With Oliver (Stephen Amell) captured and at the mercy of Prometheus (Josh Segarra), “Arrow” is certainly in for a pretty crazy episode this Wednesday (March 22).
All season, Prometheus has been torturing Oliver, physically and emotionally. First he sent Evelyn (Madison McLaughlin) in to purposefully betray Oliver and his new team, then he tricked Oliver into killing Felicity’s (Emily Bett Rickards) boyfriend, permanently damaging their bond perhaps beyond repair, and then publicly outing his conspiracy to keep the murder quiet.
The list goes on and on, but it’s only going to get worse in this new episode, titled “Kapiushon.”
“We’re super proud of this episode,” executive producer Wendy Mericle says. “It was written by Brian Ford Sullivan & Emilio Ortega Aldrich, and they did an amazing job with the script. Stephen Amell gave this amazing performance. We were asking a lot of him. It’s a really dark episode, it’s probably one of the darkest episodes we’ve done in the history of the show, and that’s a pretty high bar on ‘Arrow,’ and it just came out amazingly … It’s Oliver’s lowest point of the season, and it’s a pretty great story.”
We know from the promo for this episode that Oliver is going to get pretty brutally tortured, as Prometheus attempts to break him, even throwing his estranged son into the mix. The real torture will definitely be a mental chess match though, and we’re not so sure Oliver can win that particular game.
“Prometheus’ whole goal has been to mess with Oliver’s head this entire season,” Mericle says. “He’s not interested in killing Oliver, he’s interested in getting him to break down to the point where he’ll kill himself. That’s been his objective. The other side of that is he really believes and wants Oliver to believe that everybody he’s touched and everybody he loves is going to end up dead or really messed up.”
Trying to drive someone to suicide is definitely the darkest “Arrow” has gotten, and we’re morbidly excited to see how this battle of wills turns out. If Oliver is indeed outmatched, we can only hope Felicity and Helix are able to find him before Prometheus breaks his spirit.
“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.