The CW has a bonafide hit on their hands with Arrow. Comic book fans and non-fans alike seem to be loving it. I think they’ve done a great job at blending the history of the DC character Green Arrow with their younger, more modern, and dare I say grittier Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). And with this casting announcement from TV Guide, there about to do it again.

Colton Haynes, best known for MTV’s Teen Wolf, has been cast as Roy Harper, a character long associated with Green Arrow and one who should be instantly recognizable to fanboys and girls. Harper is GA’s first sidekick, Speedy, who famously struggled with a heroin addiction before evolving – yup, like a Pokemon – into the teen hero Arsenal, eventually joining the Justice League as Red Arrow. And losing his arm, losing his daughter, and going completely bonkers and revisiting his heroin addition.

Of course, that was before the New 52, so I’ve got no clue what Roy Harper’s up to these days. But in the Arrow-verse this Harper is described as, “a handsome, street-savvy, teenager from ‘the Glades,’ the harsh, poverty-stricken portion of Starling City.” It’s also mentioned he’ll be a recurring love interest for Willa Holland‘s Thea, Ollie’s sister, who is oh-so-coincidentally nicknamed “Speedy.” Apparently they’ll meet, “in an unexpected way,” and Roy is “destined to become a significant part of her life and an important player in the larger world of Arrow.” Hmm, okay.

All of this sounds awesome, unless it means we see Roy in a costume before Thea. They’ve been dropping major hints all season Thea could one day assist her brother in his crusade, I’ll be pissed if it’s her boyfriend instead.

What do you think about this new addition to the Arrow family?

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  • Natalie

    Love the recap/review! I watched part of this episode while washing dishes, so I missed that the phone that was sent to Detective Lance was an iPhone. Do they even make disposables like that!? As soon as I finished the dishes, I finished watching this episode in the living room. I can start a show at one TV, pause it, and finish it in another since my DISH Hopper runs all my TVs. I have a hard time sitting in one spot for any one episode, so this gives me freedom to move. I do find it annoying that whenever Oliver is having a real conversation with someone, Diggle pops in and announces seriously that he needs to talk, but I guess the show needs some kind of pace maker. I’m excited for Arrow to return so that I can see how they bring in the addition of Roy Harper. One of the guys I work with at DISH was surprised by this since everyone calls Thea Speedy, but I guess we’ll see how the writers work that out.