Find out more of Roy’s fate in this interview.
Zap2it: What is coming up for Roy Harper in the next few episodes?
Colton Haynes: Roy is … he’s as big of a smart-a** as ever. But he’s now getting to, as of the last episode, he gains the trust from Oliver — not from Oliver, from the Arrow — to start training. That’s really good, that’s what he’s been and hoping to do ever since he got involved in all this. So that’s good.
But he’s going to have to be put through a training session that’s going to be a little underwhelming. It’s just going to piss Roy off a little bit, because he’s going to be just doing more pointless things — or things that he feels are really pointless. He just wants to get in on the action, but he’s not ready yet.
How does he feel about the Arrow, seeing as how the vigilante shot Roy in the leg the last time they met?
I think that if you stick your nose too much into people’s business, you kind of — Roy deserved to be shot. He was going to hurt himself and hurt a lot of people. So he had to be stopped. But shooting me in the leg with an arrow? I mean, shoot me in the hand, not in the leg! That was a little harsh. Hopefully, Roy gets to talk to Oliver or Arrow and be like, ‘That was pretty low, man. I don’t appreciate that.’
What’s Roy’s emotional state like at this point?
Roy is still dealing with his anger issues, which is really going to be an issue when it comes to gaining the trust of Arrow.
How will all of this affect the relationship with Thea?
He has to lie to Thea, and Thea’s being lied to by everybody in her family, and Thea is really going to — you’re going to start to see her unraveling a lot. She’s already cut her hair — that’s a big thing for a girl. She’s emotionally losing it because of her family’s secrets and also because of some games Roy is going to start playing with her.
I think he really just doesn’t want to get her involved because he really doesn’t want to hurt her. He’s going to get some news this episode that means he’s going to have to lie to Thea more. Because if Roy finds out who the Arrow really is, that’s going to cause a huge rift — I mean, he’s Thea’s brother! That’s going to cause a huge rift between Roy and Thea. He’s going to have to choose — ‘Do I want to team-up with Arrow? Or do I want to be in a relationship with you?’ It’s going to be hard for him to make that choice.
Sebastian Blood told Roy that he would kill for his mirakuru benefactor. Is that actually possible?
I do think there are certain circumstances when that would be true. Because he’s the reason why Roy is the way he is. Roy’s happy to be — he’s hopefully gonna learn to be happy with what he’s been given. Right now he’s not. He’s really frustrated with it, he’s really emotional. It’s causing a lot of problems for him.
But if he can hone that? If he can find out ways to deal with that? He’s going to have to pay Sebastian back, because Roy’s got a lot of pride. Roy wants to pay him back in a way.
Since he still has so much anger, are we going to see Roy “hulk out” during his training?
We’re gonna see a lot of that. We’re going to see a lot of anger episodes. Especially in this episode, we’re going to see a lot of these moments between Roy and Arrow. It’s only going to get worse before it gets better. It’s going to be pretty bad. Roy is gonna start really hurting people really close to him — physically and mentally. That’s going to hurt him in the long run.
But it’s going to be a long journey for Mr. Roy Harper. And if he doesn’t clean up his act, I have a feeling that that’s not going to happen any time soon.
What is going to stop Roy from turning into another Slade Wilson or Cyrus Gold?
They didn’t have a mentor. That’s what Arrow’s trying to be, almost like an older brother to Roy. But Roy is not responding really well to it. If he can trump it, if he can really get in there and get hold of Roy’s mind and his ability, then I think Roy could come out and kind of see the light. But as of now, I think that Roy’s a little fed up with the training that the Arrow is about to put him through.
“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.