Rest easy, fans of Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak - your one true pairing isn't going anywhere, yet. In a recent casting announcement, the Arrow fan community went into shock over the announcement of a new character, the former lover of Oliver Queen. EW's latest article on the pairing was a little misguiding in it's title -- though not exactly a lie, from a certain point of view.
The article, titled "Arrow casts Oliver's new love interest," detailed the role given to actress Elysia Rotaru; a former love interest of Oliver Queen's who will appear in flashbacks.
"Oliver is gonna have a love interest in the past that will serve as a parallel or potentially a contrast to his love affair with Felicity in the present,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim told EW at the time.
In response, fans went into a frenzy. One of the worst habits of the internet is sharing a story simply for it's headline, and this story - still circling around the internet and causing fandom-related heart attacks - is a prime example of it. The response was so intense that Guggenheim, speaking with CBR, detailed the damage control:
I got a lot of Tweets on my timeline. People tagging me, saying basically to people who were upset, "Read deeper into the article." A lot of people didn't get to the "flashback" part and they lost their minds.
He went on to talk about the fans' relationship with the show, and how the love for "Olicity" has been wonderful -- but not exactly a push in one direction or another.
The only thing I can say, or the only thing I'm willing to say, is that we did not get Oliver and Felicity together because of the 'shippers. That, quite frankly, we did that because of the chemistry between Emily and Stephen, and we kept writing towards that chemistry.
And then we reached the point where we were like, "Wow, we're writing towards it. We've got to pick a horse -- or not pick a horse. We've got to do something here. Either that relationship is going to go forward or it needs to stop." But it really was -- we wrote to what we were seeing on the screen in the dailies.
And I know there will be some people who are upset with me. But at the very least, it has the virtue of being true.
Take a breath and think about the Grand Canyon trip, fellow Olicity fans -- and make sure to catch Arrow Season 4 when it premieres on October 7th.