Even superheroes need to call in reinforcements sometimes. While the last three seasons of Arrow have seen Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) face off against Malcom Merlyn (John Barrowman), Slade Wilson (Manu Bennet), and Ra’s Al Ghul (Matt Nable), season 4’s big bad Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) has arguably presented the greatest threat yet.

In the face of such an insurmountable foe, it would seem that there’s most certainly room for one more on the already stacked Team Arrow. Now it seems that spot will be filled by former Arrow sidekick Roy Harper (Colton Haynes).

Haynes confirmed his appearance on The CW show in a Tweet Friday afternoon. As most fans remember, Roy departed Starling City towards the end of last season after taking the fall for Oliver’s crimes, and faking his death in Iron Heights Prison. Having seemingly found happiness and relief from his troubled past, he bequeathed his red Arsenal outfit to Thea, who currently holds the mantle of Speedy at the Green Arrow’s side. The Tweet also confirmed that Haynes would appear in episode 12 of this season — although the title of the episode has yet to be formally released.

Bringing Roy back into the fold may also serve as a way for Team Arrow to find some much needed help for Thea Queen (Willa Holland). After her dip in the Lazarus Pit during season 3, she hasn’t exactly been herself. Roy’s similar experience with Mirakuru-induced bloodlust during season 2 may serve as a sort of common ground for him to help Thea work through her problems. This common ground could also serve as a way for the two to rekindle their former love life — something new love interest Alex Davis (Parker Young) might not think too kindly of.

Roy’s return to the Arrow-verse — however brief it may be — presents the new possibility that he could be the dead ally who Oliver was seen mourning during the season premiere. Granted, killing him after such a long absence would lack the emotional punch of someone else on Team Arrow, but the show has already proven its ability to throw curve balls at the audience.

Arrow returns on December 2 @ 8pm with its half of The Flash/Arrow crossover ‘Legends of Yesterday’ on The CW. Check out a preview below:

Source: Colton Haynes

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