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With Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) missing, Thea (Willa Holland) still pissed at him for hiding her parentage, his family facing potential financial ruin, Officer Lance (Paul Blackthorne) in prison, and Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau) in complete control of Queen ConsolidatedOliver (Stephen Amell) and his team turn their attention to an enemy they can fight: Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett). Bombing his former company’s applied sciences wing, Oliver, Sara (Caity Lotz), Diggle (David Ramsey), and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) prevent Slade from getting his hands on the equipment he needs to synthesize the super-soldier serum and create his new army.

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Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) finally makes his move beginning with Thea (Willa Holland) abduction and using the traumatic series of events to steal Queen Consolidated away from Oliver (Stephen Amell), with the help of Isabel Rochev‘s (Summer Glau), and begin to drive wedges between Green Arrow and those closest to him by exposing one of Ollie’s secrets to his sister and another to Laurel (Katie Cassidy). “Deathstroke” works on several levels, first showing how surgical the assassins strikes can be without ever picking a weapon and also in playing on a running theme of the series that despite his physical skills honed on the island Oliver isn’t a brilliant strategist and is often his own worst enemy.

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The arrest of Frank Bertinelli (Jeffrey Nordling) brings Oliver‘s (Stephen Amell) murderous ex-girlfriend the Huntress (Jessica De Gouw) back to town to kill her father who Laurel‘s (Katie Cassidy) has returned to work to prosecute. When the Huntress shows up to take her revenge she walks straight into a police trap, loosing her chance to kill Frank, but that doesn’t stop her, and several armed gunmen, from taking control of the courthouse and take hostages who include Laurel.

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With Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) frantically searching for any leads to find Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett), even going so far as threaten Alexi Leonov (Eugene Lipinski) and Bratva for information to put Deathstroke in the ground before one-eyed super-assassin makes good on his threat to destroy Oliver’s life, Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson) taps her ex-husband, and current on-again/off-again love interest, Diggle (David Ramsey) to lead Amanda Waller‘s (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) Suicide Squad and retrieve a chemical weapon from a smuggler and terrorist (Lee Majdoub) in Markovia whose life Diggle saved six years ago.

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Presented mostly in extended flashbacks to the island, and back in the present with Oliver (Stephen Amell) being forced to humor the devil in their midst when Moira (Susanna Thompson) and Thea (Willa Holland) show Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) around the Queen home, “The Promise” deals with the relationship between the two men and the series of events which turned friend into enemy. The well-coordinated attack on Ivo’s tanker succeeds as Oliver, Sara (Caity Lotz), and Slade take the ship but when Ivo tells Slade the circumstances under which Shado (Celina Jade) died everything goes straight to hell.

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While throwing Sara (Caity Lotz) a welcome back from the dead party, Oliver (Stephen Amell) also asks for Black Canary’s help to take the mastermind behind meticulously-planned robbery of Kord Industries of a skeleton key which can be re-purposed to break into any bank vault. While Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) struggle with Sara’s inclusion in Team Arrow, her impressive skill-set, and Sara picking up her romantic relationship with Oliver, Felicity also attempts to find the Clock King (Robert Knepper) who always seems to be one-step ahead and have one more ace up his sleeve including hacking into, and destroying, the vigilante’s computer network.

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As Moira‘s (Susanna Thompson) mayoral campaign begins, and the Lance family continues to deal with Laurel‘s (Katie Cassidy) substance abuse, Starling City gets a host of interesting visitors including Laurel’s sister Sara (Caity Lotz), her mother Dinah (Alex Kingston), and Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) who arrives to return her former lover to the League of Assassins – whether she wants to come back or not. I had doubts about the show’s plan to introduce Nyssa, but Law proves to be a terrific choice balancing both the emotional dramatic moments and action sequences to deliver a passionate and deadly version of Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter, and the surprise twist behind her motives for hunting Sara are a nice touch.

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While working with Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) to track down Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White) who was broken out of prison to retrieve Malcolm Merlyn‘s (John Barrowman) earthquake machine, Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) struggles to train an angry and impatient Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) who is spiraling further and further out of control since his exposure to Brother Blood‘s (Kevin Alejandro) super-soldier serum.

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Realizing Laurel (Katie Cassidy) has begun uncovering a past he has worked very hard to keep hidden, Brother Blood (Kevin Alejandro) kills the woman the world knows as his mentally-unstable aunt (Ana Mercedes), who is actually the mother who witnessed a young Blood kill his father in cold blood. Unable to get the Assistant District Attorney to risk investigating Starling City’s next mayor, Laurel turns to Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) for help.

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As Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) continues to search for Brother Blood (Kevin Alejandro) unaware the man recreating the super-soldier experiments is the same man Oliver is championing for mayor, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) begins digging into the would-be mayor’s past, and a new threat arrives in Starling City in the form of a psychotic bomber named Sharpnel (Sean Maher). When Green Arrow is slowed down by the bomber’s trap it falls on Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) to find the bomb and prevent it from going off.

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