Tonight on Arrow, Oliver will be at the mercy of his latest adversary, Prometheus. The episode, “Kapiushon,” will see Oliver tortured at the hands of Adrian Chase, Mayor Queen’s District Attorney and resident sociopath in black. The man who brings Oliver to life, Stephen Amell, spoke with Collider before PaleyFest about Promethus’ impact on the character.
Agreeing that Prometheus has been an exciting and powerful villain during the show’s fifth season, Amell went on to explain how Oliver will be changed by his adversary.
What Prometheus does to Oliver is really unlike anything that we’ve ever seen happen to him. It’s almost like Prometheus is his therapist, in this weird way. He’s a sociopath and he’s doing horrible things to him, but in his mind, he’s doing it in the pursuit of a greater good, which is really scary. It’s really scary when there’s a villain whose end goal might not be killing you.
Prometheus is certainly a threat, but can Oliver, with a wealth of killing under his belt, ever come to understand why Prometheus is doing what he’s doing?
No, Oliver doesn’t understand! It really takes the next couple of episodes for him to really, really understand what this person is trying to accomplish.
With Oliver facing this kind of torture, one of the questions moving forward will be if anyone can understand or help him, and it sounds like Felicity’s own dark path might help her engage in a meaningful way.
The fact that both of them get into the shit is one of the ways that they gravitate back towards one another. They have a common malady, so to speak. She, above anyone else, is the person that he’s going to go to, if he has something to confide or work through. Diggle is very much the soothsayer and the person who can give him a good piece of advice. But in terms of a heart to heart and a dynamic conversation, Felicity is the one for him. The fact that she’s going through something like that, maybe that’s going to cause him to open up.
As for the rest of the team? Well, they might just be what Oliver needs.
The interesting thing is that what Prometheus has done is base his plan off of Oliver’s pattern of behavior. Oliver’s pattern of behavior has been, “I’m going solo.” When the chips are really down, he retreats and it’s just him. So, the fact that Oliver now has a team might be the one thing that Chase can’t plan for.
Since we’ve seen Oliver tortured before, how do you think Prometheus will leave a lasting impact? Do you think he’ll raise the stakes in some way we haven’t seen yet? Sound off below!
“Kapiushon” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
THE BREAKING POINT — Prometheus (Josh Segarra) goes to great lengths to break Oliver (Stephen Amell). Meanwhile, in the flashbacks, Anatoly (guest star David Nykl) becomes worried about Oliver’s increasingly violent tendencies, which come to a head in a brutal confrontation. Kevin Tancharoen directed the episode written by Brian Ford Sullivan & Emilio Ortega Aldrich (#517). Original airdate 3/22/2017.
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