First pics from next week's Arrow episode, 'Canaries,' reveal a shocking return

The current season of Arrow isn’t hitting on all cylinders in the wake of that epic faceoff with R’as al Ghul, and now the CW series is throwing in another curveball.

Potentially massive spoilers ahead for next week’s episode of Arrow!

Still here? Good. OK, next week’s episode is titled “Canaries,” and there’s apparently a very good reason they use that title in the plural. The first images from the episode show off both Laurel’s (Katie Cassidy) new version of Canary AND Sara Lance’s (Caity Lotz) dearly departed Canary, who originated the role. That’s right — Sara is back.

So, how? Well, based on the fact that recurring villain Vertigo (Peter Stormare) is also shown with a brand-new version of his hallucination-inducing drug, we’d just about guarantee this version of Sara is the result of one of Laurel’s hallucinations after getting dosed. Plus, you know, Sara is kind of dead. So it'd be a real stretch to bring her back for real. The official synopsis for the episode seems to back up that theory:

VERTIGO (GUEST STAR PETER STORMARE) RETURNS AND PITS CANARY AGAINST BLACK CANARY — Oliver (Stephen Amell) is thrown by the changes within Team Arrow. He’s used to calling the shots but sees that the team has evolved in his absence and tensions quickly escalate in the lair. Oliver is furious that Laurel (Katie Cassidy) has been going out as the Black Canary and tells her to stop risking her life, but when Vertigo (guest star Peter Stormare) hits the streets again, Laurel goes against Oliver’s wishes and tracks down Vertigo who hits her with a full dose of the drug. Laurel’s biggest fears revolve around her sister Sara (guest star Caity Lotz) so the Vertigo causes her to hallucinate an epic fight between Canary and Black Canary. Meanwhile, Chase (guest star Austin Butler) surprises Thea (Willa Holland), and Roy (Colton Haynes) warns Thea to stay away from Malcolm (John Barrowman). Michael Schultz directed the episode written by Jake Coburn & Emilia Ortega Aldrich.

Along with the nice shots of the Canaries (we miss you, Caity!) in action, plus Vertigo, we also get a look at Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) continuing to work on his Atom suit. Plus, despite his recent injuries, it looks like Oliver is definitely back in action.

Are you glad to see Caity Lotz return, even if it is just as a hallucination?

(Via Comic Book Movie)

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