Ok, so we all saw the end of Arrow this week… and we figured Roy was gone.
But, we didn’t think he might be gone for good. Did we? Well, that might be just the way it is.
Colton Hayes, the actor behind Roy Harper, has come to the end of his two year contract and it seems he’s happy to go now.
Showrunner Greg Berlanti has been chatting about Hayes; and it seems it’s all true: “We made a two-season deal that had a clock on it, we always knew that. When he was coming off Teen Wolf, we described the role to him, and we agreed to do it for a couple of years. At that particular moment, he had a lot of opportunities to do things, and we’re lucky he chose us. He brought a lot of notoriety and viewership toArrow 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.”
Regarding the story, Berlanti adds: “Roy has struggled with guilt after killing a policeman. In saving Oliver, he sees a chance to absolve himself. Hopefully it was surprising for the audience as some thought for a moment that he might die.We were able to deign 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.”
So it’s been on the cards all along: “we all would love to see him back. Such a talented, great guy. The hope is that he’ll continue to be part of the universe we are building. We love working with his so much. We’ve talked to him about returning to one of the three shows, and if available, he has expressed interest. He is gone but definitely not forever.”
Berlanti is keen to point out that this is the end of an arc on the show: “The third season will feel like the end of a trilogy, with elements and pieces coming together. We are heading into a big, epic, climactic battle, and I’m not not going to give away who is going to make it. Everything will be changed after this season… we have planned something cool and radical to open next season.”
All change for team Arrow, then. Do you think Arsenal will be missed or are you glad he’s left? Let us know…