Well, I wasn’t planning on blogging again so soon, especially with the premiere of Outlander this weekend, but last night’s episode of Arrow has me fired up. Dinah Laurel Fucking Lance. I spent a lot of time today on the forums and reading other blogs and apparently I was the only person in the Arrow-verse who did not see the death of Laurel Lance coming. Personally, my money was on Thea being killed by Malcom. I was not prepared for it and I ugly cried.
I’m a little confused by the decision they made to kill her off the show. A lot of people are speculating “it’s not permanent” but let’s just take one thing at a time. I feel like Laurel Lance is a crucial part of the show and I am not sure I understand the logic behind this idea. Other than some recurring guests, Oliver and Laurel are the only permanent fixtures in this show that come from the comics. We’ve seen Deadshot, Deathstroke, Merlyn, Cupid, and others – but as season regulars we really only have the Green Arrow and Black Canary. Roy Harper has already left as a season regular and I read in an interview with the executive producer, Marc Guggenheim, when he was asked if Laurel faked her own death he responded with “No,” Guggenheim says. “We’ve done a fake death before.” He also acknowledges the fact that in this universe dead isn’t always dead. That doesn’t make it any easier for me, though.
Another issue that I have with this is the love story between Oliver and Laurel. In the comics they end up married, albeit much later in life – but they spend most of their lives together off and on again. I am all for team Olicity, I think Felicity is sweet and she keeps Oliver grounded. They are a great couple and I ship it hard, but it’s not endgame for me. I sort of always imagined that something would happen to Felicity (either she would walk out or death) and eventually Laurel and Oliver would end up back together. I almost was starting to think that with this episode what with Laurel being offered the DA position and her confessing her love to Oliver. Now I’m bummed. I know the show is not the comics, but by removing Laurel from the equation it takes away from the show, in my opinion. Without Laurel the writers can pretty much do whatever they want at this point because the only tie in to the comics is Oliver. Not that they weren’t doing what they wanted to anyway, but there was always a small basis in the comics. With the Island and Cupid and even Tommy/Malcom Merlyn the writers have been able to keep a good foundation with the comics. Now, there’s just Oliver.
One thing that I loved (I should say that I hated it, too) was Paul Blackthorne’s performance at the end of the episode when he comes around the corner in the hospital to find Oliver standing there and shaking his head. It was a perfect performance, so full of emotion. I was feeling what he was feeling and he played it out so perfectly. I am so curious to see how the next few episodes go with him and how he deals with Laurel’s death. We already know he didn’t handle Sara’s death very well, then his wife left, and then Sara died again. Laurel has always been his baby, though, even when they weren’t speaking they had that special father/daughter bond that I think will make this loss particularly hard for Quentin. Especially because he promised to turn himself back into police custody for punching Captain Pike so he’ll have to deal with it while being in police custody. I’m also hoping that Caity Lotz was able to take a break from Legends of Tomorrow to film as Sara Lance at her sister’s funeral. Laurel had to deal with Sara’s death twice so I am curious to see how Sara handles it from the other end.
We also have all of the other character’s reactions to look forward to. We all know that Oliver is going to blame himself. He blames himself for everything. But at the same time we have Felicity who will probably feel guilty for leaving the team. Could she have made a difference if she’d been in the bunker working the security feed? And then there’s John who fell for Andy’s tricks and lies. Oliver warned him and he chose to believe Andy over Oliver and then Andy betrayed them all to Damien Darhk. So John will be blaming himself because they wouldn’t have even been in that position if he’d just listened to Oliver. Thea will also have some self-blame to go around because if she had just had it in her to kill her father then the idol wouldn’t have been stolen in the first place and no one would have even been in the prison that night. I can’t wait to see how they all interact with each other knowing that they will all blame themselves for what happened.
Don’t forget about the promise Oliver made to Laurel. We didn’t get to hear it. What is it? We won’t know until season 5 so I hope everyone is feeling very patient this hiatus.
So while I was sobbing so hard I couldn’t breathe last night, Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance / Black Canary, Arrow) tweeted this and tore my heart in two.
— Katie Cassidy (@MzKatieCassidy) April 7, 2016
And I’ve made myself cry again. Excuse me while I go drown my feelings out with some Thin Mints.