People sure do like to blame The Flash for a lot of things that happened this year — Savitar, alien invasions, Trump — but one thing that Barry cannot be blamed for is the return of Laurel Lance in the mid-season finale of #Arrow.
Fans who thought Laurel's return was limited to flashbacks and the alternate reality of Arrow's 100th episode were way off the mark this week when the former district attorney turned up in the Arrowcave, alive and well. While it would be easy to point fingers at #Flashpoint, Season 5 of Arrow has already established that Laurel's death remained the same in this timeline, regardless of how Barry Allen messed things up.
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A number of theories regarding Laurel's return have already begun to circulate. Could the Black Canary have taken a quick dip in the Lazarus Pit? Did Susan Williams pop something extra in that glass of RUSSIAN vodka that she handed to Oliver? Hell, did the show runners just freak out over the backlash surrounding Laurel's death and write her back in, hoping that no one would notice?
While each of these ideas are (semi) plausible, there's an even more exciting possibility that this new version of Laurel Lance could be none other than Black Siren, the villainous meta-human who hails from Earth-2.
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A new promo for the second half of Season 5 has been released, which strongly suggests that the new Laurel Lance is in fact Black Siren from Earth 2. Not only does it seem as though she's attacking Team Arrow, but this version of Laurel also appears to possess her own canary cry, a meta ability that only the character's evil counterpart possesses. Check out the trailer and then read on below to see how this development will impact the rest of Season 5.
How Could This Version Of Laurel Turn Out To Be Black Siren?
As one of Zoom's most trusted allies, Black Siren took a central role in a few episodes of The Flash back in Season 2, fighting the scarlet speedster himself. While her sonic abilities were ultimately no match for Barry Allen, Laurels's evil doppelganger remains alive and well, imprisoned in the S.T.A.R. Labs pipeline.
Team Flash have been rather preoccupied this week with silly little things like the GOD OF SPEED and some prophecies that imply death is imminent, but it looks like they should have kept a closer eye on their own private Guantanamo Bay if this theory turns out to be true. After all, would it be so difficult for Black Siren to escape her confines?
Prometheus already knows Team Arrow inside and out, including their secret identities, so it's not much of a stretch to imagine that he/she/it may know about their allegiance with Barry and his team too. From there, it would be a simple matter for Prometheus to break into S.T.A.R. Labs and free Black Siren while Team Flash are distracted.
Why Would Prometheus Enlist Black Siren's Help?
The mysterious antagonist made it clear in the mid-season finale that he didn't want to kill Oliver, just make him suffer. Thus, it would make total sense for Prometheus to play these kind of mind games with Queen, perhaps even using Black Siren as another mole within the team. What better way would there be to seek revenge on Oliver than trick him into believing that his former lover is in fact alive and well?
The timing is also somewhat suspicious. Now that Artemis has revealed where her allegiance lies, Prometheus needs another inside man to toy with Team Arrow. It would be simple for the assassin to fill Black Siren in on all of the information that she would need to successfully infiltrate the team, especially now that they're all distracted by the death of Detective Malone, or taken out of the picture completely.
We're not the only ones with questions:
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During a Facebook Live chat, star Stephen Amell discussed how important Laurel Lance is to the show, reassuring fans that her character's return will be handled well across a number of future episodes next year:
"[There is] lots of consternation in the fan base about what's important -- the Black Canary in the Green Arrow-verse. I will say that forgetting about the show for a second if you look at the canon of Green Arrow, John Diggle wasn't a character and he's indispensible. Felicity Smoak wasn't really a character and she's indispensible. So we picked and plucked from various parts of the DC Universe, but if you're just getting into the canon of Green Arrow the comic book character, the Black Canary is easily the most important feature next to the Green Arrow, period, full-stop, forever. So it would be nice to have the Black Canary back."
The fact that Katie Cassidy's beloved character is set to appear in numerous episodes of Season 5 lends credence to the theory that she is now playing Black Siren, as it's unlikely that the writers would wish to string out the idea of Ollie hallucinating in this way.
At the end of the day though, whether it turns out that Black Siren has arrived on Arrow or not, we couldn't be more excited to see the emotional fall-out of Laurel's return across the second half of Season 5. Despite only appearing in a few episodes so far, this villainous version of the Black Canary is a fan favorite who deserves to take center stage.
Do you think Black Siren will masquerade as our beloved Laurel Lance?
(Source — Facebook Live)