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Deathstroke Returns 

Slade returns and asks Oliver for help tracking down his son; the rescue mission gets complicated by a terrible revelation that could shatter Slade's hopes of reunion; Vigilante reappears in Star City.


Joel Novoa


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Marc Guggenheim (developed by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Amell ... Oliver Queen
David Ramsey ... John Diggle / Green Arrow
Willa Holland ... Thea Queen (credit only)
Emily Bett Rickards ... Felicity Smoak
Echo Kellum ... Curtis Holt / Mr. Terrific
Rick Gonzalez ... Rene Ramirez / Wild Dog
Juliana Harkavy ... Dinah Drake / Black Canary
Katie Cassidy ... Laurel Lance / Black Siren (credit only)
Paul Blackthorne ... Quentin Lance (credit only)
Manu Bennett ... Slade Wilson / Deathstroke
Sydelle Noel ... Samanda Watson
Kris Holden-Ried ... Nylander
Johann Urb ... Vincent Sobel / Vigilante
William Franklyn-Miller ... Young Joseph Wilson
Liam Hall ... Joseph Wilson


Slade Wilson returns and asks Oliver for help in tracking down his son. When they learn Joe has been taken hostage by mercenaries, their mission to save him gets complicated by a terrible revelation that could shatter Slade's hopes of reunion forever. Meanwhile, Vigilante reappears in Star City. Written by sarah_l91

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Release Date:

9 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


In the comics, Slade/Deathstroke's son, Joseph Wilson, is a meta-human who goes by the superhero name of Jericho and can possess people after making eye contact with them. He has been a member of the Teen Titans, while his father has long served as their arch-enemy. See more »


Oliver Queen: You're not gonna see him?
Slade Wilson: I need you to promise me that you won't tell him I helped.
Oliver Queen: No. I'm not gonna lie to your son.
Slade Wilson: It's better this way.
Oliver Queen: For him or for you? Wait. Are you - are you afraid that he's gonna see you as Deathstroke, not the man you were? The - the man I think you are now?
Slade Wilson: I gave up my right to be his father when I stepped out of the light into the shadows and became this monster.
Oliver Queen: Your son will forgive you the way that my son forgave me.
Slade Wilson: Joe knew that I was coming for him, so he...
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Deathstroke is back!
26 January 2018 | by highmarksreviewsSee all my reviews

After a dose of bland episodes, "Deathstroke Returns" felt like a redemption. A good story-arc and one brutal one-take hallway fight helpt downplay a rather questionable reveal back in Star City, which kept the episode from reaching any new heights. All in all though, this episode served as the current high-point for Season 6 with some much needed plot elements and an emotional premise.

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