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You may remember an article that SuperwhovianFreak and I wrote back in April titled: Malcolm Merlyn Needs to be Feared Again in the Arrowverse! In this article, we pleaded with the Arrow writers to bring Malcolm Merlyn back to Arrow. However, we didn’t just want him back, we wanted the old devious bad-ass Magician back. We wanted Al Sa-Her. Well, it looks like we will be getting our wish but NOT exactly in the way we wanted or expected.
Arrow Season 5 Finale
Let’s start with the good news first. We wanted to see John Barrowman return to Arrow as Malcolm Merlyn. Our wish has been granted in that regards. During an interview with CBR, Wendy Mericle, the executive producer of Arrow had this to say about Malcolm Merlyn’s upcoming role in the Arrow season 5 finale. “He’s going to be a huge factor leading up to the finale. This season is all about legacy, and when Malcolm comes into the story, it’s really rooted as much by necessity from Oliver’s point of view as it is about what Malcolm means to him and what Malcolm means to Thea.”
When I first saw this quote I was ecstatic. This season finale is going to be EPIC. The finale will be like one big Arrow family reunion. We will see the entire team back including Thea. Also making an appearance in the finale along with Prometheus will be Talia and her sister Nyssa. Deathstroke is making his return. And now we know that Malcolm Merlyn will also be present for the festivities which will be taking place on the island of Lian Yu. This is where it all started for Oliver Queen and where it may be the end for a beloved character.
Over this past weekend, John Barrowman was hosting a panel at Planet Comicon. During this panel he revealed that he will not be coming back to the CW DC Arrowverse next year. That means no appearances on Arrow, The Flash, or Legends of Tomorrow. This is NOT what SuperwhovianFreak and I were hoping would happen. Furthermore, it brings into question just what is going to happen to Malcolm Merlyn during the season 5 finale? Fans have already begun to show outrage at the thought that this may be the end of Malcolm Merlyn.
When we combine Wendy Mericle’s comments about Malcolm Merlyn’s role in the upcoming finale with John Barrowman’s announcement that he will not be returning, there seems only one real logical conclusion. This is the unfortunate end of the Magician. Unless he has one last magic trick up his sleeve, I for one am bracing for the worst. I still am holding out hope that he goes on a killing spree and then abracadabra he disappears, maybe to return one day when the writers pull their heads out of their asses.
As always, I ask for your thoughts and opinions. Please comment below with your condolences to the Merlyn family if you think this is the end. If you think there might be another conclusion let me know about that too. If things turn out like I think they will, after the finale you can find me with a box of tissue mourning the loss of one of my favorite characters in the Arrowverse. I just hope that if this is the end that Malcolm Merlyn goes out in a blaze of glory and sacrifices himself for the one thing that matters in the world to him, his daughter Thea.
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– BCON, Editor