Roy Harper is returning to Arrow and star Colton Haynes has shared a first behind-the-scenes pic of himself with his Team Arrow family on his Instagram account, reuniting the team members for a short story arc said to be boasting some high stakes.
While the image itself sadly doesn’t reveal much of anything in terms of plot, we know Haynes will make his hotly anticipated return on the DC TV series on the 15th episode of Season 6. And what brings him back into the fold (even if it’s only for a little while) is nothing less than something pretty darn urgent.
“Roy is called back to Star City to help resolve an urgent matter with high stakes for the team,” executive producer Wendy Mericle and former EP Marc Guggenheim revealed about Roy’s return last month. “His short visit turns into something surprising when he reunites with Thea and sparks a change in both of their lives that will have long-lasting consequences …”
Now, there are two potential scenarios that could happen here. The first one is that Arsenal will help Team Arrow take on Cayden James (Michael Emmerson) and his team of supervillains made up of Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo), Anatoly Knyazev (David Nykl), and Vigilante (Johann Urb) now that Team Arrow has split. Though there's a possibility Curtis (Echo Kellum), Rene (Rick Gonzalez), and Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) may return to the team before Roy's arrival.
The other potential scenario directly concerns Oliver (Stephen Amell), who is on the brink of being publically accused of being Green Arrow. The fact that Roy previously pretended to be Arrow in order to clear Oliver’s name before leaving Star City after faking his own death (Roy shortly returned for one episode back in Season 4 when Felicity’s dad, aka the Calculator, blackmailed him into working for him) could indicate that he may return to help Oliver in the same capacity. Although that could just be more of the same. What do you think?
Arrow returns “Divided” Jan. 18 on The CW.