‘Arrow’ Showrunner Regrets Oliver-Felicity Romance Storyline

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As the epic three-part CW Superhero crossover event continues, Arrow will be celebrating its 100th episode tonight. Showrunner  spoke with EW about the milestone episode where he discussed certain regrets he may have over the shows five year run, revealing that he feels they should have handled the romance between Oliver Queen and Felicity differently.

While not entirely regretful of exploring the romance to begin with, Guggenheim explained the development of the relationship could have been handled better.

“Doing 23 episodes a year, you’re just constantly running, so nothing ever turns out exactly the way you want it to. In other words, my list of regrets is actually incredibly long; it’s 100 episodes long. I’d say probably my biggest regret is I wish we had allowed the Oliver-Felicity storyline in season 4 to unfold at a more natural pace. We had set these tentpoles at the beginning of the season, and we were a bit too rigorous on how we hit them. That was a case where the planning overtook the storytelling. We didn’t do things as naturally and as elegantly as we should have.”

The fourth season of Arrow is widely regarded as the weakest season of the show among fans, with the “Olicity” romance often cited as just one of the many reasons for the fan backlash.

Newly appointed Mayor Oliver Queen finds himself challenged as he fights on two fronts for the future of Star City. With Diggle back in the military and Thea adamant about hanging up her hood as Speedy, Team Green Arrow is down to just Oliver and Felicity – but they’re no longer the only vigilantes in town. Green Arrow’s public defeat of Damien Darhk at the end of Season Four has inspired a new crop of masked heroes to step up and defend the city, though their painful inexperience makes them obstacles, rather than allies, in the field. The arrival of a deadly new adversary will force Oliver to confront questions about his own legacy, both as mayor and as the Green Arrow.

The 100th episode of Arrow airs tonight at 8:00 pm ET on The CW.

Source: EW (via Comicbook.com)

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  • ieyke

    There was nothing wrong with Oliver and Felicity being together. They’re GREAT together.
    It’s the storyline and circumstances the show put them through that was garbage and ruined the whole thing.
    Felicity was perfectly reasonable, and Oliver was constantly forced into being an unreasonable dumbass. She reacted logically to his unreasonable dumbassness.

    If they ever figure out how to do it properly, they should try it again.

  • Buzzy’s

    We all do

  • Woodsboro

    All went down when they listened part of the fanatic lunatic Olicity fans, suddenly the show became Felicity and Olicity and Olicity and Felicity, and it became unwatchable.

  • Kirke

    It’s not just the Olivier romance. Felicity herself went from a likeable sidekick to a shrilling harpy who for some reason became the focus of the show. They pushed her to the background now but they still didn’t address her behaviour and it’s hard to see her as anything other than a villain now.