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Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the winter finale of Arrow. Read at your own risk!

Prometheus was not unmasked during the winter finale of Arrow, but viewers did get a big clue as to his identity, which ultimately led to a lethal end for one character and an inexplicable resurrection for another.

Viewing Oliver (Stephen Amell) as a hypocrite, Artemis (Madison McLaughlin) betrayed Team Arrow, revealing their identities to Prometheus. But the masked villain doesn’t want to kill Oliver, he wants to make the Emerald Archer wish he was dead, and to do that, he targets the rest of the team, starting with Curtis (Echo Kellum).

So, who exactly is Prometheus? The team comes to discover that the villain is the son of someone who the Hood killed in season 1, a name on the famed list that previously drove Oliver’s mission — and Prometheus also may have been trained by someone Oliver knows from Russia.

Another interesting fact to ponder is that Prometheus started off killing nemeses with arrows, but then switched over to throwing stars, with the residents of Star City believing there was another vigilante named the Throwing Star Killer on the loose. He also uses a sword while taking on Oliver in the winter finale, so it appears that Prometheus has some identity issues. Could he, therefore, be another vigilante we’ve seen before on the show?

Luring Oliver in, Prometheus tells the Green Arrow he’s going to turn everyone against him by proving that everything Ollie touches dies. Oliver catches Prometheus, shooting him with multiple arrows. Unfortunately, Prometheus purposefully dressed up Malone (Tyler Ritter) in his costume against his will — Oliver actually killed Felicity’s (Emily Bett Rickard) boyfriend.

Malone is not the only one who suffers, though. Curtis’ husband leaves him; Diggle (David Ramsey) gets tricked into going to the safe house, where he is promptly arrested; and Oliver returns to the Arrow Cave to find that Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) is… alive?! Whaaaaaaat?! Is she just a figment of his imagination as Oliver suffers from the guilt of accidentally killing Malone? Did Black Siren, Laurel’s Earth-2 doppelgänger, break free from S.T.A.R. Labs? Is this a result of Flashpoint? Or has Laurel somehow been resurrected for real?

“Is Laurel really alive? I guess we’ll have to tune in [when the show returns in January],” Amell said during a Facebook Live following the winter finale. “Obviously people don’t just come back from the dead, so there has to be some sort of vetting process to make sure it actually is Laurel, because the group has seen some peculiar things, but we delve into that when we come back in the New Year.”

“This was the first script in a long time where I read what happened in Act 5… and it legitimately freaked me out,” Amell continued. “Ultimately, knowing where we go in [the next few episodes], I’m very excited. It’s a very cool development, and it certainly raises the stakes for Mr. Prometheus.” Does that mean Prometheus has a hand in Laurel’s return?

We’ll find out when Arrow returns in 2017.

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