Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) secret is out and he may be facing his biggest challenge yet on “Arrow.” Bigger than Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable), bigger than any army of HIVE soldiers and even bigger than Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough). Oliver now has to come face-to-face with his own lies and the fact that he has betrayed the trust of the woman he loves, his fiancee Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards).
After keeping his son a secret from Felicity for so long — though it was at the request of the child’s mother — the couple is headed for a seriously rocky road that threatens to tear them apart.
Will they make it out on the other side of the drama together, though? Speaking to Zap2it, Rickards admits that she doesn’t know, but she does say she’s not ready to call it a day on the relationship fans have dubbed “Olicity” just yet.
“I feel like they are intertwined in a way, hopefully with a connection and depth we have showed and portrayed, that can withstand this repetitive hit to Felicity’s heart,” says Rickards. “I think that speaks a lot to the reality of relationships. This does happen, someone does hurt you over and over and over again. But what happens when it’s your soulmate? I think that’s important because not everyone finds that person they’re connected to. What that means for them, we can’t really judge because we’re not them to a certain extent.”
Rickards is hoping communication will be the key to help mend the divide between the two. “Stephen and I have been very protective over showing that they’re open to communication, that they’re open to working through things, that they’re open to decompressing together,” she says.
In the end, while it takes two to make a relationship work, Felicity’s going to have to search her own soul to decide whether or not her and Oliver’s love will win out in the end.
“It’s about weighing out what is important to you. Is this connection that you believe you may not find again with anybody else and that you don’t want to lose with this person — is that more important than risking again whatever value you hold so tightly that they keep making a mistake on?” Rickards asks. “Is it worth having that value crushed again and rebuilt? Is it possible it can be rebuilt? If it is possible for that wound to heal — potentially only to be broken into again — are you willing to risk it?”
Regardless of what happens in their personal lives though, there’s still an issue solve and Team Arrow needs their Overwatch to help keep them alive. Luckily, Felicity knows where to draw the line between personal business and superhero business.
“Although he’s hiding something from her, it’s what do they do with that information next, now that it’s out in the open,” she says.
“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.