The interview opens up with the loaded question of when is Roy’s arm getting blown off?
AJ Kreisberg:”[laughs] We talk about that a lot, like, ‘What should we do with that?’ Roy is another example of [the fact that] we never set out to just grab from the comic books and do something. We had felt that in Thea, especially in the first half of the season, we had done a lot with her being the bratty sister and her sort of being trapped in the house with mom and we really wanted to get her out of there and we thought, ‘Oh, since she’s going to work at CNRI, maybe she meets this kid who’s down on his luck and he’s sort of a criminal, and I can’t remember which of us said that it should be Roy Harper.’ So we sort of backed into it. Our Roy Harper is not quite the Roy Harper everyone knows from the comic books. When we meet him, he’s really a gangbanger, he’s a thug and a criminal. Even though deep down he’s got potential, what you’ll be seeing over the back half of this season is that he has a very profound interaction with The Arrow that will impact his life choices moving forward and will impact his relationship with Thea.