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Arrow: First look at Dolph Lundgren's season 5 villain

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Oliver is finally coming face to face with another one of this season’s villains. 

After weeks of waiting, Dolph Lundgren will make his debut as Konstantin Kovar, the big bad in the Russia-set flashback, on next Wednesday’s Arrow. This season, Oliver (Stephen Amell) traveled to Russia and joined the Bratva with the expressed purpose of taking down Kovar, who works for the Russian government. It looks as though Oliver’s first meeting with Kovar involves some kind of interrogation.

“Kovar is very much a villain certainly in the Arrow vein, which is to say he’s pretty badass, he’s pretty evil, but he, of course, does not think of himself as such,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim recently told EW. “He thinks of himself as doing the right thing, which, in that sense, makes him very similar to a lot of the villains that we’ve had in the past. What is interesting about Kovar is he has a mix of intelligence and physical presence that we haven’t necessarily seen. He’s physically bigger than a lot of our villains that we’ve had in the past.”

Also pictured in the photos: In the present-day storyline, Team Arrow 2.0 goes after Prometheus, whose killing spree seems to have caused some kind of panic. Per the logline, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Curtis (Echo Kellum) find out that the latest victims are connected to Oliver’s past.

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Katie Yu/The CW
Katie Yu/The CW
Katie Yu/The CW
Katie Yu/The CW

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.