Stephen Amell Sizes Up the Growing Team Arrow, Nixes 'Jealousy' Talk and Teases Massive Finale

Arrow Spoilers Oliver Felicity SladeIt’s a good day to be Arrow.

Because as dark (and deadly) as things have become in Starling City, the mood on the CW hit’s Vancouver set in mid-February is bright and lively, given the news that series lead Stephen Amell just helped shoot across the Internet: Season 3 is happening.

Not long after tweeting out the good word — and prior to blocking a quite pivotal scene that will air this spring – Amell kicked back in his trailer for a conversation with TVLine, sizing up Team Arrow 3.0, anticipating the inevitable Oliver/Slade showdown and surveying the many complicated relationships a chiseled billionaire vigilante must navigate.

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TVLINE | How does the lead of a show find out about renewal? Is it a [WBTV president] Peter Roth phone call? Is it [CW president] Mark Pedowitz…?
You know, Peter Roth has been so wonderful to me — you can print that. [Laughs] He called me the morning after we premiered and he was really excited, and then he called me the morning after our second episode, when our numbers held, and he was like, “It’s on, baby.” He was super pumped. Mark Pedowitz had a conversation with several execs, and then I found out about a half hour before [the press release], because they wanted me to tweet the news and share it on Facebook. It’s good because we’ve seen some really interesting growth in terms of some demographics that are a tough get. I fully expected the show to be renewed, but I’m also of the school that I can’t…. I mean, I haven’t even extended the lease on my apartment yet, so it’s a real honor that they have faith in us and that they do these early renewals.

TVLINE | Coming out of the last episode, “Heir to the Demon,” both Sara and Roy are basically on the team now. How will that affect dynamicsThree Ghosts inside the Arrowcave? I mean, it’s getting a little crowded there.
Well, they’re “on the team” with a lowercase T. I mean, there’s myself, Diggle and Felicity, and everybody else for the moment is just kind of a visitor.

TVLINE | They’re “available assets.”
Exactly. I didn’t bring Roy in by choice; I brought him in out of necessity. So his introduction to the team is going to be a bit slower than most people think. He’s not coming out of the next episode in a red version of my suit. He’s very much on the periphery. Canary, on the other hand, immediately becomes like a full-fledged member of the team. Like, when I go out, she goes out — and vice versa.

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TVLINE | And how do Diggle and Felicity take to her in that capacity?
I think that they understand her skill set, but in this coming episode (airing Wednesday at 8/7c), it definitely ruffles some feathers. Like you said, it’s not a very big cave.

TVLINE | The logline for that episode says that after seeing Oliver, Diggle and Sara comparing battle scars, Felicity “starts to feel left out.”
Felicity doesn’t actually become intimidated when we’re comparing battle scars. She become intimidated when, out of nowhere, Sara infringes — or so she perceives — on her territory a bit in terms of something that needs to be done on the computer. That’s where feathers are ruffled, so Felicity tries to branch out a little bit.

TVLINE | As far as Diggle versus Roy Tremorsversus Sara, what do you see their specialties as being? Do they serve specific purposes?
Well, Diggle is seasoned. In the show and in real life, Diggle is older than me. He has more experience with combat than I do. He has some tactical know-how, and he’s very much my “Pump the brakes for a second and think about what you’re doing” guy. He’s my conscience in some respects. Roy, meanwhile, is just brute force, and if we are on a very calculated, precise mission, he’s not the person that I call.

TVLINE | He’s a liability.
Precisely. But when the stakes get raised — and I’m sure as you would anticipate, the stakes are being raised very shortly — we need somebody with the Mirakuru to match up to other people who have the Mirakuru.

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TVLINE | Speaking of the Mirakuru, it’s been a bit quiet on that front for the past couple episodes. Is that because the team is supposed to believe that they got Skull Mask? That he’s been neutralized?
You saw that Brother Blood was in cahoots with Slade Wilson and that their initial attempt to mass-produce the serum wasn’t successful. Slade said that he would get him another sample of the blood, but obviously that hasn’t happened yet. But we are about to see that storyline jump right back into the mix.

TVLINE | Oh, in this next one, Episode 14?
The end of this next episode is one of our best in terms of, “Please let it be the following week right away!” And it’s actually funny, because I’m a big fan of Robert Knepper (who’s guest-starring as The Clock King), and as it turns out I didn’t actually get to work with him. But I saw a cut of the episode and he’s just fantastic. It was a real honor to have him on the show.

