- "After everything that Star City has endured in the past several years, it would be easy to become immune or desensitized to the violence that purveys our lives. And it would be human to want to respond to that violence with violence. When I think of all the people that I've lost, I remember the choices that I was forced to make in light of those tragedies. Some choices were easy. But the important choices, the choices that were worth making, they were hard. And hard choices require bravery. Fortunately, we live in the home of the brave, and we don't run from hard choices. We rise up and we face tomorrow together."
- —Oliver Queen
"Spectre of the Gun" is the thirteenth episode of the fifth season of , and the one-hundred-fifth episode overall. It aired on February 15, 2017.
|A traumatic attack on City Hall triggers painful memories for Rene about his family. Flashbacks reveal how Rene went from simple family man to a hero named Wild Dog. Meanwhile, Oliver must deal with the perpetrator behind the attack and realizes the best way to do so is as Mayor Queen instead of the Green Arrow. Tensions run high in the Arrow bunker.|
The scene opens with a...special voiceover notice watchers that today episode isn't for kids. A short time later, we see a buddy load up a lot of ambush rifles into a sack.
Over in the Arrow Cave, Dinah and Diggle fight together, while Felicity looks for intimations with respect to Prometheus' personality. She says that she's centered her pursuit around Prometheus' mom and has limited her down to a solitary state.
Oliver welcomes Thea back to City Hall. Thea raises Oliver's relationship to Susan Williams, however Oliver rapidly gets touchy. Thea additionally welcomes Quentin finds that Rene is his new partner. As Quentin leaves the workplace, he passes a man conveying a similar sack that we saw before (the one loaded up with weapons). The man starts shooting at Oliver's office, executing a few workers in a somewhat realistic manner. Rene shoots the shooter, yet he's wearing an impenetrable vest.
Rene has a flashback to a previous time, when he was living with his young spouse and girl. Rene gets a firearm before heading off to a hockey game and afterward contends with his sweetheart about her conceivably ingesting medications.
The shooter departures and Oliver rapidly checks out the circumstance. Thea is protected, yet Chase took a shot to the shoulder and is draining vigorously. Fortunately, Chase is as yet alive, albeit five others were dead. Rene says he shot the aggressor in the shoulder and asks Ollie to get his hands on the shooter's essential weapon.
Back at the Arrow Cave, Felicity asserts that the shooter isn't in the framework. Notwithstanding, things being what they are, Quentin got a gander at the person's face before he put on a ski cover. Quentin likewise brings up that Rene shouldn't convey a gun, as it's illicit for an indicted criminal to have one.
In a subsequent flashback, Rene shows his better half the medications he found, when his girl appears. Rene gives his better half a final proposal: either no more medications or she's gone.
Oliver illuminates Thea that two additional casualties died. Oliver is stressed that the shooter is going to strike once more. He at that point runs into Chase, who is attempting to return to work regardless of his physical issue. Oliver persuades him to remain, yet Chase instructs him to investigate the Bertinelli family, as 90% of their hits have included attack rifles.
Curtis and Rene contend over firearm control, while Felicity attempts to follow the rifle.
In the mean time, Oliver finds one of the Bertinelli mobsters, who says that he didn't have anything to do with the shooting. Vigilante appears and firearms the mobster down before escaping. Felicity contacts Oliver and says that the real shooter is a multi year old frameworks investigator with a perfect record.
Felicity distinguishes the shooter as a man who lost his family in a shopping center shooting. The shooter recently bolstered a Star City firearm vault, however tumbled off the radar after the library was closed somewhere around the past organization. Oliver says he'll say something to the press and advises the remainder of the group to find the shooter.
In another flashback, Rene and his little girl gets back home to indications of a battle. Rene advises his little girl to prepare for bed while he scans for his significant other.
Oliver offers an official expression and names the shooter to the press. He takes a few inquiries, yet gets got up to speed when the press begins getting some information about his assessments on firearm control. Oliver says that his perspectives on weapon control are "confused" and afterward speedily closes the question and answer session.
Back in his office, Oliver fires thrashing himself for continually going to viciousness as an answer. He at that point says he doesn't have a clue how to deal with the circumstance as city hall leader. Oliver chooses to assemble each government official associated with closing down the weapon vault to begin making sense of an answer.
