"Spectre of the Gun" is the thirteenth episode of the fifth season of Arrow, and the one-hundred-fifth episode overall. It aired on February 15, 2017.


A traumatic attack on City Hall triggers painful memories for Rene about his family. Flashbacks reveal how Rene went from simple family man to a hero named Wild Dog. Meanwhile, Oliver must deal with the perpetrator behind the attack and realizes the best way to do so is as Mayor Queen instead of the Green Arrow. Tensions run high in the Arrow bunker.[1]




Preparation ran from November 16 until November 28, 2016, with a break on November 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving. Filming ran from November 29 until December 8, 2016.[2]


  • The title of the episode could be a reference to the Star Trek episode of the same name, which first aired in 1968.
  • Due its subject on gun violence, this is the first episode to receive a viewer discretion warning during its initial airing on The CW.
  • The TV report that Rene watches regarding Damien Darhk's death is the same from the DC's Legends of Tomorrow episode "The Legion of Doom".


  1. Arrow #5.13 Spoiler Description: “Spectre of the Gun” - GreenArrowTV
  2. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter