"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 Arrow, 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.[src]




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.[1]


  • 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 DC's Legends of Tomorrow episode "The Legion of Doom".
  • Felicity states that she has been looking for Prometheus' mother for three months. Since she started her search in "Who Are You?" in December 2016, that would place this episode around March 2017.
  • This episode erroneously calls the rifle used an AR-15. An AR-15 is not fully automatic. They are also not "military grade hardware."


  1. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter

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