Katie Cassidy Returning to Arrow as Series Regular in Season 6

Katie Cassidy is returning to Arrow. Only not as Laurel Lance. Well, not Laurel Lance of Earth-1.

Cassidy will be returning to Arrow as the villainous Black Siren in the final two episodes of this season before continuing on in season 6 as a series regular.

The news comes as a shock after Arrow made the bold decision to kill Laurel Lance last season. The death, along with the destruction of the Lazarus Pit, was the show’s way of showing that there are real stakes on the show. Only we can’t help but wonder if that still remains true now that Cassidy is returning as Laurel’s Earth-2 doppleganger?

Cassidy debuted as Black Siren on The Flash before making her debut on Arrow in the midseason premiere, where she showed off her villainous side. There was also a tease of a possible redemption arc, which we have to assume is where they’re headed with her story come season 6.

“One of the things that most excites us about Arrow is that we go where the story takes us,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim said in a statement. “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.”

Cassidy will also be appearing in Legends of Tomorrow‘s season finale (airing April 4) as Laurel.

What are your thoughts on Katie Cassidy returning to Arrow next season? Sound off in the comments!

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

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