Over the weekend, we learned that Lost and Person of Interest star Michael Emerson will be joining Arrow in a mysterious role in the upcoming sixth season. We don’t know just yet who he will be playing, but at least now we know a little more about what the actor will be bringing to the table in Season 6 thanks to one of the show’s executive producers.
During an interview with ComicBook.com at San Diego Comic Con 2017 this past weekend, showrunner Marc Guggenheim spoke a bit about Emerson’s role in the upcoming season:
“We are talking about him playing a character who’s got a lot more nuance than the typical creepy-guy role that he is often cast in. We’ve had a lot of creative discussions with him, and I think that’s one of the things that has excited us and excited Michael: that we really want to create a character in consultation and in conjunction with him. It’s not just ‘here’s the script — go!’ It’s a really interesting, two-way back and forth.”
The EP also stated, “We’re just lucky to have him on the show, quite frankly. We’ve been huge fans of his.”
The leading theory, at the moment, is that he could be playing Cayden James, leader of the hacktivist group Helix that Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) interacted with a bit last season. The team helped rescue him, but his head was covered in a black sack, so we never got to see what the character actually looked like. It’s a role that Emerson would be well suited for, if it is indeed the role he was cast in.
Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, David Ramsey as John Diggle/Spartan, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Willa Holland as Thea Queen/Speedy, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance/Black Siren, Paul Blackthorne as Deputy Mayor Quentin Lance, Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt/Mr. Terrific, Rick Gonzalez as Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog and Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake/Black Canary.
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea. He returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs done by his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, he protects his city with the help of former soldier John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer-science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), his vigilante-trained sister Thea Queen (Willa Holland), Deputy Mayor Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), and his new recruits, street-savvy Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez) and meta-human Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy). Oliver has finally solidified and strengthened his crime-fighting team only to have it threatened when unexpected enemies from his past return to Star City, forcing Oliver to rethink his relationship with each member of his “family.”
Arrow returns for its sixth season on Thursday, October 12 at 9pm ET on The CW.