Malcolm Merlyn to Have a Larger Role During Arrow’s Second Half of Season Three. John Barrowman has become a series regular for Arrow’s third season, but his character Malcolm Merlyn only appeared in a few episodes. However, he will make a huge presence after Arrow returns.
After what went down during the midseason finale, the promo for the show’s return seem to indicate that someone may save Oliver Queen from death. With Malcolm entering the picture, it seems like he may be the person to who saves him. According to Green Arrow TV, Barrowman confirmed that he was there when the showdown took place between Oliver and Ra’s al-Ghul. “All I’ll say to give you a little hint, it’s going to be very cold what we’re doing tonight – and wet,” Barrowman said, confirming “I’m on a mountain, too,” when he said that Stephen Amell was on the mountaintop scene.
Just because he was there, doesn’t mean Malcolm will be responsible for Oliver’s return. In the “Survive” teaser, we saw someone standing over Oliver’s body and thought it could either be Merlyn or Maseo. Perhaps the Lazarus Pit comes into play, which would explain Merlyn returning from his evident death in season one.
“Without telling you whether it’s happening, I would like to have some scenes with Roy. I would like to have some scenes with David [Ramsey, who plays Diggle], and get involved with his story. Really, anybody. We’ve got a great company.”
Merlyn talking with Team Arrow seems to indicate that he will be giving the sad news of Oliver’s apparent death. So is Merlyn playing hero for Starling City in the absence of Oliver Queen? We shall soon see when Arrow returns on Jan. 20.
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