Arrow: Amell reveals larger role for Deathstroke, teases Season 5 fallout

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Jul 8, 2017

Turns out we’ll be seeing a whole lot more Deathstroke next season on Arrow.

Spoilers ahead for Season 5 of Arrow!

While speaking at Heroes & Villains FanFest in Nashville on Saturday, star Stephen Amell revealed that Manu Bennett’s Deathstroke will show up “multiple times” in Season 6, after the character was reintroduced at the end of Season 5 as an unlikely ally. Bennett’s Slade Wilson pretty much steals the show whenever he's on screen. He was a highlight of the Season 5 finale, and it’s great to hear they’ll be keeping him around (especially since John Barrowman reconfirmed at the event that he is definitely off the show following his offscreen death in the finale).

In other tidbits, Amell revealed that Oliver will be getting an apartment this season, and that Oliver’s son William will play a much larger role in Season 6 as Oliver learns what it means to be a father. Considering that the final arc of the season revolved around Oliver’s quest to save his estranged son, it makes sense he’d finally be rolled into a more meaningful role in Season 6. Amell also teased that a character not seen since Season 1 will return this year (leave your best guesses in the comments).

Amell also touched on how the show’s use of flashbacks might change in Year 6, and noted they’ll have more flexibility now that the five-year story of Oliver’s time on the island has ended. Just don’t expect them to go away completely, though, because he made clear they’re still part of the show’s “DNA.” As for the immediate use, he said the flashbacks in the season premiere will focus on the aftermath of the Season 5 finale, which implies that the premiere possibly jumps forward in time. Then Episode 2 won't have any flashbacks at all.

The actor also gave a brief update on his indie sci-fi flick Code 8, which is being developed with his cousin Robbie. Amell said he’s finished his filming on the project, and the film is expected to spend about a year in post-production before a distribution deal is locked down.

The Season 6 premiere of Arrow, titled “Fallout,” airs on Oct. 12.

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