Throughout four seasons of Arrow, the action-packed show has pitted our team of heroes against a long list of enemies, everything from mob bosses to metahumans to psychopathic magic users. These external threats may be the easiest challenges the characters face, however, as they’re confronted with daily drama and tragedy in their personal relationships. Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) journey on the show has been not only about his struggle to be the right kind of hero, but also to improve the way he interacts with those he loves.
Leading a dual life while suffering from the pain of past trauma means Oliver has gotten good at keeping secrets. That habit ultimately led to his break-up with Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), who decided she couldn’t marry a man who didn’t trust her enough to share everything. Though Felicity eventually decided to continue helping out Team Arrow, her relationship with Oliver remains strained.
The friendly cease fire that occurred between the couple as they saved the world in the season 4 finale may not last long, however. In an interview with TVLine at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, which you can watch below, Rickards confirmed that Felicity will be getting a new love interest in season 5. “She steps on it pretty hot off the bat. You’ll meet him quite quickly.”
The follow-up question about Oliver’s reaction to Felicity’s new boyfriend led to plenty of laughter amongst the Arrow cast. Not surprisingly, Amell suggested his character wouldn’t be above some jealous rage. “We meet him in episode 1, he dies in act 4,” the actor joked about the new man in Felicity’s life. “He got shot with an arrow in the head? Don’t look at me!” Rickards added that Oliver would then be strategically available with a muscular shoulder for Felicity to cry on.
One of the other tidbits in the segment teases viewers once again about the possible fallout from the universe-altering “Flashpoint” storyline on The Flash. Executive producer Wendy Mericle says that it will have “some impact” on Arrow, adding somewhat ambiguously that “it will have a big impact on the characters it does have an impact on.” Possibly connected to that is actor John Barrowman’s assertion that his new gig as Arrowverse regular means he might get to play a “different type of Malcolm” in one of these alternate universes.
The “Olicity” pairing was one of the most controversial elements of season 4, one that left fans on both sides of the argument disappointed by season’s end. Viewers will likely respond best to Felicity’s new man if it generates some humorous moments between her and Oliver, rather than a lot of heavy melodrama. The new season features a new villain, some new recruits to Team Arrow, and a four-season crossover with the other CW shows, so hopefully there’ll be enough to focus on without dwelling too much on romantic subplots.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.