BySergio Andres Prieto, writer at Creators.co
Writer/creator, and student at Florida International University
Sergio Andres Prieto

Looks like the feud between Stephen Amell's Oliver Queen (a.k.a. [Arrow](series:720988)) and his former friend, Manu Bennett's Slade Wilson (a.k.a. Deathstroke), is going to reach its highest point during the next episode of The CW's version of DC's crime-fighting, bow-and-arrow extraordinaire, Arrow.

Episode 2.18 is titled "Deathstroke," so it's not a surprise which character will be featured. Now that Slade has Ollie's sister, Thea (Willa Holland), in his clutches (actually his car), Mr. Queen will have to use all the resources in his arsenal in what should be his biggest challenge yet.

Despite what you all may expect out of the impending brawl between Oliver and Slade in next week's episode, Arrow EP Marc Guggenheim made a very clear and concise statement when speaking to EW:

Their confrontation episode - 18 - is a very unexpected one. The way it unfolds is very unexpected.

Guggenheim also revealed that the whole struggle between both characters will not be solved in one episode, which is not really surprising:

But this whole season has really been about Oliver versus Slade with a lot of other elements orbiting it, so I don’t think it will be a surprise to say that the conclusion of their story won’t happen until the final episode of the season.

From his interview with EW, it was also revealed that "Deathstroke" will explore the breakup between Thea and Roy (Colton Haynes) a bit further, especially from a psychological standpoint. Guggenheim went on to talk about that, as well as episode 2.18 being sort of a "mid-midseason finale":

If we were going to place Thea in jeopardy, we wanted Roy to feel some sense of complicity in that. And episode 18 is a very big episode. We sort of wrote it as a mid-midseason finale … Episode 18 really could play as a season finale in terms of the things that happen and the number of cliffhangers we're left with. And one of those things is Roy dealing with his own sense of responsibility.

Sounds very interesting to me! With the way Guggenheim is talking about it, it sounds like there are multiple reasons why we should be excited for "Deathstroke."

Here is the promo for next week's episode:

"Deathstroke" will air Wednesday, April 2nd. Don't miss it!

[Sources: The CW (via ComingSoon), EW]

[Images from: Green Arrow Wiki, Arrow Wiki]

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