Cross your fingers, Olicity fans, there is still very much a chance that Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) will rekindle their broken relationship. With the Arrow cast appearing at the Heroes and Villains Fan Fest in Chicago, Amell had good news for Olicity fans and bad news for those hoping Oliver will fall back in love with Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy).
According to Fashion and Style, Amell said that there is no hope that Oliver will fall for Laurel Lance. Some fans point out that in the comics, the Green Arrow is dating Black Canary, and were hoping for a similar storyline to unfold.
But Amell put the brakes on that idea by also stating that while the writers and executive producers of the show respect the comics, the show has pivoted away from an Oliver and Laurel love story. He said that at the end of the day, they have to do what’s best for the show.
In Season 3 of Arrow, a flashback scene showed Oliver hiding out inside Queen Consolidated as he witnessed Felicity admiring a photo of him. Oliver, at the time, was believed to be dead, but Felicity still admitted that he was cute.
Taking into account that Oliver and Felicity aren’t on the best of terms right now, perhaps Stephen Amell is hinting that Oliver Queen will use this memory to win her back over. Can’t you picture Oliver telling Felicity that he saw her talking to his photo while he was supposed to be dead!
In recent events on the show, Oliver’s son, William, was kidnapped by Season 4’s villain, Damien Darhk. Team Arrow, along with the help of Vixen, successfully got William back, but the kidnapping quickly led to the fallout between Oliver and Felicity once she learned his secret.
Of course, this also set up an interesting dynamic between Oliver and Malcolm Merlin, who was the one who told Damien Darhk about Oliver’s secret son.
“We have seen moments of uneasy alliance and even quiet, humorous moments and some moments of actual appreciation between Oliver to Malcolm [in the past], and I think it’s safe to say that for however long Malcom Merlyn is walking the Earth, that bridge has been burned forever,” Amell said to Variety. “So it will be interesting to see what they do with the Oliver-Malcom dynamic, because they’ve never really been sworn enemies. They’ve gone up against each other in battle … but the betrayal of giving up Oliver’s son is something that they can never come back from, ever.”
Meanwhile, the shows executive producer, Andrew Kreisberg, teased fans of The CW’s superhero line-up by telling Entertainment Weekly that some surprises are in store. “There are some surprise returns and some surprise exits across all the shows,” he stated.
According to TV Line, The CW’s head Mark Pedowitz commented on the plethora of renewals for his network. “The CW has become home to some of the most critically-acclaimed shows on broadcast television, with a wide array of fantastic scripted series across the week, ranging from musical comedy, to superhero action, to gritty sci-fi dramas,” Pedowitz stated. “The CW has become home to some of the most critically-acclaimed shows on broadcast television, with a wide array of fantastic scripted series across the week, ranging from musical comedy, to superhero action, to gritty sci-fi dramas.”
Arrow returns to the CW on Wednesday, March 23, at 8 p.m. EDT. Check out a preview below.
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