'Arrow' Deleted Scene: With Enemies Like These, Who Needs Friends?

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A deleted scene from the Arrow Season 3 DVD set — out Sept. 22 — contains an interesting tidbit from early in the season that gets Oliver and Maseo (Karl Yune) a little too close to comfort.

In Episode 2 of the season, Tommy (Colin Donnell) comes to Hong Kong on a tip that his best friend may still be alive. Oliver is ordered to assassinate him, but instead he kidnaps him and tricks him into giving up the search.

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The moment between Oliver and Maseo in the deleted scene is sweet — “True friends are hard to come by in this world,” says Maseo — but it makes sense that it wouldn’t make it to air. Much of the tension from the Hong Kong flashbacks comes from two often opposing desires: Oliver’s need to escape and Maseo’s need to keep his family safe. Creating such a close bond that early would have made those scenes a little duller and maybe even cheapened the sacrifice Maseo is forced to make later in the season.

The Season 4 premiere of Arrow airs Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. on The CW.