We traveled to the wilds of Namibia to meet up with Zap2it fave Colton Haynes, of “Arrow” and “Teen Wolf” fame, to get the scoop on Roy Harper and all the Starling City drama (and trauma) to come. (Okay, so we weren’t actually in Namibia, we were on the Warner Bros. backlot on a Thursday morning after watching the recent episode “Home Invasion.” Namibia just sounded cooler.)
First off, we obviously had to ask Colton about his promise to gain 20 pounds of muscle for his role as Roy Harper — the future Red Arrow — next season. He promises that he’s not planning to grow a giant neck, he’s just aiming to get back in the shape he was in while he was in the thick of “Teen Wolf” filming.
“I’ll look a little bit like the Rock,” he laughs. “But without the neck. I’m just going to look as good as I need to look to fulfill the CW needs … if you catch what I’m saying.”
He’s definitely got some impressive co-workers to live up to. “I have to work with Stephen Amell, so you kind of want to punch yourself in the face,” he teases. Colton has to gear up for the inevitable: “I’m sure they’re going to try to have us do side-by-side salmon ladders at some point.”
In this week’s episode, Roy and Oliver will finally meet after Thea reveals to Oliver that she and her wrong-side-of-the-tracks boyfriend are searching for the vigilante. “[Oliver] comes and confronts me and says pretty much that it’s a bad idea, and is a little stern with Roy. Roy of course does his eye-roll and isn’t happy with Oliver. He kind of still thinks Oliver’s kind of a wimp,” Colton says.
Obviously, Roy has a lot to learn, but before he and Oliver get to know each other, something shocking happens that rocks Roy to his core. “Something insane happens toward the end to where it puts a halt to Roy and Thea finding the vigilante and it will pick up or lead into something, obviously, in the next season. I can say that they’re still going to have to be looking for him Season 2,” he says.
Speaking of Season 2, we did our best to get information out of Colton, but he’s gotten very good at secret keeping. (We’ll keep wearing him down, don’t worry.) He did reveal that some of the circumstances of the finale will lead Roy to “tap into a little bit of the dark side at first” when the series returns this fall.
Earlier this season, it was revealed that Roy has a major needle phobia — ironic, seeing as his comic book character develops a heroin addiction. Colton hints that Roy’s fear of shots doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t be taking that route. “Roy Harper obviously becomes [a heroin addict in the comic books] so that could be like a little Easter egg, something you could possibly be looking forward to. I had this great monologue when you first meet Roy, saying that his mom had gotten into drugs and things, so it’d be interesting if he starts to take that route with things, due to certain events that happen.”
“Arrow” airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. EST on The CW. In the meantime, check out our full conversation with Colton below for his thoughts on serious issues like Roy’s hoodie collection, “Olicity,” and whether Roy and Felicity might make eyes at each other in this week’s episode.