Arrow‘s newest guest star Charlie Barnett just dropped a cryptic tease about the show’s upcoming final season. Barnett, who plays John Diggle Jr. in the 2040 storyline, hinted he isn’t “committed” to the Arrowverse.
“I’m only on Arrow for a couple episodes,” Barnett admitted to Variety. “And, you know, it’s the last season of Arrow, so I know — I shouldn’t say. Literally, I always catch myself in these positions where I’m about to drop some information, and then I’m like, ‘No, no, no!'”
When the reporter urged him to spill anyway, he continued, “Nope! Not gonna do it. I think Arrow has some interesting things coming up, alright, but I don’t know if I’m committed to the world, let’s say. There’s a lot of worlds going on in Arrow right now.”
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In Season 8, Barnett will play the Flashpoint-born son of John Diggle and Lyla Michaels. In the 2040 storyline established last season, J.J. is the leader of the Deathstroke Gang. He will face off against Mia Smoak and his adopted brother Connor Hawke.
By saying he isn’t “committed to the world,” Barnett could be implying that the 2040 storyline isn’t set in stone. Indeed, as The Flash has shown again and again, time is malleable in the Arrowverse. Perhaps the events of “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” this year’s five-show crossover, will irrevocably alter the 2040 characters we met last year. However, until then, we can only speculate Barnett’s true meaning.
Returning Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Rick Gonzalez as Wild Dog, Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary, Katie Cassidy as Black Siren, Katherine McNamara as Mia Smoak, Joseph David-Jones as Connor Hawke and Ben Lewis as William Clayton-Queen.