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“Checkmate” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DLV) (HDTV)

OLIVER SEEKS THE TRUTH — Oliver (Stephen Amell) gets closer to the truth about Prometheus. Meanwhile, Helix refuses to continue helping Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) until she does a favor for them. Ken Shane directed the episode written by Beth Schwartz & Sarah Tarkoff (#516).  Original airdate 3/15/2017.

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Oliver being the most hunted man in town also leaves Team Arrow’s existence in question. “It’s not going to be good,” Guggenheim says. “I will say that if the arc of this year is about Oliver putting together this new team, his lowest points, sort of the end of the second act of the drama, would certainly require us to threaten significantly that new team.”

However, a confluence of other events may render that point moot as Oliver faces even greater threats in the buildup to Prometheus’ ultimate plan. “He disavows the Green Arrow at the end of [season 5, episode 15] and then everything hits a total s— storm before we even get the main title credit at the beginning of 5-16,” Amell reveals. “Absolutely everything gets thrown for a loop. Through 5-16 and into 5-18, it’s a very strange arc for Oliver where we haven’t really yet had a chance to examine the way that the Green Arrow, and by extension the team, is going to be able to function.”

"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 told reporters, including THR, during a recent conference call. "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."

Unlike last season's grave mystery, where the writers didn't know who they'd be killing off after introducing that storyline in the premiere, the showrunners planned for Adrian to be Prometheus from the beginning.

"We always knew that Adrian was our big bad," Mericle said. "We always knew in our very first discussions, which were started about a year ago. ... We wanted to go back to season one and explore the roots of Oliver's mission and the consequences of everything he's done."