1We’re not as invested in her character
Let’s face it, Laurel was old news from day one. Whether it was her sister Sara, Shadow, Huntress, crazy mirakuru ex-Firefly lady, and of course, Felicity Smoak, you never got the feeling that Laurel was gonna be the one for Oli.
Except for the two episodes before her death, where she had enough death flags any MMORPG priest worth his salt would have stocked up enough resurrection spells to fight all the deaths in the Final Destination series and two zombie apocalypses.
2Give Quentin Lance a break
Let’s look at Quentin’s history with his daughters dying on Arrow:
Sara died on the boat! Wait no she didn’t! Sara ran away! Wait nope she’s back! Sara got killed by Thea! Wait nope she’s still alive! Wait nope that’s Laurel pretending to be Sara using some voice changing software! Wait she’s really dead! Wait nope Lazarus pit! Wait nope Sara has lost her soul and is batshit crazy! Wait nope Constantine saves the day! Sara’s gone off again! Wait nope she’s been recruited by a cheap Doctor Who ripoff! And now Laurel’s dead!
3It isn’t going to solve Arrow’s problems
Look, it’s still the Arrowverse, and the heroine most tied to the Green Arrow is the Black Canary. Maybe the Black Canary and Green Arrow characters are gonna be a part of the DC Cinematic Universe, in which case a Deadshot-esque removal from the series might be coming.
Maybe the coming of Earth-2 Black Canary might be a chance to reboot the character. Maybe the producers need something for season 5. Maybe Sara Lance will return after her Legends of Tomorrow stint is over.
Still, it would have made more sense to move Laurel out of the way without the permanency of death. Having her exit with her position as the District Attorney seemed like a more plausible way to go. I mean, I get that Damien Darhk suddenly got his powers back and he kills Laurel. Even if she is literally the fourth-most intimidating of the four members of Team Arrow at the prison. Because he’s a jerk and he wants back at Quentin.
But then she survives her operation, only to flatline again later after she’s told Oliver how much she’s loved him all this time?
Either way, it seems hard to think of a way which Laurel’s death drags the series out of the mire it’s been in all season. When Arrow first came out, it was a breath of fresh air. It brought us the dark feel of the Nolan Batman era to the silver screen.
Now, we’re flushed with superhero films and shows. Just the Arrowverse alone has expanded to house The Flash and friends, and with the recent Supergirl crossover, that Earth too. Arrow’s darker tone hasn’t evolved well into its current state, especially with the arrival of metahumans and magic. And we’re still wondering what all that time on Lian-Yu will finally amount to. We’ve been teased Hal Jordan more than once, but nothing really concrete.
The Flash has made a habit of shocking revelations, like who Zoom was (shocker, eh), but Arrow’s revelations have seemed a lot more forced (see what I said about Laurel’s death flags above).