John Barrowman Is ‘Very Sad To Be Leaving The Arrowverse’

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If you haven’t seen the season five finale of Arrow, beware of some minor spoilers below. 

John Barrowman, having spent the majority of his time on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow this TV season, made his final appearance in Arrow’s season five finale as Malcolm Merlyn and is officially leaving the Arrowverse.

The actor has been a presence on Arrow and in the overall Arrowverse, having also appeared in crossover episodes of The Flash, for five years.

But after his character’s death in Arrow’s “Lian Yu” finale, Barrowman took to his Instagram a couple of days ago confirming his exit from the Arrowverse in a video message.

“I am very sad to be leaving the Arrowverse. I love playing Malcolm Merlyn, and you know – that’s it really. As sad as it may be, I understand how shows must change and also characters must change and develop. But that doesn’t mean I’m not very sad and upset about it. I appreciate your support and love you all.”

Barrowman had confirmed that he wouldn’t be returning at a comic con last month, but now that he’s released a message about it, it seems very final.

You can watch the entire video message below.

Spoiler Alert! Part 2 of 2 again thanks for all the support over the last 5 years. Now look out for the USA revised autobiography. JB

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Although in the way he’s phrased it, it doesn’t sound like the decision to leave was his, but probably the producers wanting to continue bringing in new characters and ending certain stories. Regardless, with the way the Arrow season finale went down, it felt timely that Merlyn would give up his life for Thea despite all their differences and conflict in the past.

What do you think about John Barrowman leaving the Arrowverse? Do you think it was time or would you have liked to see more of Malcolm Merlyn? Let us know in the comments below.

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DCTV’s Arrowverse Episode Roundup: The Countdown To The End

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Arrowverse Episode Roundup

Welcome back to the DCTV Arrowverse episode roundup! This week in The CW’s superhero universe, our heroes dealt with an alien takeover, a looming death, and lots of kidnappings.

You can check out all of my previous DCTV Arrowverse episode roundups here!

On Supergirl, Kara dealt with the Daxamite invasion and trying to save Lena and Mon-El, The Flash had to concoct a last-minute plan in order to save Iris’s life, and Arrow contended with Prometheus, who kidnapped Oliver’s team.

The unifying theme for the shows this week is that each superhero was dealing with a countdown to save the people they love.

Each episode roundup recaps the show’s main plot points, with a section for commentary.

Let’s get started! Click through the gallery to read through each episode!

Up next: Supergirl

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Mae Abdulbaki is an entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. She's a geek, a lover of words, superheroes, and all things entertainment.

  • Levi Everaerts

    If there had to be a way for him to leave the show, this was definitely the way to do it.

  • Bigshow

    I’ll really miss Barrowman. I truly hope we haven’t seen the last of him though. We’re talking about a universe with time travelers and superhero flashbacks so it’s not out of the realm of possibility for them to bring him back from time to time. Also, let’s not forget we didn’t see his body and Merlyn, as we all know, is about as slippery as they come.

  • AlphaBlu

    Then why kill him off screen?

  • kevin jose

    I will like to see more of Malcolm Merlin Dark Archer