Get ready Arrow fans! The big reveal of just who the “Well-Dressed Man” (John Barrowman) is right around the corner– literally– show executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed to LA TV Insider Examiner today.
“You’re actually going to find out tomorrow night in episode seven, which is the first episode with The Huntress called “Muse of Fire.” It was co-written with Geoff Johns from DC Comics, and we’re really excited for everybody to know who he is finally because it’s going to put the rest of the season in perspective,” Kreisberg said.
Click here for photos from “Muse of Fire.”
Though there was a lot of Twitter buzz a few weeks ago that Barrowman just had to be the then-newly announced villain Vertigo, such speculation was sufficiently dispelled by the casting of Fringe’s Seth Gabel as Arrow’s version of Vertigo (who is not going to be named Vertigo in this incarnation of the character). The Well-Dressed Man has already shown a sinister side, though, and he clearly has Oliver (Stephen Amell) on his radar. So could it be that he has a deeper connection to the soon-to-be-seen mystery masked archer parading around Starling City, taking down those on Oliver’s list?
Kreisberg wasn’t about the reveal too many spoilers. After all, he doesn’t find any fun in ruining a reveal but instead wants fans to sit back and watch the story unfold with fresh eyes. All he would say, then, was that “over the next couple of episodes we’ll find out both who he is and what part of his goal is.”
Oliver isn’t the only one on the Well-Dressed Man’s radar, though. As Walter (Colin Samuel) has started snooping around on his wife’s family affairs, Kreisberg was willing to tease that Walter’s actions will bring him into conflict with both his wife (Susanna Thompson) and the Well-Dressed Man.
“There are shades of Hamlet in this. You know, your uncle married your mother, and you’re responsible for the death of your father,” Kreisberg said. “Walter was kind of a red herring in that people would assume he was the one who had Oliver kidnapped [in the pilot], only for it to be revealed in the end that it was Moira. I think people were still sort of naturally suspicious of Walter, but now they’re realizing slowly that Walter’s kind of a hero in all of this.”
He may be the one character who isn’t willing to get his hands too dirty, then, because everyone else Kreisberg and his writers are introducing are ruthless– designed to test Oliver’s relationships with them and with himself.
While “Muse of Fire” will certainly set up some new inner conflict for Oliver as he encounters a woman (Jessica de Gouw) on her own mission of revenge, Kreisberg also revealed it Gabel’s “The Count” will be the biggest threat Oliver has yet to encounter.
“Our take on Count Vertigo is there’s this new drug called Vertigo, and the dealer that’s responsible for it is nicknamed the Count. You’ll find out why in the episode he’s introduced in. But it’s certainly a much darker character, and he’s probably a more serious threat to our Arrow than Count Vertigo is in the comic books. He does have a little style and a little panache,” Kreisberg said.
“It’s really the first time in the show that Arrow is going to be responsible for a creation of a super villain. His actions will have [dire] consequences.”
Arrow airs on The CW on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m.
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