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Arrow Season 6 “Deathstroke Returns” Recap

Arrow -- "Deathstroke Returns" -- Image AR605b_0034b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Paul Cowling as the Warden, Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, and Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke -- Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW -- © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Almost a year when he was first introduced, we finally see who is behind the Vigilante mask. It all gets revealed because Vigilante is targeting Councilewoman Pollard because of her anti-vigilante legislation. I think I mentioned when Pollard first appeared that I mentioned how Laara Sadiq, who plays Pollard was my first every Juliet that I saw on stage. I had the opportunity to work with her this past summer at Bard on the Beach where she was playing Don Johna in Much Ado About Nothing and Camillo in The Winter’s Tale (she was great in both). My point of this tale is during the closing night party of Bard, I mentioned that I enjoyed her on Arrow and she told me she had just finished filming something for this coming season. Ever since Lara mentioned that I’ve been waiting for her to appear again.

Vigilante Unmasked

As mentioned Vigilante is after Pollard and an attempt is made when she is leaving City Hall but luckily Dinah was there and noticed a sniper and pushed her aside.

Dinah and Diggle investigate and grabs a bullet from the sniper before CSI can get their hands on it. Also there is Agent Watson who questions Diggle’s presence and requests an interview.

Video surfaces that it was Vigilante behind the shooting and Team Arrow knows that if he was successful the legislation will sure pass. While keeping an eye on Pollard, Dinah spies Vigilante lurking around her building. Dinah confronts Vigilante and uses her sonic cry to shatter his visor. When Vigilante takes it off, Dinah sees it is her former partner and ex-boyfriend, Vincent Sobol who supposedly died from a gunshot to head during the particle accelerator explosion.

Arrow — “Deathstroke Returns” — Image AR605a_0018b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): David Ramsey as John Diggle and Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Dinah gathers the team to tell them the identity of Vigilante. The team is shocked but do manage to find where Vigilante’s hideout is thanks to the bullet they found. The bullet is magnetized and when Team Flash goes to the hideout they discover a lot of bullets and all wonder who are all these bullets for.

Once back at the Arrow Cave, Dinah is working out her frustrations over the reveal her ex is now a psychotic killer. Diggle meanwhile thinks that Vigilante deserves a second chance and to be helped.

Word comes that Pollard will be giving an interview with channel 52 and Dinah goes to ensure she is protected. Dinah warns off Team Arrow from coming because Agent Watson also arrives in hopes of catching Team Arrow. Despite what Dinah said, Diggle shows up for support.

Arrow — “Deathstroke Returns” — Image AR605a_0155b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake/Black Canary and Vigilante — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Pollard does the interview but the lights go dark and she runs off backstage. Vigilante confronts Pollard but the Black Canary arrives and tells her to run. Vigilante and Black Canary have a showdown but a cop comes and shoots Vigilante in his mask. Black Canary tells the cop to get an ambulance. When Vigilante unmasks, he removes the bullet and tells Dinah that he now heals because of the Dark Matter. Vigilante didn’t tell Dinah that he was alive because it would have gotten in the way of his mission. Dinah lets Vigilante get away.

Once the dust gets settled, Agent Watson thinks it was very convenient how the Black Canary was around to save Pollard and noticed that Dinah was not around. Team Arrow needs to be careful because Watson is one smart cookie and already is suspicious after her non-interview with Felicity. Also called in for questioning is Rene.

Deathstroke Returns

Slade has come to Oliver’s home detailing how he traveled to the ends of the Earth to find his son. Slade discovered that his son changed his name from Joe to Kane Wolfman and that he joined the Australian Intelligence Service but has gotten into trouble and is now in a prison in Kasnia. Slade wants Oliver’s help in negotiating a diplomatic release of his son. Thanks to encouragement from Felicity, Oliver goes to help his old friend.

Once in Kasnia, Slade meets with his contact Nylander who provides him what he needs in order to free his son. Slade gives Oliver what he needs but doesn’t come with him as he fears his son seeing the man he is now.

Slade Flashback

13 years ago in New Zealand, Slade and his son Joe are on a father-son camping trip. Joe doesn’t think it will last long because Slade always gets called away for work. Joe thinks Slade is a pilot for Australian Air. But we see that the camping trip is Slade’s mission. On the pretense of cooking fish over a campfire, Slade sees his mark. The next day, father and son play rugby and asks a fellow camper, Derek, to take their picture. During lunch, Slade pretends to need to pee but really puts on his Deathstroke costume to confront Derek about Yao Fei and where he is at. Derek tells Deathstroke that he is in purgatory. Slade hears a noise and slits Derek’s throat. However, Slade sees no one in the woods. Slade and Joe prepare to go home and it seems that Joe was in the woods and sees who his father really is.

Back to the present, Oliver goes to get Joe but the prison warden tells him that he died in a prison fight. Oliver tells Slade the bad news so they go back to see Joe’s body. The warden doesn’t do a good job at lying about the whereabouts of the body. Eventually, the warden tells them the Jackals, the group that Joe got himself in trouble with, took him.

Once they return to their hotel room, Slade puts on his Deathstroke costume and Oliver wants to help. Slade wants to go at it alone and drugs Oliver.

Arrow — “Deathstroke Returns” — Image AR605b_0253b.jpg — Pictured: Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke — Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Slade goes on a rampage at Jackel headquarters taking down anybody in his path. Eventually, Slade does get outnumbered and is not surprised that Nylander is part of the Jackals. Oliver comes to and is about to go home but he follows Slade and hears his pleas to see his son. It is soon revealed that the head of the Jackals is Slade’s son, Joe.

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