‘Arrow’ To Feature Big Name Drop On This Week’s Episode, ‘Tribute’

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**Spoiler alert for last week’s Arrow Season 6 Premiere**

Watch your feet, because Arrow is dropping names!

At the end of the Season 6 Premiere, Star City Mayor Oliver Queen was publicly outed as the Green Arrow. On this Thursday’s episode, “Tribute,” Oliver will have to address that fact.

While speaking to EW, Stephen Amell spoke about how Oliver has to deal with his secret identity not being a secret any longer, and in doing so, the actor revealed that the episode will feature an Easter egg that he’s really excited about:

“I come in and talk with the reporters, and one of the things that I’m enjoying doing as mayor this year, and Oliver as a character to a certain extent, is I’ve tried to up the charm factor a little bit. He should be a little more comfortable in his shoes as a public figure. He steps in and deals with the press in a very, very relaxed way. Quentin says to him, ‘You seem pretty good with this,’ and Oliver’s like, ‘I’ve been here before.’ In that scene, we get to do the coolest name drop that we’ve ever done on the show, which I was really fired up about.”

Whose name gets dropped? Presumably, it will be a major DC Comics player. It has to be someone pretty significant for Amell to be so “fired up” about it. The most exciting mention for most fans would probably be something Batman-related. Nightwing’s one-time home, Bludhaven, has been name-checked on the show before, but Gotham or anything overtly resembling the Dark Knight’s world has been referenced (though, both Gotham and Batman have been referenced in Supergirl and Rip Hunter once mentioned “dark knights” on Legends of Tomorrow). This week’s episode of The Flash also featured a nice nod to the JLA comic storyline “Tower of Babel,” where Batman’s secret files featuring the weaknesses of all of his Justice League compatriots were stolen by Ra’s al Ghul and used against them.

Another option, one that I’ve been wanting to see on this show since the beginning, could be Hal Jordan, aka the Green Lantern. There was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Easter egg in the Season 4 Premiere of Arrow, where a man in a Coast City bar was wearing a bomber jacket with Jordan on the nametag. With Hal’s close ties to both Green Arrow and The Flash in the comics, he would be a character that I would love to see show up eventually, though, as with most of the major DC superheroes, his future in the film side of things may prevent a full-on appearance from ever happening. Although, that did not stop Supergirl from introducing Superman, so you never know.

Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, David Ramsey as John Diggle/Spartan, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Willa Holland as Thea Queen/Speedy, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance/Black Siren, Paul Blackthorne as Deputy Mayor Quentin Lance, Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt/Mr. Terrific, Rick Gonzalez as Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog, Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake/Black Canary, David Nykl as Anatoly Knyazev, Kirk Acevedo as Ricardo Diaz/Richard Dragon, and Michael Emerson in an undisclosed role.

Arrow airs Thursdays at 8/9c on The CW.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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