Arrow (2012–2020)
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When a mysterious new Deathstroke appears in Star City, Oliver and Team Arrow insist on taking down this villain themselves. Meanwhile reeling from the loss of one of their own, the future ... See full summary »


Kristin Windell


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Marc Guggenheim (developed by) | 4 more credits »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Amell ... Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
David Ramsey ... John Diggle
Rick Gonzalez ... Rene Ramirez / Wild Dog
Juliana Harkavy ... Dinah Drake / Black Canary
Katherine McNamara ... Mia Smoak
Ben Lewis ... William Clayton
Joseph David-Jones ... Connor Hawke
LaMonica Garrett ... Mar Novu / The Monitor
Katie Cassidy ... Laurel Lance / Black Siren
Echo Kellum ... Curtis Holt
Jamie Andrew Cutler ... Grant Wilson / Deathstroke
Venus Terzo ... Dr. Elisa Schwartz
Keri Adams Keri Adams ... Bethany Snow
Andrew Chin Andrew Chin ... Perp
Jason William Day ... Officer (as Jason Day)




When a mysterious new Deathstroke appears in Star City, Oliver and Team Arrow insist on taking down this villain themselves. Meanwhile reeling from the loss of one of their own, the future Team Arrow figures out a new way to try and stop JJ. Written by sarah_l91

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While not having as many as the previous episodes, this episode has some callbacks and references to previous seasons. Slade's attack on Star City and the events from episode "City of Blood" to "Unthinkable" is referenced multiple times during this episode. Curtis jokingly names Grant's attack "Siege 2.0", but instead of Mirakuru soldiers, it's bombs. Grant mentions how his father attacked Star City 6 years ago and how he is planning to the same. When the criminal in SCPD takes a seat, he asks an officer what the time is, then puts a bomb under the seat, puts on a Deathstroke mask, and begins taking out cops. A very similar thing happens during "City of Blood", where it is similarly the start of a siege. Diggle mentions that they need a new strategy, instead of going to the tunnels to fight Deathstroke's army, as they did in "Unthinkable". After Mia defeats Deathstroke, Oliver uses a rope arrow to tie him to a wall, similarly to how he did in "Unthinkable". During Rene's speech, Laurel prompts Dinah to try dipping fries into her Big Belly Burger milkshake, which Laurel (Earth-1) also told Nyssa to do in "Al Sah-him". Diggle talks about his failure on Andy as he was killed by John in "Genesis". Connor's knowledge and hatred towards Grant could be reference to "Star City 2046", as both Joseph David-Jones and Jamie Andrew Cutler guest-starred in it as Connor Hawke and Grant Wilson respectively. In that episode, Grant was also known as Deathstroke and leader of his own Deathstroke army and Star City. See more »


Dinah Drake: Hey. If you want me to stop training Zoe, I will.
Rene Ramirez: Nah. I can't keep her in a bubble, just like you can't stop being a cop and I can't stop running for office.
Laurel Lance: So don't. Not all of the future was bad, right? Just do the good stuff.
Dinah Drake: Come on. I mean, the Canary Network's not a bad idea. Could be useful.
Rene Ramirez: Then why wait for a future we can start making right now?
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References Arrow: Leap of Faith (2019) See more »

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6 November 2019 | by wwwemiryolcuSee all my reviews

Arrow season 8 is a delight and a well written fan service. I was not sure about this episode last week.Mia is a decent character for me.At least it was until this ep.Her character development was amazing. I've felt the warm welcome Dinah,Rene,Curtis gave us.Missed these guys and yes s8 is so good that I liked Curtis in this ep. Also this ep was heartwarming af,lots of good stuff here.Can't wait what Arrow got for us in the store while we enter last 5 eps.

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