Yes, I know that’s technically not good grammar. But it sounds weird any other way. So there.
Arrow season 5 is giving fans a different view of Oliver Queen than before, and it’s not always a view that show’s our favorite arrow-wielding vigilante in his best light. Sure, Oliver is still kicking butt and shooting arrows better than everyone else, but this new season is showing that he isn’t always great at everything else.
The most recent episode, “The Recruits,” showed clearly that Oliver totally sucks at a bunch of things. And they are…
Faced with the task of rebuilding his team, Oliver has reluctantly recruited Curtis, Mad Dog, and Evelyn Sharp. Now he just has to train them… You would think this wouldn’t be so hard, as all three have previously proven themselves to be badasses (even if Curtis can’t salmon-ladder as well as Oliver).
You would be wrong. Oliver mostly just yells at the new recruits and then makes them wear ugly t-shirts. Unsurprisingly, this makes them all quit. They only come back when Oliver reveals his identity and gets off his whole “stand on the line and ring the bell!” kick.
2. Being the mayor
We can only hope that the good people of Star City don’t notice how Thea is the one doing everything in the mayor’s office (including hiring Lance to… not be drunk? His specific job is vague otherwise).
3. Not making deals with people who turn out to be doing bad things
In one of Oliver’s rare attempts to be mayoral, he sets up a free clinic with what seems to be a lovely bit of corporate sponsorship.
They’re evil, of course. It takes many octopus-like attacks by Ragman (or whatever we’re calling them, see point #6) before Thea catches a corporate-type being bad.
4. Getting over Felicity
Does Oliver even know that Felicity is dating the world’s most trusting detective?
5. Keeping in touch with Diggle
Because he’s still a main character, it’s important for Arrow to catch up with John Diggle, even if Oliver does not. Too bad for Diggle though — he’s in Latvia (why not?), where his supposedly decent commanding officer decides to set-up John for stealing a nuclear warhead and killing a subordinate.
Oliver (or maybe his bratva buddies?) may need to help out.
6. Helping the audience get clarity on the various bad guys
Is it just me, or is keeping track of the villains on Arrow particularly hard this season? I mean, I know we’ve got Tobias Church being all crime-lordy. And there’s Ragman, who might be a good guy or he might be a bad guy or he might be out for something else. Also, is he the same person as Prometheus? Dark shadows and face-concealing costumes make that really hard to tell.
7. Keeping other people alive
While Oliver does do a better job of not causing deaths in the present-day (only maybe killing a henchman or two), the same cannot be said of Mr. Queen back in his bratva days. That bell-ringing exercise? However awful it seems in Star City, it was way worse back in Russia.
Oliver did ring the bell, but it cost everyone else their lives. Whoops.
What else does Oliver suck at? We’ll find out in the next Arrow, airing Wednesdays at 8pm on The CW.
Arrow season 5 promises to be a big one for Oliver Queen and company. After all, at the end of the previous season, most of the team abandoned their vigilante mission for… well basically, anything else. It’s like they don’t want to be in life-and-death situations all the time!
Fortunately, this is Arrow and the whole gang is likely to be back, fighting for justice and their very lives, within the near future.
Who better than to tease when this might occur than the cast of Arrow themselves? Watch these Arrow season 5 video interviews shot at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con in July.
Emily Bett Rickards
Executive producer Wendy Mericle
Arrow season 5 premieres Wednesday, October 5 at 8pm on The CW.
It’s been a long summer, but Arrow season 5 is about to premiere with new episodes. What does that mean? Well, for the premiere episode, “Legacy,” it means a whole lot of changes for Oliver Queen and company. Remember — most of the team dropped the whole vigilante gig after the season 4 finale.
Oliver and Felicity Smoak are still in the game, a fact complicated somewhat by their breakup and by Oliver’s new job as mayor of Star City. And they’ve got Curtis Holt hanging around the lair, but everyone else is keeping their distance.
Will the team come back? Will Oliver be forced to hire some new blood? Arrow will most likely spend much of the coming season answering these questions. In the meantime, however, here are a few Arrow season 5 spoilers from the premiere.
1. Thea hasn’t gone far.
While Thea Queen may have hung up her Speedy hood at the end of last season, Oliver’s baby sister is sticking close to family — she clearly has a major role in the mayoral office, often covering for her absent brother.
2. The more things change, the more crime stays the same…
Sure, Damien Darhk is as dead as his creepy, subterranean utopia, but other bad guys are happy to pick up the slack. We meet one of them — Tobias Church (Chad L. Coleman) — in “Legacy,” and he’s all kinds of evil-awesome. Another baddie, Prometheus, seems to be in the mix as well. Who he (?) is and what he wants, we’ll be finding out over the next few episodes.
3. Killing is back on the menu.
You know how Oliver hasn’t been doing much in the way of killing over the past couple of years? Yeah, that’s over with. There’s some violence both in flashbacks and in the present-day. Not everyone is OK with this turn of events.
