When Sara Lance was murdered in the season three premiere of Arrow last season, fans were in an uproar about the decision that took one of our favorite DC Television heroes – and a female one at that – away from us. The outcry was so loud that it spawned her resurrection and role on the latest Arrow/Flash spinoff DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
New spoilers from Legends of Tomorrow have shed some light on where we’ll find Sara – now the White Canary – now that she’s risen from the dead on Arrow.
“Her story is really a simple one,” Legends producer Phil Klemmer told TV Guide. “It’s her trying to regain her humanity, trying to find a human connection. It’s kind of this paradox that she’s selected for the team because she’s this ruthless, cold-blooded assassin and what she really wants is to feel again. And these two things are at odds.”
Sara’s journey on Legends of Tomorrow will be heavily centered on her trying to regain her humanity now that she’s back in the land of the living after more than a year of being dead and then being resurrected with the Lazarus Pit, which has done wonders for Thea Queen. And she wasn’t even really dead – just really close. Can you imagine the damage that Pit has done to Sara’s psyche after that display of blood lust from Thea?
Sara is the one character that can go toe-to-toe with Oliver regarding the emotional damage inflicted upon her. Much like Oliver had to climb his way back from the edges of no humanity to the hero that he is today, Sara had done the same. Then she was killed. And now she’s being brought back to life from a force that is said to change a person in the soul.
After fighting to regain her humanity the first time, Sara Lance now finds herself in the toughest battle of her life: fighting for her humanity for a second time. With the effects of the Lazarus Pit running through her veins, it’s going to be that much harder for her to claw her way back to that person she was. And who knows if she’ll ever really get back to that version of herself.
One of Legends’ latest spoilers comes fresh out of New York Comic Con, where Klemmer addressed a fan question regarding a Sara Lance and Ray Palmer romance. It’s clear that Caity Lotz and Brandon Routh have the chemistry that has spawned other unplanned romances (hello Oliver and Felicity!), and it sounds lie we might be getting our wish, as Klemmer said: "Any time you’re in in close, life-or-death quarters [about a time-traveling vessel], weird things happens with people."
Considering both of these new teases for Sara Lance, it makes sense that Sara’s storyline will revolve around her fight for her humanity, as well as that romance with Ray. Much like Oliver Queen had to battle his way back from the land of the wavering humanity, Sara will need to do the same. But the person that has essentially changed Oliver for the better is girlfriend Felicity Smoak, who inspired him to be the very best he can be and helped harness the light that was still inside of him. Now look at him. He’s one step closer to becoming his destined hero, Green Arrow, and all traces of that tortured soul are gone.
I believe that Ray Palmer can do the same for Sara. Sara will be dark – probably darker – than Oliver when he returned from Lian Yu in season one, and Sara is going to need that personal connection to help pull her out of the darkness. She craves that human connection, and she wants more than anything to feel again. We don’t know much about the Lazarus Pit and the darkness that comes with resurrecting someone with it. Hell, we’ve only gotten a taste of it with Thea’s salvation. But this is going to be a true test of character as Sara will need to overcome what’s sure to be deadly instincts and darkness in her soul. And the perfect way to counteract darkness is with light; and Ray Palmer is the light that she needs.
I always hate to compare relationships, but it seems like the producers are trying to inspire a new relationship that parallels Oliver and Felicity on Arrow. Whether it’s intentional or not, the parallel is there: the tortured hero – Oliver and Sara – and the light that inspires hope within them – Felicity and Ray.
Sara Lance is a character that has battled through hell and back only to return to hell once more – only this time is much worse. While her journey won’t be an easy one, I believe that she will find a way to slowly claw her way back, much like Oliver did. It’s not going to be easy – it’s going to be hard as hell – but the Canary lives, and no one can keep her down.
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premieres midseason on The CW.