Warning: main spoilers forward for Episode 5 of Arrow Season 6, known as “Deathstroke Returns.”
The title of Arrow‘s newest episode might have been “Deathstroke Returns,” however Slade Wilson wasn’t the one huge character to make a significant return to the motion. Whereas Oliver and Slade have been off on a mission to try to rescue Slade’s son, Staff Arrow was coping with the reemergence of Vigilante in Star Metropolis. He confronted off towards Dinah, and their first one-on-one confrontation concluded within the reveal of his identification, and it isn’t one which many followers might have probably anticipated. The person underneath the vigilante masks is none aside from Vincent Sobel.
If that identify would not ring a bell, it is most likely as a result of Vince Sobel is not precisely the largest character ever to seem on Arrow. He was Dinah’s companion and secret boyfriend again after they labored for the Central City Police Department, however he was seemingly murdered by a nasty man by the identify of Sean Sonus years in the past. Dinah believed that she noticed Vincent shot within the head and killed, proper earlier than the malfunctioning S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator despatched its wave by way of Central Metropolis, turning Barry Allen into the Flash and Dinah Drake finally into Black Canary.
Provided that Vigilante is a recognizable identify in DC Comics canon and was a fairly large deal when he appeared in Season 5 of Arrow, many most likely anticipated him to be a much bigger character from Arrow historical past. Previous to “Deathstroke Returns,” he solely appeared in a single episode through flashback. In fact, it was already uncommon that Arrow finished Season 5 with out revealing his identification, so the present was clearly doing something new with Vigilante.
Nonetheless, government producer Marc Guggenheim stated again at San Diego Comedian-Con that “whoever’s behind that masks is a face that’s acquainted to you,” which led loads of individuals to imagine Vigilante was Tommy Merlyn or Deadshot or another character who we got to know well in earlier arcs. If anyone guessed Vincent Sobel as Vigilante, I would say they deserve numerous credit score.
Arrow did ship a reasonably logical rationalization for the way Dinah’s useless companion/lover was truly alive and effectively sufficient to enact his personal variations of justice on the streets of Star Metropolis. Because it seems, Vincent was additionally affected by the wave that gave Dinah her powers. The timing of the wave someway prevented the bullet from destroying his mind, and evidently his metahuman powers forestall him from being killed by bullets to the pinnacle. This energy was fortunate for Dinah, as he stepped in entrance of her after a younger cop tried to shoot her. Vincent could also be off his rocker and trying to assassinate political figures, however at the least he is not solely gone if he nonetheless has an attachment to Dinah.