TVLINE | Will Oliver start getting inklings that Slade’s involved in the Mirakuru plot? Or will it be like “Boom — here’s Slade!“?
Oliver has no reason to suspect that Slade is alive, much less alive and well in Starling City, so I think that if it came across little teeny piece of information by little teeny piece of information, he would almost dismiss it. I think that it’ll happen the other way.The Odyssey

TVLINE | Will we get that missing piece of flashback that connects the dots about why Slade got so angry?
Our 15th episode, titled “The Promise,” is this season’s version of “The Odyssey,” in that present day in Starling City takes place over the course of 40, 45 minutes, but a lot of time passes on the island. It’s the episode that I am most proud of. A lot of people have written or said that there are a couple of episodes in the second half of our first season — “The Odyssey,” “Dead to Rights” — that took the show and elevated it to the level that we’ve gotten to this year. I believe that our 15th episode — and possibly our 13th episode that just aired — are the episodes that take the show to another level.

TVLINE | I was going to say, you always knew that action and ass-kicking was going to be part of this role, but you must also be satisfied with the emotional places that Oliver’s been allowed to go — both in the current timeline and of course in the flashbacks.
I’m very satisfied with it. I had two opportunities in Episode 13 — after Felicity tells me that Merlyn is Thea’s father, and the scene where I confront Moira – that I was very happy with. They essentially kept that Moira scene in its entirety, with all of the awkward pauses. We have a very finite amount of time to tell a very big story every week, so I was very happy that that ended up on TV. There is a scene coming up in Episode 14 and it’s a side of Oliver that we’ve never seen. It’s him essentially giving up on somebody. They’ve given me some room this year to operate, and it’s been very exciting.

TVLINE | That sounds like the scene you teased for us on the People’s Choice red carpet….
That’s right. There is an Oliver/Laurel encounter, the likes of which we’ve never seen — and also a scene from Oliver, and from Laurel as well, that we haven’t seen on the show yet. I think that based on the way that people have embraced those scenes this year, there will be an episode before the end of this season that will be a little different in tone, in terms of what we focus on for the hour. You’ll know when you see it.

TVLINE | Let’s talk for a minute about the women Tremorsin Oliver’s life. The close of the last episode rubbed some people the wrong way, so tell us: In your mind, what brought Oliver and Sara back together in a heated clinch?
Caity [Lotz] and I talked a lot about that, and there is a lot more history between those two characters than the audience knows about because there are a lot of things that are happening on the island that we haven’t seen unfold yet. We don’t know yet, as a viewer, how important Sara is in Oliver’s life. This was backed up for us by the writers, that there is a far richer history, whether it be romantic or not, between Oliver and Sara than we have experienced yet on screen. So, I understand why it rubbed some people the wrong way, that in some sense it came out of left field, but to think that this was just an “I’m sad, you’re sad, let’s have sex” moment would be incorrect. The deepness of their connection, we don’t totally understand yet, but it’s certainly deeper than a casual hook-up.

TVLINE | OK, because that seems to go against what Oliver once told Felicity, that he can’t be with someone he cares about. Aren’t you saying that he cares about Sara?
He could very much care about Sara, but what’s the thing that we know about Sara? She can take care of herself. Part of what Oliver said to Felicity in that episode is that he doesn’t know if he’s willing to open himself up to having feelings for her, if in fact he does, because the danger is so imminent when you’re in close proximity to him…. Him working with her and her working with him is one thing, but a relationship is another.

TVLINE | A reader wanted to ask, “How are we going to see the Felicity/Oliver relationship evolve over the rest of the season?”
When we introduced Barry [Allen] in Episode 8 and 9, we saw a lot of people saying, “Oh, Oliver’s jealous.” I don’t know how it came across, but that certainly wasn’t the way that I was playing it. It was more curiosity about this guy and their interaction. But jealousy? Not so much. We have this Oliver/Sara thing happening now, and the immediate reaction is, “Oh, Felicity’s going to be jealous.” But Felicity’s way stronger than that. Felicity is much more interested in the overall goal of this team than the fact that Oliver and Sara might be together, and we see that in this next episode. We see Diggle say, “This must be difficult,” and her say, “Yeah, OK. Leave me alone. I’m working.” So, I think that we will see Oliver and Felicity’s relationship really solidified as partners and equals.Darkness on the Edge of Town

TVLINE | And how are things between Oliver and Moira now?
Not good. There’s nothing between them. There’s public support of her campaign and… that’s it. And that’s tough.

