Anatoly was once Oliver Queen’s enemy, back when the two men were very different. Now, the Arrow character returns to the show, but as a villain.
Mentor to Oliver, Anatoly’s return to the show will put the Arrow in a tough place. Speaking to EW, Stephen Amell noted that Oliver will have a tough choice to make regarding the fate of his former friend:
“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. Oliver didn’t kill Chase for a very specific reason, because that’s what Chase wanted, but he tried to kill Malcolm, and he killed Slade once upon a time, and then put him away in prison, and then he went on this anti-killing thing, but he still killed Ra’s al Ghul and still killed Damien Darhk. Anatoly is this weird grey area of a guy that he loves and respects too much.”
You can read the official synopsis for the Arrow season 6 premiere below!
“Fallout” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, LV) (HDTV)
THE AFTERMATH — Oliver (Stephen Amell) deals with the fallout of the explosion on the island. James Bamford directed the episode written by Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle (#601).
Arrow season 6 premieres on Thursday, October 12 at 9/8c on The CW.