Oliver Queen may not have been permanently killed in the duel with Ra’s al Ghul that concluded Arrow‘s season 3 mid-series finale, but he didn’t win either. Now that the League of Assassins has reason to come after not only Oliver but also Thea Queen and Malcolm Merlyn, the not-so-happy family has to get over their grievances in order to survive their next encounter with Ra’s.

It looks like that encounter is going to come sooner rather than later, as next week’s episode of Arrow is titled ‘Nanda Parbat’ and will see Team Arrow clash with the League of Assassins after Ra’s makes his move. Will anyone get stabbed or thrown off a cliff? Will Thea ever forgive her father? Will past-Oliver get that badly-needed haircut?

Here’s the official synopsis for the episode:

Malcolm (John Barrowman) is captured by Ra’s al Ghul (guest star Matt Nable) and taken to Nanda Parbat. Because of his love for Thea (Willa Holland), Oliver (Stephen Amell) considers saving Merlyn. Ray (Brandon Routh) is obsessed with finishing his Atom suit so he can save the city but Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) fears he is heading down the same path as Oliver (Stephen Amell) and tries to pull him out of the lab.

The CW has already teased Ray Palmer’s superhero emergence as the Atom with a promotional image of Routh wearing his fancy new exosuit, but now the network has released a whole batch of new episode stills from ‘Nanda Parbat’ (via CBM) which confirm that Ray will finally suit up next week – though he might not be ready for active crime-fighting just yet.

Check out the episode stills below (click to view larger version).

Arrow Nanda Parbat still 01 570x380 New Arrow Image Gallery Highlights Brandon Rouths Atom Costume & More


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Arrow Nanda Parbat still 06 570x379 New Arrow Image Gallery Highlights Brandon Rouths Atom Costume & More


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Arrow Nanda Parbat still 09 570x379 New Arrow Image Gallery Highlights Brandon Rouths Atom Costume & More


Arrow Nanda Parbat still 10 570x380 New Arrow Image Gallery Highlights Brandon Rouths Atom Costume & More


Arrow Nanda Parbat still 11 570x379 New Arrow Image Gallery Highlights Brandon Rouths Atom Costume & More


Arrow Nanda Parbat still 12 570x379 New Arrow Image Gallery Highlights Brandon Rouths Atom Costume & More


Arrow Nanda Parbat still 13 570x380 New Arrow Image Gallery Highlights Brandon Rouths Atom Costume & More


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Arrow Nanda Parbat still 15 570x379 New Arrow Image Gallery Highlights Brandon Rouths Atom Costume & More


Arrow Nanda Parbat still 16 570x380 New Arrow Image Gallery Highlights Brandon Rouths Atom Costume & More


Arrow Nanda Parbat still 17 570x379 New Arrow Image Gallery Highlights Brandon Rouths Atom Costume & More


Arrow Nanda Parbat still 18 570x379 New Arrow Image Gallery Highlights Brandon Rouths Atom Costume & More


Arrow Nanda Parbat still 19 570x380 New Arrow Image Gallery Highlights Brandon Rouths Atom Costume & More


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Arrow Nanda Parbat still 21 570x380 New Arrow Image Gallery Highlights Brandon Rouths Atom Costume & More


Arrow Nanda Parbat still 22 570x379 New Arrow Image Gallery Highlights Brandon Rouths Atom Costume & More


Arrow Nanda Parbat still 23 570x742 New Arrow Image Gallery Highlights Brandon Rouths Atom Costume & More


Arrow Nanda Parbat still 24 570x379 New Arrow Image Gallery Highlights Brandon Rouths Atom Costume & More


Arrow Nanda Parbat still 25 New Arrow Image Gallery Highlights Brandon Rouths Atom Costume & More


In the comics, Ray Palmer’s suit allows him to shrink himself (and other objects) down to the subatomic level. In Arrow he’s still working on getting it to function correctly, but his eventual plan is to use the exosuit to fight crime in Starling City. It looks like he might not make it out of his workshop in ‘Nanda Parbat’, but with the suit finally finished (complete with safety helmet) he could be ready to take it out for a spin soon.

It’s just as well, because the recent casting of Doug Jones as Deathbolt means that Starling City’s days of being metahuman-free are about to come to an end, and Team Arrow could use all the firepower it can get.

Arrow airs Wednesdays @8pm on The CW.

Source: The CW (via CBM)