At the end of season 1, Oliver Queen the Arrow has apparently killed Malcolm Merlyn by driving his arrow into Merlyn's chest:
Oliver managed to stab Malcolm through the chest with one of Malcolm's arrows, by stabbing himself through his shoulder. Oliver rose from the ground, and after receiving confirmation from Felicity that the device was disarmed, told Malcolm that his plan had failed. Injured, Malcolm revealed he had a second device stationed in the Glades. Believing he had won, Malcolm fell on his side and succumbed to his apparent demise.
Despite everyone's assumptions, Malcolm had in fact survived his brush with death
I don't think how anyone can cheat death at this point. But Malcolm Merlyn does! And in addition to death, Malcolm Merlyn also cheats the Arrow into believing that he is really dead.
How is this even possible?