The seventh season of Arrow will answer a lot of questions but there’s one element that is set in stone.
Arrow showrunner Beth Schwart recently confirmed during an interview with TVLine that Roy Harper will be returning in the seventh season of the show. She further revealed that the iteration of the character will be its Earth-1 counterpart that has earlier appeared on the show.
For now, we don’t know how exactly Roy will return. If you remember the last time we saw the Red Arrow, Roy agreed on traveling the world to find the remaining Lazarus Pits with Nyssa al Ghul and Thea Queen.
Harper’s return comes at a really interesting time, especially when Oliver Queen is locked away in a SuperMax prison, which has left Team Arrow extremely vulnerable. Haynes told ComicBook.com the following:
“I got a call from Greg Berlanti, and he said ‘Hey’. I was shooting [American] Horror Story at the time. And he said ‘If you want to come back, you’re welcome to come back. We have a great idea.’ And it’s the craziest idea. Roy Harper’s coming back in a way that no one is going to understand. It’s amazing, and I was like ‘I can’t wait to be around my friends and my family!’ And so I, of course, jumped at that opportunity.”
Haynes also kept the details really low regarding how the character will come back but he did hint that Harper’s return will be genuinely surprising for fans while it will also help Arrow in returning to its roots:
“You guys have no idea what’s happening with Roy Harper. It’s a crazy storyline, I can say. It’s nothing like he’s been before. It’s going to shock [so many people]. I’m shocked right now. It’s going to shock a lot of people. Roy’s not the same person. I can’t say much, but we’re returning back to our roots on the show. Not the characters, but the show — We’re going back to how we were a couple of seasons ago. But it’s going to just be so good. Beth Schwartz, our new show runner, is just — She’s a dream. She’s changing everything and she’s making everything the way I think the show was at the beginning.”
Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen/Speedy, Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake/Black Canary, Rick Gonzalez as Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog, Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt/Wild Dog and Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance/Black Siren.
In season six, following the explosive battle on Lian Yu, Oliver must balance his crime-fighting duties, being the mayor, and being a father to his son William. At the same time, new enemies emerge in Star City, initially led by villainous hacker Cayden James, who puts together a villainous team with drug dealer Ricardo Diaz, ruthless metahuman vigilante Vincent Sobel, Russian mobster Anatoli Knyazev, and the deadly Black Siren. As Cayden James loses control of his cabal, Ricardo Diaz comes to the fore, announcing to Green Arrow his scheme to take over Star City’s criminal underworld and control the city’s political infrastructure.