Joe Dinicol will return to Arrow in his role as Rory "Ragman" Regan for at least one episode in the show's sixth season, executive producer Marc Guggenheim confirmed today via Twitter.
In Season Five, Rory -- who had powers that came from a supernatural suit of rags passed down to him through his family -- left Team Arrow after he damaged the suit, seemingly beyond repair, containing an explosion. Showrunners have never counted Dinicol completely out, though. During a chat with ComicBook.com toward the end of Season Five, executive producer Wendy Mericle casually name-dropped Ragman.
“Moving into Season Six, we’re not calling it a reboot because the show’s still called Arrow and it’s still about Oliver and his team, so that part’s not changing, but we aren’t going to have the flashbacks,” Mericle explained, saying that eliminating the storytelling device opens up a lot of flexibility in the show's format, while still allowing them to flash back -- to Oliver's adventures or anyone's -- when the story needs it. “It gives us a lot more real estate, a lot more space to hopefully bring in some cool villains and tell some cool character stories — and we have some new characters on the show whose backstories we really haven’t had an opportunity to experience. WE saw a little bit of Wild Dog’s, we haven’t seen that much of Dinah’s. If we bring in anybody new or we’d love to have Ragman back at some point as well, we can use the flashback device to tell other people’s kind of islands, if you will. And that part is very exciting.”
Apparently "at some point" is the fifth episode of the show's currently filming sixth season, the episode Guggenheim says will feature the actor.
No word, obviously, on whether or not Rory will have his powers back. Fans will have to wait and see what role he might play when that episode airs, likely in November.
Arrow will return for its sixth season on The CW on Oct. 12, 2017, with the season premiere episode titled "Fallout." The premiere will mark a move from its traditional Wednesday time slot to Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT.