Arrow Producers Discuss The Choice Of Keeping Earth-2 Laurel Arrow Producers Discuss The Choice Of Keeping Earth-2 Laurel
Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz discuss the decision to keep Earth-1 Laurel Lance dead after Crisis on Infinite Earths. Arrow Producers Discuss The Choice Of Keeping Earth-2 Laurel

The Arrow series finale “Fadeout” had Laurel Lance of Earth-2, the Black Siren, asking her “father” Quentin why her Earth-1 doppelganger was not revived in the way that folks like Quentin and Moira were. Fans might be wondering this as well. So what gives for Katie Cassidy‘s character?

The behind-the-scenes decision made on which Laurel to keep was one that the producers “went back and forth on.”

“Truth be told, that was really driven by the spin off,” Marc Guggenheim admitted, referencing Green Arrow and the Canaries which a contender to be on The CW schedule after Arrow‘s end.

“I think if we weren’t doing a spin off, we probably would have gone a different way,” he said, admitting that all of them had “really fallen in love over the years with the Earth-2 version of Laurel” and Katie’s take on the character.

“We love the complexities of that character. The moral seesaw. She’s just a more interesting character to us,” he said.

“In Seasons 7 and 8, she was really able to redeem herself and we felt that that was such an important story for her character,” Beth Schwartz added. “She’s come such a long way from murdering people all the time to becoming the hero that she was at the end of season eight and will continue to be in this spin off, hopefully. It felt like we would shortchange her if we didn’t really honor the growth that her character went through.”

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Craig Byrne

Craig Byrne has been writing about TV on the internet since 1995. He is also the author of several published books, including Smallville: The Visual Guide and the show's Official Companions for Seasons 4-7.

  • Ugonna Wosu

    January 28, 2020 #1 Author

    I would have been cool with a Laurel switch. Earth 1 Laurel could be the one in the new show. Or you could have had both Laurels co-existing in the finale.


  • Laurelfan

    January 28, 2020 #2 Author

    Earth 1 Laurel should still has came back.


  • Obi

    January 28, 2020 #3 Author

    Or they could have let both live because one Laurel was going to the future and the original one would never need to be seen again as she lived the rest of her life in peace. I’d say letting E1 Laurel live might create the question of why she didn’t show up in the next crossover, but they never had that issue before, so I call bull on that.

    Marc Guggenheim has made several tweets over the years about how he did not care for the character of Laurel Lance and how he does not think Black Canary an important or successful character (just tonight he said that in his mind she does not sell and is not popular). Perhaps write an article on how his controversial opinions might be a real life issue that effected the story choices.


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