Black Siren showed her good and bad side in Season 6 of Arrow, and with Oliver locked away and Diaz in hiding when Season 7 begins, fans are wondering if Katie Cassidy’s Earth-2 vigilante will turn full hero or if she’ll return to her wicked ways. New showrunner Beth Schwartz spoke with CinemaBlend and other outlets during round-table interviews at San Diego Comic-Con, and said we will continue to wonder such things when Season 7 begins, but did share a bit of what the Laurel Lance doppelgänger will be up to when things pick back up:
“So, I love Black Siren. She is so fun. What we loved about Katie and the character from last year is that you never really know which side she’s on. Is she good? Is she bad? She falls somewhere in between. And so this year, with Lance’s death — which was really sad, I’m still not over it — she has a lot. You know, she’s pissed. She’s pissed at Diaz, so she has a grudge. And so we’re gonna see her dealing with that. . . . Yeah, she’s gonna play between good and bad again, and we’re gonna see how that affects her when she wants to get revenge for Lance’s death.”
Black Siren will apparently be out for blood when Season 7 begins, and she’ll have a major score to settle with Ricardo Diaz for his part in the death of Quentin Lance, among other things. Now, her specific thirst for justice in this case doesn’t seem as if it will lead her to give up her wicked ways, which means she might end up clashing with various members of Team Arrow on her vengeful quest. The positive side of Laurel’s evil streak is that things haven’t changed for her in general as much as they have for Team Arrow proper, so she’s likely been able to continue her search for Diaz uninterrupted, while the heroes have tried to keep their noses clean and names out of vigilante-bashing headlines.
As far as Black Siren’s mix-ups with our heroes are concerned, Juliana Harkavy teased that Laurel and Dinah will be butting heads again in Season 7. Harkavy, who shared a first look at her character in Season 7 not that long ago, revealed that the two women will still be at odds, similar to how they were throughout Arrow Season 6. But beyond the clashing, it appears each might gain a mutual respect for the other before the season ends. Here’s how Harkavy put it during the Comic-Con round-tables.
“It was intense, and I think that relationship and that dynamic is evolving in a very cool way. You know, they are still definitely at odds, but yeah, there is going to be a shift there, for sure. Actually, some of my favorite writing this season has been the stuff between Dinah and Laurel.”
Juliana Harkavy was such a fan of her scenes with Laurel this season thus far, it actually had her pitching the duo make their own Birds of Prey group, after the topic came up. Harkavy’s answer all but confirms that Arrow won’t feature an iteration of the iconic superhero team in the first half of Season 7, but it would seem to indicate that Harkavy thinks Dinah and Laurel will be on good enough terms that they could eventually team up for their own spin-off. Of course, Harkavy also pointed to the fact that DC is developing a “Birds of Prey” movie, and even though she might have thought of that as reasoning to make it happen on Arrow, we all know the DCEU has often led to Arrow excluding or removing characters from its narratives.