TVLINE | And she has a whole other secret she’s keeping from him. That Malcolm is alive.
Yes, she does. And as we know on our series, the writers aren’t particularly interested in allowing people to keep secrets. So yeah, things are really tough between Oliver and Moira at the moment. Whenever I finish playing such a scene with Susanna Thompson — basically Episode 14 through what we’re shooting now in Episode 18 — I feel kind of bad. When you really have to excoriate someone, especially someone as lovely as Susanna, when you see her heartbreak and you’re trying to be steely, it’s really difficult.

TVLINE | What are you hearing about the finale? Any teasers or anything from the producers?
I’m hearing that we want to rent out a block [of the city]. I’m hearing that the scale and the amount of people involved is something that we haven’t yet seen on the show. This season has been incredibly expansive, you know? We have an episode coming up that’s just Diggle, titled “The Suicide Squad,” so we have a dynamic between a group that we haven’t even seen. We’ve taken the Arrowcave from three people to five. We’ve had stuff happening in Russia. We have Malcolm Merlyn. We have the League of Assassins. We have so many things – including, of course, Slade and Brother Blood. There are so many things up in the air, and I think they’re all going to land at once — and on opposite sides.

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194 Comments
  1. Julie says:

    So Olicity is kind of dead, isn’t it? Sucks.

    • Hazeleyes06 says:

      I hope not…Apart from the A-Team being the heart of the show, which makes Olicity even more appealing, I feel like Felcity is the only woman Oliver’s had any real chemistry with.

    • docsmooth73 says:

      No its not! He wasn’t saying that. Just going slowly at the moment

    • Katie T says:

      I wouldn’t say that at all. I’ve always thought that if Olicity does happen then it’ll happen in the long term rather than the near future. I’ve thought that since I saw the producers say they had a five year plan for the show on the season 1 dvd extras. If it is going to happen then I’m not expecting it until season 4 at the earliest. That’s because if the writers do decide Olicity is now going to be end game relationship wise then I think season 4 is the earliest Oliver will be ready for it character wise

      • Julie says:

        I just feel they are really going for this Sara thing (which i hate so much) and Stephen basically dismissed every single moment that showed Oliver having some kind of feelings for Felicity.

        • Jenni says:

          I agree with you Julie. That is what it felt like to me too.

          • Molly says:

            That’s the feeling I’m getting too. Before SA said something about “you don’t know how you feel for your friend until someone else likes them” and now he’s saying there was never anything there? It just seems strange and fishy and off from what we were getting all season from interviews and acting choices.

          • kath says:

            ITA Molly.He said one thing before, and now he’s saying another.

            He’s also still hedging on Oliver’s feelings for Sara (well, it is a TV show after all). “He could very much care about Sara, but what’s the thing that we know about Sara?”

            So he’s supporting whatever is the current storyline.

          • Sofia says:

            I agree with kath. It was pretty obvious within the context of the Barry Allen episodes, namely Diggle’s calling Oliver out on the reason for his inordinately bitchy attitude directed at Felicity (that stuff about her “head [being] in Central City”) and Oliver not refuting him, Oliver was jealous. I seriously doubt Stephen, as smart as he is, has forgotten that and I don’t think the writers have forgotten it either, I don’t think there’s any retcon going on here. They’re just throwing a few more pieces on the board (specifically Sara in Team Arrow and the Oliver/Sara dynamic). In which case, Stephen’s doing his job above, he’s promoting “Arrow”, Oliver/Sara is the current storyline and Oliver/Felicity are on the back burner for now. Also probably about as much as he knows or he’s willing to reveal without getting reprimanded by his bosses.

            I’ve been suspecting right along, with the manner they’ve been telling/teasing this Oliver/Felicity storyline in season 2, if that story made any big leaps this season, they’d probably save it for the season finale. If Stephen knows anything going on in the season finale, he’s not going to reveal any of it, Oliver/Felicity or otherwise. Considering that “Corrupt those he loves” thing and Felicity right there on the screen? Season finale or some arc leading up to it will probably be Slade directly targeting Felicity to “corrupt” her and then Oliver going psycho because of it. Then something Oliver/Felicity happens when the crisis is averted. Funny how all the bs narrative roadblocks created by writers instantly disappear when May Sweeps rolls around. Or, conversely, the roadblocks get far, far worse, then again, that would depend on the story in question.

