Arrow Scoop: Will Roy Finally Learn the Arrow's True Identity?
by Natalie Abrams
Stephen Amell and Colton Haynes
Roy Harper is on his way to becoming the superhero we all know and love — or is he?
On Wednesday’s Arrow (8/7c, The CW), Oliver (Stephen Amell) will finally start training Roy (Colton Haynes) after his comic book sidekick was injected with the Mirakuru serum. But training with his vigilante hero isn’t exactly what Roy had in mind.
“Originally, that had been everything that Roy wanted until he started being treated like a little lapdog,” Haynes tells TVGuide.com. “Right away, he’s super excited he’s getting to train, but he doesn’t realize what the training is going to be. It’s going to be a lot of slapping water and a lot of mental training as opposed to kicking everyone’s a– like he wants to do.”
But the rebellious Roy, whose uncontrollable strength can cause him to go off the rails, has a big request before the Arrow can train him: He wants to know the emerald archer’s true identity. “He’s been snooping,” says Haynes, who hints that a shocking moment at the end of Wednesday’s episode will finally give fans answers in the identity department. Could Roy be the mystery person the group puts to a vote?
The Arrow’s main goal of training Roy is to prevent the same fate that fell upon Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett), who turned out to be the big villain trying to take down Oliver’s world this season after his Mirakuru injection on the island — which was basically Oliver’s doing. “Right now, really anything is setting Roy off,” Haynes says. “If he were to find out that the Arrow was behind all this pretty much, he would do anything he could to try to hurt the Arrow, but also possibly even start hurting other people on Arrow’s team as well.
“It’s only going to get worse before it gets better,” he continues. “Roy is on the path of hurting himself or hurting someone close to the Arrow, and I think that’s going to cause Arrow to make some changes in his team lineup.”
Roy will get a taste of the action he craves when Arrow brings him out on a mission to take down the returning Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White). “Roy’s anger is going to get the best of him and he’s going to unleash his wrath on Bronze Tiger and a few of his other minions,” he says. “Roy really wants to be a superhero overnight, but that’s not possible because the Arrow had to go through five years on the island before he could become anything.”
Wherever Roy’s path takes him — either to superhero status or down the trail to darkness — it will affect his relationship with Thea (Willa Holland). “Thea is about to get her world rocked by some news that Moira [Susanna Thompson] has been keeping from her pretty much her whole entire life,” Haynes says. “That’s going to overshadow the effects of Roy’s anger, but Thea is very concerned about Roy’s well-being. There’s also another thing coming up very soon that will cause another rift in Roy and Thea’s relationship.”
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Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
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