[This story contains spoilers from Wednesday’s Arrow, “Fighting Fire With Fire.”]
Arrow‘s large bad of a deteriorate has finally been unmasked, though Oliver (Stephen Amell) still has no suspicion that his biggest rivalry is masquerading as his ally.
The CW’s superhero play unmasked sequence torpedo Prometheus and it’s nothing other than District Attorney Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra), a male who befriended Oliver by their common work in a Mayor’s Office. What’s more, he helped get Diggle (David Ramsey) out of jail and always stood adult for what’s right — during slightest on a outside. In reality, he was stealing his intentions and identity: as a son of a male Oliver killed in deteriorate one when he was handling as a Hood.
In a DC Comics lore, Adrian Chase is indeed Vigilante, an anti-hero who has been stirring adult difficulty in Star City all deteriorate long. The exhibit is a shocker as Arrow showrunners opted to mishandle fanboy expectations and make Adrian’s tip temperament Prometheus instead.
“One of a reasons we did do it was given everybody would be thinking, ‘Of march he’s going to be Vigilante,'” executive writer Wendy Mericle told reporters, including THR, during a new discussion call. “We suspicion it would be a unequivocally fun spin to do what we’ve always finished on a show, that is to take a comic book mythology and spin it on a conduct and see what kind of story we can cave from a warn like that. It was also something opposite for this season. We wanted to change adult how we introduced a large bad and change adult when we did it.”
Unlike final season’s grave mystery, where a writers didn’t know who they’d be murdering off after introducing that storyline in a premiere, a showrunners planned for Adrian to be Prometheus from a beginning.
“We always knew that Adrian was a large bad,” Mericle said. “We always knew in a unequivocally initial discussions, that were started about a year ago. … We wanted to go behind to deteriorate one and try a roots of Oliver’s idea and a consequences of all he’s done.”
While viewers know Adrian’s secret, Oliver and Team Arrow are in a dim that one of their closest allies has been operative opposite them. Adrian has famous Oliver’s tip identity, and after branch Team Arrow’s Artemis (Evelyn Shaw) to a dim side, he also knows all their vulnerabilities. He has all a power, and will suffer holding that over Oliver and his group relocating brazen as they try and hasten to figure out who this puzzling hooded torpedo is. And, during slightest for a time being, will always have a top hand.
“Ultimately, a bond between them is unequivocally strong, that we wish will emanate a most bigger impact on Oliver when he finds out down a highway who Adrian unequivocally is and that this is a man who’s been unequivocally messing with him all season,” Mericle said.
But is Adrian a bad guy? Oliver is technically a sequence killer, and his actions in deteriorate one indeed combined this new sequence torpedo given he killed Adrian’s father and set Adrian’s devise in motion. So what right does Oliver have in judging Prometheus?
That will be explored this season, Mericle said, observant that producers will try to humanize Adrian to give him some empathy.
“We’ve always striven to have a knave be a favourite of their possess story and to get underneath a reasons because they are what they are and do what they do,” Mericle said. “Adrian Chase is no exception. What’s engaging for us is how tighten those parallels are with Oliver’s possess story. We wanted to build a knave that’s a dim counterpart for Oliver, and honoring Oliver’s past on a show, generally a initial season. Seeing what it was like going by a loss. They’ve both suffered waste and they’ve both answered those waste in unequivocally opposite ways.”
What sets Prometheus detached from a other large bads Oliver has degraded over a years is a fact that he’s not perplexing to kill Oliver. He wants to destroy all Oliver loves in a ill diversion of psychological torture.
“We unequivocally wanted to build him adult as someone who is intensely good during being 10 stairs forward of Oliver, unequivocally being psychological in a approach that he manipulates him,” Mericle said. “One of a ways he does that is by going after a people that Oliver cares about. We’ve seen villains do that in a past, though this year Adrian does it in a approach that’s a small bit some-more specific. His idea is unequivocally clear: he unequivocally has no expostulate to kill Oliver. It’s quite formed on torture. It’s all partial and parcel of this expostulate to mangle Oliver down psychologically as against to physically, that we have seen Slade [Manu Bennett] and Merlyn [John Barrowman] and everybody else do, take him on hand-to-hand. This is most some-more of a mental game.”
Did we see Arrow‘s large Prometheus spin coming, or did it take we by surprise? Come behind to THR‘s weekly DC TV Watch mainstay on Friday morning for Segarra’s thoughts on a large reveal.