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Over a year since her introduction on “Arrow,” Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) is finally going to get a character backstory in Season 2.

If you’ve been paying attention to everyone’s favorite blonde computer genius, Felicity doesn’t have much of a life on “Arrow” other than her work with Oliver and Diggle. We know she is great with computers and has a penchant for cute dresses/earrings/shoes. Felicity is Jewish. She likes decorating lairs and does not like jumping out of airplanes. And the character is both educated and silly.

That’s pretty much it.

This brings up a lot of questions. Where does Felicity live? Who are her parents? Are there any Smoak siblings out there? What does Felicity do in the few hours not devoted to fighting crime and hacking high-level security systems?

While Felicity is likely to remain a mystery in some respects, there will be at least a little back-story coming this season. When we asked Colton Haynes if he knew anything about Roy Harper’s past on “Arrow,” he said no — but then offered a tidbit about Felicity.

“A really cool thing that has come up, that I got to read, is that they’re going to start unraveling Felicity’s character,” Haynes says. “We’re going to find out things about her family that we haven’t found out yet in the past two years. So that’s going to be fun. But they’re taking a little backseat to Roy’s past.”

Sure, there aren’t many details in that, but at least it’s a promise of something coming.

What does Rickards think about more information about her character’s personal life? When we talked to the actress during the summer, she expressed a great desire to know what was up with Felicity. “What she does in between working and walking to Verdant from Queen Consolidated is just a mystery to everyone,” Rickards points out. “I mean, she ends up in the same clothes. But what does she do on the way?”

Hopefully, “Arrow” will give us an answer to that question sooner rather than later. “Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.

Posted by:Laurel Brown