Earlier this season Arrow suffered the loss of a founding cast member. Actress Willa Holland left her role as Thea Queen after six seasons on the DCTV flagship. Today has brought us the news that another of the shows original cast members will be exiting.
EW has confirmed that Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) will not be returning as a series regular for season seven. Little details are known on how Blackthorne will exit the series but given that Caity Lotz will be guest starring in the finale as his eldest daughter Sara we can only assume it’s going to be emotional.
Blackthorne has been with the series from the pilot. His character has grown from Starling City Police Captain to working for Mayor Queen and part of Team Arrow’s inner circle. Whilst we will be sad to see him leave his character has done all that he can.
Paul Blackthorne you have NOT failed this city.
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the South China Sea. Oliver returned home to Starling City, bent on righting the wrongs of his family and fighting injustice. To do this, he created the persona of The Arrow and allied himself with former military man John Diggle, computer-science expert Felicity Smoak, lawyer-turned-vigilante Laurel Lance, billionaire inventor Ray Palmer, and his sister Thea Queen.
After years of denying himself his own life as Oliver Queen in order to be The Arrow, Oliver left Starling City with Felicity and made a home in suburbia. But their newly tranquil lives are upended when an evil new organization, H.I.V.E., takes over the newly-christened Star City. Oliver is forced to don the hood once more but can he keep his aim as The Arrow without losing the life he has fought so hard to get back?
Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance. It was recently announced that original series star Katie Cassidy will return as a series regular in season 6 as the Earth-2 Laurel Lance/Black Siren.
Arrow airs on The CW Thursdays at 9/8c. In the UK the show airs on Sky One on Thursdays at 9pm.