4. Oliver and Felicity aren’t exactly on the same page, relationship-wise.
Things are impressively friendly between these former significant others — think season 1/2 friendliness with occasional reminders of the attraction between them. Interestingly, one of these two may be reading more into this attraction than the other.
5. Always a triangle…
As anyone who has watched the Arrow season 5 trailer knows, Felicity has a new man in her life. The character is more than just a pretty face and appears elsewhere in the episode. Who is he and how does he figure into the new season? The episode doesn’t give a lot of answers. The character is clearly related to law enforcement.
Arrow season 5 premieres Wednesday, October 5 at 8pm on The CW.
The Arrow season 5 trailer was released at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. What’s in it? Well, there is a whole bunch of Green Arrow fighting, along with some clues that things will be changing the new season. For one thing, Oliver Queen seems ready to take on some apprentice vigilantes in his ongoing quest to save Star City.
In addition to Echo Kellum’s Curtis Holt, the wannabe vigilantes include Evelyn Sharp (Madison McLaughlin) and Wild Dog (Rick Gonzales). There’s no word on which of these trainees will remain on the team.
The new trailer does make it clear that supposedly departed team members Thea Queen and John Diggle won’t be gone for long. Meanwhile, Oliver and Felicity are still working together to save the city — even while Oliver takes the office of Mayor.
Arrow season 5 will premiere on Wednesday, October 5 on The CW.
It’s come to this, Arrow fans. Someone important is going to die. The teaser that has lasted for a full season is about to be a teaser no more. That grave is about to be filled.
So who is it? That’s the big question, and one whose answer has been at least maybe spoiled by sneaky Internet people (if you don’t know about this, a quick Google should tell you). Who and how and why? Those are the questions that are about to be answered. I personally have no clue of the how or why, but we do have clues about the who.
Who It Isn’t
Unless Arrow is going full ghost on us with the grave teaser, there are three people who cannot be dead: Oliver Queen, Barry Allen, and Felicity Smoak. Felicity was the early choice for many (and the show itself started out by implying this), but she was seen in the graveside limo with Oliver a few episodes ago.
Some have theorized that she wasn’t really there (see Zap2it for a full explanation of the theory), but otherwise she’s still alive and kicking.
Might Be Safe
Fans of Legends of Tomorrow know that there is one probable reason why the Diggle clan — John, Lyla, and baby Sara — are all probably safe. At some point in the future, a second child is born to the family, a boy who later calls himself Connor Hawke and takes on the mantle of the Green Arrow.
Since he hasn’t been born, that means that Lyla is safe for now. John Diggle’s future son also kept his father safe by expressing feelings of guilt in the man’s eventual death. And we’re going to just assume that the family’s toddler daughter is fine, because that alternative would be way dark, even for Arrow.
If you leave out people we’ve seen alive and people whose continued life has been given away by spinoff shows, there are still plenty of dead-person candidates. (Note: For those of you not reading this for Arrow spoilers, I’m not going to give away who has been leaked as the corpse. Figure it out for yourself.)
Thea Queen: Oliver’s little sister has certainly seen her fair share of danger, and the girl now reluctantly answering to Speedy has even died. Could she be doomed once more?
Laurel Lance: This would be awfully hard on her father (a man who has already had his other daughter die… twice). But Laurel is in a rather dangerous profession, both publicly and as a superhero. She has also earned the open enmity of one Damien Darhk.
Quentin Lance: Grieving, drinking, fired, promoted… Lance has seen it all. He hasn’t died yet though, massive heart attack in season 2 notwithstanding. With the police and Darhk likely gunning for Lance by now, he needs to watch his back.
Andy Diggle: Just revealed as a double agent (or is he?) for Darhk, Andy clearly has issues. He’s probably doomed at some point, but I’m not thinking he’s grave-bound, if only because I can’t see Barry Allen running all the way from Central City for the guy’s funeral.
Malcolm Merlyn: I mean, he could die. And maybe — just maybe — people would be sad about this if Malcolm did something super-nice before kicking the bucket. But probably not.
Donna Smoak: This would certainly upset Felicity. It would also make Oliver ready for full-on, kill-everyone revenge. Donna’s death would be depressing as anything, but it’s hard to see how it would happen.
Curtis Holt: With actor Echo Kellum just upped to a series regular for season 5 of Arrow, this is either the biggest fake-out ever or else Palmer Tech’s resident invention whiz is totally fine.
Oliver’s son: Would Arrow go such a dark route? Probably not, but the kid’s been in danger more than once already.
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Felicity gets visited by an old foe, the Bug-Eyed Bandit. When the two hackers face-off for round two, Team Arrow steps in to help their girl out.
