During the early seasons of Arrow, they brought on Colton Haynes to portray Roy Harper in the series. Harper at one point in time was a mainstay to the cast of the show and sidekick to Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). Even with the character being a vital piece to the team Arrow assembled, the end of season three moved him on to a new life. Still, Haynes was a fan favorite on the show and since his departure, viewers have hoped to get more appearances from him as the show moved forward.
Arrow was able to make that a possibility last season with a single episode appearance, but word has been quiet pertaining to his future with the show. If you were hopeful that Roy Harper would once again return to Star City in the fifth season, then you might be let down.
During his newest column on TV Line, Michael Ausiello answered questions from readers regarding the future of the biggest shows on television. This means that he often gets questions regarding the popular DC universe on the CW, and was asked about Harper returning for an appearance this season. Wendy Mericle, a producer and writer for the show, says that there are currently no plans for a return:
It’s actually not safe to say. Mericle tells us that Haynes — who’s currently shooting an arc on Fox’s Scream Queens — is not currently set to return. The key word there being currently. “We would have Roy back in a heartbeat,” she says. “If the right circumstances come up and the right storyline presents itself, absolutely.”
It is unfortunate that the show will not have Roy Harper returning to the fold this season, especially after it appeared Harper would be returning. The Flashpoint storyline happening on Flash would provide them with a perfect opportunity to change the past, albeit briefly, to bring Haynes back for a few episodes. After all, the events of Flashpoint altered the past for Barry Allen, and with it all existing in the same universe, that means Arrow can make changes as well.
Arrow was a series that started off incredibly strong with the story it told during the first two seasons, but somewhere along the line it has lost the focus it initially had. Flashpoint on Flash, time traveling on Legends of Tomorrow, and another world with Supergirl give each a distinctly unique and interesting device to shape these series. Arrow does not necessarily have that, but with most viewers hoping for a return to form this season, bringing back Haynes would only further bring the show back to where it once was.
Arrow season 5 is scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 8PM ET; The Flash season 3 is slated to air on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8PM ET; DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will return on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 8PM ET, Supergirl will make its season 2 debut on The CW on Monday, October 10, 2016 also at 8PM ET.
Source: TV Line