The last episode of Arrow revealed the true identity of fifth season’s big bad, Prometheus, to be Star City district attorney Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra). The reveal itself came as a major shock as Chase was thought to be Vigilante, his alter ego in the comic books.
Ahead of tonight’s episode of Arrow which finds Oliver (Stephen Amell) powerless in his battle against the ruthless Throwing Star Killer, Entertainment Weekly caught up with Segarra to talk about the origin of Prometheus, his motivations and what we can expect as the series begins to ramp up to the season finale.
When asked if he knew Chase was Prometheus from the beginning, Segarra revealed he too thought Chase was Vigilante but quickly found out otherwise:
“Clarify beginning. [Laughs.] When I first spoke to Marc [Guggenheim] and Wendy [Mericle], they described who I was going to be. I really can’t remember if they mentioned the name Prometheus or not in that first conversation. I remember hearing the name throughout, but I didn’t associate that with my character. I don’t know why I didn’t. You’re waiting to get to work, and you’re waiting to see a post online that says you’re joining the cast, and it says “Vigilante.” Then, when I read that, I go, “Interesting, okay, okay, I didn’t know I was going to play this guy. That’s pretty fun.” That’s when I did all my nerdy stuff that I take a lot of pride in and did my reading. I spoke with Marc or Wendy where I was telling them about how I’m reading up on Vigilante and Chase, and they’re like, “Oh, yeah, oh, okay, we have to explain something to you…” “Oh, got it! That makes a lot of sense now. I feel like you guys would’ve told me this, right?” “Yes, sorry!” Thankfully we got to have, as much as we could, an in-depth conversation about who Prometheus is going to be, who they wanted him to be, and what I thought I could bring to the table. So that all started permeating very early on before I got out here to Vancouver. Honestly, I’ve gotten clarity on who he was throughout the journey, as well. That’s what’s been fun about him is that I’m truly creating him with the writers of the show, and the people are creating him with me. I’ve had the benefit of having some smart folk take care of me along the way, and it’s been a pretty fun process, introducing this guy to the world; it’s been very cool.”
Talking about Prometheus’ ultimate goal, Segarra clarified that what drives Prometheus is to watch the world burn around Oliver:
“I think it’s just to burn the world around him. All the things he’s trying to bring to light in Oliver, you see those qualities in him. What drives him is to maybe watch it crumble around him, to play the game, to play the chess match, to put him in checkmate, [laughs] which is [the title of the episode] this week. I hope you dig it this week, where he looks at him like, “Hey man, I got you, now what?” and then we get to watch Oliver respond.”
Tonight’s episode of Arrow will deal with Susan Williams (Carly Pope) who was kidnapped by Prometheus at the end of the last episode. Segarra was asked about why Chase took her and whether or not she was a bargaining chip:
“One, yes, it is a bargaining chip. I think you nailed it right on the head. He knows that she matters to Oliver. Chase knows that Susan matters, and that’s the move. You take the people who matter most, right? It’s Chase going, “Hey man, I know that you care about her, so I’m going to take her.” Two, I think that’s also the move that goes, “Hey, I know that you’ve been seeing Susan, and I got her, but I also know everybody else that you’re close with. I’m not just here, I’m everywhere else.” That has been fun to play with Stephen. I’m a big fan of his and a big fan of the show, so I’m trying to take the things that I enjoy and put them into the show as well. I’m trying to take things that I’ve seen and be like, “Hey man, let’s do this.” This week, you watch that permeate with these guys and see that Chase is coming for Oliver.”
On Prometheus’ endgame:
“He’s coming for this guy, he’s coming for him, that’s all I can say. Chase wants to watch the world around Oliver crumble, he just wants to watch it crumble.”
To read the full interview head on over to EW.
Arrow continues tonight with “Checkmate”. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Checkmate” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DLV) (HDTV)
OLIVER SEEKS THE TRUTH — Oliver (Stephen Amell) gets closer to the truth about Prometheus. Meanwhile, Helix refuses to continue helping Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) until she does a favor for them. Ken Shane directed the episode written by Beth Schwartz & Sarah Tarkoff (#516). Original airdate 3/15/2017.”
Arrow airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Be sure to check back at Heroic Hollywood after every single episode of Season 5 for our weekly reviews.
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