Another Major Character Exiting Arrow This Season

Following the recent exit of Willa Holland, who played Thea Queen, Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) half-sister also known as “Speedy,” Entertainment Weekly has learned that Arrow will be losing another major character ahead of season seven. Paul Blackthorne, who has played Quentin Lance since the start of the series, will be leaving the show by the end of its current sixth season.

It’s noted that season six is usually when the actors’ initial contracts are up, which is why the two exits make sense, though some fans may have a hard time saying goodbye to another original character, especially since the details surrounding how Quentin will be written out are being kept under wraps. Thea left town alive and on a new mission; will Quentin — the new mayor of Star City who succeeded Oliver as mayor after Queen was arrested — be lucky enough to walk away alive, too? Or will Quentin meet a more permanent end by the time the season finale airs?

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Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, John Barrowman as Malcom Merlyn, with Paul Blackthorne as Detective Lance. Manu Bennett is back as Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, and his son, Joe Wilson, will be played by Liam Hall. Juliana Harkavy is playing Dinah Drake, David Nykl portrays Anatoly Knyazev, Michael Emerson is playing the big bad, Cayden James.

Based on the DC characters, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Wendy Mericle and Sarah Schechter. Arrow is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.