SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for "Present Tense," the latest episode of Arrow Season 8.
The Deathstroke Gang is off to a rough start. "Present Tense," the latest episode of Arrow, revealed the origin of the Deathstrokes, which launched with Slade Wilson's son Grant.
Even as Oliver Queen and his team struggled to come to terms with the arrival of their children from the future, Star City Hospital came under fire. The team quickly learned about the attack, which was perpetrated by Grant Wilson. Wilson had co-opted his father's orange-and-black mask to commit acts of terror; he targeted the wealthy and staged a bomb plot that Team Arrow ultimately stopped.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow alum Jamie Andrew Cutler reprised the role. He originally appeared as Wilson in the Season 1 episode "Star City 2046," where the character had the run of Star City. He debuted in the same episode as Joseph David-Jones' Connor Hawke, who -- in that timeline -- became the new Green Arrow. The Legends ultimately erased that timeline by stopping Vandal Savage, but clearly they did not change Wilson's trajectory.
In Arrow's current timeline, Wilson has an extremely personal connection to Team Arrow. "We came back, so we thought maybe JJ did too. That's why we didn't tell you about the Deathstrokes. In the future, Grant trains a new leader, someone who eventually takes over the Deathstrokes. It's JJ," Connor explained to John Diggle, his adoptive father.
"When you took me in, I was angry, rebellious. You refused to give up on me. You straightened me out, made me who I am," he confessed. "A soldier, just like you. JJ, he resented it. It was like I had stolen the love that should have been his. Maybe, if I had been a better son, JJ never would have broken bad and Zoe would still be alive."
"Grant made a name for himself doing exactly what he's doing now: targeting the rich, appealing to the disenfranchised. They became cult heroes, which is how he seduced JJ," William added.
Ultimately, Team Arrow was able to change the course of history by stopping Grant Wilson. "Just got off the phone with Gotham City PD. Grant Wilson is being prepped and transferred to Blackgate, where he will spend the next 20 to life," Dinah announced.
"Takes the Deathstrokes off the board for the foreseeable future," Oliver agreed, to which William added, "Literally. Let's hope it changes things somehow."
As it stands, Team Arrow has already begun to turn the tide of history. For instance, in the 2040 timeline, Mia's existence was kept a secret from Dinah and Rene. However, the two clearly learned about her in this latest episode. So, between that and Wilson's capture, the future may already be looking brighter.
Airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Arrow's final season stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Rick Gonzalez as Wild Dog, Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary, Katie Cassidy as Black Siren, Katherine McNamara as Mia Smoak, Joseph David-Jones as Connor Hawke and Ben Lewis as William Clayton-Queen.