Fans of The CW’s “Arrow” were caught off-guard when star Stephen Amell confirmed Manu Bennett would make his return to the show as the villain Deathstroke. Executive producer Marc Guggenheim even backed up Amell’s statement with one of his own. Apparently, however, Bennett didn’t receive the same memo, as he’s debunked the announcement on his Twitter account.
For the record – I'm not going back for Arrow! #assumptionisthemotherofall…
— Manu (@manubennett) April 10, 2017
Of course, the actor could be playing coy with his followers, opting to leave some room for doubt to creep in. If we were to nitpick Bennett’s message, he could be alluding to the fact he’s not going back for “The Arrow,” but to help Oliver Queen. Before embracing the codename Green Arrow, the residents of Star City used to refer to the vigilante as The Arrow, hence the series’ title. And while Slade Wilson may hold a grudge with Arrow, he may have a bigger bone to pick with Prometheus — the enemy of my enemy, and all that.
Bennett last played Deathstroke in the Season 3 episode “The Return,” which found Oliver and Thea on Lian Yu. On the island, they encountered Slade Wilson, who had been imprisoned there by A.R.G.U.S. Oliver and Thea came to blows with Slade, only for them to lock him up once again. This was the last time Deathstroke appeared on the series, with the exception of his voiceless appearance in the 100th episode.
Slade played a critical role over Season 1 and Season 2 of “Arrow.” In Season 1, Slade became a friend of Oliver’s as they both suffered through life on the island. By the time of Season 2, he returned to civilization with one goal: to make Oliver’s life hell. Slade fully became Deathstroke in this season, even donning the character’s signature orange-and-black costume. Team Arrow eventually overcame Deathstroke and his army of mirakuru-powered soldiers, which landed Deathstroke in A.R.G.U.S. custody.
Starring Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer, “Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, John Barrowman, Willa Holland and more.