Stephen Amell teases the return of a familiar foe

By Natalie Abrams
October 18, 2017 at 06:41 PM EDT
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Oliver Queen’s secret identity is not so secret anymore.

At the close of the season 6 premiere of Arrow, a photo of Oliver (Stephen Amell) dressed as Green Arrow was leaked to the press. While Oliver tries to navigate the investigation brought on by FBI Agent Samanda Watson (Sydelle Noel), there’s a looming question: Who actually leaked the photo?

The prime suspect, at least in Oliver’s mind, is Anatoly (David Nykl), who returns during Thursday’s hour. After their falling out last season, Anatoly is eager to show Oliver what the Bratva is really made of when they’re no longer your brothers.

“I have a scene with him in episode 602 and it’s just cold-blooded,” Amell tells EW. “It’s pretty interesting because we’ve got a scene where Anatoly just kills a guy in cold blood and Oliver is right there and Oliver points an arrow at him and says, ‘Don’t move,’ and Anatoly says, ‘You know as well as I do that you won’t kill me,’ and just walks off. Anatoly has an interesting power over him that I don’t know a lot of other villains — if any villain at all — has ever had.”

Check out a sneak peek below from Thursday’s episode, which includes that interesting name drop Amell teased in our breakdown of last week’s premiere.

Arrow airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

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Billionaire Oliver Queen — under the vigilante persona of Arrow — tries to right the wrongs of his family and fight the ills of society.
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