            However, I do think there will be some Oliver/Felicity action of some sort in the season finale, even I don’t think a romantic relationship will come about in season 3, at least not right away and despite whatever happens in the season 2 finale. I tend to think Oliver/Felicity will fall into the sack in the s2 finale, probably right at the end, but then season 3 comes along and we learn they’ve decided or claimed to think it’s better they’re just friends for team sanctity, tried to write-off any sex as some heat-of-the-moment/grateful-to-be-alive thing and Oliver being bad at relationships. Except there’s still tons of sexual tension there in season 3 and once both have gotten a taste of each other, they probably wouldn’t be so easy to let it go, so the writers are back to teasing them again on whether they’ll actually get into a relationship or not.

        • Lizzie says:

          You guys aren’t giving SA the credit. He’s pretty smart on teasing this stuff. I’m all for Olicity but I don’t think it’s going to happen this season. There is a huge cloud of mystery hanging over felicity. We haven’t really gotten to know her (the who’s your daddy? Thing) I’m ok with Sara she’s cool but I do think she will ultimately die & then writers have to do the impossible & makes us interested in laurel

        • Bella says:

          I totally agree with you. I don’t think they will ever happen, or that the writers ever intended it to.

    • Laura says:

      Dead and buried. Canary is the only one for Arrow. Just give it a chance. You’re going to love them together.

      • ann says:

        why should we do that? everyone keeps saying that (i mean hardcore comic fans) you have your BC and GA in comics where everything is one-dimensional, and they split up even there too.

      • Dominator of destruction says:

        I already do i fell in love with these 2 from that scene in the hospital at the end of ep 4 they just have the “it” factor

      • Christina says:

        I agree that Canary is the one – now the key is just making sure Sara is the endgame Canary. Because I swear, if it’s Laurel, I’m going to be SO pissed.

      • JP says:

        When all is said and done, why can’t Felicity wind up being Canary? I don’t foresee Sara being Canary the entirety of the series and although it’s pretty much Laurel’s job to lose, this show can take any twist or turn to create the story they want to tell

    • SZ says:

      Ja, it does feel that way, I must admit:-( Weird because until this interview I had read others where the writers and SA himself had hinted that Oliver might have felt jealousy over Barry, plus even Diggle implied that Oliver was jealous and Oliver didn’t deny it. And now they’re denying that? I feel cheated by the writers frankly because they tease Olicity all season, but the moment it becomes more popular than Sara/Oliver (which is just wrong on so many levels) they go back on everything and shove Felicity into the friend zone. What a slap in the face to Olicity fans! If they carry on in this vein, I will seriously reconsider if I want to carry on watching because in my opinion they are butchering the characters and relationships.

      • Britany says:

        Butchering the relationships? That would only happen if the writers carried out the Olicity ship. There is 40 years of comic history between green arrow and black canary that the writers could be using, why would they turn their back on and give a giant slap across the face to all the comic fans who tune in week after week just to make some shippers happy?

        • SZ says:

          Maybe because what works on the pages of a comic book doesn’t necessarily work on screen where actors actually have to have chemistry for their relationships to be convincing. The woman who is supposed to become Black Canary (Laurel) has little to no chemistry with Oliver and is frankly downright annoying, and the current Black Canary also doesn’t have much chemistry with him in addition to a toxic history of betraying her sister with him – not a great foundation for a relationship. And then, after 5 years of supposed character growth and development they fall right back into their old ways again. Yeah, that’s true love folks. Nothing selfish or self-centred or unhealthy about it at all. Plus, if we are to go by the comic books, Green Arrow cheats on Black Canary and eventually they divorce. Real epic romance that. So if that’s what you want to see on your screens, go ahead. Personally, I think the comic books could be improved upon.

          • Janis says:

            So much word to this entire post. If we’re really sticking to comic canon, then Green Arrow and Black Canary get DIVORCED and in The New 52 they don’t even interact, so there’s really nothing holding the writers to a GA/BC endgame plan when that doesn’t follow the comic canon, does it?

