Colin Donnell had a wonderful run in Arrow Season 1 that was tragically cut a bit short. While the drama of Tommy Merlyn's death and the plotlines it created could be attributed to Arrow's lasting success, it also came at the expense of losing a great actor on the series. Luckily, the Arrow-verse is a strange place, and the show's writers have managed to work Donnell back into the series in various ways with his latest appearance being "Docket No. 11-19-41-73." Donnell recently commented on his return and indicated this appearance felt different than past ones:
Colin Donnell was psyched to wear the Arrow suit, but it sounds as though he was even more psyched to play the classic Tommy Merlyn. Donnell has every right to feel good about that performance, as the latest faux-Tommy definitely showed flashes of the original, and was certainly more enjoyable than the alternate Tommy's that have been seen prior. Donnell's affection for the latest appearance is understandable, as who wouldn't prefer playing a version of the character that was well-loved over the last version who turned out to be a Nazi from Earth X?
Colin Donnell revealed to TVLine that he enjoyed returning as Tommy so much he texted Season 7 showrunner Beth Schwartz and asked how the character is set to return in that season. With the Human Target being the latest tricky way to bring back in Donnell, he's wondering just how many more ways Arrow can creatively bring him back before they run out of options:
Colin Donnell definitely sounds as though he's wanting to work his way back into Arrow, although fans should reserve their excitement about a full-fledged Tommy Merlyn return. Donnell has a pretty full plate with his gig as Connor Rhodes on Chicago Med and has his own universe of sorts with cameos in each of those shows. That said, he seems to be good for a one-off appearance every so often, so let's hope the Arrow-verse keeps finding creative ways to bring him back into the fold.
Arrow airs on The CW Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET. With the Season 6 heading towards the finish line, fans should race onward to our superhero premiere guide and see which upcoming superhero series they should jump into next. For a more general list of upcoming television, head on over to our summer premiere guide.
Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.
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