This is probably not going to go well. Again.
Arrow's going back to where it's already been and revealing Oliver's (Stephen Amell) big secret to Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), but this time the circumstances are a lot more dire, since that secret's in a world of trouble.
Oliver's son has been kidnapped by Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), which forces Oliver to tell Felicity that a) he has a son, and b) he hasn't told her he has a son.
The last time Oliver tried to have this conversation with Felicity at the farmhouse during the Flash crossover, she was so hurt that she broke the relationship off completely. Of course, that was completely forgotten when Barry (The Flash's Grant Gustin) changed the timeline to prevent not only the break-up but also the death of everyone we know and love, but we knew it was only a matter of time before the issue would have to be dealt with once again.
With Oliver and Felicity's wedding just on the horizon—boss Marc Guggenheim tweeted a photo from the ceremony, adding, "Not a dream sequence. Not a hallucination. Not an alternate reality. Not a flash forward to a potential future"—and Felicity currently dealing with her paralysis, this reveal could probably not come at a worse time, and if you're hoping it will just blow over quickly so the two lovebirds can make it down the aisle in no time, you're probably not watching the same show we are.
We hopped on the phone with Emily Bett Rickards to find out just how much of an affect this big secret is going to have on everybody's favorite relationship between a vigilante/possible future mayor and a badass IT girl-turned CEO.
E! News So we know Felicity is about to find out about William. Is that conversation going to go any better than it did the first time?
Rickards: I think she we see her sort of play with what was his perspective on keeping it a secret, and her immediate response I think is what we saw in the crossover timeline. Obviously they're dealing with Darhk and they're not in a farmhouse somewhere and things are different, and she takes her time to sort of figure it out and what happened between them so that he didn't tell her. I don't think we'll be surprised [by her reaction]. I feel like we all know Felicity's heart quite well and we'd really want her to do what she's feeling instinctually, so hopefully she does that.
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A lot of people were already annoyed for Felicity when Oliver didn't tell her about the kid, and then he spent all that time not visiting her in the hospital. Does she have limits to what she'll put up with?
I think that's sort of my point within their relationship this season—like how much is she willing to give up all of the time? I feel like we all get stuck in those relationships, and I think it's a very true representation of what relationships can become. How much leeway and how many more bruises can you take until the injury actually reveals itself, or heals? Maybe this is her last bruise that she can take from this, as much as she loves him.
[She has to figure out] whether or not she's willing to risk the fact that he's going to do it again. In her mind, I think she feels like he will always be put in a situation where she's going to have to be either digging for the truth or accepting the fact that she might not get it all, but knowing that he still loves her. What is worth more?
How are we going to see them try to work this out? Is Felicity going to try to get to know William?
I feel like that would sort of be the healthiest way to go about it, if they had the time, and if we had the time in the season to flesh that out. Also, there's the factor of the lifestyle that they live and the journey that they've chosen for themselves and whether or not they want to bring a child into that is a huge debate, and it usually is with superhero cases. We send Supergirl away from Krypton, and we don't tell our fiancées about our illegitimate children, and we try to keep the children as safe as possible but also, you know, hindering their knowledge. That hasn't seemed to have worked in a healthy standpoint for most of these kids. Everyone just needs really good therapy.
There should be a lot more therapy in superhero shows.
Superheroes need therapy, and superheroes need Superheroes Anonymous.
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It seems like this will put a major damper on the wedding planning. Will we see more light moments like the wedding party, or that amazing glitter bomb?
Did you love that? James Bamford is such a f—king cool director. He's great at finding little moments like that. But yeah, it does put a damper. That information isn't like a golden light, and I don't think anyone is expecting it to be. But we have to keep in mind what they do every day, which is try and save the city and put their lives at risk, so just having that party I think was just good for them to have a little light moment. People need that. People need feel-good story in the middle of drama, and trauma, and death and worry, so maybe we'll get another sort of light aspect, but we're coming to the end of the season, guys. I don't know how much you're hoping for.
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW.