After the death of her boyfriend, Detective Billy Malone, producers have said Felicity will go to a “darker place” when Arrow returns later this month. That darkness will somehow tie into her past, but it’s now been revealed that past will not include her father, The Calculator, or her mother, Donna.
Speaking to TVLine, executive producer Marc Guggenheim said he didn’t want to use The Calculator for this particular story. “I would definitely love to bring him back, and I would love to bring Charlotte Ross back as Donna, but [we were like], ‘Let’s tell a new story, something we haven’t done before.'”
Blast from the Past
Last month, it was Guggenheim’s co-showrunner Wendy Mericle who initially teased Felicity’s new path. She told TVLine that Felicity “is going to meet some people who are both a bit tied to her past but also very much tied to this new future she’s contemplating and that’s going to draw her away from the team and lead her to do some things that are pretty morally questionable.”
So if it’s not her parents then who are these mysterious people from Felicity’s past? “As with all things related to Arrow, it’s not what you initially think it is,” explains Guggenheim, “and it will ultimately relate to the season’s overall theme of ‘legacy.’ But it will be very specific to Felicity.”
From what little we know of Felicity’s past, it seems likely the story will involve hackers of some kind, possibly teaming with Felicity to track down Prometheus. (Either that or Felicity’s just going to start dressing in all black and smoking herbal cigarettes with her old Goth friends.)
Why So Serious?
Guggenheim also addressed one common point of criticism regarding this new direction for Felicity. She’d obviously only known Detective Malone for a few months, so it would seem like a bit much for her to take his death so hard.
Instead, Guggenheim says Felicity’s breakdown is due to “a bunch of stuff.” That includes her role in the Havenrock tragedy, something that promises to be addressed directly in episode 5×11, ‘Second Chances.’
With that and other events on her mind, “Billy was the final straw,” says Guggenheim. “It’s also the sum of the fact that Felicity has been living in this darker world for the last four-plus years now…. How has that affected her way of thinking about things?”
Arrow returns on Wednesday, January 25 at 8/7c on The CW.
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