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‘Arrow’: EP Talks Prometheus’ True Identity Reveal

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Tonight’s episode of Arrow came with an extremely twisted reveal, as we got to see the true identity of this Season’s ‘big bad’. Fan theories went from Quentin Lance to a resurrected Laurel to Tommy Merlyn. Bottom line, no one was convinced that Prometheus was some random joe. Since Arrow aired this season, fans of the comics were led to believe that Star City’s District Attorney, Adrian Chase would be following the footsteps of his comic book character; being the villain Vigilante.

I’ve gotta say, boy was I surprised when I learned that Chase turned out to be the big bad Prometheus!!

In an interview with, Arrow EP Wendy Mericle talked about the Prometheus reveal, and why they took the villain’s identity in that direction.

“One of the reasons we did do it was because everybody would be thinking, ‘Of course he’s going to be Vigilante.’ Of course Adrian Chase is Vigilante in the comic books. And we thought it would be a really fun twist to do what we’ve always done on the show, which is to take the comic book mythology and turn it on its head, and see what kind of story we can mine from a surprise like that. It was also something different for this season. We wanted to change up how we introduced the big bad and change up when we did it, how we did it, and hopefully we succeeded in that this year.”

Wendy Mericle said that Chase being  Prometheus was the goal from the very beginning of the season.

“We always knew that Adrian Chase – and Josh Segarra, who is playing him – was our Big Bad. We always knew from the beginning in our very first discussions, which were started about a year ago right now. We knew that’s what we wanted him to be, that’s how we wanted to build it.”

As for why Prometheus’ revealed happened in tonight’s episode, much less in the middle of a fight scene, completely to the surprise of fans expecting a huge end-of-episode reveal, Mericle says that was mainly an experiment on the show’s part.

“I think in the timing of this specific episode, we had to play around with that a little bit more. There are certain moments in the season where you obviously want to build to. We could have done it in 5×09, we could have done it even later in 5×18. But I think we try, as much as possible, we try to let the stories dictate when these big reveals happen. It just felt right here, and it just felt right also to do it in the middle of the episode, and that also, I think, played against expectations in a good way.”


Were you surprised by Prometheus’s reveal??



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Julia Valenti
Julia recently published her first novel, titled; Anomic. She has a B.A in Communications with concentrations in Professional Writing and Public Relations. She is also in the United States Army Reserves as a Military Police Officer, and is currently in the process of going back to school for her Masters Degree. Some of her hobbies include fangirling, writing, cosplaying with her groups 'Emerald Archers' and 'DC Cosplayers East', hiking and training her German Shepherd, Soot. You can frequently find her at conventions cosplaying as Black Canary or as Hawkgirl with her boyfriend, who does Hawkman and Bane. :)