Who Is Prometheus? Wendy Mericle & [Redacted] Discuss The Revelation Who Is Prometheus? Wendy Mericle & [Redacted] Discuss The Revelation
Executive Producer Wendy Mericle and the actor unmasked as Prometheus talk about the big reveal. Who Is Prometheus? Wendy Mericle & [Redacted] Discuss The Revelation

Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode of Arrow “Fighting Fire With Fire” are being discussed in this article. If you are on the West Coast or just haven’t seen the episode yet, read no further!

The secret identity of Prometheus was revealed in tonight’s episode of Arrow, and the man under the mask is … Adrian Chase? Wait, wasn’t he supposed to be Vigilante?

“One of the reasons we did do it was because everybody would be thinking ‘of course he’s going to be Vigilante’,” Executive Producer Wendy Mericle said during a press call held late last week. “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.”

“We always knew that Adrian Chase — and Josh Segarra, who is playing him — was our Big Bad,” Mericle confirmed. We always knew that’s what we wanted him to be,;that’s how we wanted to build it. 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,” she said.

Team Arrow learning the Prometheus identity is something that won’t happen immediately. “When Oliver and the team do find out — which will happen later in the season, obviously it will happen somewhere after this episode and before the finale — I think one of the fun parts about what we’ve done is to really allow us to live with that reveal for a while and seeing the characters not knowing what their lives are like, still continuing to interact with Adrian Chase in City Hall and elsewhere without knowing his real identity. We really like the idea of doing that in story, and we’re going to play around with that for a little while before we let Oliver and the team find out,” Mericle said.

“I think what’s so interesting for us is how close those parallels are with Oliver’s own story,” Mericle explained about the comparison between Chase and Queen. “We really did want to this season build a villain that’s a dark mirror for Oliver, in the tradition of the comic books and honoring that. And honoring Oliver’s past on the show, especially the first season. Seeing what it was like going through the loss. They’ve both suffered losses and they’ve both answered those losses in very different ways.”

Navigate below to see what actor Josh Segarra (Adrian Chase) had to say!

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Craig Byrne

Craig Byrne has been writing about TV on the internet since 1995. He is also the author of several published books, including Smallville: The Visual Guide and the show's Official Companions for Seasons 4-7.

  • RP Singh

    March 2, 2017 #1 Author

    So who is Vigilante then?!?

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  • Scotty

    March 2, 2017 #3 Author

    I bet Billy Malone is Vigilante then, and his death was faked much like the autopsy being hidden

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  • Mike

    March 2, 2017 #4 Author

    I haven’t seen the episode yet, but the promo makes it appear as if Talia is in the present day.

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  • Jek Tezak

    March 2, 2017 #5 Author

    I actually didnt liket this twist at all, but maybe theres more to it. I felt kind of let down after all the hype. At first i thought “chase” was both Prometheus and Vigilante but the end of the episode had team arrow fighting Vigilante while “chase” was standing near Mayor Oliver. Wierd just wierd.

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    • Char

      March 2, 2017 #6 Author

      Also you know, that part in the middle of the episode where Prometheus and Vigilante are fighting…

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  • Luke

    March 2, 2017 #7 Author

    Leave it to Marc Guggenheim to build up this villain all season long only to have literally the most anti-climactic reveal ever. I really don’t care that they made a guy who is a hero in the comics into a villain (mostly because the only thing I knew about Vigilante before was that he was in Justice League Unlimited), but I am really upset at how basic and uninteresting the reveal was. My mind keeps going back to the season 2 mid-season finale, where they have this dramatic, built up reveal that Slade is behind everything, to how they did this one. Thank you Marc Guggenheim for once again reminding us you are the laziest writer in the television industry.

    PS- Why is Wendy saying that the team will find out who he is later when we already saw in the promo for the next episode that they find out???

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    • Rob

      March 3, 2017 #8 Author

      I love how you put all of this on one guy and the Slade reveal was not all that great. Of course he was behind it all.

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      • Jek Tezak

        March 3, 2017 #9 Author

        Actually the Slade reveal was great! Which is why season two is the peak of this show.

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        • Rob

          March 3, 2017 #10 Author

          That one reveal didn’t make the season. What made the season was the stories and Slade as the villain, not a single moment. It’s a reveal and they can’t all be that way. There was no melodramatic reveal with Prometheus, but it worked fine and I didn’t expect the twist. I was pleasantly surprised that Chase is the big bad. Are you griping about who the guy is or how it was revealed?

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    • Bj Lewis

      March 3, 2017 #11 Author

      As I said on another board when someone was griping about this lack of some big dramatic reveal…. I’d prefer that over the writers trying to create this long drawn out dramatic moment meant to top the previous season’s long drawn out dramatic moment and end up with something that in execution is just….crappy. Case in point Not!JayGarrick as Zoom. They wanted some jaw dropping moment akin to the Wells Reverse Flash reveal. That was epic, amazing when it happened. And sure you wish you could replicate that but in trying to do it again and top what you did before you end up with something that falls waaaaay short or hampers the rest of your plot/storyline potential because you’re trying to hot shot some drama. Eff that. I like and appreciate the low key reveal and am even more invested than before given that I, like many others, thought Chase was Vigilante. I wanna know his story, the Talia connection and heck, who is Vigilante.

      I hope it’s Pike.

      🙂

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    • Jek Tezak

      March 3, 2017 #12 Author

      I felt that the Prometheus reveal was very weak and uninteresting. Im hoping there is more to the story, but i dont think Guggy can write good stuff without Kriesberg and Berlanti.

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      • Luke

        March 3, 2017 #13 Author

        I agree 100% that Guggenheim is not talented enough to run a show on his own (to be fair, not a whole lot of people are, which is why most shows have at least two showrunners), and Wendy mericle is simply the worst. Case in point, seasons 3 and 4 were two of the worst TV seasons I have ever seen. S5 has been an improvement, and I’ve liked it for the most part, but the show will never be as good as it was in seasons 1 and 2.

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        • Rob

          March 3, 2017 #14 Author

          Most shows have a single showrunner, and I think this season has been about on par with season 1.

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          • Luke

            March 3, 2017 #15 Author

            And you are entitled to your opinion, you really do not need to analyze every single thing that I say.

          • Rob

            March 3, 2017 #16 Author

            I didn’t think I did.

      • Rob

        March 3, 2017 #17 Author

        Berlanti is still there and Kreisberg is working on Flash and Supergirl which aren’t really doing it for me this season. You may disagree with me, but out of the four Arrowverse shows, I think Arrow is by far the strongest this year.

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    • Delaney

      March 6, 2017 #18 Author

      Leave it to Guggenheim to have the reveal make it make even LESS sense that Black Siren would be afraid of this non-powered jabroni.

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