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'Arrow' Season 4: Marc Guggenheim On Why [SPOILER] Had To DIe In 'Eleven Fifty Nine'

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(Photo : Facebook/Arrow) According to "Arrow" showrunner Marc Guggenheim, a major character had to die this seas

On Wednesday night, "Arrow" fans had to say goodbye to a character they'd known since the series' inaugural season. Laurel Lance, aka The Black Canary, met her end when the nefarious Damien Darhk plunged an arrow through her heart.

Anticipating a strong reaction from fans, Marc Guggenheim had this to say about the longtime "Arrow" staple's tragic death:

“Obviously Arrow is always a show that’s evolving,” Guggenheim says. “It’s always a show where every character, arguably except for the Arrow, is fair game. We started off this year with the promise of a death and when we worked our way through our various different creative choices, we realized that the thing that will give us the most pop going into the end of the season and into next season unfortunately would be Laurel.”

On why Laurel needed to die:

“When I say it gives us a lot of pop I don’t mean on the Internet or publicity, I mean creatively for the show,” Guggenheim says. “Every time we’ve killed off a character on the show, it’s really been for the effect it has on all the characters left behind. I don’t want to spoil the end of season 4 or what we have planned for season 5, which we’re already in the room working on, but the way we always describe it is the creative math. How divisive Laurel is as a character on Twitter is not a factor. Truth be told, Twitter is a very specific sub-segment. The number of people who don’t like Laurel is probably an infinitesimally small group, so it’s not, as they say, statistically relevant.”

On the Internet's outrage:

“We knew that it would enrage a lot of people,” Guggenheim says. “We’re not immune to the ‘shipping and we’re not immune to the Internet controversy — when I say immune, [I mean] we’re not blind to it. We’ve never made decisions on the show creatively because of the Internet.”

(via Entertainment Weekly)

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