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Arrow season 7: series regular confirmed as leaving



Mike Cecchini
Kirsten Howard
Joseph Baxter
Kayti Burt

May 3, 2018

It's the end of an era on Arrow. Not only will we see a transition in leadership, but a series regular is leaving the show…

The following article contains some spoilers for the still-currently-airing sixth season of Arrow…

Come Arrow season 7, Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen/Green Arrow will no longer have Paul Blackthorne’s Quentin Lance as a foil.

Paul Blackthorne, who has played Quentin Lance since the very beginning of the series, will not be returning for Arrow Season 7, report multiple outlets. However, no details have been provided in regards to the reason Blackthorne is leaving the series, or the manner in which his character, Lance, will bow out. Indeed, the widely-used wording at this time is that Blackthorne will be finished “as a series regular,” which is language that doesn’t necessarily rule out returns as a guest star. A similar open-ended exit just occurred on the series with the recent departure of original cast member Willa Holland, who played Thea Queen/Speedy.

Quentin Lance started on the series as a police detective who proved to be a thorn in the side of Oliver Queen’s early endeavours as a nocturnal vigilante, outraged by his violent methods and constantly hunting him with a tenacity that seemed counterproductive to whatever greater threat happened to be plotting the destruction of Starling City (later redubbed Star City). However, it was an awkward relationship even without the hood, since Quentin also happened to be the father of Oliver’s then-love-interest, Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) and her sister (and his former fling,) Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), whose lives would undergo a series of tragedies.

The Arrow exit could signal a big change for Blackthorne, who has only fielded a few roles outside the series – including guest appearance on the other CW/DC shows – since its launch back in 2012. Before that, he fielded numerous TV runs on shows like The River, The Gates, Leverage, Lipstick Jungle, Big Shots, The Desden Files, Deadwood, 24, E.R. and more. He also appeared in films such as Daisy Winters and Dumb and Dumber To.

Arrow season 7: new showrunner announced

Arrow will also see a change of leadership when it returns for season 7.

According to Deadline, current co-executive producer Beth Schwartz will be taking over showrunning duties from Wendy Mericle and Marc Guggenheim. The former will be departing the show altogether, while the latter will be sticking around as an executive consultant. Guggenheim will be filling the same role on Legends Of Tomorrow, with current co-showrunner Phil Klemmer talking over full showrunner duties on that Arrowverse show.

Schwartz first joined the Berlanti team as an assistant for Berlanti during his Everwood days. She joined Arrow in season 1 as a writers assistant before being promoted to a writer and then co-executive producer in season 6.

“We are all so incredibly thrilled to announce Beth Schwartz as the new showrunner of Arrow,” Berlanti said in a statement. “She has been a source of some of the show’s most exciting and memorable moments from the beginning. Beth is a true leader and a captivating storyteller, and we all can’t wait for the audience to see what she and her team dream up as they take Arrow into its next big chapter.”

It will be interesting to see if and how Arrow changes under new leadership. As Schwartz is already part of the team, it’s doubtful we’ll see any major narrative switch-ups in her first year as showrunner. It will also be interesting to see where Mericle goes next. Mericle has worked on Arrow since the pilot and has served as a co-showrunner since season 4. We wish her the best of luck wherever she ends up next.

More as we have it.

Arrow season 7 air date

The CW hasn’t yet revealed the official premiere date, but we can take a pretty good guess. The network almost always drops their superhero shows the first week after New York Comic-Con ends. Assuming that holds true again this year, and assuming they don’t move the show’s night again, we are going to pencil in the Arrow season 7 premiere date as 11th October in the US, with Sky announcing a UK date later on.

We’ll update this when we have official confirmation.

Find more Arrow season 7 news on the next page.

Arrow season 7 cast

Colton Haynes will make his return on Arrow season 7, once again making character Roy Harper, a.k.a. Arsenal, a series regular.

Haynes, former star of Teen Wolf, initially joined Arrow as Roy Harper in the middle of season 1 back in 2013. The character experienced an arc going from acrobatic pickpocket to Oliver Queen’s sidekick and protégé to love interest to Oliver’s sister, Thea. However, as the series evolved, Roy’s role saw a major reduction, leading to Haynes’s exiting the series in 2015, after which he fielded runs on Scream Queens and American Horror Story, though returning for for the occasional guest spot.

Now, going into season 7, Haynes’s Roy/Arsenal will arrive at an opportune time, story-wise, as the Team Arrow discord that has come to dominate season 6 – just in the last episode – saw founding member John Diggle (David Ramsey) walk out the door to do his own thing (though he’s still on the show). Thus, Roy could fill a much-needed vacancy, likely set to pick up his bow and don his Arsenal costume to help Oliver’s nocturnal crimefighting efforts.

Additionally, the move will arrive after another major seismic shift with the recent exit of Oliver’s deadly-trained kid sister, and Roy’s longtime love, Thea Queen (Willa Holland), who was written off the show indefinitely with the purpose of joining Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) in fighting the good fight in a civil war amongst the League of Assassins against evil offshoot the Thanatos Guild. As Haynes expresses in a statement:

“I could not be happier to return to my role as Roy Harper alongside my Arrow family.”

Arrow‘s executive producers also chime in on Haynes’s return as a regular, stating:

“We’re very fortunate and excited to welcome back Colton to Arrow. While we’ve always enjoyed Colton’s returns to the show, we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him return as a proper series regular — and we’re very excited about all the creative opportunities Roy Harper’s return affords us.”

Indeed, this will be an especially welcome homecoming for Haynes as a regular, since, in the traditional DC comic book stories, Roy was the Green Arrow’s original teen sidekick (first as Speedy, later as Teen Titans member Red Arrow, later as Arsenal); essentially the Robin to Green Arrow’s Batman.

On a potentially crucial note, Haynes’s Roy, who has been fielding guest spots in recent episodes – notably involved in Thea Queen’s sendoff storyline – seemed intent on joining Thea on her quest to fight the Thanatos Guild and protect the newfound Lazarus Pits. However, his prospective return to Star City as a regular member of Team Arrow might put a damper on such an idea. Of course, there’s still time to iron out those plot details as Arrow moves toward its 17th May season finale air date in the US.

Arrow season 7 renewal

Oliver Queen certainly hasn’t failed his network. The CW has confirmed that Arrow season 7 is a go, and will return for the autumn 2018 TV season. Arrow kicked off the CW’s incredible interconnected universe of DC superhero TV shows, and nobody, least of all this writer, would ever expect a show about Green Arrow would end up being one of the longest-running, most successful superhero TV shows in history. That’s what happens when you get a great cast together and consistently deliver some of the most insane action and stuntwork on TV each week.

“As The CW expands to a six-night, Sunday through Friday schedule next season, we are proud to have such a deep bench of great returning series for 2018-19,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz in a statement. “By picking these ten series up for next season, we have a terrific selection of programming to choose from when we set our fall schedule in May, with more still to come.”

Arrow has had a rocky few years, delivering a particularly uneven season four before bouncing back with season five, and an even stronger sixth season. The show has become less reliant on flashbacks, expanded its superheroic supporting cast, and becomes more ambitious with those trademark fight sequences all the time. Even its new Thursday night timeslot couldn’t slow it down.


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