"You were the first person to convince me to look past just the names on my father's list. You helped me discover that the Hood, that persona, he wasn't a hero. You helped me find what all of this, the Green Arrow, the idea of it, it exists because you had faith in me. Now you gotta have the same kind of faith in yourself. Because if you do, you can be a better leader. You can be a better hero than I ever was."
Oliver Queen encouraging John Diggle
"Next of Kin" is the third episode of the sixth season of Arrow, and the one-hundred-eighteenth episode overall. It aired on October 26, 2017.


A rogue black ops team led by Onyx breaks into Kord Industries and steals something lethal. Oliver has problems to connect with William so he reaches out to a surprising source for help.[1]




Preparation ran from July 20 until July 31, 2017, with a break on July 21. Shooting ran from August 1 until August 11, 2017.[2]


  • On Felicity's marker board with possible options for her company's name, one of the names that she has crossed out reads "Oracle", a reference to Barbara Gordon, who used the moniker after becoming paralyzed from the waist down. She focused heavily on technology and computers.
    • This is the second time "Oracle" has been referenced on Arrow, the first being in the episode "A.W.O.L." by Oliver.
    • This is also a reference to the real-life company, Oracle Corporation.
  • Felicity proposes "Bit by Bit" as a name for her and Curtis' company, to which Oliver remarks that it "sounds like a sitcom from the 80s". This is likely a reference to the 90s sitcom Step by Step.
  • Most of this episode takes place on October 26, 2017, as seen on the Kord Industries expedition log, the same date it first aired.


  1. The Futon Critic
  2. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter

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