Arrow Season 5 has made clear enough its intent for Oliver to build a new team of heroes, one we thought an some point to include Colton Haynes’ Roy Harper. The actor certainly suggested as much in passing, but certain Scream Queens may have a monopoly on Haynes’ time, preventing an immediate Arrow return.

Where previously reports suggested Haynes had confirmed his own Arrow Season 5 return, a new TVLine comment suggests that producers have no intent for Roy Harper to return just yet, especially given the actor’s current Scream Queens Season 2 role:

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.”

Back in May, Haynes reportedly claimed at France’s Justice Squad Convention that “I get to come back on a few episodes of Arrow next year.” The former Teen Wolf actor made a brief return in Season 4, having stepped down as regular from Season 3, a recent Entertainment Weekly profile of which saw Haynes admitting to some personal anxiety with coming out.

In addition to The Wire star Chad Coleman taking the role of new baddie Tobias Church, alongside flashback villain Dolph Lundgren, wayward vigilantism appears to be a major theme for Arrow Season 5, following the return of Madison McLaughlin as a new Artemis, as well additions of Rick Gonzalez’s Wild Dog, and Josh Segarra’s “Vigilante.” Carly Pope has also joined in a recurring role as a Coast City reporter, with a comic attachment to Green Lantern, while former WWE wrestler Stardust will also put in an appearance.

We’ll likely hear more of Arrow Season 5 soon, but what other surprises should we expect? Will Roy return after all?


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