Earlier in the year Arrow had a bit of a send off for actress Willa Holland who was leaving the series. Her character of Thea Queen reunited with the man she loved, Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), teamed up with Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) and headed off to find and destroy the three Lazarus pits that her father, Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) had discovered. It was a nice little goodbye for some fan favorite characters without killing them off… in case they want to come back as a guest star.
Then near the end of the season it was announced that Colton Haynes would be returning to the series as a regular for season seven. He had already been gone and they brought him back to help set up the exit for Thea… now Roy is going to return? That made fans start to wonder if this was going to be an Earth-2 Roy or some kind of doppelganger or time misplaced version, but exiting executive producer Marc Guggenheim addressed that to EW.com:
I can tell you it’s absolutely our Earth’s Roy. Colton is coming back as our one Roy Harper. We have a cool plan for Roy — now I should really get into the habit of saying the writers have a cool plan for Roy — but I think it’s premature to talk about that. I’ll let Beth [Schwartz] address that.
Schwartz is the new showrunner starting with season seven, replacing Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle. Guggenheim is sticking around as a story consultant while Mericle has a development deal with ABC.