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Oh, Katie Cassidy — Arrow just doesn’t know how to quit you. Just when you thought Laurel Lance was gone for good, The CW has announced Cassidy will return next season as part of the main series cast.

Of course, Cassidy was already a series regular for four seasons before her character was unceremoniously murdered last year by villain Damien Darhk.

Afterward, Cassidy guest-starred on The Flash and signed a new multi-show guest star contract which led to appearances this season on Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow.

The “Other” Laurel Lance

Most of those appearances were as her Earth-2 alter-ego, the metahuman Black Siren. And it’s in that role that Cassidy will return to the show.

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

“We were so taken by Katie’s fearless interpretation of this character that we knew her story was not yet finished.”

Cassidy will return to Arrow for the final two episodes of Season 5 before returning as a series regular next season.

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There’s no word on how this move will affect the new Black Canary (aka Dinah Drake), played by actress Juliana Harkavy, but it doesn’t look good for her.

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