          • Dominator of destruction says:

            Caity Lotz has amazing chemistry with Stephen your shipper heart is clouding your judgement

          • SZ says:

            @Dominator of Destruction, I could say the same about you.

          • Mel says:

            I agree with u.

        • Metro says:

          They cant butcher something they never promised to begin with.

          Olicity is a fan pandering ship, its basically the fandom forcing the writers to do what they want. Then complain if you dont get it or if it doesnt go the way you like. The show has never promised that Oliver/Felicity will get together, thats all in your minds.

          Maybe it will maybe it wont, why dont you just enjoy the show and relax. This isnt the Olicity show were everything revolved around Oliver/Felicity. You say you want a slow burn that take years yet you cant even be patient enough from one week to another, you are a joke.

          • Dominator of destruction says:

            Great post

          • Amilynn_De says:

            If that’s true, then GA/BC is also a fan pandering relationship — just comic fans instead of other fans.

            Quite a few people who like Olicity do so because they came to watch the *show*, yet found Oliver to be a pretty damn humorless b*stard until they had him interacting with Felicity and Digg. That’s why we like it. It makes *Oliver* a character we can stand to watch. Otherwise, the angsty crap was just getting boring. And slow. He’s better appreciated with someone more quirky (Felicity) and someone more stable (Digg) to bounce off of.

      • A says:

        I completely agree…

    • Quinn Mallory says:

      That’s not really what the show is about. I think they are saving this potential storyline for later in the show’s run.

    • Warm Smelly Farts says:

      Too fast and it loosing its luster. I don’t wanna see them a couple till at least season 4.

    • Dominator of destruction says:

      How many times does Ollie have to friend zone Felicity for you crazy people to get it

    • Kath says:

      GREAT interview! You can tell the interviewer actually WATCHES Arrow faithfully! Absolutely one of my favorite shows!

    • Meg says:

      I feel like we need to give Sara a chance.

    • Ella says:

      I seriously hope so. They work much, much better as friends and colleagues and Stephen Amell doesn’t appear to want to touch that with a ten foot pole.

    • Bella says:

      As much as I hate to admit it as I loved Olicity I think you’re spot on.

  2. spindae2 says:

    Great Interview!!! Arrow is sooo good this season and they are pushing forward, no backing down. I hope for some Thea development, Willa can pull alot more than she is doing now.

  3. Georgia D says:

    Something tells me the Oliver/Felicity story line has reached its limits for this season. They’ve built it up for now so that they’re equals but they’re saving anything beyond that for Season 3….

  4. ScorpionGlow says:

    He’s such a fantastic interview. I love how accessible he allows himself to be to the fans. It’s so refreshing to see.

  5. GildedRose says:

    So glad Arrow isn’t going to jealousy route with things and is working to keep the core team/family/friendship dynamics solid. I always hate when shows do that soapy junk for no reason. That said… Oliver. Really? Seriously? That’s his reasoning? Felicity could get hurt so he can’t let himself care about her? LOL. Yeah, let’s see how long that works. I’m in no rush to push Oliver and Felicity together but the show has gone there and teased it, so I do expect them to get there someday. Which is good because I love Oliver and Felicity together and I think they’d make an amazing couple. Really looking forward to seeing this Felicity-centric episode this week. It sounds like the rest of the season is going to be amazing.

    • M3rc Nate says:

      I can understand the reasoning Oliver makes. First off sometimes you toy with the line, have chemistry, flirt…but when pulling the trigger becomes a option, you back off and say this isnt right or i cant do it. Olicity have chemistry obviously but theres a difference between Sara can die, but she can handle herself, is a badass, is not a victim, and Felicity can die, in a more she didnt have even a chance cause she is a victim. Basically its how would it way on Olivers conscious if Sara was killed during a fight against a enemy, vs Feclity dying cause she cant defend herself and was taken hostage or killed off by a baddie. Oliver feels WAY more responsibility over Feclitiy, shes just a tech with very limited fighting skills who joined the “team” for some reason i dont think we fully understand yet.

      • kath says:

        In tomorrow’s episode, Felicity’s computer blows up in front of her. How is that safe?

        It’s ridiculous to think that she’s safe working as the Arrow IT girl with all the villains attacking them, but wouldn’t be if she were Oliver Queen’s girl friend.

