The season three finale of Arrow appeared to show the death of Ray Palmer, with it later being revealed in the recent season four premiere that the world does indeed believe he’s dead (hence why Star City has been renamed in his honour). However, it turns out that The Atom is very much alive and set to make his return in the sixth episode of Arrow next month.
Here’s the description of the episode – titled “Lost Souls” – courtesy of The CW:
Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is frantic when she learns that Ray (guest star Brandon Routh) is alive and being held by Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough). Felicity’s guilt over not finding Ray sooner causes tension between her and Oliver (Stephen Amell). Meanwhile, Sara (guest star Caity Lotz) joins Laurel (Katie Cassidy), Thea (Willa Holland) and the team on a rescue mission for Ray. However, the effects of the Lazarus Pit take over and threaten to jeopardize the entire operation. Donna Smoak (guest star Charlotte Ross) returns to Star City. Antonio Negret directed the episode written by Beth Schwartz & Emilio Ortega Aldrich.
This sounds like a pretty huge episode of Arrow, especially as the show appears to be taking things with Ray Palmer in a very different direction than expected. Most fans had assumed that he shrunk down in the explosion which rocked Palmer Technologies, so discovering how he ended up in the hands of Damien Darhk promises to be very interesting, as does Sara Lance’s return to action as The Canary.
As a result, this instalment of Arrow promises to go a long way in setting up the roles of both these characters in the upcoming spinoff, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.