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Arrow SDCC 2016 Interview: Emily Bett Rickards

Arrow SDCC 2016 Interview: Emily Bett Rickards

Following the season four finale, Oliver and Felicity were the lone remaining members of Team Arrow left behind following what was easily a tumultuous season that tugged at the heartstrings of characters and audience alike. But with Diggle, Thea, and Quentin’s departures, Oliver is left alone on the battlefield, which causes some issues of its own.

It’s no secret that one of the most-talked about aspects of Arrow is a little thing known as Olicity. But from a romantic standpoint Oliver and Felicity haven’t taken any significant steps to repair the damage done by Oliver’s lie last season. But romance aside, Oliver and Felicity have a strong, solid foundation, which has always been their defining quality as partners.

“They are working together in a professional aspect,” Emily Bett Rickards told us during a roundtable interview at San Diego Comic-Con. “It’s not relying on their romantic relationship, but they are in a relationship. They’re in a partnership, a work relationship, a friendship hopefully, and sort of working towards that and building their communication off the breakup and hopefully making their communication stronger.”

While fans certainly love anything and everything Olicity-related, one of the aspects that they’re also clamoring for is seeing more of Felicity as an individual. We got to see that last season as Felicity stepped in as CEO of Palmer Tech. But due to Damien Darhk’s antics, Felicity found herself neglecting her duties as CEO and was fired by the board.

So of course we’re left to wonder: what’s going to happen with Felicity on the Palmer Tech front? Rickards told us that it’s not something at the forefront at present.

“When you’re a CEO of a company it’s really hard to get fired. And she did,” Rickards said. “She does own the company so it still has to be around unless she decided to sell it. So I do think there are loose ends there that we will have to tie up unless we’re willing as an audience to forget about it, which I don’t think we are.”

Last season, Arrow explored more of Felicity’s backstory as they expanded the role of her mother, Donna (Charlotte Ross), and brought Felicity’s father, Noah (Tom Amandes), into the mix. Of course it’s long overdue considering Felicity’s significance on the show up to this point. But what else would Rickards like to explore on the Felicity front?

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“I never get to see her friends,” Rickards said. “I haven’t met any of Felicity’s friends. You don’t go through – you might not have friends, but you don’t go through life never having friends. So I think there are other people and relationships there that would be interesting.”

Watch our full interview with Rickards where she discusses which actors she’d like to work with on the upcoming four-part crossover, what drew her to Felicity, and more.

Arrow season 5 premieres Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 8/7c on The CW.

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