Katie Cassidy Talks Laurel Lance's Death on 'Arrow' & Gives Hope About Coming Back

Katie Cassidy Talks Laurel Lance's Death on 'Arrow' & Gives Hope About Coming Back

Katie Cassidy is opening up about Laurel Lance’s demise after her character saw her end during the last episode of Arrow.

The 29-year-old actress spoke with EW after the episode aired, opening up about leaving the show, Laurel’s death and the episode.

“The last scene I think I shot was we had to do a reshoot actually of when I actually die, when Darhk stabs the Black Canary,” Katie shared, saying she kept Black Canary’s jacket and mask as keepsakes. “That was a week after. That was the very last scene that we shot. It was so weird because I remember we had broken for lunch, we came back and I was running to set and I was putting on my jacket and gloves and they were just calling me to set to show-wrap me. I didn’t know that I was done. It was a bit of a shock. But it was good. I feel like there was no other way that I would want it to go.”

Check out what else Katie had to share:

On the last scene she filmed: “Honestly that scene was so real shooting it because it was me saying goodbye to the team and all of us. Definitely wasn’t difficult for me to get to that emotional point. For sure, it was hard, but it was very real. I felt like that was good. It was genuine and it was real.”

On saying goodbye to her Arrow family: “I love everyone on set. I love our crew. Being there for four and a half years, they’ve become family. It’s hard to not go into work every day and get to work with such amazing people. That part is certainly sad. Again, I was okay with it. We all came to an understanding that this was what was going to happen. I think the shock value is good. It’s such a jolt and such a turn in the story that it gives the [writers] so much more to do and places to go with it. Otherwise I feel like shows can get stale.”

On Laurel possibly coming back at all: “As they know, I love working with them. I’m always happy to come play with them if they time-travel or what not. To me, Laurel was always such a good person and had such a good heart and was a fighter. For her to be remembered, I think her being remembered that way is definitely important to me.”

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  • TheNameisAndres

    I hope she comes back in some form.

  • Dontè Credo

    I cant say I was a fan of her character, but I have to admit, her actual death scene jerked on a couple tears. Another thing I can admit, this turn of events definitely re-peeked my interest in the show. Will there be a THIRD Canary? Cant wait to see how things play out!

  • Dontè Credo

    I cant say I was a fan of her character, but I have to admit, her actual death scene jerked on a couple tears. Another thing I can admit, this turn of events definitely re-peeked my interest in the show. Will there be a THIRD Canary? Cant wait to see how things play out!

  • LAUREL72

    That was the final straw — I have had it with this show.

    In the beginning it was charming and interesting with the age-old conflict about vigilantism (and the moral conflict that causes) and the tight unit of family and friends which was at least semi-realistic.

    Now we have black magic, meta-humans and reincarnation … and the endless deaths of major characters. Killing Tommy was realistic — but killing Oliver’s mother in a viscous way in front of him and Thea was a big turnoff. I said at that the time that the best shows remain relevant when the audience feels a connection to the characters — this is why viewers go back to shows for 7 or 8 years. But by continually removing them, it’s nothing more than a revolving door.

    Guggenheim talked about the implications of this for the rest of the season and next year. Don’t worry about me watching — the show has been removed from an automatic series recording on my DVR, I will no longer support the show by picking up the DVD sets or upvoting it in various social media venues.

    I like the Laurel character but it isn’t just about her death — it’s the collective killing off of the core characters. What is the point in watching if it’s about unrealistic fight scenes, idols giving superpowers … and every interesting character ending up dead? They could have used any number of methods to inspire Oliver without brutal deaths. When the human connection is replaced by fantastical plots, it’s all downhill — which has been a few years now. This one was a bridge too far and I’m out ….

    • Mike Rowe

      Your loss.

      • LAUREL72

        RE “Your loss.”

        Haha … this one of the $TUPIDER responses I’ve seen. Of course my opinion on the decline of the show is subjective — this means that it’s MY personal assessment. Given the show is no longer enjoyable to ME, then it can’t be a “loss” can it? That’s right.

        It really does make one wonder though why you bother to type “your loss” to someone else given you were basing the presumption of “missing” or “losing” something on your own opinion. Oh well, perhaps this comment has taught you a new word.

      • LAUREL72

        RE “Your loss.”

        Oh … do you always speak for others? My opinion on the decline of the show is subjective — this means that it’s MY personal assessment. Given the show is no longer enjoyable to ME, then it can’t be a “loss” can it? That’s right.

        • Mike Rowe

          Our gain.

          • LAUREL72

            RE “Our gain since we won’t have to read you insulting people anymore”

            Is that right? Do name exactly who I “insulted” then. Given that none of my comments were directed at other posters (until you who made your laughable comment to me first) AND my comments were only about the show in general, you’re going to a tough time . Entertainment is subjective — critiques of it (just like art) are to expected by the creators.

            Additionally, you clearly didn’t absorb the lesson you were given. Opinions, good or bad, on shows are personal. Yet you clearly projected your “assumption” that it’s a loss to no longer watch onto me. This calls for repeating the question … do you always speak for others? When the show ends, it might be a loss for YOU but for others who don’t like the fantastical turn into magic, superpowers and violent murders of core characters (a defacto cancellation of the show for us), it’s won’t be missed.

            The show has been removed as a “series recording” from all DVRs in our homes as of the episode Laurel was killed off. This is a big difference from the first two seasons where it was one of the few shows I watched every episode. Years 3 and 4 have basically been fast forwarded through much of the content … and now we’re done with it.

            Now then, you really need to brush up on definitions of “subjective” and “insult” .. : )

          • Mike Rowe

            God bless, and enjoy life.

          • LAUREL72

            Yes you enjoy life too.

    • Justin

      I agree. Just maddening.

  • LAUREL72

    P.S. Good luck Katie Cassidy — I thought you were fantastic on the show and had hoped to see you reunite with Oliver.

    I hope you land a role on a show where your class and elegance can be utilized without the fear of dying for shock value every season. Your transformation over the seasons was impressive and we wish you the best of luck : )

  • Impoosible

    ..you can’t do this…you can’t do this…you can’t do this…you can’t do this. Killing off a main cast member who’s been sidelined the entire season. Someone who has held the team strong this season. She deserves better! Please, I’ve been tired of Olicity ever since the BULLCRAP beginning, when Oliver used her has a decoy to get to Deathstroke. I don’t want Olicity to be a thing. I’m tired of the non-believable fighting scenes…I’m growing weak, I need rest…maybe forever.