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Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is ready to suit up.
After going through years of tragedy, from Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) disappearance to her sister Sara’s (Caity Lotz) murder at the hands of Thea (Willa Holland), Laurel is taking over her sister’s vigilante mantle in Wednesday’s Arrow after giving fans a glimpse of the action last week.
She says it won’t be a smooth transition from lawyer to superhero.
“Just because Laurel is in the suit, doesn’t mean she’s good at crime fighting. She doesn’t all of a sudden have these superpowers,” Cassidy tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Like the rest of team Arrow, Laurel is reeling from Oliver’s disappearance from Starling City, after he left to fight Ra’s Al Ghul (Matt Nable) to the death and lost. Though Oliver has been resurrected, his friends don’t know that and are carrying on without him. For Laurel, avenging Sara, whose death was orchestrated by Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), is a starting point, though she doesn’t yet have all the information about how Sara died.
“She’s doing the best that she can. I think it’s her heart and her brain and her drive to avenge her sister’s death that keeps her moving,” says Cassidy. “But she absolutely gets broken down and taken down.”
Cassidy teases that during the rest of the season, Laurel will learn to don the mask for her own reasons, not just for revenge or to keep her sister’s memory alive.
“She goes from avenging her sister to honoring her sister to then becoming her sister,” says Cassidy. “Then she goes to doing it for the right reasons, from something within her. You see in later episodes somebody alluding to that and it makes Laurel have that realization, that she’s not just doing this to be her sister. It’s inside of her and she has the capability to tap into that.”
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.
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