The events that happened on “Arrow” Wednesday night were devastating, and are going to impact all parties moving forward. No longer does Oliver have Thea on his side, and it’s possible Laurel may feel the same now that she has heard from Slade that he is the Arrow. (Whether or not she wants to believe him is ultimately her choice.) Then, there is a little problem known as Roy Harper.
The last time we saw Colton Haynes’ character on the show, he was driving away from Starling City, blaming Oliver for the course of events that led to Thea being kidnapped and put into danger. In a way, much of this is actually Oliver’s fault, at least when it comes to him making some of the choices that he made over five years … but it was never intentional. He obviously didn’t want to see his sister hurt.
None of this is going to satisfy Roy, and this is where the story behind “Seeing Red” comes into play. This episode airs on April 23 (a week after “The Man Under the Hood,” which you can see more teasers about here), and the official synopsis below from The CW teases all sorts of trouble when Roy lashes out at Team Arrow:
“The mirakuru sends Roy (Colton Haynes) into an uncontrollable rage and he unleashes on the city. After Roy’s deadly fight with a police officer, Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes the mirakuru has taken over Roy completely and must figure out a way to stop him. Things get more complicated after Sara (Caity Lotz) declares that Roy is too far gone and the only way to stop him is to kill him. Meanwhile, Thea (Willa Holland) believes she can breakthrough to Roy so she goes on camera at Moira’s (Susanna Thompson) campaign rally to lure him to Verdant. Her ploy works but after Roy attacks Thea, Team Arrow unleashes on him.”
Is it possible that Roy becomes the next Big Bad a la Slade Wilson or Sebastian Blood? Despite the name of the episode, and also some of the general feelings that Roy has right now, we doubt it. He has no money or resources to concoct a giant plan. He’s just pure emotion, an angry guy acting rather than thinking things through.
One little reminder here to close this off that tomorrow, we’re recording the first edition of our brand-new “Arrow” podcast, where Matt and Jessa go through everything that happened with analysis and more. You’ll be able to see that at the “Podcasts” tab above, or on our “Arrow” archive page here.
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