SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Kapiushon,” the latest episode of “Arrow.”
At long last, Prometheus got just what he wanted from Oliver Queen. In “Kapiushon,” the latest episode of “Arrow,” Adrian Chase tortured Oliver until Oliver finally admitted his deepest, darkest secret: he enjoys killing.
The main action of the episode took place in the flashbacks, where Oliver went toe-to-toe with Konstantin Kovar and ultimately put a stop to Kovar’s plot to take over the Russian government. Even so, the one-on-one scenes between Oliver and Chase were packed with tension. Chase tortured Oliver physically as well as mentally, goading him to admit something. Oliver didn’t know quite know what Chase wanted him to say until the very end of the episode, but the lead up to that moment made it abundantly clear that Oliver took pleasure in killing.
In the flashbacks, Oliver began to scare Anatoly with his intensity. Whenever he put on the hood, Oliver became “a monster,” as he later called it; that is, he was brutal for the sake of brutality. In one instance, he continued to torture one of Kovar’s men even after he gave up the information that the Bratva wanted to hear. In another, he dug a bullet out of a dying man’s arm just to cause him pain. In the final flashback, Anatoly told Oliver to be careful, as Oliver was taking things too far even for the Bratva.
In his effort to extract that secret from Oliver, Chase used Artemis. He threw her into the cell with Oliver and told her that one must kill the other so that one of them may live. Oliver refused, but gave in when Chase appeared to break Artemis’ neck. As soon as he admitted that he enjoyed killing, Artemis sat up and revealed that it had all been an act to torture Oliver.
At that point, the damage was done. Prometheus let Oliver go, and he returned to the bunker broken and bruised. Felicity and Diggle were overjoyed to see him, but he didn’t return their enthusiasm. Instead, he told them that their crusade was over; he was shutting down Team Arrow for good.
Starring Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer, “Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, John Barrowman, Willa Holland and more.