Arrow Recruits Neal McDonough as New Big Bad Damien Darhk

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Arrow’s next big bad will be played by the former Justified star

The CW has officially announced that “Justified” and “Suits” star Neal McDonough has joined the cast of “Arrow” as the big bad for Season 4, Damien Darhk. Teased in the final episodes of Season 3, in the series Darhk is a former colleague of the late Ra’s al Ghul and briefly visited Starling City in the season finale. 

Created by Devin Grayson and Mark Buckingham for the 1999 comic series Titans, Darhk is a criminal mastermind that is deeply connected to the H.I.V.E. organization. The show’s producers describe their take on the character as “a mysterious and sophisticated villain, and an adversary of the late Ra’s al Ghul. Now the leader of his own clandestine group, this cunning foe will prove to be one of the Arrow’s greatest challenges.”

McDonough is perhaps most well known to comic book fans as the howling commando Dum Dum Dugan, with appearances in Captain America: The First Avenger, “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” and “Marvel’s Agent Carter.”

“Arrow” stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Arrow, Katie Cassidy as Dinah “Laurel” Lance, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, John Barrowman as Malcom Merlyn and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Lance. It is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and Sarah Schechter.

Season 4 of “Arrow” is set to premiere on Wednesday, October 7 at 8:00pm ET/PT.

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