That’s Gotta Sting
Fans of The Flash may remember Brie Larvan aka the Bug-Eyed Bandit as Felicity’s own personal archenemy. See, Felicity is responsible for putting our lovely villain in prison. That’s where we find Brie when we open the episode — and it looks like she’s planning something big.
Meanwhile, Oliver, Digg, Laurel, and Thea are busy sparring in the foundry. Oliver has been pushing everyone just a little too hard lately. Thea tells everyone that Alex has a new job interview, for Ruve Adams. Naturally, no one really wants him working with the wife of our Damien Darhk.
Laurel suggests that Alex talk to Felicity about the new position opening for Public Relations for Palmer Tech. While everyone assumes that Oliver will feel uncomfortable after the breakup, he agrees that it would be a great opportunity for Alex.
At Palmer Tech, a very sick Curtis is sent home by Felicity. She’s been busy trying to figure out the costs of bio implants for others that need them, and is frustrated by the expenses.
Her search is interrupted by a few visitors — Donna and Thea. Donna is there to help Felicity get over her breakup, whereas Thea is there to talk to Felicity about Alex. Felicity is expected to attend a board meeting, but decides to make them wait so she can spend time with the girls.
Felicity’s time to talk with Donna and Thea gets cut short when the three are interrupted by Brie Larvan, who has hacked her way into Palmer Tech. She brought her bees with her, and they’ve already killed off one member of the board. She plans on killing the rest, too, if she doesn’t get what she wants.
The problem with that thing that she wants? It’s the bio stimulant implant. The only working prototype just happens to be implanted in Felicity’s spine. They realize that they need to get Felicity out of there quickly, but they’re surrounded. They decide to crawl through the air ducts to get to safety.
Back at home, Curtis sees a massive swarm of bees surrounding Palmer Tech on the news. He rushes to go get help, knowing that Felicity is still inside. He finds his way to the arrow cave, and quickly realizes — he now knows the identities of Star City’s most badass vigilantes, and then promptly passes out.
Once Curtis comes to, he suggests that if someone can stay and hack those bees, while the team goes to fight them, it might stop them. Team arrow happens to be down one hacker genius, so Curtis may be just the man they need right now.
Once Oliver, Digg, and Laurel arrive at Palmer Tech to fight, the bees form into a robot soldier. Oliver attempts to shoot them, but that only makes them angry. And when bees get angry, they sting.
Snitches Get Stitches
After Lance’s testimony, Damien Darhk is sent to prison to await his trial. While there, he is visited by his frenemy, Malcolm Merlyn. Darhk is upset that with all of his resources, he still has not be released from jail. Merlyn informs Darhk that said resources aren’t exactly happy that Darhk kills people willy-nilly. So, Darhk gets to sit in prison while H.I.V.E. moves forward with Project Genesis — without him.
Things just keep getting worse for Darhk, when he is attacked by some of his fellow prisoners. One of these men comic book fans may recognize. I’ll give you a hint — he’s got his mouth sewn shut. Welcome to the Arrow ‘verse Murmur.
Later, when the men return to visit Darhk once more, they are stabbed by Murmur — who works for Darhk now. Apparently, Darhk threatened his grandmother. We’ll do anything for family, right?
Meanwhile, on Flashback Island
An angry Reiter holds a gun to Oliver and Taiana, demanding to know where his idol is. They turn the tables on him, and shoot him, but he is completely unaffected.
Reiter informs them that there is primordial energy running though him, providing him with his supernatural strength and power. He absorbs the energy of those that he kills. To prove his power, he attacks Taiana and knocks her unconscious.
Oliver fights Reiter, though he struggles. Reiter tells Oliver of his plan to kill thousands, so that he can become a god. His eyes light up as he lifts Oliver off the ground by his throat, with just one hand.
Fortunately for Oliver, Reiter runs out of steam and Oliver can get the jump on him. Oliver runs to Taiana to make sure that she is alive. When she stands up, Oliver tells her that they have the perfect opportunity to release the prisoners before Reiter has a chance to get to them while he looks for his idol.
The Real Queen Bee
After Oliver is stung by the robot bees, the team takes him back to the foundry. They discover that not only have Oliver been stung, but the bee has actually gone inside his body — and it’s replicating itself. Curtis tells the team that if the robot bees work like real bees, then they all operate on the same frequency. They just need a high-enough one to force them all out.
Luckily for them, Cisco Ramon has fashioned quite a high frequency to a collar that the Black Canary wears. Laurel lets out her best canary cry and the bees leave Oliver.
Back at Palmer Tech, Felicity, Donna, and Thea are still hiding inside a supply closet from the bees. Felicity realizes that she needs to get the rest of the board to safety, so she comes up with a plan. She’s going to take the board down a secret entrance to the panic room. To do this, they have to take the elevator to a floor it doesn’t stop on.
Fortunately, Curtis hasn’t quite figured out to get his communication devices to stop blowing up yet, so Felicity and Thea attach them to the wall of the floor they need to get to and break through to get to the board members. Felicity and Thea stay while Donna takes the rest of the board safely down to the panic room.
