Tonight on Arrow, things got pretty intensely personal as Oliver had to struggle with the possibility that his father, Robert Queen, had actually murdered someone before his death ten years ago.
The episode took Oliver and his sister Thea down an emotional rabbit hole, and they only managed to pull out of it by reciprocating that pain to Prometheus himself...but catching the bad guy only seems to have accelerated his master plan, as the trailer for next week's episode indicates that he had a fail safe in place for if he was caught or killed.
So what's his deal? During an interview last week, Arrow showrunner Wendy Mericle explained why they felt it was time for a villain who challenged Oliver on a personal, human level for the first time since Deathstroke in season 2.
“It’s very personal this year, and we wanted to do that for a number of reasons,” Mericle said. “We’ve done the city in jeopardy a lot, but it’s mostly because that’s the kind of villain that Prometheus is. He understands Oliver. He’s his equal; he’s his dark mirror. He’s the guy who can get inside his head, know exactly what buttons to push and what’s going to hurt the most. The inevitability of him going after Oliver’s loved ones was baked in the DNA of the character. WE’ve done a different villain this year. It’s not that it’s easy, but using violence — which Chase and Oliver still do throughout the season — is sort of the go-to. What’s been interesting to see this year is to see that but the underpinnings of it being so psychological and so manipulative and so built on the underpinnings of what Chase knows about Oliver and who he is. This was the perfect storm — a great way to change up the villain and to get inside of Oliver’s head in a season that we needed to. We needed him to be reflective and talking and looking back at his past, and Chase was the perfect spark to light that fire.”
We'll see the fire ramping up in next week's penultimate episode, "Missing," the title of which now appears to refer to Wild Dog, who went missing during tonight's episode.
You can check out a gallery of images from the episode in the attached image gallery, and the official synopsis below.
Black Siren (guest star Katie Cassidy) returns to help Chase (Josh Segarra). Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) organizes a birthday party for Oliver (Stephen Amell) while Lance (Paul Blackthorne) is furious after Rene (Rick Gonzalez) misses the custody hearing for his daughter.
Mairzee Almas directed the episode written by Speed Weed & Oscar Balderrama
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