Deathstroke is always in high demand, whether it’s a comic book, a cartoon like Young Justice, a video game or on The CW's Arrow, where he’s a recurring character. But he’s been seen only sparingly since Season 2 where he was the show’s main antagonist.
Executive producer/showrunner Marc Guggenheim told Collider the decision to hold Deathstroke back was mainly a function of DC/Warner Bros. having other plans within the DC Extended Universe on the big screen. Now, Arrow fans got to see Deathstroke near the end of Season 5, but what about Season 6?
Guggenheim shared that fans should prepare for a two-part Slade Wilson/Deathstroke-Oliver Queen story in the front half of the upcoming sixth season of Arrow, specifically, episodes five and six. Part of that will feature flashbacks told from the perspective of Slade, played by Manu Bennett. Just don’t expect the two-part Slade-Oliver story to be the average team-up, as Guggenheim explained:
"We basically showed the audiences at the end of season five that the Mirakuru is out of his system. Now we're dealing with a Slade Wilson who is sort of in possession of all of his marbles. But, to me, what makes the character so interesting is, he's never black or white. He's never pure good or pure evil. He's complicated. It's not that he's beyond redemption, it's that you never know what you're going to get with him.”
Guggenheim also revealed that the theme for the season will be “family” in terms of biological as well as found families, there will be a proper four-way crossover with The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, and while there has always been one big bad for each season, there may be some changes in how they use the big bad villain for Season 6. Someone who may or may not be playing that big bad guy is Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest) who will play a recurring character this season.
Expect some romance on the set. Between who? Guggenheim would not reveal, but he did confirm that Felicity will get a business up and running and in the back half of the season, she will get a new storyline that will be apart from the rest of the cast. So fans of Felicity will be happy to know that she will no longer be just defined by her relationship to Oliver and what she does in respect with the team. She will have an outside life.
Arrow returns to the CW airwaves Thursday, October 12 at 9 p.m., so mark your calendars and countdown the weeks for the return of Slade Wilson.