Deathstroke may have made it off Lian Yu before it exploded, but Arrow Season 6 won't be smooth sailing for him. Slade Wilson actor Manu Bennett shared a new behind-the-scenes photo on his Instagram, which shows his character looking a little worse for wear.
"Every day ends different," Bennett wrote on the post.
As the above photo indicates, Deathstroke will have a big part to play in Season 6. Oliver enlisted his help in the Season 5 finale to put an end to Prometheus' reign of terror, and it looks like that uneasy alliance will continue into the show's sixth season, where Slade will get a two-episode arc all to himself. “We’re doing a cool two-parter where the flashbacks will be from Slade’s perspective,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim said in an earlier interview, revealing that the episodes will be the fifth and sixth installments of the upcoming season. “It’s very much a Slade-Oliver two-hander.”
Recently, The CW cast Liam Hall as Slade's son Joe Wilson, who will play a major role in his father’s arc. Viewers will meet Joe long after he has decided to follow his father’s footsteps. The son of Deathstroke will have joined the Australian military agency A.S.I.S., only to quickly find himself behind bars in a Kasnian prison and going by the alias Kane Wolfman.
As of Season 6, Slade Wilson is free from the Mirakuru serum that both enhanced his physical abilities and thoroughly drove him off the deep end. While he was considerably more sympathetic in his most recent appearance, a Mirakuru-free Deathstroke won't necessarily be a hero, either.
Bennett's Deathstroke was introduced in Arrow's premiere season and subsequently became the primary villain of Season 2. The character laid low after Joe Manganiello was announced as playing Deathstroke in the upcoming Batman feature film, but recently resurfaced on The CW series as played by Bennett.
Deathstroke was introduced in 1980 and created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez as part of their legendary New Teen Titans run and is notable for not only serving as a villain for many of DC’s heroes, but also frequently starring in his own series (including in DC’s current Rebirth publishing initiative).
Starring Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer, Arrow returns Thursday, October 12 at 9pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, Willa Holland and more.