According to a report from TVline, Arrow’s Echo Kellum (You’re the Worst) has been promoted to a series regular as of season five. The actor plays Curtis Holt on the show, a character that fans might identify as Mr. Terrific. Holt first appeared on the second episode of this most recent season as a Palmer Technologies employee. Holt has been a staple of the show this season in the tradition of other other Palmer Tech employees earning expanded roles on the show including Emily Bett Rickards’ (Brooklyn) Felicity Smoak who was quickly bumped into a season regular and Brandon Routh‘s Ray Palmer who remains in the CW Universe with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Spoilers for Arrow season four.
In the most recent episode of Arrow, Holt joined the team, helping to take down a bee-based-baddy: Brie Larven. Holt served the role of watching over the I.T. aspects of Oliver’s Queen’s operation after Smoak terminated her romantic relationship with series protagonist Oliver Queen.
The Beat wrote about the role of women on the show and was stunned to see Felicity shot earlier this year. While her break-up with Queen may not be permanent, the show has taken multiple steps forward in giving Felicity back her legs and control over her own life. Instead of remaining in the key role of the protagonists’ lover and I.T. specialist, Felicity now has the remarkable opportunity to use the wealth and influence she amassed as the C.E.O. of Palmer Tech to help people by building prosthetic limbs for those in need.
Hopefully, Felicity will be able to stay in this position in the immediate future– as the writer’s room almost seems to have written the character the ending she deserves.
Holt could be replacing the fan-favorite character in the near future, shifting Felicity out for a subversive version of the underutilized and appreciated Curtis Holt. Arrow might be pointed in the right direction as the season winds down and shifts towards a confrontation between Oliver Queen and Damien Darhk.
Arrow airs on the CW Wednesday nights at 8 p.m..