Why do people think that Laurel isn’t the lead female character?
Look at screen time?
Look at story lines?
Look at billing?
Laurel is the secondary main character.
Laurel gets storylines that aren’t directly related to the main plot of the season.
Laurel gets flashbacks.
Laurel gets scenes with her family members.
Laurel has character stuff going on that is completely separate from Oliver.
That’s because this show is, in part, HER story.
Because she is the lead actress.