Brie confronts Felicity and Thea with a gun. You see, she needs that bio stimulant. She’s got a tumor on her spine, a nasty one. The only way to remove it is to have a surgery that will leave her paralyzed from the waist down. Feeling an obvious sympathy for her, Felicity tells Brie where she can find the schematics for the implant.
In the foundry, Oliver is upset that Thea and Felicity are still trapped. He snaps at Curtis for being a little too happy about saving him, when there’s still so much work to do. Laurel pulls Oliver aside and asks why Oliver is being so tough on Curtis. He says that he’s trying to prevent Curtis from being a part of this life. When he was in Ivy Town, he was the happiest he’s ever been — he still can’t grapple with the fact that he can try to save the city, but he couldn’t save his relationship.
Felicity laments to Thea about the fact that she thought she’d escaped all of this when she quit the team. Though Thea tries to convince her that should come back, Felicity says she’s done. She’s done with the violence, and she’s done with worrying.
One thing she’s not done with? Hacking. She works on controlling the bees. While Felicity is busy facing off against a bunch of tiny bee robots, Curtis hands Oliver something that should help. It’s an arrow rigged with a frequency that should help control the bees.
Despite getting what she came for, Brie comes back for Felicity. See, while going though Palmer Tech’s system to find the blueprints for the implant, Brie stumbled across some very familiar code. I guess you never forget the hacker that sent you to prison in the first place. Whoops.
In true fashion, Team Arrow arrives perfectly on time. Oliver shoots an arrow that ties Brie to a pillar, before running to check if Felicity is okay. The bees merge into a soldier again and begin fighting the team. Thea is knocked out, and Oliver shoots the arrow that submits the frequency —but it’s not enough.
While one bee-battle is going on in Palmer Tech, another is happening in the foundry. Curtis and Lance face off against the bee that has come alive and begun to attack them. Lance is able to kill it, and Curtis lets out a delightful “ewwwww.”
While Oliver struggles to fight off the bee soldier, Felicity grabs an electrically charged pole and attacks the bees with it. In retaliation, Brie shoots Oliver and then turns the gun on Felicity, but Curtis has managed to hack the bees once more and sends them to attack their queen.
When the team gets back, Oliver apologizes to Curtis for treating him poorly, and informs him that he is welcome to join them anytime. Curtis says he needs some time to process and heads home to his very worried husband. Curtis tells him that he was just chasing a fantasy of being able to help the police, but that he’s not going anywhere. He’s right where he belongs.
Thea talks to Felicity once more, asking her if she’s going to miss the thrill of putting away the bad guy. For Felicity, though, it was never about that, it was about making a difference. She decides that she can still do that, but not with Team Arrow — with Palmer Tech. She’s going to figure out a way to use the bio implant technology to help people, through her company.
In the very last moments of the show, Malcolm Merlyn speaks to a mysterious figure in a car about how useful Damien Darhk says he has been. He called him his Ace in the Hole, but you may know him better as Andy Diggle.
Catch the next episode of Arrow, Wednesday at 8pm on The CW!
Our favorite love-struck foe isn’t so love-struck anymore. When Cupid returns to town on a revenge mission, she brings up some tough stuff for team Arrow, especially for Oliver and Felicity.
The episode opens with a pair of young newlyweds strapped to chairs, and they look more than a little roughed-up. An eerie love song is being sung by their captor, and why look who it is — Miss Carrie Cutter, well hello lover.
The couple pleads for her to not hurt them, but Cupid is all about the hurt these days. So, she shoots ‘em each with an arrow.
In another part of Star City, Felicity is throwing herself into a complicated algorithm — for packing up her stuff. A heartbroken Oliver stands by while Felicity moves on in her recovery, from both the accident and from him. She asks him to cancel the venue, and she will take care of telling the guests. However, she plans to continue working for team Arrow. Is there hope on the horizon?
In the foundry, Felicity informs the rest of the team about the breakup, though she refuses to speak about it. Oliver gets a call from Captain Lance informing him that their old friend is back at it.
When Oliver arrives to the scene of the crime, he sees the young newlyweds dead, and formed into the shape of a heart on the ground, with a note that reads “love is dead” attached to them.
Thea identifies the couple as celebrity newlyweds and guesses that Cupid is targeting celebrities who are about to get married, or have been recently, according to gossip sites. Felicity calls and tells them that she has located Cupid’s next couple.
The team tracks down Cupid, who is posing as a couple’s limo driver, right after they’ve been married. Thea jumps on the car to stop them but gets hurt in the process. Oliver orders Diggle to stay with Thea while he chases Cupid.
Once he finds the car, Cupid is not in it, but she attacks from behind. They fight, and he is able to subdue her to try and help the happy couple, but she escapes before he can take her in.
