It’s Geeksmas day 15 and it’s DC news, sort of.

The CW has announced that actor Colton Haynes will return to Arrow in the role of Roy Harper, the archer-protégé of Oliver Queen who previously exited the series in season three (though very briefly returned in season four).

They announced it via their website and social media pages.

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“We’re thrilled to announce that Colton Haynes will be reprising his role as Roy Harper for a short arc on ‘Arrow’ this year,” executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle said. “Roy is called back to Star City to help resolve an urgent matter with high stakes for the team. His short visit turns into something surprising when he reunites with Thea and sparks a change in both of their lives that will have long-lasting consequences…”

Arrow is currently on it’s mid-season break and will return with an all-new episode on Thursday, January 18.

Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Paul Blackthorne as Detective Lance. Manu Bennett is back as Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, and his son, Joe Wilson, will be played by Liam Hall. Juliana Harkavy is playing Dinah Drake, David Nykl portrays Anatoly Knyazev, with Michael Emerson is as Cayden James and Kirk Acevedo stars as Ricardo Diaz, aka Richard Dragon.

Based on the DC characters, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Wendy Mericle and Sarah Schechter. Arrow is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

After having a slow but steady start, the  show soon found it’s feet and hit a real high in its second season. Though many fans grew very disillusioned with the show in season 3 and particularly 4. The lead up to season 5 saw a lot of changes behind the scenes and an attempt to bring the show closer to what it was before, while still moving forward and fans seemed to really like it, as viewership numbers began to climb again. The sixth season has the show finally caught up with Oliver’s back story and is now focusing more on the present, something which has further helped the show.

Do you watch the CW DC shows? What is your verdict on Roy’s return and what brings him back? Let us know your thoughts!