Arrow season 6: Marc Guggenheim on Black Siren and Vigilante

Arrow season 6 cast

Katie Cassidy will be returning as an Arrow series regular for Arrow season 6, proving that it pays to act in a TV universe where the multiverse is a thing. (Just ask The Flash‘s Tom Cavanagh.) That way, if your character is killed off, you can come back as an other-world version of your character.

Given that Cassidy’s former series regular character Laurel Lance/Black Canary was brutally killed in season 4, Cassidy will be returning as Lance’s Earth-2 doppelganger Black Siren. This is bound to bring some old issues back to the fore, as Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen is forced to interact with his dead friend’s dead ringer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cassidy will be back for the final two episodes of Arrow season 5 before returning full-time in Arrow season 6.

In a statement Arrow co-showrunner Marc Guggenheim said:

“One of the things that most excites us about Arrow is that we go where the story takes us. 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 Legends of Tomorrow this season show, she never really left the family.”

This is an unexpected, interesting choice — though not necessarily a bad one. Though Arrow didn’t always know what to do with Cassidy’s Laurel in the first few seasons of the show, her Black Canary was one of the better parts of seasons 3 and 4 and her untimely death felt like a manipulative, contrived way to bring her character’s story to an end.

Though Cassidy’s return will not mean Laurel’s return, she has been a lot of fun to watch on-screen as Black Siren.

Arrow season 6 Vigilante

The murderous crime-fighter Vigilante will also play a large part in Arrow season 6. And the writers have already worked out who’s underneath the mask.

“We know who it is, but we were kind of intrigued by the idea of having a mystery that led into the next season,” Marc Guggenheim told Screener. “We were excited at the prospect of just letting this play out for a little while longer, and it gives us something cool to do in season 6.”

He also confirmed that Vigilante’s secret identity will be someone we’ve met before. “As a general rule, I’m not a fan of mystery characters who when you take off the mask the audience goes, ‘What a minute, I’ve never seen that person before in my life.’ I’m probably not spoiling anything by saying whoever’s underneath the Vigilante mask, you’ve seen that person before,” Guggenheim confirmed.

More as we hear it.

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