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Arrow 'Birds Of Prey' Trailer And Canary Speculation: Are Sara's Days Numbered?

Who's ready for more Arrow? The trailer for next week's "Birds of Prey" has us wishing it were Wednesday already. While last night's "Suicide Squad" put Diggle in the spotlight, it looks like it's Sara's time to step up again. And she'll be going up against The Huntress, "Oliver's psycho ex-girlfriend." Points to Felicity for that succinct bit of background information. I also have a theory on what might happen to Sara before the season ends, but let's talk about "Birds of Prey" first.


Birds of Prey

CW gave us an eyeful of "Birds of Prey" prior to last night, in the form of some exciting photos and an episode description that fills us in on what's going on with Huntress that brings her back to Starling.

WHEN THE HUNTRESS MET THE CANARY — When Frank Bertinelli (guest star Jeffrey Nordling) is arrested, Oliver (Stephen Amell) knows it’s only a matter of time before his daughter, Helena, AKA The Huntress (guest star Jessica De Gouw), returns to town. To make matters worse, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is picked to try Frank’s case, putting her right in the path of Helena. Oliver tells Sara (Caity Lotz) he will handle his ex-girlfriend, but when Helena takes hostages at the courthouse, including Laurel, the Canary will stop at nothing to save her sister.When The Huntress and Canary meet, an epic battle begins. Meanwhile, Roy (Colton Haynes) realizes he needs to keep Thea (Willa Holland) safe, but doesn’t like the way he is forced to go about it. John Behring directed the episode written by Mark Bemesderfer & A.C. Bradley (#217).

It already seems like the tension has thawed substantially for Sara and Laurel. In fact, Laurel's done a pretty drastic turnaround. Will she figure out that her sister's Canary...


Canary Speculation

Ok, here's where I get into my morbid theories. This is less to do with the "Birds of Prey" episode, as I don't think it'll happen this soon, but I'm going to predict that Sara's days are numbered. Not only would her demise pave the way for Laurel to assume the role of Canary, but it would also somewhat resolve the conflict between Deathstroke and Arrow without any other necessary casualties, including Slade.

Watching Sara and Oliver last night, and especially his concern for her, not to mention the fact that Sara and Laurel appear to have reconciled, I couldn't help but think that Sara's going to die this season. Morbid, I realize, but it's not out of the question right? Exploring that theory I'm taking into account the rekindled romance between Oliver and Sara. If she dies, that'll have a big impact on him, not only in losing someone he cares about but a woman he loves. He hasn't experienced that kind of loss before, excluding the time he thought she died on the boat, but they weren't really in love then, right?

The other matter to take into account is the mentioned conflict between Slade and Oliver. My guess is that if Sara dies, Slade won't be the one responsible, but her death might be enough to satisfy his lust for vengeance. Given Sara's connection to Shado's death, if she were to die, Slade might decide that everything's even and move on. But if Slade kills Sara himself or even has a major hand in her death, I don't see there being much possibility that he and Oliver would be able to team up anytime in the near or distant future. Who knows if the writers would even want that to happen, but if they wanted to leave a window open for Slade and Oliver to work together in the future, I can't imagine they'd have Slade be responsible for any of Oliver's people's deaths.

So that's my guess right now. I think Sara will die after or around the anticipated "Deathstroke" episode, if not the finale, and Slade will live and leave town by choice. But I've been wrong before, so who knows?

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Is a mini-Spartacus reunion coming?

In other news, did last night's episode set up the possibility of Amanda Waller going up against Slade? Because that is something Spartacus fans wouldn't want to miss, especially if there's a fight. Cynthia Addai-Robinson and Manu Bennett played serious love interests to one another in the Starz historical drama, not to mention fierce warriors. Those two squaring off in some fashion in Arrow would be pretty fantastic with that in mind. It would be a treat just to see them on screen together again, so here's hoping that's coming!

Arrow airs Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Et on CW. Read Jesse's breakdown of last night's "Suicide Squad" here!

Kelly West
Kelly West

Kelly joined CinemaBlend as a freelance TV news writer in 2006 and went on to serve as the site’s TV Editor before moving over to other roles on the site. At present, she’s an Assistant Managing Editor who spends much of her time brainstorming and editing feature content on the site.