When the team returns to the foundry, Oliver gives Felicity a piece of cloth to examine to help locate Cupid. Diggle finds Oliver and asks him how he’s holding up. He convinces Oliver to tell Felicity that he still wants to be with her, still wants to marry her.
Felicity is able to trace the cloth to a wedding dress storage facility. When the team goes to check it out, Diggle finds Cupid’s shrine of married celebrity couple targets. Fortunately, (or not so) Oliver and Felicity are no longer targets of hers.
When the team decides they need to find a way to figure out who Cupid’s next target is, Oliver refuses to use an innocent couple as bait. Instead, he turns to Felicity and tells her that they need to get married.
Darhk (Witch) Trials
After the events of the last episode, Damien Darhk stands trial to be incarcerated for his actions — specifically the kidnapping of William, with Laurel as the lead prosecutor on his case.
During the trial, Darhk’s lawyer claims that his client’s real name is not Damien Darhk, but Kenneth Bender, from Marcovia. They file for dismissal of all charges based on a complete lack of evidence tying Kenneth to the charges.
Later, when Diggle is testifying against Darhk by reiterating the events of his, Thea’s, and Felicity’s kidnapping at the Smoak-Queen holiday party, Darhk’s lawyer presents him with a signed affidavit by Thea’s former dealer. The document states that Diggle helped Thea purchase a ridiculous sum of cocaine, and alludes to the fact that Diggle only fronts as personal security to Oliver Queen, when in reality he is involved in drug distribution with Thea.
When the team regroups after the setback in court, Captain Lance says that he will testify against Darhk, and risk his own incarceration if it puts Darhk behind bars. Laurel and Captain Lance discuss his decision. She cannot grant him immunity, so she doesn’t want him to testify but he is able to convince her.
Lance is put on the stand and Laurel cross examines him. He admits to doing awful things for Darhk, as he was asked to, because Darhk threatened Laurel’s life if he did not. The judge is moved by Captain Lance’s testimony, and ultimately denies the defenses motion to dismiss and sentences Darhk to trial.
Lance’s gun and badge are taken from him, and he is put on suspension until his hearing for his crimes against the SCPD.
As Darhk is transported to his prison cell to await trial, he pulls a ring out of his mouth and puts it on. Presumably, this ring gives him back some level of power — if his eerie smile is any indication.
Meanwhile, on Flashback Island
Oliver, Taiana, and Reiter have finally reached their destination in these ever elusive caves. That destination? A strange totem.
Reiter explains that when he was young his village in Africa was destroyed and turned into nothing but dust — leaving him vulnerable, something he very much did not like. Since then, he has vowed to never let anyone make him feel vulnerable ever again.
To do this, he plans to destroy everyone and everything that threatens that. To prove his point to Oliver and Taiana, Reiter shoots one of his men. The totem then absorbs his (soul? energy? life source? voodoo magic?) and then transfers this essence to Reiter by way of his tattoo (which may have something to do with why Oliver’s tattoo was of such importance to him in the first place).
Oliver and Taiana knock out Reiter and his men, and steal the talisman. Once they get far enough away, they debate what to do with it. Taiana tries to destroy it, but it doesn’t break.
Reiter contacts Oliver through the radio he still has, and informs them that he has them surrounded — and his men have guns, so it would be wise to surrender. He sends his men after them.
When Reiter’s men locate the totem, Oliver and Taiana are nowhere to be found. The men go to pick up the talisman, and Oliver and Taiana attack them and take their guns.
I Do, Do You?
Now, given the fact that Felicity just broke off her engagement, one would presume that she wouldn’t exactly be gung-ho about going through with said engagement in a fake wedding ceremony to lure out a deranged villain that hates love, right? One would be correct.
Oliver says that he’ll call the venue and have the date moved up. Felicity is upset, considering she asked him to cancel the venue. However, Oliver admits that once he picks up the phone, it’s really over. She tells him it already is.
Despite herself, Felicity agrees to the ruse. Thea leaks that Oliver and Felicity have decided to have a secret wedding to the tabloids, in the hopes that Cupid will take the bait.
Unfortunately for Olicity, their very real, very new, and very raw emotions are unavoidable when Oliver sees Felicity walk down that aisle in a beautiful white wedding gown. Things get even more real when their officiant has them recite their own vows.
Felicity goes along with the ruse and says some quick vows, in order to get it over with. Oliver, however, takes this opportunity to express everything that he loves about her. He tells her that she brought him into the light, and that loving her is the best thing about him. He puts the ring back on her finger just as he tells her that she is his always.
Not expecting the outpouring of emotion, Felicity is stunned. She doesn’t have time to react though, because right on cue, Cupid shoots an arrow between them. Oliver tells the officiant to run, and crouches down with Felicity to guard her.
