'Arrow' season 7 will bring out a side of Felicity we have not seen before
With Oliver in prison, the plot of 'Arrow' will now shift to Felicity as she takes back control of her life
The season 7 of 'Arrow' premiered a few days ago with the episode 'Inmate 458' and it felt like a new beginning for the show. Largely because the hidden identity of Green Arrow is no more hidden and the creators don't have to keep showing his secret life. Along with this, Oliver (Stephen Amell) being in jail has given a new direction to the show.
As we know, Oliver has been falsely accused and put behind bars. His absence has given the other characters an opportunity to bloom and be a part of the larger story.
We have seen that Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) is running the Star City Police Department, Diggle (David Ramsey) is working with his wife at ARGUS. Meanwhile, Black Siren (Katie Cassidy) taught herself to be an Earth-1 district attorney in less than five months, and Rene (Rick Gonzalez) has put an end to calling people 'Hoss', which seems like a much-wanted improvement. Way to go, Rene! Everyone is leading a new life as the season progresses.
However, Oliver's arrest has had a deep impact on his wife Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) for obvious reason. She has been in witness protection and is parenting their son William alone. She and her son's life is under threat constantly because of Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) and she is stuck making coffee instead of saving the world. It may seem like there isn't much going on for her character but there actually is more to it than what meets the eye.
With Oliver in prison, the plot shifts focus from Oliver and gives Felicity a chance to explore her character. Until now, Felicity has been in a supportive role which confined her to a headset. In season 6, Felicity has achieved a lot like partnering with Helix and using her intelligence to bring down the villains and even founded her own company. But despite all of that, her character remained limited to the relationships in her life. This is a good time to change her character a little and it also gives the viewers a little more from Felicity.
In the current season, Felicity is seen working to reclaim her agency as she takes control of her life and it doesn't look like she will be letting anyone decide her fate anymore.
Felicity is determined to bring Diaz down on her own terms and was seen in a physical combat in the premiere episode. However, she doesn't pose a physical threat. She is a smart and intelligent woman and would possibly use these power of her in her life ahead.
“I’m done hiding, Oliver,” Felicity tells her husband during her visit to prison. “I’m done being a person who doesn’t fight back.”
It's refreshing to see Felicity break the character and try to explore more of herself. It will be interesting to see what the show creators have in stock for her for the upcoming episodes.
'Arrow' airs Monday nights on The CW.