Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has dealt with a presumed copy-cat vigilantes of sorts before on The CW's Arrow. The Dark Archer certainly hit a little too close to home, but in the next all-new episode entitled "Salvation," things explode even further when an angry Glades resident who goes by "The Savior" (guest star Christopher Redman) starts kidnapping and killing to punish those he believes wronged his neighborhood and flat-out broadcasts that his inspiration is The Hood himself.
"He needs to snuff that guy out as quickly as he can!" Amell said of "Salvation" when LA TV Insider Examiner caught up with him at PaleyFest in Los Angeles earlier this month.
"One of the important things that Oliver is learning is the Dark Archer, The Savior, Helena-- a lot of these people are doing stuff that's kind of what he's doing, and who's to say what's right in this instance? Deadshot's alive; Diggle wants to take him down; that sort of causes a ruffle between them because that's not Oliver's M.O., so he's learning; he's evolving. He had this idea on the island that he could come back and there'd be no collateral damage, and that's just not proving correct at all."
Oliver, naturally, is horrified by this statement and vows to stop “The Savior,” but his manhunt in intensified after Thea (Willa Holland) comes to him in tears and tells him Roy (guest star Colton Haynes) has been kidnapped.
"It’s a very clear cause and effect with Oliver emotionally. He really gets to look into, we call, the mirror-cracked version of himself. It’s really going to affect him more as Oliver Queen than as The Arrow, and it’s going to affect his relationships. The consequences and the decisions that he makes at the end of episode 18 about being or not being with people is going to reverberate throughout the remainder of the season," executive producer Marc Guggenheim said.
Additionally in the episode, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is surprised when her father (Paul Blackthorne) starts to believe her mother’s (guest star Alex Kingston) claim that Sara is still alive. Meanwhile, Malcolm (John Barrowman) tells Moira (Susanna Thompson) to find the person responsible for his attempted murder.
Arrow airs on The CW on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. "Salvation" airs on March 27 2013. Be sure to check out our video chat with Amell about "Salvation" and more!
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