Oliver informs Thea and Diggle, who are on location, waiting for their cue. Cupid shoots Oliver in the chest, and Felicity runs to his side as he lays there. Cupid tells them that she’s rigged the entire building with enough explosives to take it down.
Oliver gets up and pulls the arrow out, revealing that he was wearing a Kevlar vest. He tries to talk Carrie out of going through with her plan, but it’s of no use, because she’s lost the only two men she ever loved and now she wants to see anyone in love burn.
Felicity steps in and explains to her that love is not a bad thing. She tells her that if she dies today, that’s okay, because she was fortunate enough to get to experience the kind of love that changes a person into the best version of themselves, and that was worth it.
Though Felicity’s speech almost convinces Cupid, she is too far gone. Luckily, Thea and Diggle and there to help fight her off. Cupid is subdued and Oliver shoots her, but not fatally.
As Cupid is dragged off by the SCPD, she tells Oliver and Felicity that they give hope to the rest of us. Oliver attempts to talk to Felicity about what they both said, but she’s not ready to.
Later, in the foundry, Felicity comes to talk to Oliver. He tells her that he meant every word he said to her, and she tells him that she loves him, but what she said to Carrie doesn’t apply to them. Oliver pleads with her, telling her that things can be different, and that he can be different. He promises never to lie to her again, but she can’t accept it.
Felicity tells him that a part of him will always default to that person on the island — alone, and that person who came back to fight his mission — alone. She knows that there will be times in which he may have to make the decision to keep things from her again.
Oliver tries to deny that, but Felicity is certain that she was wrong. She was wrong when she told him that they could make it work, being together and being vigilantes. She doesn’t believe they can anymore. She tells him that it’s too hard working with him every night, and that they need to let each other go.
She gives him back the ring, and tells him she wants him to keep it for good this time. Oliver tells her that he doesn’t want to let her go, but she tells him that she’s already gone.
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When Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim tweeted a photo of Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak standing at the altar on Tuesday, many fans were justifiably skeptical of what they were seeing. Could an Olicity wedding be real?
As it turns out, yes.
Guggenheim followed up his bombshell photo with a little bit of clarification on Wednesday morning:
This is, as far as semantics will allow, a real wedding photo.
Of course, a wedding is not a marriage and you just never know what’s going to go wrong at the last second whenever a TV couple heads to the altar. And since Felicity isn’t wearing a wedding ring when she is seen at the some-future-date cemetery with Oliver, there’s good reason to believe that these nuptials are not entirely everlasting.
But at least fans will get to see Felicity standing (yes standing, no wheelchair required) at the altar with Oliver this season.
Arrow season 4 has been pretty kind to Olicity shippers so far. Not only did Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak start off the new year in domestic bliss, but they even moved forward in their relationship and got engaged — no matter what impediments and injuries stood in their way.
And now there seems to be a WEDDING PHOTO???
Yes, Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim may have caused a few heart attacks on Tuesday when he tweeted a picture of Oliver and Felicity standing in formal clothing with some sort of officiant. It sure looks like a wedding is coming!
But this is TV. And bliss never lasts on TV. Thus, many fans have been waiting for the seemingly inevitable downside of this couple getting together. Is that coming? Actress Emily Bett Rickards recently gave some interviews that indicated both good and bad things were coming for the Olicity pairing.
Warning: There are a few Arrow season 4 spoilers in these quotes — proceed with caution.
Here’s the deal as it stands right now: Oliver and Felicity are happy and looking forward to staying that way… There are just a few problems with that. What are they?
Well, first of all, Oliver has been keeping secrets.
Felicity is not a fan of secrets, and Oliver has been keeping a big one — the existence of his son, William — from her. As Felicity is clearly about to find out about the boy soon (probably this week, if you believe the promos), problems are certain to follow.
That was, after all, what happened in the Flash crossover episode back in December: Oliver kept William a secret and then caused a rift with Felicity when she found out. That could definitely happen again. “I feel like we saw her in the crossover episode react in a certain way, and we’ll see seams of that play into this reality,” Rickards warned in an interview with TVLine.
“I think we all know Felicity’s heart pretty well, and we know that she tries to be as honest as possible all of the time,” she added. “When she finds out this information that she would hope to have known, we can probably predict how she is going to react!”
This deception, however, might not be the death knell to Olicity. As Rickards told Zap2it recently, “I feel like [Oliver and Felicity] are intertwined in a way, hopefully with a connection and depth we have showed and portrayed, that can withstand this repetitive hit to Felicity’s heart.”
In the same interview, Rickards added that she and co-star Stephen Amell have portrayed their characters as people who don’t just give up when their relationship takes a hit. “Stephen and I have been very protective over showing that they’re open to communication, that they’re open to working through things, that they’re open to decompressing together,” the actress explained.
The emotional trauma of Oliver’s secret might pale somewhat in comparison to the physical trauma Felicity has endured this season — the woman has ended up in a wheelchair, for Pete’s sake! It’s the kind of thing that causes a person to reevaluate her choices, and Felicity may be doing just that.
