Arrow's big bad has finally been revealed -- but that doesn't mean he won't be toying with Oliver and company for a while longer, according to actor Josh Segarra, who plays Adrian Chase -- recently revealed as the villain Prometheus.
The actor, who has known since before the season started that he would eventually become Prometheus, didn't know how or when the reveal would come, and has had to spend a lot of his season trying to build subtle hints into his performance that he hopes will reward viewers on the rewatch.
“When I read the script with the reveal in it, I was really pleased because I didn’t want to leave the reveal of who Prometheus was to some big, climactic ending, you know?” Segarra told ComicBook.com. “I didn’t know how I wanted it to happen, to be honest, and I trust the writers. They have truly given me so much fun to play with along the way and I’ve gotten to explore the character so much. I read it and I saw that it was after a fight with Vigilante, which I loved, because of the journey that we’ve had with Vigilante. He’s in a fight, and then all of a sudden he turns around, pops the mask off, and you see who it is; you see that he’s Chase. And that was in, what? Minute 32 of the episode? Then you go, ‘Hey, there’s about 28 minutes left in this show! What’s going to happen?’ And when that lid gets to be popped off the can, that’s a whole different type of fun, it's a whole different type of color I get to paint with.”
The palette he's using is going to be changing, of course: in the trailers for this week's episode, fans have seen that Talia al Ghul will "out" Chase to Oliver Queen as Prometheus. This means Team Arrow will finally be on something of a more even footing with Chase...at least they think.
“Everything that’s been moving, every piece that he’s played, everything that he has done, has been in preparation of the day that everyone found out who he was,” the actor explained. “At some point, he knew they were going to figure out who the guy was. So Chase has decided each step, and with each step, he’s like ‘These three different things could happen,’ ‘These five things could happen, and if this one happens, we’re going to go here, and if this one happens we’re going to go here.’ Them finding out who Chase is, is all part of it. He knew it was coming and he just wanted to make sure that the table was set and the dinner was hot and ready so that when they come for him, it’s ready.”
In the next episode of Arrow, titled "Checkmate," 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.
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.