Have you finally recovered from finding out who is in the grave, “Arrow” fans?
The death of Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) might seem very final and devastating, but according to executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle, her death will remain a focal point for the rest of Team Arrow in the future.
Next Wednesday’s (April 13) episode in particular, titled “Canary Cry,” will show Thea (Willa Holland, Diggle (David Ramsey), Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) struggling to deal with the loss of their friend and team member.
“It’s going to be huge and significant,” Mericle says. “The episodes that we’ve written in the aftermath, they’re devastating, and they’re meant to be. And that’s what we wanted. We wanted to explore that and to really have everybody feel the impact of this loss because it is significant and we do feel like it is a game-changer.”
It’s still unclear which games her death will change most, but there’s a strong case that this loss will be the final straw for Diggle’s relationship with his brother.
“Diggle especially, like he says in that hospital, he’ll never forgive himself,” Guggenheim says. “I would say the biggest consequences emotionally are felt by Thea and by Diggle … You can draw a straight-ish line from [Diggle’s] decisions in this episode to Laurel’s death. That’s certainly a fact that’s not lost on him.”
As far as the rest of the team goes, fans can only hope that Felicity’s hiatus from crime-fighting ends as a result of her friend’s tragic death.
After all, Felicity was full of rage in that limo with Oliver after the funeral and Mericle certainly makes it seem like Felicity will be out for blood. “It will definitely have a huge impact on her character, and if you think about Felicity and what she would do in the wake of something like this — I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions,” Mericle says. “You’ll find out in [episode] 19, but everyone is going to be compelled to try to fix this and figure out what happened and get revenge on the people who did it.”
One character you might be surprised to see a reaction from is Laurel’s sister, Sara (Caity Lotz).
Guggenheim teased that Paul Blackthorne would be making an appearance on “Legends of Tomorrow,” where he will presumably tell Sara about her sister’s passing. “Sara will find out in ‘Legends’ about what happened with Laurel, and I think we give it its due.”
“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. CT on The CW.