Does that mean a breakup though? In and of itself, no, but there is the lingering issue of the flash-forward to the cemetery that has been teased throughout this season of Arrow.
Thankfully, it’s not Felicity in that grave (she pretty much confirmed that once again to TVLine), but all is not well in Olicity-land: She is not wearing either an engagement ring or wedding ring when Oliver joins her in the back of a limo.
This was, apparently, very deliberate and meaningful. “It literally said in the script, ‘NO RING,’ and I was like, ‘OK…'” Rickards told TVLine. She did, however, add that even the actors did not know the significance either way of the missing jewelry. “Filming that scene, we knew virtually nothing about what it was really about,” she said.
The only small glimmer of positive hinting that Rickards could give was, “Everything’s going to make sense in the end.”
Fans of Olicity can only hope that this will be a sort of sense that comes along with smiles.
This week on Arrow… With a name like Sins of the Father,” this episode promised a whole gambit of relationships to explore. It did not disappoint.
The episode focused on three main father/daughter relationship combos (surprisingly Captain Lance and one of his girls were not the focus this time). Instead, this week we explored Thea and Malcolm, Nyssa and Ra’s al Ghul, and Felicity and her father, Noah Kuttler.
And, as a bonus we got just a little smidgen of Oliver and his son, William (not a father/daughter relationship, but still crucial to the future story arc).
Last week we finally got to meet Felicity’s father, Noah (aka Calculator). We left off with Felicity completely shocked to see him (as one would be after not seeing their father for 18+ years).
When we first see them in this episode, Felicity has apparently agreed to sit down for some coffee with her dear ‘ol dad. Though she clearly looks displeased to be doing so. After Felicity cuts the crap on Noah’s attempt at small talk, he asks her if she knows why he’s wanted by the police. She quips that it couldn’t be anything other than petty crime, as that would require commitment.
She has only one question for him. Why now? The answer — he’s doing a job for someone. (Anyone else get a H.I.V.E. vibe?) But, he reveals, he almost got beat. By his own daughter.
That’s right. He knows Felicity is Overwatch. He knows it was her. He knows everything about her. Guess he’s been keeping tabs. Felicity is obviously not pleased, especially considering that he threatened to destroy the city and kill thousands of people. (He tells her they were “empty threats,” but Felicity buys it about as much as we do.)
In an effort to try to salvage their reunion, Noah claims that he wants a chance to prove that he’s not a bad guy, and wants her back in his life. Toying with Felicity’s heart (and therefore ours) he hands her a device that holds all the information about his documented hacks to prove that he’s not lying to her.
Later, after Felicity tells Team Arrow about her father, she decides she needs a way to test her father. However, after speaking to Donna, Felicity shows us just how conflicted she actually feels about her father’s return. Donna is adamant about the fact that “people do not change” (something I have a feeling will come back to bite us in the ass later on this season).
Once Felicity checks out the information Noah gave her, she decides that they may not be so different after all, and gives him a tour of the Applied Sciences Lab at Palmer Tech. There, Noah seems particularly interested in Curtis Holt’s tech (and it’s just as suspicious as it sounds).
Color us not surprised when, back at the foundry, Felicity reveals to Oliver that she had indeed found a test, and finds out that her father is just as bad as her mother had warned her. Felicity had planted a device that had the ability to store all the information from any nearby computer server, to see if Noah would bite. He did. Seems as if Calculator was just out to steal some of his own daughter’s tech, after all.
Felicity delivers one final (and powerful) speech to the man who left her about how much he hurt her, and how much his absence has affected her all these years, right before she has him arrested by Captain Lance and tells him that they are officially done.
Battle of the Leagues
While Felicity is dealing with the mistakes of her father, Thea and Nyssa are dealing with the mistakes of their own.
Thea is still very ill, where we left her at the end of the last episode. Since she chose to ignore the Lazarus Pit induced bloodlust, it began to attack its host (Thea, herself).
Also at the end of the last episode, Nyssa visits Oliver in the hospital, claiming she has a cure for Thea — as long as he agrees to kill Malcolm Merlyn. This episode actually begins right where that one left off, with the same conversation. They play a back and forth blame game, resulting in Nyssa declaring that this will not end well for anyone.
Back in the foundry, Oliver reveals his plan to convince Malcolm to hand over the ring (that declares who is to be Ra’s al Ghul) to Nyssa, in exchange for the cure for Thea. The team splits up, with Oliver going to speak to Malcolm, and Laurel going to speak to Nyssa.
Malcolm refuses to go along with the plan, not believing the effects of the Lotus. Instead, he claims he’s going to seek a real way to save Thea, and not play Nyssa’s game.
