Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim has opened up on how Felicity’s downward spiral may help her begin to see things from Oliver’s point of view.
This week’s episode of Arrow featured Felicity Smoak officially joining the hacktivist group Helix to help save Team Arrow and stop Prometheus (Josh Segarra) but in order to gain their help, Felicity must also help the hacker group that illegally gathers sensitive information to use against corrupt organizations as well as corrupt individuals within the government and military.
In a recent chat with Entertainment Weekly, Guggenheim explained that Felicity’s inability to understand how Oliver sees the world was what ultimately caused the couple to break up last season:
“We’re starting to put her in Oliver’s footsteps a little bit. She’s going to get a chance to experience things a little bit more from Oliver’s perspective. I think the reason they broke up was her difficulty to see things from Oliver’s perspective. They broke up fundamentally because she didn’t trust Oliver, and the reason she didn’t trust Oliver is she couldn’t understand why he made the decisions he made.”
Does this mean Olicity has another chance? The series certainly made it a point to have Oliver and Felicity going back and forth at each other over each of their new romantic interests earlier this season. While Oliver has been using Susan Williams (Carly Pope) as a tool to move forward, Detective Malone (Jason Ritter) seemed to be a way for Felicity to distract herself from the pain she felt over Oliver lying to her.
Arrow continues next week with the episode “Breaking Point”. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Kapiushon” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
THE BREAKING POINT — Prometheus (Josh Segarra) goes to great lengths to break Oliver (Stephen Amell). Meanwhile, in the flashbacks, Anatoly (guest star David Nykl) becomes worried about Oliver’s increasingly violent tendencies, which come to a head in a brutal confrontation. Kevin Tancharoen directed the episode written by Brian Ford Sullivan & Emilio Ortega Aldrich (#517). Original airdate 3/22/2017.
Arrow airs on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Be sure to check back at Heroic Hollywood after every single episode of Season 5 for our weekly reviews.