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John Barrowman is working on an updated autobiography for US release
John Barrowman took to Instagram late Thursday (24 May) to talk to fans about his deliciously evil character of Malcolm Merlyn being killed off of Arrow.
‘By now you know that Malcolm Merlyn is no more,’ he began.
‘I know they’ve done it off-camera but I’m here to tell you I won’t be coming back next season. I want you to know how wonderful it has been for the last five years to be part of the Arrow universe and all the shows connected to it.’
Arrow came after a successful run as the lead on the UK series Torchwood as Captain Jack Harkness.
‘Arrow and Malcolm Merlyn have changed my life over here in the states and opened many, many doors and granted me some wonderful opportunities. It’s also introduced me to … a new fanbase – friends, family that I think of all of you as. I think that’s probably the most important thing to me.
‘I’m very sad to be leaving the Arrow-verse. I love playing Malcolm Merlyn. As sad as it may be, I understand how shows must change and also characters must change and develop.
‘But that doesn’t mean that I’m not very sad and upset about it. I appreciate your support and love you all.’
Barrowman, who recently turned 50, plans to remain active on social media and is working on updating his autobiography for a release in the US. It would include some chapters on Arrow.