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Arrow Won’t Give Oliver and Felicity Their Happy Ending Yet

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Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) may have rode off into the sunset together in Arrow’s third season finale, but the couple’s problems are far from over.

Oliver, who is finally happy at the start of Season 4, will find his new sunny worldview challenged when he and Felicity return to vigilantism to face off against their most evil opponent yet, Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough).

But balancing work and love won’t be easy. “We really wanted to explore the ups and downs of a traditional TV relationship, like we’ve established with Oliver and Felicity, and pretty much throw everything at it that we can and see if they’ll make it through,” says executive producer Wendy Mericle.

At least Felicity will have a new confidante when the show returns: fellow tech-genius Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), the future Mister Terrific. “He’s going to fill the void that Ray left, not as a romantic interest for Felicity, but as someone who is an equal intellectually to her and that we can have fun scenes between her and Curtis Holt in Palmer Tech,” Mericle says.

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‘Arrow’ Season 4 Premiere Episode Has Surprise Flashback

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Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) will return to Starling City in “Arrow” season 4 premiere after leaving in third season’s finale with Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards).

Also, he is expected to sport a new persona as he is about to wear a lighter green costume. While the pilot episode of the fourth season will deal with the aftermath of the third season’s finale, audiences will still be taken to a trip to the past. Oliver’s past will be revisited and boy, it comes with a big surprise.

Talking to Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Marc Guggenheim said “Arrow” season 4 premiere has a great surprise readied for the audience.

“We have a really great surprise for the season premiere for the flashbacks, and it’s made talking about the flashbacks very difficult,” Guggenheim said.

“We pick up basically in real time. It’s been a number of months later since the last flashback. Oliver is in Coast City, as eagle-eyed viewers noted when he boarded the boat at the end of season 3. What happens there and how he comes to cross with Reiter, that we need to keep secret because it would spoil a pretty big twist in episode 401.”

“Arrow” season 4 premiere is officially called “Green Arrow” and as to what that surprise would be, fans just have to wait for the show’s release date.

Speaking of flashbacks, it was revealed few days ago that Oliver Queen has met a formidable foe in the past. He is Baron Reiter, who in the comics is known as Baron Blitzkrieg, a former Nazi supervillain who figured in battles against Wonder Woman and Superman. Reiter will be played by British actor Jimmy Akingbola.

The casting of Akingbola as a Nazi raised eyebrows because people think it is historically inaccurate. Akingbola is of African descent and the public thinks it is wrong to cast him as a German Nazi officer. Guggenheim explained the Baron Reiter in the show is different from the one in comics.

“We never planned on actually telling a story about a bad guy who is a Nazi,” Guggenheim says. “In fact, when people meet this character, he’s not German, he’s not a Nazi, he doesn’t subscribe to any Nazi philosophies. We were attracted to an organization that actually in the comics had been associated with Deathstroke called Shadowspire. In the comics, Baron Reiter became associated with Shadowspire.”

“Arrow” season 4 premiere episode will air on October 7.

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‘Arrow’ Team on Green Lantern Rumors and Season 4 Surprises

What’s next for Arrow?

May’s season three finale felt more like a series finale with Ollie (Stephen Amell) finally choosing a life apart from the Arrow and driving off into the sunset with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards).

But Team Arrow is coming back next season, which begs the question: what can viewers expect in season four? Season three laid the groundwork with plenty of Easter eggs, and The Hollywood Reporter caught up with the cast and producers at Comic-Con to weigh in on what they might mean for season four.

Is Thea Speedy… or could she be Red Hood?

Thea (Will Holland) has spent the series being nicknamed Speedy, and will finally take on that superhero identity in season four. In the comics, Speedy is the nickname of the Green Arrow’s sidekick, originally held by Roy Harper and eventually given to Mia Dearden. Holland confirmed at Comic-Con that she would be fighting in the costume more often next season, hoping to add a yellow cape to the ensemble, which is a callback to Mia’s costume in the comics.

But online, fans have speculated there could be more to Speedy than meets the eye, and that she could even be the Batman villain Red Hood eventually.

In the 22nd episode of Arrow, “This is Your Sword,” Thea goes to visit Roy (Colton Haynes) who is now a mechanic under the alias Jason. After a night together, Jason sends Thea back to Starling City with his former Arsenal costume. Arrow hasn’t shied away Batman references, and Roy’s alias Jason could be a reference to Jason Todd, who is the second Robin best known for his death at the hands of the Joker in the “Batman: A Death in the Family” storyline. In a 2005 comic book storyline, he is resurrected via the Lazarus Pit in “Under the Hood,” where he takes on the Red Hood persona, becoming a villain who challenges Batman.

The producers have confirmed Haynes will be back in future episodes since, as Holland told THR, “it’s not like he died.” Though it’s unlikely that Roy/Jason will become the Red Hood, Thea could potentially become Starling City’s “Red Hood.” The series has made it a point to say that the person who comes out of the Lazarus Pit isn’t the same person who went in. Executive producer Marc Guggenheim has said the show would deal with the ramifications of Thea’s season three revival via the Lazarus Pit. Could it send her down a villainous path?

