Back To Wreak Havoc: John Barrowman Returns For Arrow’s Fourth Season

Credit: The CW
Credit: The CW

I’d like to tell you that we’ve almost made it through the summer hiatus, folks. That would be a lie, we’re not even halfway there. It’s only been a short six weeks since we said goodbye to our favorite Starling (and Central) City heroes. Unfortunately, it’s going to be at least another three to four months until we get these badass super heroes back on our screens.

And let’s not forget about the villains! Super heroes would be no good without an evil master mind challenging them. And ever since the first season, Malcolm Merlyn has been that dark force on Arrow. And, as John Barrowman revealed at Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con, Merlyn will be back – big time.

“I really love playing Malcolm Merlyn”, the comic book fan told the audience. “We start shooting [season four] in July”, he said. “I’ve just finalized my deal a week ago or so.” He then went on and joked that even if they only offered him ten cents, he still would have stayed on the show. “I’m very excited about going back.”

And because the fans are always keeping their eyes and ears wide open for spoilers, he was quick to remind them that he’s not allowed to talk about anything just yet. “I can’t tell you anything because I do know a bit about what’s going to happen”, he teased. “But if you love Malcolm Merlyn, if you love Oliver Queen, if you love Thea Queen, if you love the Canary sisters, and I say that with a bit of a twist and a joke in it, you’re going to love what’s going to happen across the DC world.”

So what could be the reason for Malcolm Merlyn’s return to Starling? At the end of season three we found him back in Nanda Parbat, taking on the mantle of Ra’s al Ghul, head of the League of Assassins. He should be busy with that for a while.


Stephen Amell teased that his own character’s return home is most likely linked to his sister being in trouble. Could Malcolm and the League be a threat to Thea, which will prompt Oliver and Felicity to cut their vacation short? So many questions, so little room for answers.

With production on season four starting after San Diego Comic Con, there is not even new footage to look forward to in the near future. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a gag reel or some bloopers though. Anything to keep us happy, am I right?

Arrow returns this fall on the CW.

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