Despite having died at the end of ‘Arrow’ Season 5, it seems John Barrowman will be back as Malcolm Merlyn for the final season of ‘Arrow’ this fall. The news that came to us from the star of the show himself, Stephen Amell, while talking about a promise he made to Barrowman before the man turned 50.
It all happened while at Fan Expo Boston, and Amell broke the news that fan-favorite Barrowman would be back by stating:
“It’s part of the deal, every ten years I put on a tiny suit and I deliver John Barrowman a birthday cake. He’s back in the show in Season 8, and that was actually a rider that he put into his contract, so…”
Of course, it is not the first time that Merlyn has reappeared since his death, making a special cameo during last year’s ‘Elseworlds’ crossover event, but this seems a bit more substantial and fits in with other resurrections we have heard about for the final season, including the return of Merlyn’s son Tommy Merlyn and super-villain Adrian Chase.
And it makes sense to have Barrowman back since he was around all the way back in Season 1, making his premiere in the fourth episode, titled ‘An Innocent Man’ and being a major player not only on ‘Arrow,’ but also in ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ and ‘The Flash.’Of course, what his role in the final season will be is unknown, as are most of the plot details of the final season since the 10 episode finale for the series has been kept very secretive.
What are your thoughts on the return of Malcom Merlyn? Do you have any theories on how they might be using his character? Do you have any theories on what Oliver and Company will be up to in the final season as they prepare for the Crisis? Feel free to share any ideas you have in the comments below!
And here’s the synopsis for the final season of ‘Arrow’ in case you haven’t seen it yet:
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea. He returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs done by his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, Oliver successfully saved his city with the help of his team including former soldier John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer-science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), former protégé Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), street-savvy Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez), metahuman Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy), brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum) and Earth-2 Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). In the wake of discovering what his future holds, Oliver will find himself pit against his most challenging battle yet, one that will leave the multiverse hanging in the balance. In Arrow’s final season, Oliver Queen is forced to confront the reality of what it means to be a hero.
Source: Heroic Hollywood