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The Count lives — sort of!

Peter Stormare has been tapped to play Werner Zytle in the Season 3 premiere of Arrow, has learned exclusively.

In DC Comics' New 52s, Werner Zytle is the alias of Count Vertigo, one of Green Arrow's foes. On Arrow, Werner is introduced as the new purveyor of the drug Vertigo, filling the role left vacant since the death of The Count (Fringe's Seth Gabel) last season. Zytle, who will be the first villain that the team faces in Season 3, will go by the moniker Vertigo.

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Stormare, whose credits include Prison Break and NCIS: LA, most recently appeared on The Blacklist as infamous villain and Red Reddington (James Spader) adversary Berlin.

Arrow returns for its third season on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8/7c on The CW.

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