Oliver and Felicity are the only original members of Team Arrow left, but they’re keeping their relationship professional for now. It seems Olicity won’t be getting back together right away in “Arrow” Season 5.
Executive producer Wendy Mericle delivered the bad new to TVLine. “They’re both in crisis mode. Oliver’s got two really big jobs, and [Felicity] is spinning out about Havenrock,” Mericle said. “Until they’ve gotten some clarity for themselves, there’s not much room for the relationship side of things.”
Oliver (Stephen Amell) has always been balancing his jobs on the CW drama. Well, he mostly neglects his day job and focuses on saving Star City from criminals. That’ll likely continue this year, despite his new position as Mayor. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), however, will really need time to handle things. She was able to divert a nuclear bomb so that it didn’t hit Star City’s closest army base, but she had to send the bomb somewhere. The nuke went to Havenrock, killing thousands of innocent people.
“Felicity is still dealing with — she directed a missile at 20,000 people and they died,” Mericle told Entertainment Tonight last week. “This is the first time she’s coming face to face with the reality of ‘Oh my god, I’m responsible for the deaths of [all these] people.’ For where they both are character-wise, the relationship is not at the top of their priority list right now.”
Dealing with her pain isn’t necessarily on Felicity’s to-do list, either. Rickards teased that the former Palmer Tech CEO will be bottling up her feelings for as long as possible. “She’s carrying around this huge amount of guilt, and she’s not letting it go in any way,” Rickards told NKD Magazine. “All it’s doing is festering up and around episodes 3-5 [of Season 5], we’re going to see her break.”
Guilt isn’t Felicity’s only problem, though. Mericle previously teased that the computer wiz would be the “Arrow” character most affect by the Flashpoint arc on “The Flash.” An alternate timeline, which affects all the DC TV shows, has been created because Barry (Grant Gustin) saved his mother’s life. However, fans will have to tune in to find out exactly how that will change Felicity’s story.
“Arrow” Season 5 premieres Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. EDT on The CW.