By Bryan Martin
Fans of Katie Cassidy are rejoicing as Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment announced that she is returning to Arrow as a series regular for next season. However, considering how she was written off the show last year, she isn’t returning exactly as we left her. Instead, she will be reprising her role as the Earth 2 Laurel Lance, Black Siren.
Black Siren was introduced last year on The Flash and made her presence felt earlier this season on Arrow while working with the Season 5 Big Bad, Prometheus. She is scheduled to return to Arrow for episodes 22 and 23, where we will presumably learn exactly how she will fit into Season 6. Will it be as a friend or a foe to Team Arrow?
On bringing Katie Cassidy back to Arrow, executive producer Marc Guggenheim commented that, "One of the things that most excites us about Arrow is that we go where the story takes us. Last year, the story took us to the tragic death of Laurel Lance. This year, our midseason finale reintroduced us to Laurel’s doppelgänger, Black Siren. We were so taken by Katie’s fearless interpretation of this character that we knew her story was not yet finished. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Katie back to Arrow as Black Siren, though as her appearances on Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow this season show, she never really left the family."
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