So… that happened.
Fans of the “Olicity” pairing on The CW’s Arrow are excited to see their favorite couple, Oliver and Felicity, finally consummating their relationship up at Nanda Parbat.
Was it always the plan to get them together so soon?
“One of the things that was important to us in the writers’ room is there was a strong desire to have Oliver and Felicity sleep together before the events of the season finale, which isn’t to say that we were going to have them sleep together in the season finale,” Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim said in a Q&A last week. “We wanted to almost take that off the table prior to the season finale. We went back and forth in the writers’ room — we knew episode 3×20 was the episode to do it in. We went back and forth in the writers’ room about the right venue for it, like does it happen in Starling City, does it happen in Nanda Parbat and as you can see, they end up sleeping together in Nanda Parbat. And we sort of liked the romance of that. I’m personally fond of the fact that it’s Ra’s who gives her the final push, and one of the things that I keep seeing on the Internet is well, Felicity’s never told Oliver that she loves him and that was very deliberate. We were holding that back this season, the same way we were holding back them sleeping together, we were also holding back her saying ‘I love you’ to him. We wanted it to be part and parcel for that moment,” he explained.
What’s next? In Arrow Episode #3.21, “Al Sah-Him,” the tricky part will be to make things different from the last time Oliver was out of town, when he was presumed dead. “One of the things we talked about is how is Team Arrow functioning post-Oliver? We didn’t want to get too much into crime on the rise because I felt like we did that with Brick, but you’ll see with 21 and 22 what Team Arrow is up to and how they’re working to continue to protect the city while Oliver is away,” Guggenheim promised.
And does Oliver regret his decision to stick with the League? “I would say 21 answers that question pretty definitively… even the opening moments of 21, quite frankly,” Marc teases.
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8PM on The CW.