Laurel Lance will return during Tuesday’s season finale of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. But the big question remains: How?
Back in February, Legends boss Marc Guggenheim revealed on Twitter that Katie Cassidy would be reprising her role as the late Laurel Lance in the finale. Since Laurel’s death at the end of Arrow‘s fourth season, Sara (Caity Lotz) has spent a bulk of Legends‘ second season with a vendetta against her sister’s killer, Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough).
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With the Legends poised for the ultimate confrontation with Darhk and the rest of the Legion of Doom in the finale, will Sara finally avenge her sister — and bring Laurel back to life? Alas, probably not, since a dead Damien would probably create a paradox that the Legends would not be able to fix. “At the beginning of the season, Sara was back to a place of being an assassin, determined to kill Damian Darhk,” executive producer Phil Klemmer tells EW. “As she took on the mantle of leadership, she also learned some of the nuance of time. She’s now a time mistress, she understands the sanctity of time supersedes her own personal agenda.”
However, Sara doesn’t necessarily need to kill Damien. In the wake of Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) rewriting reality, creating Doomworld, and subsequently destroying the Spear of Destiny, the Legends will be heading back to WWI in a bid to stop the Legion from obtaining the Spear in the first place, offering the team a chance to rewrite their own version of reality in the finale. “It’s no coincidence that we did the Tolkien episode, it’s no coincidence that we’ll be returning back to the Tolkien episode,” Klemmer teases. “It’s that ring of power, magical totem that can only be wielded by the purest of heart. For all the progress that Sara has made, she’s no Frodo, she still has an enormous amount of scar tissue built up — literal scar tissue and the emotional scar tissue that she’s had in the past four years.”
“That’s the big conundrum for our team,” Klemmer continues. “They go back trying to get the Spear, trying to keep it away from the Legion of Doom, and we know the Legion of Doom shouldn’t have it, but I don’t think any one of our Legends, Sara included, think that they’re qualified to wield it either, which leaves us in a sticky place, where it’s like, ‘Then how do we save the day?’ We’re back to where we were to the JSA: ‘Do we break it up in pieces again? Do we each go hiding in places in time? How are we going to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself?'”
Whatever the Legends decide, and therefore however the Lance sisters are reunited, Lotz teases that seeing Laurel again will give Sara a sense of closure. “I don’t want to give anything away, but I don’t want to also toy with the fans’ emotions,” Lotz says. “It’s not like a full coming back, but it is a really lovely appearance, and I think people will like it a lot.” Even if Laurel doesn’t make a full comeback, Cassidy will still play a big role in the Arrow-verse next season when the actress returns as a series regular on Arrow — the Black Siren!
The season finale of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will air Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Read our full finale preview with Klemmer here.