Why Arrow's Big Character Exit Happened, According To The Star
Major spoilers below for the most recent installment of Arrow, so be sure you're caught up before reading.
Since the earliest days, the team dynamic at the heart of Arrow has never been a stagnant and unchanging one, and that holds true with Season 7. The most recent episode, "Star City Slayer," saw Echo Kellum's Curtis Holt making the announcement that he's hanging up his Mr. Terrific vigilante persona in order to take a job with the Kohler Humanitarian Institute in Washington D.C. As it happens, the character exit was due to Kellum's personal request, as opposed to any story-related factors. In his words:
Echo Kellum was approaching this situation as if he needed to be the superhero in his own child's life, as opposed to merely playing one on television. That's a move that a lot of parents out there would completely understand, even if not everyone can understand what it means to leave behind a broadcast superhero comic book show.
It's probably true that Curtis didn't get to bring quite as much to the overarching narratives as the day-one characters did on a week-to-week basis. Not that he got shafted and left to the wayside, but it was clear that Mr. Terrific wasn't being heavily developed for a potential spinoff or anything. As such, Echo Kellum thought that this felt like the right time to pull the reins back
Echo Kellum explained to EW that he and Marc Guggenheim talked about fatherhood and family, and that the former showrunner understood why the actor wanted to bow out. After all, Arrow films in Vancouver, which is a tad more than a hop, skip and jump from Los Angeles, where the actor's family lives.
Curtis is going to work for an organization that allows him many more citizens than he was able to assist as Mr. Terrific. But fans shouldn't just assume that he'll be gone forever. According to Echo Kellum:
As it has often gone with Arrow-verse shows, actors come and actors go, with the possibility almost always remaining for a return in some capacity. Luckily for Echo Kellum, Curtis was written out on a positive note that doesn't involve Lazarus Pits or Earth-2 breaches in order to get the actor back for an episode or two in the future. Who knows when someone else might need help healing their slit-open throat like Dinah did.
Diggle offered Curtis a position at A.R.G.U.S., where Mr. Terrific's technical know-how could also be put to good use. It's probably an open-ended invitation, meaning it's entirely possible that Kellum could return to Arrow on a more permanent basis again in a future season, just as a part of the hero-minded organization rather than Team Arrow proper. He almost definitely has to come back for the big "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover, right?
For what it's worth, current showrunner Beth Schwartz also put out a statement that...echoes...Echo Kellum's thoughts on Mr. Terrific still being alive and well in this universe.
Of course, Arrow's latest episode had other things for people to pay attention to beyond Curtis' exit, such as that potential Felicity pregnancy bombshell that could mean lots of things for the flash-forward's future. But it seems that will all get figured out without Mr. Terrific around.
Arrow Season 7 will continue playing out on The CW every Monday night at 8:00 p.m. ET. For all the other explosive shows in primetime right now (and in the near future), head to our midseason premiere schedule.
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