SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the next episode of Arrow, airing May 10 on The CW.
Before the first episode of Arrow even aired, The CW series had DC Comics fans buzzing. Not only was this the return of Oliver Queen, aka the man who would become Green Arrow, to television, early teasers also showcased a number of other DC heroes and villains, many of whom fans had never before seen on TV or film. Deadshot, Huntress and China White and more were all introduced through sizzle reels and promos, but perhaps the most anticipated character, and the one with the most mystery surrounding him, was (and remains) Deathstroke.
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Slade Wilson’s importance to the story of Oliver Queen was evident even before he debuted on the series. In the first episode, we saw the character’s iconic mask hanging from a stick on a rocky beach, an arrow through the right eye — strong symbolism, considering Deathstroke only has a left eye. It was eventually revealed that the nascent superhero had cost his former teacher half his vision during a battle which saw Oliver stab Slade in the eye with a knife.
The mystery remains, however, as to when and how Deathstoke’s mask found its way onto the island where Oliver was stranded and trained for five years. More than that, how did it come to be displayed in such a specific manner?
In the CBR-exclusive clip above, from tonight’s episode of Arrow (titled “Honor Thy Fathers”), we get the answer to that question. In one of the series’ final flashback sequences, Oliver and Anatoly arrive on the island only to discover Slade Wilson’s mask among the rubble. “It’s just washed up on the shore like some kind of sign,” says Oliver as he mounts it on a stick, shoves an arrow through the right eye and creates the image that burned itself into the minds of Arrow fans before the series even debuted.
“Honor Thy Fathers”
CHASE CONTINUES TO TORMENT OLIVER — Oliver (Stephen Amell) returns to the mayor’s office and faces one of his most pressing issues yet – the forced release of dozens of violent criminals prosecuted by Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra). Meanwhile, a crate is delivered to Oliver’s office containing a mysterious corpse encased in concrete. Laura Belsey directed the episode written by Marc Guggenheim & Sarah Tarkoff (#521). Original airdate 5/10/2017.
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.
EDITOR: An earlier version of this story mistakenly presented Arrow as the first time the character appeared in live-action, summarily dismissing Justin Hartley’s popular Smallville incarnation. The writer apologizes for this error.