"When the Jackals took my son, they didn't count on who his father was!"
Slade Wilson
"Deathstroke Returns" is the fifth episode of the sixth season of Arrow, and the one-hundred-twentieth episode overall. It aired on November 9, 2017. The episode acts as the first half of a two-part episode.[1]


Slade returns and asks Oliver for help in tracking down his son. When they learn Joe has been taken hostage by mercenaries, their mission to save him gets complicated by a terrible revelation that could shatter Slade's hopes of reunion forever. Meanwhile, Vigilante reappears in Star City.[src]




Preparation ran from August 15 until August 23, 2017. Shooting ran from August 24 until September 5, 2017, with a break on September 4 for Labor Day.[2]


  • When Felicity states, "Now there are meta-humans attacking bachelorette parties", she is referring to the events of The Flash episode "Girls Night Out".
  • Nylander refers to Slade as "the terminator", referring to the title under which his comic book counterpart is known.
  • Joe Wilson taking the alias "Kane Wolfman" is a reference to Joe's mother and Slade's wife, Adeline Kane, and comic book writer Marv Wolfman, who created Deathstroke in 1980.
  • This is the first episode to feature a new flashback story about Slade Wilson (focusing on the relationship between him and his son Joe). The last time was "Unthinkable", where it was the battle between Slade and Oliver on the sinking Amazo on Lian Yu. This is followed by "Promises Kept".


  1. Arrow Season 6 Will Feature Two-Part Deathstroke Episode - Screenrant
  2. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter

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