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An ‘Arrow’ spinoff starring Kat McNamara is in the works at The CW!

And we have a wishlist!

A spinoff starring our beloved Mia Smoak is in the works at The CW! Let that sink in…

The daughter of Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak is getting her own show, and it’s safe to say Olicity fans have been clamouring for this since her reveal.

Mia’s arc in Arrow season 7 has been all about growing into a hero, whether she wants to be one, how she will be one, and what that all means. And I think that concept alone is strong enough that we can explore it for many seasons.

We have a lot of feelings about this spinoff and what it can be, so let’s dive in!

The Canaries

Arrow — “Lost Canary” — Image Number: AR718A_0135r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Katherine McNamara as Mia/Blackstar, Andrea Sixtos as Zoe Ramirez, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak and Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake/Black Canary — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Juliana Harkavy who plays Dinah Drake and Katie Cassidy who plays Laurel Lance will also be apart of this new unnamed show. And to what capacity, it’s currently unclear. The spinoff will be set in Star City 2040, making Laurel and Dinah 20 years older than their present day characters.

I admittedly scratch my head as to what Dinah and Laurel’s involvement could/will be in this spinoff. One of the reasons why The Canary Network worked for me in season 7 is because there has been so many versions of Black Canary, the title itself has lost its weight and significance. For starters there has been Sara, Earth 1 Laurel, Evelyn, Dinah, Earth 2 Laurel, and now Zoe. That’s six versions of the Black Canary over seven seasons.

One of the greatest criticisms I have over Black Canary storylines is it seems they are always in a constant state of course correcting. And when you’re constantly course correcting, it makes the audience have to work 10 times harder to care. But during season 7, I thought they finally proclaimed their intentions in regards to Canaries. That they are a network of women, who mainly, support and help each other. And I LOVE that concept… it gives “Canary” weight again! It’s powerful, it’s inspiring, and I sincerely hope it’s not taken away.

Ideally, in this spinoff, Dinah and Laurel would be like advisors to Mia. She would go to them for support and advice, kind of like a superhero version of Giles from Buffy The Vampire Slayer.


What would a potential Blackstar spinoff mean for Arrow?

Dude… where’s the rest of the kids?!

One of the biggest threads of Arrow season 7 was Mia developing her relationship with William and Connor (and not so much with Laurel and Dinah, another reason why their seemingly significant involvement is confusing). And guys, we love our Mia, but we absolutely fell in love with William and Connor, too!

It just wouldn’t make sense if they weren’t apart of this new show. Because the emotional beats will lie in the three of them. Losing those dynamics would be detrimental to this potential spinoff. Which is why I ultimately believe they will be apart of the show.

My Mia Smoak Show Wishlist:

  • The Canaries are used as resources… please I can’t watch another seven seasons of course correcting Canaries.
  • The Next-Generation OTA kids will figure out how to be heroes together.
  • Am I selfish to ask for an occasional cameo from original OTA members? Whatever, I’m doing it.
  • I hope it’s shown throughout the show that the sweeter/better world we all crave is exemplified in the next-gen kids themselves, wanting to be better even though their environment (Star City) is tempting them in other directions.


Okay, you have our demands The CW, now get cracking (kidding, I’m not demanding, I’m asking nicely). The final season of Arrow premieres October 15 on The CW!



Lynsey is a proud Hufflepuff. Find her watching anything from BoJack Horseman to Grey's Anatomy. She loves to read... especially if it features dragons and a good cry. If you ask her what she's doing she will most likely respond "I probably should be writing." Find her on Twitter, to theorize, geek out, and to obsess about Olicity.

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