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– by Mark Cook

With Arrow: Season 5 set to return in late January, I had some time to go back and watch Seasons 1 and 2.  It’s been said the Prometheus stems from the first season. The first two are long shots, but after freshening up on the characters, below are the 5 possibilities who I think Prometheus could be:

Malcolm Merlyn

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Photo Courtesy of CW/DC.

This isn’t probable, but is a possibility.  He hasn’t been seen this season.  Even though he has been on Legends of Tomorrow, he has yet to make his way to Arrow.  Always the antagonist to the Green Arrow, I doubt he is Prometheus because that would be fairly anticlimactic as he has been in every season, and it’d be too close to his Dark Archer character.

Prometheus Probability – 1/10

 

Helena Bertinelli – Huntress

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Photo Courtesy of CW/DC.

When we last saw her, Oliver bought her a plane ticket to Europe in order to start a new life.  Could her jealousy have brought her back to Star City in order to be a nuisance in Green Arrow’s side yet again?  Oliver recognized a move Prometheus made from his time in Russia. Could her traveling have taken her to Russia in order to receive more training?  In Season 1 she wasn’t ready to use a bow and arrow.  Maybe she is now.  Possibly her travels took her to Nanda Parbat to train with the League?  Her wealth had already made her a well-traveled individual.

Prometheus Probability – 2/10

 

Yao Fei

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Photo Courtesy of CW/DC.

Fei continually flipped sides during the flashbacks in Season 1 in order to protect Shado.  Viewers found it difficult to figure out if he was truly good, or bad, until we realized he was trying to save Shado from being held captive by Edward Fyers.  Fei ends up losing his life protecting them after helping Oliver learn the basics of surviving on the island.  Could Flashpoint of changed the timeline so that Fei lived?  Could he be seeking his revenge for the fact that Oliver chose Sara’s life over Shado’s?  This fact alone could easily be motive for his return, especially after seeing the lengths he went to in order to keep her safe on the island.

Prometheus Probability – 5/10

 

Shado Fei

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Photo Courtesy of CW/DC.

Shado played a crucial role in the flashbacks for Seasons 1 and 2.  She taught Oliver how toshoot a bow and arrow, as well as other training methods.  They were also romantically involved.  There seemed to be tension when Sara joined them on the island.  The tension was not only between she and Oliver, but Shado and Slade as well.  Oliver eventually chose Sara’s life over Shado’s when Dr. Ivo gave him the ultimatum.  Did Flashpoint, Mirakuru, or a Lazarus Pit play a role in her possible return?  Is she back to get her revenge on Oliver for her “death” and the death of her father, Yao Fei?

Prometheus Probability – 8/10

 

Tommy Merlyn

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Photo Courtesy of CW/DC.

After going back and watching Season 1, this possibility still sits highly with me.  The dynamics between Tommy and Oliver completely changed once Oliver revealed he was The Hood when saving Malcolm’s life.  Tommy lost his trust for Oliver, which was only made worse when he stopped by Laurel’s to see them…upstairs…together.  With his last words Tommy asked if Oliver had killed Malcolm, which he replied, “no.”  At the time, this would have been a lie.  Upon Malcolm’s return in Season 2, he suggested that he had left the city and traveled.  Could he have brought Tommy to a Lazarus Pit?  If not then, than maybe much later.  We saw the results of Sara’s initial resurrection after an extended amount of time being dead.  She was completely different, and evil.  Maybe Malcolm put Tommy in a Lazarus Pit during his time in charge of the League of Assassins.  Nyssa al Ghul claimed to have closed them all when she took over from Malcolm, but maybe Talia is involved in some way.  If Malcolm did bring Tommy back, his manipulative ways would only further Tommy’s hatred for Oliver, which could now match his father’s.  I know people have said it can’t be him as actor Colin Donnell is already on another show, but with Prometheus mainly wearing a mask, they could use a different actor until they actually need him and sign him for an episode or two.

Prometheus Probability – 9/10

 

If it does turn out to be Tommy, I definitely think Malcolm is somehow behind it.  If Prometheus turns out to be Shado, I could easily see someone else being involved…

 

Slade Wilson

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Photo Courtesy of CW/DC.

I do not think he is Prometheus BUT I do think he is involved.  In Season 2 he tried to systematically ruin every part of Oliver’s life.  Wilson was always numerous steps ahead.  He had infiltrated the city’s political front having Brother Blood as Mayor while also having an insider, Isabel Rochev, as Oliver’s partner at Queen Consolidated, and befriending Moira Queen.  He then killed Oliver’s mother, and hurt everyone close to him in order to remove any joy Oliver had.  Sound familiar?  If we look at the midseason finale of Season 5, Prometheus has torn apart Team Arrow, knowing every move Oliver is going to make.  One person has had this type of motive/advantage; Slade.  If Shado does turn out to be Prometheus, I can see Slade helping her seek revenge against the one who wronged them on the island.  I also think that Artemis’ defection could be due to her actually being Rose Wilson.

Either outcome of having Tommy or Shado as Prometheus would truly bring the show full circle in an outstanding way.  The writers of Arrow have done a great job bringing the show back to its roots, which has recently earned it a 6th Season!

 

Honorable Mention for Prometheus:

 

Walter Steele! 

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Photo Courtesy of CW/DC.

 Just kidding, but he has been gone awhile and Moira did die in front of Oliver…

What are your thoughts?  Who do you think Prometheus is?  How did they come to be this new villain?  We will eventually find out when Arrow: Season 5 returns Wednesday, January 25th.