Fall TV Preview

Arrow Season 5 Promo: Laurel Gets a [Spoiler], Oliver's New Foes and More

Arrow is honoring dearly departed Laurel’s legacy in a very big way in a new teaser for Season 5.

Black Canary may be gone, but her memory lives on as Star City unveils a statue of the costumed crimefighter while Oliver contemplatively looks on. (Her portrayer, Katie Cassidy — who is now a series regular across Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow — will return in the season opener to spill what Laurel told Oliver before her death.)

As the reminder of his friend’s sacrifice looms, the archer must accept that things aren’t going to go back to the way they were. Much has changed over the past five months, as driven home by the sight of Dig in his Army fatigues and the introduction of several new enemies targeting Green Arrow, including The Wire‘s Chad L. Coleman as an imposing gangster.

Arrow Season 5 will feature a variety of fresh faces, including Rocky IV opponent Dolph Lundgren (as a Big Bad in the Russia flashbacks), Popular alum Carly Pope (as a Coast City reporter), Chicago P.D.’s Josh Segarra (in the series-regular role of D.A. Adrian Chase aka Vigilante), Reaper‘s Rick Gonzalez (as the DC Comics character Wild Dog), The McCarthysTyler Ritter (as SCPD Detective Malone), Blindspot’s Joe Dinicol (recurring as Rory Regan aka the vigilante Ragman) and former WWE grappler Cody Rhodes in a guest role TBA.

Arrow returns Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 8/7c on The CW, where it now leads into the freshman drama Frequency.

Press PLAY above to view the video, then hit the comments with your thoughts on the tribute to Laurel.

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22 Comments
  1. Jeff Kidd says:

    So how is Katie a series regular on all shows if her character is dead?

    I’m assuming since the other villainous actors have similar deals, that she’s back as Black Siren and a member of the Legion of Doom.

  2. Lizzie says:

    That didn’t excite me for the new season at all, and that statue of Laurel is god awful. What is that mess?

    • Lizzie says:

      I say that as someone who never really liked Laurel most of the time but that statue is the worst thing I’ve ever seen. I’m also not impressed by the amount of new characters on the show. I have no interest in any of them. Only Wild Dog sounds fun.

  3. I can easily sum this Arrow Season 5 promo up in one word on m part “apathy”! SMH!

  4. aaron cobb says:

    Of course they treat the character better in death then they did while she was alive.

    • Ugonna Wosu says:

      I was just saying the same!

    • Lizzie says:

      I wouldn’t say putting up an ugly ass statue treating her better in death. The truth is they didn’t know how to handle her character once they bought on Sara, who was a better Canary, and Felicity as Oliver’s love interest.

  5. Michelle says:

    Wonder how Guggenheim took the news that Katie is a series regular on all shows, including the Trainwreck Arrow…

  6. hank ronson says:

    felicity and friends suxs

  7. Bob says:

    These Writers really messed up his show last year!!! The Have a lot of repairing to do. I almost quite watching it. I will give it one more chance!!

  8. Dave says:

    If everything is a shared universe, would the actions of flash in the season finale, change a lot of the Arrow story?

  9. fandomking1 says:

    To sum this up in one word…terrible.

  10. Unless Arrow vastly improves after the mess that was last season, I’m only going to watch the crossover event. And I’ll only watch that because I’m eager to see Dig’s reaction to Supergirl:)

  11. people keep asking how Katie can return to the show but isn´t it obvious ? We just had Barry Allen basically redo all of existence with Flashpoint. They can use this to bring back virtually everyone they want. In the comics Flashpoint created a VASTLY different reality in which Bruce Wayne had died instead of his father Thomas (who became Batman instead), Hal never became Green Lantern, Deathstroke and Lex Luthor were killed by Aquaman, Superman was raised in a government lab, Barry never became Flash and Wonder Woman and Aquaman unleashed World War III.

    Now we won´t see any of those things on TV but the point is that thanks to Flashpoint they can practically do ANYTHING now on Arrow and Flash. So bringing Laurel back (if they wish so) could be done without any fuss at all. It will be much more interesting to see what the reality and timeline will look like once Barry restores the “real” timeline – because in the comics the timeline was forever altered (=new 52/Rebirth) after that.

    However there is also another option – Black Siren. Interestingly enough Black Siren on Flash is actually much closer to the comic book Black Canary then Laurel was on Arrow:

    – she comes from Earth-2
    – she is a metahuman who has the real Canary Cry
    – she is much tougher, more trained and sassier then Laurel
    – She has not been in a relationship with Oliver Queen during her younger years

    These are all attributes that are straight from the comic book version of the character (who is also called “Dinah” not Laurel) and the Arrow execs have said that Laurels death will make sense in Season 5, even to those who disliked it.

    It would indeed make sense if they would bring Katie back as Black Siren and then turn her from villain to vigilante to crimefighter and have her take over the mantle of Black Canary and subsequently show the beginnings of her relationship to Oliver Queen. This would be enormously close to the comic book version of Green Arrow and Black Canary and is quite frankly the only thing that would really make sense at this point and redeem the show in a lot of ways – especially to the comic book fans of Green Arrow.

    And as comic book Black Canary is also a character who is not only confined to the world of Oliver Queen (her home is actually Gotham, where she also often returns to fight with Oracle and Huntress as the Birds of Prey – and she is a close ally of Batmans as well), it would be very easy to have her appear across all DC TV shows.