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Arrow Spies Homeland Baddie as New Villain

Arrow Navid NegahbanOliver Queen, meet Abu Nazir.

Arrow has tapped Homeland alum Navid Negahban, who played the Showtime series’ dastardly master terrorist, as an adversary for Season 2, E! Online reports.

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Negahban will debut as Ollie’s new foe, Al-Owal, in Episode 5 (which is currently titled “The Hunted”). The scimitar-wielding baddie will first set his sights on someone very close to the bow-toting vigilante.

Al-Owal’s origins are akin to Ra’s al Ghul — as in Batman’s infamous mentor-turned-adversary — in that both he and Malcolm Merlyn were (are…?) members the shadowy organization The League of Assassins.

Arrow returns Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8/7c.