After a seriously brutal episode full of Bratva flashbacks and torture sessions, we're not sure where "Arrow" will take Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) next.
He's given up on Team Arrow -- and vigilantism in general -- but that doesn't mean the rest of his team has. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) in particular has found so much purpose and fulfillment, taking down criminals that we can't imagine her stopping, just because Oliver wants out of the game. How lucky for her that she has a new group of friends ready to indulge her need to do good in the world.
We're just not so sure that "good" is a fitting descriptor when it comes to the hackers of Helix.
"For Helix, I think you have to look at their roots," showrunner Wendy Mericle says. "They're an organization who's willing to break any law, go do anything in the name of 'protecting the people.' We really did sort of take this from Anonymous and Wikileaks, and we were trying to look at the real world implications of people who do this kind of work. As much as I am pro-exposing some of those secrets that I think some people need to know, there is a dark side there, and that's the line we really wanted to explore with them."
So far, they've had Felicity hack into a Homeland Security drone (giving her zero explanation for what they needed that access for) and shown off their super-invasive spy software that can basically find anyone anywhere. Freaky. For an organization whose favorite pastime is outing secrets, they certainly seem to like keeping their own.
We asked "Arrow" executive producer Marc Guggenheim where this plot is heading in Season 5, and it doesn't sound like it's going to bring good news for Felicity.
"They're a group of uber-hackers -- probably not on the side of the angels," Guggenheim says. "I think the thing with Helix is there will be major consequences for Felicity, major consequences for Felicity's relationship with Oliver, and the introduction of a new character who you probably have not seen the last of."
While we'd always love to meet a new hacker, there's also every chance this "new character" could be Alena (Kacey Rohl), who we'd love to see more of. We know her as a quirky hero-worship-heavy Felicity fangirl so far, but having seen Rohl on "The Magicians" and "Hannibal," it's obvious this girl can pull off dark and creepy just as well as chipper and friendly. We wouldn't say no to her being the show's next major villain.
Whoever Guggenheim is referring to, we're excited at the prospect of a major villain that doesn't need to suit up in a mask to trade blows with Oliver. Action and fight scenes are great, but we'd love to see what "Arrow" can do with a villain who's tech-savvy, and uses mind games as opposed to brute force.
"Arrow" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.