The intriguing thing about “Arrow” is that even when you have a great deal of source material out there, this does not guarantee in the slightest that the show is going to follow along with it. The writers have already proven themselves to be bold by expanding the Felicity role, killing off Tommy Merlyn, and for allowing Diggle, a character who was not in the Green Arrow comics, to actually stick around for a while.
This all further helps to create the mystery surrounding the Roy Harper character. One of Roy’s most-notable alter egos is Speedy, and this is a nickname that Oliver used for Thea early on in the show (which in turn had fans wondering if she was eventually going to become that character). Then, there is also the Red Arrow, which we could see happening based on some of the footage that we have seen already.
But in the end, there may no longer be a reason to speculate at all, as we may have just found out who this Roy is destined to become. Speaking to Collider, executive producer Marc Guggenheim suggested that we are destined in the end to see Roy end up becoming Arsenal. That is at least the nickname for him that will stick, and that feels the most appropriate with the way that we know the character to be. He’s a little bit more of a bruiser than Oliver, and since he’s more about strength than speed, “Speedy” never really would have fit for him. (Plus, we’ll be getting plenty of that in the first place with The Flash when that show premieres on The CW in the fall … so long as the pilot is picked up.)
We still may not see Roy’s full transition for a while, given that the writers seem to be taking their time, and there are so many other stories that need to be taken on. Next week, you’re going to get an opportunity to see one of them in “Birds of Prey,” which you can watch a promo for here. You can also sign up for our CarterMatt Newsletter in the event that you want some more updates
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