In the aftermath of tonight’s episode, one series regular has now exited the show, and for those who have watched the episode, it won’t be a surprise as to who it is. If you haven’t watched the episode, DON’T READ ON!
After taking the fall for Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), going to jail, and faking his death, Arrow bid adieu to Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) in the April 15 episode. The character left Starling City for parts unknown at the end of the installment and BuzzFeed News can confirm that along with Roy, Haynes has exited the show as a series regular.
While the news might come as a shock to fans, Arrow executive producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggeinheim tell BuzzFeed News in an exclusive interview that this was always the plan.
“When we made Colton’s deal, he was coming off of Teen Wolf where he was beloved, and he had a lot of opportunities,” Berlanti said during a recent phone interview. “So we did a trial thing where we said, for his sake and ours, ‘We’ll just do a bunch of episodes and see if you like it and if you enjoy it.’ And he did. Then pilot season came up that year and before another pilot could snatch him up, we made a two-year deal, so we always knew we were on a clock.”
While Roy’s exit isn’t a true death, it does serve as the catalyst for the kind of seismic shift Arrow has historically executed towards the end of a season. “It’s going to be really challenging for Team Arrow,” Guggeinheim said of the final Season 3 episodes. “First the loss of Roy and there is more stuff coming for the remaining threesome of Oliver, Diggle [David Ramsey], and Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards] that is not going to get neatly resolved by the end of the year. We shot a scene last night where Diggle [David Ramsey] talks about the hurt feelings and broken trust. That will resonate not only through the remaining episodes of the season, but into Season 4.”