'Arrow' star Emily Bett Rickards on 'Olicity', the 'honest relationship' between her character Felicity and Stephen Amell's Oliver Queen
The show's fans are showing support to 'Olicity' even after seven years and Emily Bett Rickards thinks it is because they resonate with the couple's honest relationship
'Arrow' fans call the relationship between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) as 'Olicity' and it has been a special relationship ever since 'Arrow' premiered. In season seven of the series, the couple has been facing their most challenging times as Oliver goes behind the bars and Felicity is in pursuit of Diaz (Kirk Acevedo). However, fans are showing their support to the couple even after seven years and Rickards thinks it is because they resonate with the pair's honesty in their relationship.
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In her recent interview with TV Guide, Rickards said, "I hope that it's because it's honest and working towards a place of what we all sort of want and where we can see ourselves bettering ourselves." She added, "I don't know what the magic equation is to writing something that hits somebody at a certain time. We're so grateful. I mean I really like them as a couple, I'm pro-them as a couple."
However, the status of Olicity's relationship has taken a hit this season. As we saw at the end of season six, Oliver made a deal with the FBI to surrender himself for crimes as Green Arrow and in exchange got Felicity and other Team Arrow members immunized. Due to this, Oliver and Felicity could not be seen together and have a limited interaction. But, this turn in their relationship is what Rickards thinks is working with fans.
"I think the way they communicate and talk to each other is about them growing," Rickards said. "That's not always interesting to watch on TV... it's not always great to watch happy things on TV all the time, even comedy has very dark themes, but there is such a purpose towards them working as a couple and working through it. I hope that's what grounds people to their relationship."
Things have not been easy for Felicity and Oliver and it is going to get more difficult as the show progresses. The showrunner Beth Schwartz says, "For their arc [this season], what I like about it the most is we're really going for the real struggles in marriage, so that's kind of where we're approaching their relationship." Schwartz adds: "It's going to feel really authentic."
After all this, fans are hoping Felicity and Oliver reunite, especially now that we know when Felicity dies and how complicated things are going to get, due to the flash forwards.
The next episode of 'Arrow' titled 'The Demon' airs on November 12 on the CW.