Well, it seems that while ‘Arrow’ may have permanently lost one series regular this year, they will be regaining another when it returns for Season 7 next fall. News has just broke that Colton Haynes has signed on to return to the series as Roy Harper full time, rejoining the cast after leaving series regular status at the end of Season 3. What exactly that means for Thea Queen, who left town with Roy to track down the Lazarus Pits is anyone’s guess, though I’m assuming she will still be alive and ok, and they will find some reason to bring Roy back into town without it having to be the death of Thea, which would be a lot to take.
According to a joint statement made by the executive producers of the long-living CW superhero series:
“We’re very fortunate and excited to welcome back Colton to Arrow. While we’ve always enjoyed Colton’s returns to the show, we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him return as a proper series regular, and we’re very excited about all the creative opportunities Roy Harper’s return affords us.”
While Haynes himself made a rather dry statement himself on the matter, saying:
“I could not be happier to return to my role as Roy Harper alongside my Arrow family.”
For those who may not remember Hayne’s journey on ‘Arrow’ so far, he started off as a recurring cast member during Season 1 and was bumped up to full series regular during Season 2 (the season many argue the show was at its best), remaining on during Season 3 and then leaving (in-universe to maintain his cover as he “died” in prison while taking the rap for being the “Hood” vigilante).
With Roy’s return I cannot help but wonder if all the Hood allegations will be removed, perhaps because Oliver will officially have come out and be accepted as the Green Arrow (formerly the Hood) by Star City by the end of this season? Just a theory, but otherwise Roy’s return would be tough to explain, especially since so many people knew he had taken the blame for being the first vigilante of Star City.
What are your thoughts on the return of Roy? Feel free to share your opinions and any theories you might have in the comments below!