Arrow Season 6: Why Christopher Chance was the Best Returning Guest

Moving on to Arrow now… if you thought The Flash had a lot of good returning guests, this season of Arrow featured the return of Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett), Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law), Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), Prometheus (Josh Segarra), and Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell). And before I sat down to write this, I would've bet that Slade's return would've been the best, but when I really thought about the series I truly believe that the return of Christopher Chance (Wil Traval), aka the Human Target was the best.

Arrow Season 6: Why Christopher Chance was the Best Returning Guest
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Chance first appeared in season 5 as a friend of John Diggle (David Ramsey) with the special ability to mimic other people. He did so to pose as Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) when an assassin was trying to kill him. He just appeared in the one episode and was gone. Flash forward to the episode called 'Docket No. 11-19-41-73' and we see the return of Tommy Merlyn in the middle of the court room, except the network had put that in the trailer telling astute fans that there was an even bigger twist coming. That twist was Christopher Chance. Diggle rescued him from a hostage situation at the beginning of the episode, and then he appeared as Merlyn during the trail and took over for the judge at the end to set Oliver free. It was a great use of his character.

The reason I picked this over the others is that it had the biggest impact on the overall story of the season. Most of the others were part of a side story or in the case of Tommy, we'd just seen him in the crossover so the second return was less impactful. I've always loved Chance as a character, and this is his third live-action incarnation after having been played by Rick Springfield and Mark Valley in the past. In the case of Arrow, I think their version may be the closest to the comics yet.

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Dan WicklineAbout Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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