If you are a fan of The CW’s Arrow, it’s likely that you are pulling for an Oliver/Felicity romance.
In that regard, at the end of the second season, there was definitely a red herring as Oliver finally told the stunning tech guru that he loved her, but it was all part of a ploy designed to trick Slade Wilson into thinking he had kidnapped the wrong object of Oliver’s affections (Laurel instead of Felicity).
With fan appetite for an Oliver/Felicity romance at a fever pitch, it has been confirmed that the two will go on a date in the Season 3 premiere and the show’s executive producer, Andrew Kreisberg recently told EW that this date would not be another fake-out.
“It’s not a fake-out,” Kreisberg said. “Felicity and Oliver actually have a pretty raw discussion about what they mean to each other, which we’re really excited about, and [it] is actually an extension of what happened at the end of last year.”
The primary obstacle for the Oliver/Felicity pairing might be the addition of Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer to the cast.
“When you have characters who a large portion of the audience are pulling for, the only way those things work is if you actually provide a plausible second option, and one of the things that Brandon brings to our interpretation of Ray Palmer, which is something that we actually don’t have on the show right now, is somebody who she can verbally spar with,” Kreisberg said. “Emily is such a naturally gifted comedian and I think people might not realize this about Brandon, but he is an incredibly gifted comedian. He is like a movie star from a different time—he’s like Jimmy Stewart or Cary Grant. And what’s funny about Oliver and Felicity is that he’s the straight man to her humor and there’s a whole different energy to having Brandon on the show.
“We sort of say, if you take Grant [Gustin] and Stephen [Amell] and mix them together, you get Brandon. You get the guy who looks like a superhero, because Brandon obviously is. But you get that sort of charm and verbal dexterity that Oliver doesn’t necessarily have that Ray has in spades, so seeing [Ray and Felicity] together, it’s already fun.”