think is that in a season where Oliver and Felicity get engaged and Laurel dies, that’s clearly making a choice about who’s going to end up with whom. Truth be told, we told the Laurel/Oliver romance story in Season 1. We never really thought about going back to it.”


Katie Cassidy as Black Canary

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Katie Cassidy, who played Laurel in the show, felt like this was the right time for her to go:

“Since Season 2 up until now, Laurel has had a truly amazing journey. The writers have written so well for me and I’ve had such an incredible arc. It made sense to me creatively. Laurel’s story has come to an end in the Arrowverse. I think the shock value is good. It’s such a jolt and a turn in the story that it gives the writers so much more to do and places to go with it. Otherwise, I feel like shows can get stale.”

Laurel’s father, Quentin Lance, will now have a lot of focus in the upcoming episodes. He only has two daughters, but this is the third time he’s had one die. On top of that, he’ll be blaming himself. This murder was Darhk’s revenge after Quentin betrayed him earlier this season. Paul Blackthorne, who plays Quentin, had this to say:

“This death, of course, is just devastating for Quentin. Because this is not the one that was ever supposed to happen. he’s going to have to pick up the pieces, not pick up a bottle, and reconcile what’s left of his life. Obviously, he’s got the Arrow family. That will be where he’ll have to find his anchor now from here on in without his beautiful daughter.”

Where do you stand on this latest twist? Do you think Arrow has made a huge mistake? There will be plenty of angry fans out there, especially as Laurel was really starting to improve as a character.


Arrow will return from its short hiatus on April 27.