Ever since the announcement that Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest) would be joining the cast of Arrow for season six, the internet had been trying to figure out who he's going to be playing. We know that Team Arrow is going to go up against a group of people and that Anatoly Knyazev (David Nykl) would be part of the group as would Richard Diaz / Richard Dragon (Kirk Acevedo). Emerson has been hinted at being a third member of the group, and the leading thought is that he may end up being the mysterious Cayden James that started Helix and that Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) help escape from ARGUS.
TVLine spoke to co-showerunner Wendy Mericle who gave this hint about the character Emerson will be playing:
"This character that we're having [Michael] play is somewhat similar to people has has played in the past. But we had many conversations with him about how to make it different, and what elements we could bring to the character to change it up."
Well, the first character that pops into mind is Harold Finch from Person of Interest… a computer expert, which leads into the Cayden James idea. He's also played more of a puppetmaster character on Lost with Benjamin Linus and he once worked with Marc Guggenheim, the other co-showrunner of Arrow, on the series The Practice where he played serial killer William Hinks. Then again he also voiced the Joker in the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns animated movies.
Whatever he's doing, Mericle and the other producers are happy with his performance:
"He is a dream to work with, and I think he's doing an amazing job. We've seen some dailies of some of his episodes and he's just fantastic. He's a really understated, subtle actor, and that brings a different energy on set. It's great."
At this point, my money would still be on Cayden James, just because of the setup they did last year and we know that they don't like leaving plot threads out there for too long. Plus, he would be the perfect fourth to go up against Team Arrow. Richard Dragon to counter Oliver Queen, James to counter Felicity, Black Siren against Black Canary and Anatoly and the Bratva to counter Spartan, Wild Dog and Mr. Terrific.
Arrow Season 6 debuts on Thursday, October 12th at 9 p.m. ET on the CW.