Are the Birds of Prey assembling?

In the comics, the Birds of Prey are an all-female team comprised of superheroes and villains. The lineup has changed over the years, but Arrow characters Black Canary (Katie Cassidy), Katana (Rila Fukushima), and Huntress (Jessica De Gouw) have all been Birds of Prey in the comics.

Guggenheim remained tightlipped on the possibility of introducing the Birds of Prey, bit did confirm his desire to bring back the Huntress for season four. “We have a great Huntress story,” he said. “We just have to find the right time for it, and it would be a shame if we couldn’t get her back this year.”

Amell told THR that in season four, Oliver will run into an old friend in Coast City. Could this be a reference to season one’s Detective McKenna Hall (Janina Gavankar) who was relocated to Coast City after mob boss daughter Helena Bertinelli (AKA the Huntress) — temporarily paralyzed her? That could be a way to bring the Huntress back into the fold.

Ferris Airlines

The airline has been reference by name only, similar to Ra’s before season three, but with Arrow’s track record of having some sort of company in the background (see: Queen Industries, Palmer Technologies), it would only make sense to include Coast City’s Ferris Airlines, which would allow the series to introduce the company’s CEO Carol Ferris.

DC fans are sure to recognize the name as Hal Jordan’s (The Green Lantern) long-time love interest and supervillain Star Sapphire.

Green Lantern/The Guardian?

Diggle (David Ramsey) will finally be getting a superhero identity in season four, and some fans are speculating he could even become DC powerhouse Green Lantern/Jon Stewart. Not so, say the producers, who also listed Green Lantern Hal Jordan as unlikely to appear in the CW superhero universe.

“They announced the Green Lantern Corps movie, and I’d be surprised if it didn’t include Hal Jordan,” said Gugenheim. “It would be great but I doubt it very much.”

At the Arrow Comic-Con panel, it was revealed that Diggle would get a helmet as part of his costume. Although his hero wasn’t given a name yet, there’s plenty of evidence he will become The Guardian.

In the comics, The Guardian doesn’t have any superpowers and relies on his combat training and abilities, much like Diggle. The costume in the animated television series Young Justice resembles the concept art of Diggle’s costume revealed at the Comic-Con panel. The Guardian also has an indestructible shield, which is in keeping with the more realistic heroes of Starling City and something Star Labs could certainly design for Diggle.

Fun fact: In the Golden Age comics, The Atom, the Guardian, and Wildcat were all trained by the same instructor. Here’s another chance for a team up.

Damien Darhk and H.I.V.E.

Neal McDonough has been cast as Damien Darkh, a villain who became important towards the end of season three, though he was never seen on screen. He and Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) were the two original candidates as heir to the demon with Ra’s being chosen. In episode 21 “Al Sah-him,” Ra’s revealed that Damien orchestrated several notable events in season three and mentioned that Damien left with a group of loyal followers and water from the Lazarus pit. He continues the League’s ways with his own organization filled with a “hive” of agents.

H.I.V.E. was teased earlier this season when a female agent tried to recruit Deadshot in episode 17 “Suicidal Tendencies.” It’s worth noting that in the New 52 comics H.I.V.E. is responsible for turning The Flash’s Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) into the villain Killer Frost. Since there have been a couple crossovers with The Flash, this might be another significant event for the two shows to explore. Now that Damien has escaped Starling City, he is poised to become the central villain in season four along with his organization H.I.V.E.

Season four of Arrow premieres on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m.

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Emily and Grant Gustin’s Chemistry Screen Test for “Arrow” (VIDEO)

A new featurette from the upcoming The Flash: Season 1 DVD has been released. The featurette takes you behind the scenes of Grant Gustin and Emily Bett Rickards’ chemistry test.

Emily flew to Los Angeles to film the test with Grant to see whether or not the pair had chemistry. As we all know, the two indeed had chemistry and Grant landed the role of Barry Allen.

Arrow Season 4 premieres on Wednesday, October 7th. The Flash season 2 premieres on Tuesday, October 6th both on CW.

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Emily On ‘Velveteen’ & ‘Sensuous’ Olicity In ‘Arrow’ Season 4

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The new costume was revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Oliver ended season 3 driving into the sunset with Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), but new evidence has surfaced indicating he will return, only this time, he will be the Green Arrow.

Olicity, as what fans like to call the romance between Oliver and Felicity, is a relationship that is three years in the making.

“Arrow” fans were also treated to a special peak at Oliver’s new costume when series star Stephen Amell performed a soliloquy while wearing a brand new suit at Comic-Con.

Arrow was pretty bat-shit bananas this season.

“”While speaking to TVLine’s Michael Ausiello, actor John Barrowman teased that the Season 4 premiere will leave fans in shock: “[It’s] one of those episodes where, [when] watching, you’re gonna go, ‘What?!?!” He’s just pure evil. “That last scene is gonna haunt the rest of the season”.

