Following Laurel Lance’s tragic death in last week’s Arrow, Team Arrow is more broken than ever. Not only has the team lost Laurel, but a couple weeks prior Felicity had exited the team after breaking off her engagement with Oliver.
But with the latest teases from Arrow executive producers Marc Guggenehim and Wendy Mericle, it sounds like our favorite blonde tech genius might be returning to the team during a time when they all need each other. And possibly reuniting with Oliver.
“She’s broken up with Oliver and she’s also broken up with the team essentially,” Guggenheim told TVLine. “And in Episode 19 (“Canary Cry,” airing April 27), we’ll see the undoing of one of those decisions.”
At this point it makes more sense for that decision to be Felicity returning to the team. Obviously the entire team will be feeling an immense amount of guilt following Laurel’s death, and they’re going to need each other during this rough time, as well as to defeat Damien Darhk permanently.
But Mericle warned that there’s a possibility that Felicity might not resolve both splits from the team and Oliver.
“One does not mean the other is going to happen,” she told TVLine. “She could come back to the team and that does not mean that she’s back together with Oliver.”
When it comes to Oliver and Felicity’s split, it’s not something that’s going to be solved following the death of a friend reuniting them. Felicity joining Team Arrow is the first step in her road back to Oliver. But Oliver still needs to prove to Felicity that he has changed, and that he is willing to let her in completely.
“We started off this season with Felicity really wanting to come back and do this because she herself enjoys this kind of vigilante lifestyle, but that is separate from Oliver,” Wendy Mericle said. “In [the Season 4 premiere], he didn’t want to; it was more about her making herself happy than anything else. So she’ll be grappling in some ways with that.”
According to Mericle, the season’s remaining episodes “will echo (the season premiere) in terms of where a lot of the characters end up. Specifically Oliver and Felicity.”
Arrow returns Wednesday, April 27 at 8/7c on the CW.