When The CW’s Arrow premiered, it did so to a bit of a rocky start. For many, the soap elements and darker take on the character didn’t hold true to the Emerald Archer of the comics. Luckily, as the season progressed, the show found its voice and Stephen Amell settled nicely into the role of Oliver Queen. Part of that success was helped by the other members of the ensemble, namely Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson. While his future as Deathstroke was well-known to fans and even teased throughout the series, it wouldn’t be until season 2 that he’d step out as a villain and provide the show with its best run of episodes to date.

Since Slade’s defeat in the past and present, he’s been locked up on Lian Yu just waiting to reappear. While he did so virtually during the Invasion crossover, the actual Slade Wilson is just waiting to come back onto the show and provide Oliver with the villain that truly matches him. While enemies like Promotheus, Vigilante, and Kovar are all exciting and worthy adversaries, the Green Arrow’s true rival is Deathstroke. Luckily, it looks like we won’t have to wait much long for his return.

Amell has taken to his Twitter to share a very familiar photo with fans, teasing the return of Slade Wilson to Arrow:

The photo can be taken in one of two ways. The first is that it signals a return to Lian Yu and the reappearance of Slade in the present. Given he’s locked up there, it’s inevitable that he’ll show back up at some point on the series, rightfully upset with Oliver. The other possibility is that this is the longest payoff for an Easter egg ever.

Back when the show premiered in 2012, one of the first references we got was the shot of this Deathstroke mask with an arrow through it. Eventually, we’d see Slade’s former partner Billy Wintergreen wearing a similar one, before Slade donned it himself. During the final confrontation on the Amazo with Oliver, Slade got an arrow through his eye, teasing the Easter egg from the previous season. With Oliver rescued from the downed sub by ARGUS, however, we’ve never seen how the mask got set up on the post. With the flashbacks about to wrap up the story of Oliver’s time on (and off) the island, this photo could tease the completion of the journey.

Given that Legends of Tomorrow recently wrapped filming, this shot could be from the finale of Arrow. If so, it could both serve as a reintroduction to present-day Slade while also wrapping up the mystery of his mask from way back in season one. Either way, it’s a fun indication for fans of the show that the character will be back in some way before the end of the season. When we know more, we’ll let you know.

NEXT: Arrowverse Crossovers to Continue Yearly

Arrow continues this Wednesday with “Kapiushon” @ 8 pm on The CW.

Source: Stephen Amell

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