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For the character this episode is based around, see Slade Wilson.
Television series Arrow
Episode number 41
Original airdate April 2, 2014
Written by Marc Guggenheim
Drew Z. Greenberg
Directed by Guy Bee
Guest stars
Summer Glau as Isabel Rochev
Caity Lotz as Sara Lance
Celina Jade as Shado
David Nykl as Anatoly Knyazev
Artine Brown as Hendrick Von Arnim
Dylan Neal as Anthony Ivo
Kevin Alejandro as Sebastian Blood/Brother Blood

Adrian Holmes as Frank Pike

Sean Rogerson as Peter

Keri Adams as Bethany Snow

Preceded by "Birds of Prey"
Followed by "The Man Under the Hood"

"Deathstroke" is the eighteenth episode of the second season of Arrow, and the forty-first episode overall. It aired on April 2, 2014.


Slade makes his move against Oliver and the repercussions are enormous. While Oliver scrambles to protect his family, a key player in his team starts to question Oliver's decisions. Meanwhile, Isabel makes her move to take Queen Consolidated away from Oliver.


Initially pretending to comfort Thea after her breakup, Slade uses his opportunity to kidnap her. Distracted by Thea's kidnapping, and having his team work to locate Slade, Oliver gives temporary CEO status to Isabel Rochev so that she can ensure that the company runs smoothly in his absence. Isabel uses her temporary power to convince the board of directors to make her position permanent, thus allowing her company to take full control over Queen Consolidated. When confronted, Isabel reveals that she has been working with Slade the entire time, and tells Oliver where Thea is being held. Oliver arrives, but Thea has already been freed - her kidnapping was a diversion from Slade's real plan to free a group of convicts to be used as test subjects for the next Mirakuru trials. Thea informs Oliver and Moira that Slade told her that her biological father is Malcolm Merlyn. Quentin Lance is arrested for aiding the vigilante, Roy leaves Starling City, and Slade visits Laurel and reveals that Oliver is the Arrow. In flashbacks, Sara attempts to use the trade for Oliver as a moment to kill Slade, but it backfires.


Preparation ran from January 30 until February 7, 2014. Shooting ran from February 11 until February 20, 2014.[1]




  • A piece of graffiti appears on the building outside of the building where Oliver, Sara, and Roy encounter Slade Wilson before having him arrested. The names "Griffith" and "Kerr" appear in this graffiti. Stu Kerr and Ralph Griffith are writers for "Arrow Comics", an independent comic book company.


  1. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter
"City of Heroes" "Identity" "Broken Dolls" "Crucible" "League of Assassins" "Keep Your Enemies Closer" "State v. Queen" "The Scientist" "Three Ghosts" "Blast Radius" "Blind Spot" "Tremors" "Heir to the Demon" "Time of Death" "The Promise" "Suicide Squad" "Birds of Prey" "Deathstroke" "The Man Under the Hood" "Seeing Red" "City of Blood" "Streets of Fire" "Unthinkable"

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