Paul Wesley’s Explosive ‘Batwoman’ Episode Has Reappeared With a New Air Date

Fans have been eagerly anticipating the Batwoman episode directed by Paul Wesley of The Vampire Diaries fame. It would appear that the wait is nearly over. Although the episode had disappeared from The CW’s schedule, it has again materialized with a new air date. Here’s the scoop on when it will air and what to expect in the plot.

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Paul Wesley directed a new ‘Batwoman’ episode with an old villain

“When the Bat’s away, the crazies will play.” That line is featured in the episode preview for Batwoman Season 1 Episode 17, which is titled “A Narrow Escape.” As the episode’s director, Wesley had lots of story elements to juggle, from the criminal-of-the-week to touching on the overall season story arc.

The official episode synopsis reads: “Batwoman encounters a new challenge when an old villain resurfaces; Alice’s limits are tested.” A closer look at the cast lineup reveals that Faux-Batwoman will show up in Gotham, presumably to give the real Batwoman grief. The promo for “A Narrow Escape” drops even more hints about how the story will unfold.

The episode preview teases high stakes

“You have a bomb strapped to your chest,” says an unseen lunatic to a distraught victim in the promo. “No, no, no, no, no! Don’t do this to me,” the man pleads. Fans will have to tune in to see what happens next because the episode tease leaves the man’s fate a mystery.

The promo also hints that Kate is reluctant to suit up for unknown reasons, and in a twist, Luke is the one shown packing heat. Meanwhile, Jacob leads the Crows in investigating the bomber case to prevent further carnage, but he also ends up with explosives strapped to his chest.

The preview treats viewers to sequences of high-octane action and a few well-placed scenes full of C-4 explosives. Kate ponders, “What do we know about the detonator?” in reaction to an explosion that looks like it may take place at Mary’s clinic. Following the blast, Mary opens up to Kate, saying, “The city needs you as much as I need you.”

Previously on Batwoman, Mary had deduced that her stepsister is indeed Gotham’s newest vigilante. When she gave Kate a chance to confide in her, things didn’t play out as she had hoped. Will “A Narrow Escape” provide Kate another opportunity to entrust Mary with her secret?

Fans won’t have to wait much longer to see how the gang wiggles out of their latest jam. Although “A Narrow Escape” was initially due to premiere on March 29, it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the new airdate is April 26.

Paul Wesley has experience bringing stories to life on screen

“A Narrow Escape” was Wesley’s first time directing an episode of this particular series, but he came into the Batwoman gig with plenty of experience under his belt. Before stepping behind the camera, Wesley gained on-set know-how as an actor. His first five directing jobs were episodes of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, the show that he starred in for eight seasons.

After leaving The Vampire Diaries, Wesley, who still works as an actor, scored more directing jobs on The CW. He has helmed episodes of Roswell, New Mexico, Legacies, and now, Batwoman. Aside from his work on The CW, Wesley has directed one episode of Freeform’s Shadowhunters and two short films.

The vast experience that Wesley brings to the table is certain to shine through in the upcoming episode of Batwoman. Fans can catch previous episodes of the show on and new episodes of Batwoman air on Sundays at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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