Just a few weeks ago, Arrow’s executive producer Wendy Mericle teased that the second part of season five would get a lot darker. This was especially true for our favorite blonde genius, who had had to deal with a heart-breaking loss in the mid-season finale back in early December 2016.
Back then the EP said that her grief and her anger will “lead her to do some things that are pretty morally questionable.” They would mainly be in relation to this year’s big bad, Prometheus.
The first photographic evidence of that we can see in the promotional photos released for episode #5.10 “Who Are You?”, Arrow’s mid-season premiere in two weeks. Oliver and Felicity get ready to face Prometheus.
Mericle also teased that Felicity would “meet some people who are both a bit tied to her past but also very much tied to this new future she’s contemplating.”
Ever since then, conspiracies have been spun and theories have been discussed. Marc Guggenheim, another creative mind behind the superhero show, talked to Collider about the general journey ahead.
Fans have been wondering whether the people from her past would include her parents, especially her devious father Noah Kuttler, who we met as the Calculator in season four. “We love Tom Amandes and we love that character,” says Guggenheim. “We’d definitely love to bring him back and we’d love to bring back Charlotte as Donna, but we were kind of craving new characters. We were craving a new story, something we haven’t done before.”
Another fan theory, popular or not, is that Felicity could take over the mantle of the Black Canary. The theory would go well with “people tied to her past”, as we have seen Laurel, albeit a different version of her, return to Star City in the mid-season finale.
While not confirming or denying that theory, Guggenheim said that Felicity’s darker path “will ultimately relate to the overall season theme of legacy”. In the season premiere we saw Oliver honoring the Black Canary’s legacy with a statue.
While fans of the original comics may rage over the possibility of Felicity becoming the next Black Canary, fans of the show might enjoy seeing her stepping up and joining the action. Whether that includes putting on Laurel’s costume or taking over an identity of her own (she is Overwatch, after all), is a whole other question.
Either way, one thing that Guggenheim promises is that the nature of Felicity’s personality will not change. “Felicity is a wonderful character because she brings some light into the show,” the EP stated. “So it’s a darker — it’s an edgier story for Felicity, but at the same time, it’s still Felicity. You want to keep the character.”
Are you excited to see where Felicity’s development towards the second part of season five will take her? Would you like to see the IT-whiz joining her boys in the field? Or do you have a whole other theory?
Arrow returns with new episodes January 25 at 8/7 ct on The CW.
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