Meanwhile, Laurel goes to see Nyssa (who’s still not happy with her about the whole resurrecting the love of her life from the dead thing). Nyssa maintains that the role of Demon’s Head belongs to her, as it is her birthright. She, however, agrees to Oliver’s terms but promises a war if Malcolm does not uphold his end of the bargain.
Inspired by Felicity’s test for her father, Oliver seeks Nyssa out once more to ask for a sample of the lotus to prove to Malcolm that the cure actually works. She gives him one, but lets him know just how naïve she thinks he’s being.
They try the sample on Thea (who is discharged from the hospital and transported to the sublevel of the foundry, because Oliver pulled some strings) and the cure temporarily works. Satisfied with the results, Malcolm agrees to hand the ring over to Nyssa.
Everyone meets to make the exchange, but things go awry (when do they not?) and Nyssa and Malcolm end up fighting, with Malcolm leaving with the ring, and Nyssa declaring war.
When Team Arrow meets to regroup they discuss finding the two leaders, knowing that the four of them cannot take on two entire armies. A war breaks out between the two sides of the league, and the result is destroying Star City in the process. Laurel finds Nyssa and helps her fight off Malcolm’s men, before leading her to Oliver and Diggle, where she gets a tranq dart to the shoulder and a ride back to the foundry.
With Nyssa in their holding cell in the foundry, and Malcolm still missing, both Felicity and Diggle urge Oliver to kill Malcolm and end this for good.
They do eventually find Malcolm right below them, visiting Thea, where Malcolm tells Oliver about the time he first meet Thea when she was a baby. Oliver is unaffected by Malcolm’s story, until he drops a bomb on him. Malcolm knows about William. (Dun dun dun. No, but really, this can’t be good, right? Right.) Malcolm goes on to inform Oliver of all the “good” the League of Assassins does, and stands firm on the fact that he will never turn that kind of power over to Nyssa. In Malcolm’s mind, that means Thea has to die.
In true Oliver fashion, he believes there has to be another way. He suggests that Malcolm keep the ring and get the lotus from Nyssa. How will he do this, you ask? A duel. (Where you expecting something else?)
Just as the big duel is about to commence (shirts on, this time) Oliver invokes the league statute of replacing one’s spouse in battle (Yes, Oliver and Nyssa are still married — we got to hear Nyssa remind us of it a least one hundred times). Naturally, Nyssa turns him down, as she can fight her own battles. However, she yields when Oliver informs her that if he had to pick between the two of them who would survive this, it would be her.
Oliver and Malcolm battle (still with shirts on, *sigh*) and Oliver easily bests Malcolm. As Malcolm kneels before him, Oliver looks to Felicity who nods her approval. In a super-fun twist, Oliver chops off Malcolm’s arm (‘tis but a flesh wound?) and takes the ring off his dismembered hand and hands it to Nyssa. She hands him the lotus potion in return.
Thea is revived, and cured of her bloodlust.
Nyssa then calls a meeting between herself, Oliver, Laurel, and Malcolm. She throws the ring into the fire and informs them that she has disbanded the league, releasing all of her father’s captives in the process.
And now it’s time for… Meanwhile, on Flashback Island
A sick Oliver and Taiana are being held in a jail cell by Reiter. Things are tense, which makes a lot of sense since Oliver just told her that he was the one who killed her brother Vlad.
He tries to make amends, telling Taiana that he has an ancient stone that they may be able to use as a bargaining chip to free themselves. Angry with him, she takes the stone and calls for Reiter, attempting to use it for her own freedom.
Reiter steals it from her, leaving her in the cell with Oliver. He tells her that she is responsible for nursing Oliver back to health, as he is important in helping find what they need. If she doesn’t help him and he dies, she dies too.
She reluctantly cares for him, and Oliver opens up to her about losing his father, and then four more people he’s loved since then. She tells him that she knew, when she met him, that he was lost and shattered.
Reiter comes back and informs them that the stone was the last piece to the puzzle, and that they are starting the digging now. Right underneath them.
Nothing Like Their Fathers
In the end, Felicity, Nyssa, and Thea (though she came to this conclusion a little earlier than the other two) decide that they are not their fathers. They will not repeat their mistakes, ever again.
Felicity and Oliver discuss their issues with parental figures (Noah and Malcolm respectively) and Oliver warns Felicity that closure doesn’t come easy. On a much happier note, the wedding bells are officially chiming, ‘cause Olicity is in wedding planning mode. A small ceremony, a few close friends, definitely no caterer — they finally think the dust has settled and are ready to finally get hitched.
If only Arrow were a nice, fluffy, happy land where that would actually be believable. But it’s not, and we know there’s trouble ahead. And a grave. Always that grave.
The episode ends with Evil I and Evil II (better known as Malcolm and Damien Darhk) conspiring to do evil together, as Malcolm informs Damien that the number one most important person in Oliver Queen’s life? Not actually Felicity, but his son — William. (Told you this couldn’t be good!)