The following day, Oliver talks with the councilwoman who killed the firearm vault. They contend over the legitimateness of weapon control, however Oliver says she won't leave until they can make sense of some sensible rules for a firearm library.
Diggle and Dinah hit the road searching for the shooter. In spite of the fact that their pursuit turns out void, Diggle discovers that Dinah can't discover a condo since they do personal investigations and she has a hangup doing "what ordinary individuals do".
Back at the Arrow Cave, Curtis jumps on a cleanser box about the absence of talk in our nation. He's fortunately hindered when Felicity finds a care group the shooter used to be a piece of.
Curtis and Rene drop by the care group and discovers where the shooter is remaining. Curtis discovers that Rene's better half was executed in light of the fact that he didn't have a weapon accessible.
In a flashback, we discover that Rene's significant other was murdered when her seller appeared at gather money. Rene attempted to subtly go for his firearm (which was in a safe) yet his little girl appeared and made Rene's significant other retaliate. Rene shot the vendor, however the seller got off a wanderer shot that executed his significant other.
Rene and Curtis track down the shooter's den and find floor plans to his next objective: the nearby emergency clinic. Oliver gathers the group and leaves his (as yet continuous) meeting with the councilwoman over weapon control.
At the medical clinic, Oliver stands up to the shooter out of outfit. Oliver says that he realizes the shooter is attempting to compel weapon control on the city. He calls attention to that the man who fired his family acquired his weapons illicitly, implying that there was nothing the city could do ensure them. Oliver brings up that the individuals he shot were blameless as well, which makes the shooter point his weapon at himself. Oliver talks the person down and persuades him to remain down.
The following morning, Oliver presents the councilwoman with a weapon control statute that he composed with Rene. The councilwoman consents to back Oliver, to some extent since it would look awful to conflict with Oliver after the shootings.
In a last flashback, we discover that Rene lost his little girl to social administrations because of her being in a "dangerous domain". At his breaking point, Rene sees a news report about Green Arrow halting Damien Darhk, which rouses him to turn out to be Wild Dog.
Curtis apologizes to Rene and offers to assist him with getting his little girl back.
Dinah says that she got the rent to her loft and says she found a new line of work at the Star City Police Department.
The scene closes with Oliver holding a vigil for the individuals who passed on at City Hall. He declares another weapon control act that offsets firearm proprietorship rights with open wellbeing and says they simply should be fearless enough to sanction it.
- Stephen Amell as Mayor Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
- David Ramsey as John Diggle/Spartan
- Willa Holland as Thea Queen
- Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
- Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt/Mister Terrific
- Josh Segarra as District Attorney Adrian Chase
- Paul Blackthorne as Deputy Mayor Quentin Lance
- Rick Gonzalez as Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog
- Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake/Black Canary
- Samaire Armstrong as Laura Ramirez
- Cliff Chamberlain as James Edlund
- Laara Sadiq as Emily Pollard
- Kaiden Berge as Lowlife
- Josh Brauer as Skel
- Bruce Crawford as Mobster
- Parveen Dosanjh as Doris Chase
- Eliza Faria as Zoe Ramirez
- Marrett Green as Reporter #1
- Tristan Jensen as Security Detail
- Mike Klemak as Counsellor
- Dumisile Owane as Monica
- Nisreen Slim as Reporter #2
Preparation ran from November 16 until November 28, 2016, with a break on November 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving. Filming ran from November 29 until December 8, 2016.
- The original theme music doesn't play when the title card is shown at the beginning.
- The TV report that Rene watches regarding Damien Darhk's death is the same from the episode "".
- Felicity states that she has been looking for Prometheus' mother for three months. Since she started her search in "" in December 2016, that would place this episode around March 2017.
- The episode title is borrowed from the Star Trek: The Original Series 1968 episode "Spectre of the Gun".
- This episode's plot is similar to the sub-plot of the episode, "" in which both cases, the gun issue is brought to light and dealt with.
- This episode erroneously calls the rifle used an AR-15. An AR-15 is not fully automatic. They are also not "military grade hardware."
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