SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for "Confessions," the latest episode of Arrow.
Arrow just offered a fans an update on Thea "Speedy" Queen, who went off on her own adventure after longtime series star Willa Holland exited the show. In "Confessions," the latest episode, Roy explained where they have been all this time.
Roy returned home to Star City at the request of Oliver and Team Arrow, who recruited him for a mission to stop Emiko Queen and the Ninth Circle. As the team welcomed him back, he revealed the reason behind his year-long absence.
When Oliver asked how Thea was doing, Roy replied, "She's good. I think she's finally found her passion. You'd be really proud of her."
"Last I spoke with her, she says you were zeroing in on the remaining Lazarus pits," Oliver prompted.
"Yeah, we found two already, which we destroyed," Roy explained. "We were tracking the rest when we got your call."
This exchange led Roy to ask why Oliver had requested him and not his sister. In response, Oliver brought Roy up to date on their current situation. He explained that Star City had already done much to hurt Thea; he didn't want to hurt her even more by revealing the existence of his half-sister Emiko until she was safely in custody.
As it turns out, Thea isn't the only character with a new status quo. On their hunt for Lazarus pits, Roy died at the hand of the Thanatos Guild. Thea and Nyssa al Ghul quickly resurrected him before they destroyed the pit, but the damage was done. Roy now has the signature bloodlust that affects those resurrected by the Lazarus pit, much like Sara Lance and Thea herself did.
Roy was forced to reveal the circumstances of his death after he brutally beat two SCPD officers to death as a result of his bloodlust. "The Thanatos Guild had us surrounded. "I tried to get Thea to safety, but I was hit with an arrow," Roy said. which is ironic. I don't really remember a lot after, except for seeing Nyssa and Thea destroy the pit," he recalled.
"The one they used to bring you back," Oliver asked, to which Roy confirmed, "Yeah. Nyssa had the Lotus Elixir. She and Thea thought that we could control the bloodlust, and we did."
"Until you didn't," Oliver pointed out.
"I keep trying to figure out why, and all I can think of is that maybe the Mirakuru changed something. You know I never would have come back here if I would have known what was going to happen," Roy admitted. "I never meant to hurt anyone."
Of course, despite his good intentions, Roy did indeed hurt someone -- and that very much put the team in jeopardy. Because of his violent actions, the team risks losing their deputized status in the SCPD and, thus, their ability to pursue Emiko in a legal way. Worse, they lied about what happened, meaning they'll be in even more trouble if they are found out. Unfortunately, Emiko sent security footage from the fight to the SCPD in an effort to sabotage Oliver, meaning their time may be running out.
Airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Rick Gonzalez as Wild Dog, Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary, Colton Haynes as Arsenal, Kirk Acevedo as Diaz and Katie Cassidy as Black Siren.