Arrow Spoilers Manu Bennett

Arrow Finale: Manu Bennett Returning for Island-Centric Season Ender

Arrow is returning to familiar territory for its upcoming season finale, welcoming back a familiar face (and mask!) in the process.

Thanks to a series of tweets from Team Arrow on Monday, we now know that Manu Bennett (aka Slade Wilson/Deathstroke) will return for the impending finale, which is titled “Lian Yu.” For those who don’t speak fluent Arrow, that’s the name of the infamous hellish island where Oliver Queen began his journey to becoming… something… else.

Arrow star Stephen Amell got the spoiler party started by tweeting a picture of the Deathstroke mask and welcoming Bennett back into the fold:

And executive producer Marc Guggenheim kept it going with a sneak peek of the season finale script:

Lest you assume the party is over, however, a follow-up tweet from Guggenheim promised several other “exciting announcements” about the season finale in the days to come. It was previously announced that Katie Cassidy (as Black Siren) will return to Arrow for the final two episodes of Season 5, before achieving series-regular status in Season 6.

Though a masked Deathstroke made an appearance during Arrow‘s 100th episode back in Nov. 2016, Bennett hasn’t shown his face in Star City since the middle of Season 3 in 2015. (TVLine has confirmed Bennett’s return.)

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33 Comments
  1. T.W.S.S. says:

    Ah, Slade, the true hero of the series, who promised to stop that menace serial killer.

  2. Ray says:

    Let’s make it a full on Spartacus reunion. Bring back Katrina Law, might as well have a little sister vs sister battle.

    • Jerry says:

      Where did Captain Boomerang and Weather Wizard end up? We can get a big Spartacus reunion going. I feel like there’s even more..

  3. Ben says:

    Thank goodness! Manu Bennett always brings it.

  4. Iz says:

    is Manu’s latest tweet a play on words or is there something fishy going on?

  5. Goldenvibefan says:

    Man, why would he go back? The treated him like garbage in season 3 by allowing Thea Queen to beat him up with such ease.

  6. Dominique says:

    this is awesome! i truly didn’t think we’d get to see slade (manu’s slade) again, given some of the BTS antics. i look forward to seeing him again, and watching the whole flashback-to-star city come full circle.

  7. Pedro says:

    Yes, because all people want is MORE island… SHM

  8. Butch says:

    I wish they would wrap up present day in ep. 22 and make ep 23 all Island rescue into the pilot. Just showing you stuff you didn’t see in the pilot but bringing it full circle.

  9. Joey Padron says:

    Great news Manu is coming back for the show as Slade! Great title for the season finale episode. Can’t wait to see Slade back on the show!

  10. brenna says:

    Yay! I always wanted Slade to regain his sanity and be an anti-hero that helped Oliver. I liked their relationship in season one and Manu is very intense. I’m hopeful about this!

  11. Riana says:

    Maybe they could bring him back for season 6 and they could do Judas Contract.

  12. Liz says:

    I’m surprised he’s coming back considering he’s trashed the show/writers on twitter on more than one occasion! But I liked him as Slade so I’m interested to see what happens.

    • Cyndi says:

      Do you remember what it was about? I don’t follow him on twitter, so I definitely never knew this information.

      • Brenna says:

        He didn’t like that his guest appearance in season 3 was just so Thea could defeat Deathstroke. However, he has since said that his comments were made too much of. He liked his season 1 and 2 arcs.

  13. Azerty says:

    For a moment I was hoping for Roy but that’s even better!! He is the best villain even Prometheus is great. Now I guess Oliver will return on Lian Yu both in present and flashback. In FB to be rescued and in present…Well considering Armell’s tweet he will probably going to ask Slade’s help to fight Prometheus! That would be the stupidest move of all but for the fans that is the occasion to for Slade to break free and be a bad guy again next season ! Please Arrow do that!

  14. Ram510 says:

    YESSS!! This is what the show has been missing. Just make him a series regular already

  15. who promised to stop that menace serial killer.

  16. the final two episodes of Season 5, before achieving series-regular status in Season 6.

  17. ScottJ says:

    Bennett must be on a break from Shannara. There’s no way they’ve finished filming Season 2 since production only started in February.

  18. Nick says:

    What are the odds they’re bringing Manu back as Deathstroke just to kill him off. They did it to Deadshot and Amanda Waller before the Suicide Squad movie came out, and given that Deathstroke (played by Joe Manganiello) is supposedly going to feature prominently in Ben Afleck’s Batman movie I suspect Arrow’s version is going to get killed off. Anybody agree?

  19. Desperate times call for desperate measures” I can only think Stephen Amell was talking about the writing and the way the show has been run for the last couple of years.

    How utterly telling that they’ve gone back to get a character from S2 when the series was a whole lot better.

    • 134sc says:

      This season has been great. I like Deathstroke very much, but his return will not be the reason the “quality” improves, because it has already improved exponentially

    • Lex says:

      The last two episodes have been phenomenal, and Josh Segarra has really given Manu a run for his money in the villain department. He’s got an edge, but really digs into the scenery-chewing in a way that would make Barrowman proud. Is it terrible that I find his Prometheus to be tons of fun?

  20. Celina says:

    So, Manu Bennett said he is NOT coming back! He is filming Shannara Chronicles. What happened? Why everyone started to post this false news?

  21. I’m so happy to see Manu Bennett back on Arrow. He is so talented and, if course, Sexy!