Speedy is the name of two DC Comics superheroes, that served as teenaged sidekicks for the Green Arrow
In many episodes of Arrow, Oliver has called Thea by her nickname “Speedy”.
In Arrow’s episode “Birds of Prey”, Oliver in an attempt to keep Roy from killing a man who had just shot him through the hand, called Roy “Speedy!
In the comics, Roy Harper started his career as “Speedy”, before becoming Red Arrow and Arsenal
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–Thea: I can’t believe that I’m even saying this… But after seeing those assassins this all just became too real.
– Roy: But Nyssa gave you an out…I don’t know why you don’t take it
–Thea: I don’t know how to explain it to you right now… I just need you to trust me
–Thea: Ok, somebody is grumpy
– Roy: I’m sorry. I’m trying to be supportive but I don’t understand why you think is your responsibility
–Thea: He died for me, OK, he died for me and I don’t know what it is but ever since I found out about this I just.. I feel like I can’t run away from it yet.
–Roy: We’ll that’s where we’re different. You see this as us running away from something but I see this as running towards something, something way better… I just feel like recently you’ve just been finding any excuse you can for us to stay here…
–Thea: Unlike all my boyfriends in the past, I do find it kind of cute when you are being insecure
–Roy: I just don’t want to lose you again, Thea
–Thea: That map is not my future, you are..
[From Arrow 6×17 Thanatos Guild]
Maybe Thea and Roy will break up in S7 for this very reason and that’s why he will be back in Star City…
For one thing, we really like the idea of writing Thea off in a way that suggested a larger story for her. One could imagine us, at some point in some medium, exploring the story of Thea, Roy, and Nyssa working to find these other Lazarus Pits. We tend to, as writers, gravitate toward stories that suggest other stories. As a showrunner, I got enamored with the notion of writing out a series regular in a way that didn’t suggest the end of a story, but rather the beginning of a new one. That’s not something that you typically see. Normally when a character’s written off, a series regular’s written off, it always feels to me like an ending. Sometimes it’s a literal ending and you’re killing off the character, but a lot of other times it’s like, well they’re going off and just living a much quieter life and there’s no more story to tell about them. I really like the idea of actually going the opposite route and suggesting a greater and bigger story for Thea. I just think that’s both interesting and unexpected.