ALERT: MINOR SPOLIERS AHEAD!
As Arrow gears up for its third season finale, it will be minus one cast member. Last Wednesday’s (April 15) episode “Broken Arrow” saw the departure of Arsenal/Roy Harper, played by Colton Hayes. Harper impersonated the Arrow to try and throw Officer Lance (Paul Blackthorne) off Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) trail. “Broken Arrow” ends with Roy leaving Starling City.
But if executive producers/co-creators of Arrow Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim have their way, it won’t be the last time you see Roy Harper or Colton Hayes. “When we made the deal. We made a two-season deal that had a clock on it, we always knew that,” said Berlanti. “When he (Hayes) was coming off Teen Wolf, we described the role to him, and we agreed to do it for a couple of years… He brought a lot of notoriety and viewership to Arrow when we were growing, and the show wouldn’t be the show it is without him. He is such a talent and such a nice guy, everybody from the crew to the writers were so enthusiastic to have him for the time we had him. We are sad to see him go but excited to see what he does next.”
Guggenheim added that the plot for Season 3 was made with Hayes’ departure in mind. “We were able to design his arc for the season with the end point in mind. We always knew he would take a heroic stance and redeem himself for his actions. It’s always a blessing when you know where exactly you are going to end up.” “We wanted something different,” added Berlanti when asked if they considered killing off Roy Harper. “We wanted to do something different. These characters are so young, they represent the next generation of superheroes, and we love the idea of having them just out there. And as a person we like Colton so much, we all would love to see him back. Such a talented, great guy.”
Even though Oliver has lost Roy in his battle to save his city, he still has to tend to threat of Ra’s al Ghul. And he’s going to need the remaining members of Team Arrow to triumph.
Arrow continues with new episodes through to the season finale on Wednesday, May 13 on The CW.
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