Arrow: Colton Haynes set to return as Roy

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Arrow Season 4: Colton Haynes to Return as Roy.

CBS has ordered five more episodes of freshman medical drama “Code Black,” plus Colton Haynes will return to “Arrow,” in today’s television news roundup . . . Arrow Season 4 has already featured the returns of Caity Lotz as Sara Lance, Katrina Law as Nyssa, and Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer, and now it has been confirmed that another major character from the show’s universe will be back this season.We figured that one of the shows within the CW – DC universe was going to announce something related to Colton Haynes by the spring, and we’re pleased to report now that the waiting is over: “Arrow” is bringing the former series regular back.Most Arrow news of late has kept one foot in its upcoming Flash crossover with the Legends of Tomorrow, but 2016 will bring some fan-flipping-tastic news for Roy Harper fans.

Colton Haynes, who played Roy Harper for three seasons on the CW superhero drama and was a series regular for Seasons 2 and 3, is returning for an upcoming Season 4 episode. Haynes confirmed the news first in a post on Twitter, and based on the statement from executive producer Marc Guggenheim, he will be turning up during the twelfth episode of season 4 airing early next year: “We are beyond thrilled that Colton will be returning to Arrow this season … It was always our intention to have him return following his departure last season, but it was a matter of finding the right storyline to pull it off.

That opportunity presented itself in Episode 412, and we can’t wait for the fans to see this reunion.” There is no word on whether this will be a one-off appearance or something more, but it is probably going to be a little awkward having Roy Harper back right now. Last week’s episode rose to a best-since-premiere 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 while drawing 9.2 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” ratings. “Code Black” has also been met with equally moderate reviews. When last we saw Roy, Thea followed him out of town for one last goodbye, after he’d taken the fall as the original Arrow, and faked his death in prison to spare the rest of the team. Variety TV columnist Brian Lowry wrote that the name “certainly feels like a misnomer, since it’s hard to think of a medical drama that could possibly look more beige.” Last month, the network ordered six additional scripts, and now five have been picked up for episodes. It will be interesting to see how Roy’s return plays into Thea’s current struggle with her bloodlust and her new relationship with Alex, Oliver’s campaign manager (played by Enlisted‘s Parker Young).

Of course, Thea’s been wearing his duds ever since, having (begrudgingly) taken the name “Speedy” in her Team Arrow role, leaving it open to suggestion if Roy might take up another identity (he’s already used “Arsenal”), or make an un-costumed assist. In the meantime, Arrow will stage the second part of its upcoming crossover with “Legends of Yesterday,” preceding the final episode of 2015, “Dark Waters.” Feel free to speculate what brings about Roy’s return, and how many flips we can expect this time!

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