The fourth season of Arrow was a tumultuous whirlwind that left plenty of broken relationships in its path. Oliver and Felicity are back on speaking terms but have definitely broken up for good; Diggle has put his life in Star City on hold as he goes back to active duty; and Oliver has taken the interim mayor position, leaving behind the green hood (sort of). Now that the reign of Damien Darhk and his Ghosts has ended, Star City citizens who survived are left to rebuild their city and their own lives.
One person in particular could use a reinvention, and that's Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). She had just gotten used to having her mother back in her life, but was forced to work with her father in order to thwart Darhk's impending nuclear winter. For all their efforts, one warhead could not be stopped, but with the help of Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), she was able to at least divert the missile to a less populated area. She saved millions at the cost of thousands, and she's not sure how to come to grips those lives on her hands. Though her tech skills are back to firing on all cylinders, Felicity has fallen into other characters' shadows instead of shining like she did in Arrow's earlier seasons.
Now that she's finally over Oliver, the addition of a new love interest could mean that Felicity is ready to get on with her own life. If Rickards' Instagram feed is any indication, Felicity could also be getting in on the street team action in season 5. In speaking with EW, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg reveals that Felicity will be moving in a different direction as season 5 progresses. He says:
“We’re positioning her to do something in the second half of the year that is really, really key, and that isn’t about her relationship with Oliver or even necessarily her father or her mother. It’s really new territory for her, and we’ve very excited about it. Some big things are going to happen with Felicity.”
The training regimen could have something to do with the new level of brutality showrunner Wendy Mericle has promised with season 5. The first trailer for this season shows Oliver training new allies, and frankly, it's about time Felicity demonstrates some proficiency in fighting or at the very least self-defense.
Just because Rickards is training for something big doesn't mean that the fallout from Felicity's nuclear warhead diversion will be ignored. Felicity has carried an immeasurable guilt after sacrificing Havenrock to spare Star City, and Kreisberg made it clear that this topic will be addressed:
“In the first five episodes, we face head-on the decision that Felicity made. We are most definitely not ignoring it.”
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.