Arrow's Paul Blackthorne Teases Lance's Reaction to Sara's Return

Paul Blackthorne in Arrow

Since its premiere in 2012, Arrow has slowly but surely evolved in what actor Paul Blackthorne -- who plays Quentin Lance on the CW series -- recently referred to as a "cartoon town" overrun by metahumans. Now that the show is fully entrenched in the mystical, don't expect that to change anytime soon.

Chief among the mystical elements on the show is the existence of the Lazarus Pit. Most notably, it was responsible for resurrecting The Canary a.k.a. Sara Lance (Caity Lotz). Naturally, Sara's father is bound to have some feelings about that matter, too.

Screen Rant recently had the chance to chat with Blackthorne about Lance's reaction to his daughter's return to the land of the living on Arrow season 4. Here's what the actor had to say:

"Well, obviously, Lance has got no idea of the nature of the Lazarus Pit, so he wouldn’t know of the risks. It’s only other people within that realm that truly know how that thing works. He wouldn’t have an opinion on that, but obviously what he does see is the result, and the result is a returned daughter in the flesh but one devoid of soul and spirit, which he can pick up on immediately. That’s the point at which his mind comes into it, not 'should it have happened? Why did it happen?' He’s like, 'well, this has happened. It’s right in front of me and something’s gone horribly wrong. I can sense it.' So that’s where he comes at it from."

While the use of the Lazarus Pit may continue to lead Arrow down a more supernatural path, the re-emergence of Sara into the mix should make for an interesting dynamic among the cast and could easily develop into one of the more intriguing plot threads of season 4. In particular, Lance's response to his daughter's return will provide Blackthorne with some emotionally complex material to work with.

Exactly how Sara's resurrection will affect the show going forward is anyone's guess. Moreover, the question of how she has been changed following her death provides the potential for the TV show to further explore the after-effects of using the Lazarus Pit - as well as the possibility of her long-term future on the show. We already know Sara will become White Canary on the DC's Legends of Tomorrow spinoff in 2016; how she gets there will be the interesting part, though.

What do you think about this season of Arrow thus far? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 pm on The CW. Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8pm on The CW. DC's Legends of Tomorrow will premiere in 2016.

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