“She felt like she was crying a lot”.

“We kind of get to see them in their life as a couple, which’ll be really nice, which is what I wanted, so I’m happy about that.” she said.

The actress noted that Felicity lost a little bit of her strength in the third season and she hates seeing the character cry so much.

Rickards admitted that she’s excited to see a stronger Felicity in the fourth season and pointed out that her character had a rough year, adds IGN. “But then once we are activated, so to speak, we’re still going to be working together and within a team, but there will be a dynamic that exists between the two of us now, sort of the team within the team”. It was a big disappointment to me to have her crying a lot because one thing I love about Felicity so much is that she’s so strong and independent and sticks to her guns and is true to herself.

“It does because it takes away, Felicity sort of walking on eggshells to a certain extent because she would touch him and be like, ‘Oh my God, ‘ but now she kind of gets to touch him and still be like, ‘Oh my God, ‘ but she’s allowed to stay there”, Rickards said.

Previous “Arrow” season 4 spoiler said it is Thea (Will Holland) that will bring back Oliver to the city he left. Is Oliver Queen finally the Green Arrow?

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Emily is Sad That Felicity is Crying so Much on “Arrow”

emilyFelicity Smoak is our favorite character on Arrow—but she had a rough year last year. She was basically in tears for a lot of season three. We missed the funny, capable Felicity from the first two seasons. And during interviews at San Diego Comic Con, actor Emily Bett Rickards said she felt the same way.

During the roundtable interviews for Arrow over the weekend, someone asked Rickards if she felt like Felicity had spent too much of the past year being sad and weepy, and Rickards responded:

“She felt like she was crying a lot. I feel like she went through a year that wasn’t necessarily her favorite. I agree. I feel like she lost a little bit of her strength to a certain extent. I think she got burned a couple too many times, and then found herself in situations she wasn’t exactly sure she wanted to be in or if she was being true to herself between Ray [Palmer] and between Oliver [Queen], and if she was giving enough time to what she truly wanted. And then we throw her mom in there. And we get mom to really tell the truth. And that’s kind of what happens, and you end up sobbing.”

Someone followed up by asking if we might see a stronger, more in-charge version of Felicity this season, and she replied:

“That’s my hope and the plan and, hopefully, she gets funnier again because I don’t want to see her crying all of the time. It was a big disappointment to me to have her crying a lot—because one thing I love about Felicity so much is that she’s so strong and independent and sticks to her guns and is true to herself. And that is something I admire about her. I think she was true to herself last year, but I just don’t know if she necessarily knew what she was doing was authentic and she was trying to find it.”

Rickards added that Felicity’s worked really hard her whole life to build her identity, as a geek and as a professional. And having a huge secret, that she only gets to share with a tiny number of people, “took a toll on her.” Having been kidnapped four times, “she probably has nightmares, and I don’t know when she goes to therapy.”

Now that she’s dated three different people who turned into superheroes, it’s clear that she helps bring out the best in people—but Rickards added, it’s time that Felicity made space for herself, too.

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Arrow’s Stephen and Emily Role-Play Olicity’s Domestic Bliss

The first stop on Olicity’s journey post-driving off into the sunset in Arrow’s season finale? Comic-Con. Duh.

Arrow’s Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards took a break from Oliver and Felicity’s love-tour to chat with E! News’ Kristin Dos Santos at our LG G4 Suite at Comic-Con, where they didn’t just tease the couple’s “domestic bliss”…they acted it out for us. Yes, we had front-row seats to the Olicity show, you should be jealous.

Ever wondered what Oliver and Felicity would be like if they were just a normal couple, hanging out at home on a Tuesday night? Well, wonder no more because we got Stephen and Emily to do a little improv for us, role-playing Olicity as—gasp!— a regular, boring couple. What follows is possibly the best fake-fight over over-cooked lamb you’ve ever seen. That is, until they get into it over what to watch on TV that night…and who has control over the remote.

After improv-theater (sadly) ended, they did envision what the couple’s first fight would be over, and we’ve got two words: Damp. Towels. Fortunately, it’ll lead to some making up, as executive producer Marc Guggenheim did promise “a lot of sex” for the couple in season four.

But it won’t be all fake-fighting for Olicity in the upcoming season, as they are still partners in more ways than one.

“It’ll be interesting to see who is more at peace with domestic life between the two of us,” Stephen teases, “But then once we are activated, so to speak, we’re still going to be working together and within a team, but there will be a dynamic that exists between the two of us now, sort the team within the team.”

In case you missed it, Stephen and Emily also accepted their awards for Best Couple and Steamiest Moment in our Best. Ever. TV. Awards, and were totally adorable while doing so. We know, please try to contain your shock!

Arrow returns Oct. 7 on the CW.

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Added 5 Pics of Emily and Interview at WB Signing Booth at SDCC (VIDEO)

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