With only three episodes to go until its series finale, Arrow season eight has brought the show back to its glory days. While the season has mostly focused on setting up the upcoming crossover event “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” it has also taken time to spotlight the Earth 2 version of Laurel Lance/Black Canary, played by actress Katie Cassidy Rodgers. The heroine has had a rocky role in the Arrowverse since appearing in the season two finale of The Flash as a henchwoman to the villainous Zoom. In her time on the show, Lance has gone back and forth from hero to villain, at one moment taking up the role of heroine from her Earth 1 doppelganger and the next allying herself with season five big bad Prometheus.
The character stopped playing both sides following the emotional impact of the death of her Earth 1 father Quentin Lance last season. Quentin’s belief that Lance could become a hero led her to fully embrace the side of good and return to her own Earth as the Black Canary. Following the destruction of Earth 2 by the Antimonitor in the season opener, Lance has been on a mission to help Oliver and his allies stop the upcoming Crisis. Lance’s altruistic commitment to saving the multiverse has not been without its trials and hardships, however. Lance has made it no secret that she is struggling with the loss of her world and still seeks revenge against the Antimonitor. This dark side to the character was on full display in episode four as Lance mulled over the destructive path she was on while warning Mia Smoak of the dangers of unbridled hate. The season’s most recent episode set the stage for Lance to get the full closure she needs as the character goes back in time for a chance to say goodbye to her deceased father.
Lance’s story arc and Rodgers’ celebrated performance this season has led The CW to consider creating a spinoff series centered around the character that will air after the conclusion of the final season of Arrow. The planned series will center around Rodgers’ character as well as Juliana Harkavy’s Dinah Drake and Katherine McNamara’s Mia Smoak.
New episodes of Arrow premiere on Tuesdays on The CW. The show’s final episode, “Fadeout,” airs on January 28, 2020.