With Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) determined to ruin Oliver Queen's (Stephen Amell) life, the last thing Arrow's billionaire playboy-turned-vigilante needs is more people learning the truth about his extra-curricular activities. Unfortunately, that's exactly what Slade had in mind when he showed up at Laurel's (Katie Cassidy) door to tell Ollie's former love the truth about the emerald archer. But that doesn't mean Laurel will believe Slade.
Naturally, the inquisitive ADA will set out to uncover the truth for herself in Wednesday's episode (8/7c, The CW), which finds her slowly putting the puzzle pieces together in more ways than one. The truth, of course, could also set her father free since Det. Lance (Paul Blackthorne) was thrown in jail for working with the vigilante and refusing to give up his name. But would Laurel be as kind if placed in the same position?
"When Slade told Laurel, he thought that was going to be yet another devastating death charge into Oliver's life," executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says. "She's not just taking it at face value, but being smart about it, and then her emotional reaction to the news is surprising. Most people assume she's going to react one way and that she reacts a different way is great."
Despite a lot of criticism for the character from fans, Kreisberg says Laurel learning the truth about Oliver is a good thing. "There's been a subset of fans who have questioned our sanity and our talent for making some of the decisions that we've made over the course of last year and this year," he says. "Somebody is always going to be upset, but I think a lot of the things that we've done have been leading up to what we're doing in the finale and moving that forward into Season 3."
Kreisberg points out that when Tommy (Colin Donnell) discovered that his best friend was the vigilante, the storytelling was much richer and fuller. "The way he looked at everything in the world, every scene suddenly became super-charged with him, even if it was a small scene that didn't have much to do with the main plot," he says. "With Laurel, now that she knows, whenever she's in a scene with somebody, her world view has shifted and it's different."
But even with Laurel in the know, that doesn't necessarily bring her closer to Oliver, who is unaware of Slade telling her the truth. Though Oliver and Laurel may be destined to be together, Ollie has been spending his nights with her sister Sara (Caity Lotz), the one woman who knows him better than anyone since she was also on the island. For now, that means it'll be a while before fans of Laurel and Oliver are happy. "We've really adopted this mantra of we give people what they need even if that's not what they want," Kreisberg says. "Having Oliver and Laurel get together in Season 1 was what people needed then, but then they needed them to go on a break, so Oliver could have his story line with Sara for this season, which is what felt right to us. He has women in his life, he has Laurel, he has Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards]. Helena's [Jessica de Gouw] doing a 10-to-20 stretch. I think that Laurel will always be one of the closest people to him whether that's romantic or not."
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