The “Arrow” family is growing fast! Zap2it has confirmed that Colton Haynes, who guest stars as juvenile delinquent Roy Harper on The CW’s hit series, has been promoted to series regular for Season 2.
While we haven’t seen Roy and Oliver interact yet, a teaser pic from Stephen Amell confirms that Roy does have a run-in with The Hood sooner rather than later. In next week’s episode, Oliver is forced to save Roy from a murderous villain called “The Savior” — a guy whose devious deeds are apparently inspired by Oliver himself.
Roy has only appeared in one episode so far, but if DC Comics lore is any indication as to what’s to come, Colton will have no shortage of material to work with. In the comic books, Oliver actually adopts Roy, and helps him through some complicated issues, including an addiction to heroin. While our CW Oliver certainly isn’t ready to be taking in any foster kids (he still lives with his mom himself!) he could serve a certain purpose for Roy.
“I think Roy could definitely be an asset to Oliver’s life, but I think
in a way it could also be the other way around,” Colton told us when we visited him on set recently. “Oliver could have a lot
of influence on the way that Roy sees life from here on out.”
He’s the second current recurring actor to join the show full-time next
year. Emily Bett Rickards, whose character Felicity Smoak recently joined Team Vigilante, will be a permanent addition to the cast in Season 2 as well.