The season 4 was one of the most emotionally charged and heart-breaking in the history of the show. There have been many deaths on the show like Tommy Merlyn (friend of Oliver & Laurel’s lover), Moira Queen (Oliver’s mother), Robert Queen (Oliver’s Father), Thea Queen (who was killed by Ra’s Al Gul and then brought back through Lazarus pit), Sara Lance (who was killed by Thea under the influence, later was brought back by the pit and her soul was restored by John Constantine). But Laurel Lance a.k.a Black Canary died a painful death and ain’t coming back.
In the episode 19th of Season 4 titled “Canary Cry”, the show-makers found a way to protect Laurel’s legacy by introducing a new character called Evelyn Sharp (it’s Evelyn Crawford in DC Comics). Evelyn Sharp donned the mantle of Black Canary in order to take revenge from Damien Darhk and Ruve Darhk for the murder of her family. She even attempted to assassinate the Mayor of Star city. She was first introduced as part of New 52 series titled “Birds of Prey” as an old friend of Laurel. Evelyn Sharp is a darker version of Black Canary, closer to comics rather than Laurel who was a lawyer first and vigilante later.
Madison McLaughlin will be reprising her role as a troubled teen Evelyn Sharp. But this time, she will not impersonate Black Canary instead forge her own identity as a masked archer known as Artemis. She will appear in the multiple episodes starting with the episode 2 of season 5. In comics, she is the daughter of super-villains Tigress and Sportsmaster and a member of Injustice society. In DC animated series “Young Justice”, she became Green Arrow’s sidekick after Roy Harper left Team Arrow. She will most likely remain on the right side particularly after the events of season 4 as the Darhks are dead.
Arrow season 5 will premiere on Oct 5, Wednesdays on the CW network at 8:00 p.m.