This week, members of the Arrowverse.tv writing staff came together to try and answer the question, “Who is Prometheus?”
All season long on Arrow, the mysterious masked archer has been a major thorn in the side of both Oliver Queen and his alter ego, Green Arrow. But who is beneath that mask and cowl? Theories across the internet range from the obvious to the outright insane.
Arrowverse.tv editor Barry Rice and writers Sarah Sharpe and Joey Coons sat down to hash it all out:
Barry: I’m gonna open up our conversation with this question: Does anybody buy the whole “Justin Clayborne’s Son” thing or are we in agreeance that it’s a gigantic red herring?
Sarah: At FIRST I thought it was a red herring… but they’re REALLY pushing it and wanting us to believe that it’s him! Oliver just went to his mom’s house, and she made it seem like she knows exactly what her son is doing! At this point, I’d believe that it’s him… even though I think it’s a GIGANTIC waste of potential for who this really could be.
Joey: No way. There is no way in the world that I am buying that. If it was him, why would he still need a mask? Or need one in the first place? If nobody knew he existed and all his info is erased, then there is no need for a mask. It’s a red herring in my opinion and it’s going to be a more shocking reveal. It certainly isn’t inconceivable for his “mom” to be paid off/forced to play that part.
Sarah: All very true statements!
Barry: Here’s the thing: Sarah’s right that they’re pushing it awfully hard right now. And while I agree it would be a huge waste of potential if Prometheus turns out to just be some random guy who’s the son of Justin Clayborne (a character from Season who we never actually met in Season 1), the writers and producers of Arrow have made some pretty questionable choices in the last two years or so, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if they went that route.
Joey: Hmmm. I mean, you’re right in saying that the writers have definitely made some questionable choices. At the end of the day, I guess it wouldn’t be the biggest letdown in the world if it truly is just Justin Claybourne’s son, but I would almost think it’s a way bigger waste to not have a major twist than to just stick to the “he’s his son” story.
Sarah: So… I just saw a post on Instagram where someone’s saying that they know it’s Tommy (and people are believing them even though this person has no evidence or proof). Here’s why it’s DEFINITELY not Tommy: The executive producers said that they really wanted Colin [Donnell] and Colton [Haynes] to be in Invasion!. Due to other commitments, they weren’t able to make that happen. I DOUBT the writers would make Prometheus be Tommy when they couldn’t even get him back for #Arrow100! There’s no way they could secure his availability for an eventual reveal when Colin’s already a lead on another show! This HORRIBLE theory needs to be stopped IMMEDIATELY!
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