Arrow‘s final season continues to pull more fan favorites for its swan song; this time, it appears another villain is set to return for the show’s final bow.
The show’s star Stephen Amell inadvertently let it slip that John Barrowman is headed back to Star City as part of season eight. The actor was attending Fan Expo Boston 2019 when he dropped the casting news while he was sharing a fun story about Barrowman during his panel at the convention.
Barrowman himself took to Instagram later on to confirm his return to Arrow.
Barrowman’s villainous Malcolm Merlyn aka the Dark Archer was last seen on the show in season five when he heroically redeemed himself by sacrificing his life to save his daughter Thea during Prometheus’ attack on the team. Malcolm was killed off-screen when he stepped on the land mine, just in time to save Thea’s life.
Since his official departure from the show, Barrowman has only made one cameo on the hit series, when he played a cop during the “Elseworlds” crossover event. It is definitely nice to have Barrowman back to say goodbye given that he played such an integral part of the show’s first season and helped with shaping tone of Arrow.
Barrowman’s return shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to fans as showrunner Beth Schwartz has shared recently about how the final season is shaping up so far with all of the returns. “Just as much as our fans want to see [favorites return], as people who have been on the show for a long time, we are also fans of these characters. So we’re going to make sure that everyone has a great final season,” Schwartz revealed.
Barrowman joins Colin Donnell (who plays his son Tommy on the show), Josh Segarra, and Susanna Thompson as part of the epic returns for the show’s last season.
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