Fans of Arrow have been long split over their acceptance of the show’s most enduring couple. After Felicity Smoak was brought onto The CW’s superhero drama, fans who held stake in Oliver Queen’s love life either rallied behind the so-called ‘Olicity’ ship whilst others protested. When Arrow entered its fourth season, the on-and-off again couple appeared to call things off for good when Felicity ended her engagement with Oliver after the couple ran into insurmountable trust issues. And, after a long wait, fans are going to learn more about the factors which led into the couple’s demise.
When Oliver and Felicity first parted ways, fans knew the separation was largely due to distrust. After hiding away his son, Oliver became someone whom Felicity couldn’t rely on, and she made the choice to walk out of the Green Arrow’s life. The pair have since reconciled somewhat, but they are far from becoming lovers again. However, that may soon change as Felicity walks down a dark path with Helix, and the show’s executive producer told TV Line she’ll have to face the break-up directly soon enough.
During his interview, Marc Guggenheim opened up about how Felicity will ruminate over the deepest roots of her break-up with Oliver in “Underneath.” The upcoming episode will be focused on the character, and the producer had this to say about its heart-wrenching backstory.
“They never really had a full-on discussion or exploration of why that breakup happened. Felicity just sort of reached her breaking point and walked out the door,” Guggenheim said.
“This is definitely an examination of the state of their breakup. It comes out of the events of 519 [‘Dangerous Liaisons’] and, quite frankly, all the other episodes that led up to it. Something happens in 519 that really tees up this conversation.”
Before fans get to learn more about the pair’s separation, they will have to sit through “Dangerous Liasons.” You can read the episode’s synopsis below”
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.
Arrow, currently in its fifth season, airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.