        • M3rc Nate says:

          You didnt read what i said. Its not that she is less likely to die, though she is considering she is not out fighting hand to hand almost daily (yes inside the Cave can be deadly too but a lot less often) i am saying the MINDSET that Oliver has about the two women. One he sees as a peer, a equal in fight ability, someone who can handle herself, so even if he lost her, though it would be intense and horrible, he wouldnt feel guilty….compare that to Felicity, fragile, nerdy, getting a little bit of self defense training, totally inexperienced, on the team directly because of Oliver, innocent, sweet, etc….if she is killed cause hes with her (or even if she isnt) he will feel INTENSE guilt. What it comes down to is she has to be protected by the team, where as Sara can 100% handle herself. If you lose the one that you are protective of and feel is innocent and basically defenseless & vulnerable, its going to hit WAY harder with much more guilt.

          • kath says:

            The only way to keep Felicity completely safe is to kick her off the Team. She’s safer in the basement than Sara is out fighting with Oliver, no matter how good a fighter Sara is.

            What I’m trying to say is that it doesn’t matter who Oliver is in a romantic relationship with because the bad guys don’t know that Oliver is The Arrow. The people who are in danger are those on Team Arrow, and that includes Felicity, whether she’s dating Oliver or not.

          • M3rc Nate says:

            And i never argued that Felicity is safe. Obviously Oliver & Felicity have accepted some risk with her being on the team, with her sometimes going out into the field…and more. And yes obviously Sara is in WAY more risk being so active in the field, fighting hand to hand combat against guys with guys almost daily. But thats now what the OP posted about. He had a issue with Oliver saying they cant be together cause she could get hurt. Obviously he meant if they were together it would bring her even closer to him, they would spend more time together, putting her in more risk, her being so vulnerable and so unlike Sara in the “protect yourself” department.

  6. Alex C says:

    No its not! He wasn’t saying that

  7. Jules says:

    Yeah sounds like Olicity is dead, but I kinda knew it was gonna happen *sigh* It’s okay Felicity is a kickass girl she doesnt need someone who’s emotionally needie. And it was pretty obvious (to me) that Oliver wasn’t jealous of Barry… Weird how people perceive it that way- glad that Stephen cleared the air with that. I’m also SOOO glad that Felicity isn’t jealous of Ollie, Sara, and Diggle, she’s way more stronger than that to be petty about them. I mean c’mon girl, Felicity has nothing to be jealous about..so i’m happy it’s not being played out like that. Great interview with Stephen, very insightful.

    • docsmooth73 says:

      They wasn’t going to happen this season anyway. All that is being done is them getting closer as friends first. Its a future possibility for Oliver/Felicity

  8. sophia7470 says:

    Ouch. Olicity just got friendzoned hard.

  9. Mary says:

    Yeah, I agree with the others that he doesn’t sound too thrilled about an “olicity” possibility. Seems that he’s pushing to defend the whole Sara hookup as something more meaningful than it came off to the viewers. Yay for season 3 though (not that I doubted)!!

  10. ko says:

    think we’re supposed to forget season one existed. This Oliver/Sara thing is gross. I just can’t buy the epic love story they’re trying to sell.

    • Warm Smelly Farts says:

      “epic love story”? WHAT show are you even watching to think that? Its more of a fling, some good lust. If you believe its a love story, I’m sorry you don’t understand the writing of the show!!

      • ko says:

        I don’t believe it is lol that was the point of my post. I was saying from this interview, it seem they want to go there with O/S and I don’t buy it.

  11. Gabe says:

    My main concern with this season is that they’re pushing so hard on plot that they’re rushing through the character development. I am all for fast-pacing the storyline but when you need to do interviews to explain why characters are behaving in certain ways…well that’s just troubling.

  12. Jenni says:

    Sad that they are killing the O/F relationship before ever going there. That was the one relationship I was kind of hoping would happen.

    Can’t get behind O/S. Now they have a deep connection? Wasn’t Laurel his true love last season? The light at the end of the tunnel? So now they changed that? Is Oliver just a plain liar now? That storyline is weird and I still feel it is wrong somehow. I am not sure which contrived backstory they will come up with to get people on board with that.

    • Mary says:

      I agree. In season 1, it was all about how when O was on the island, Laurel was his true love. Now they’re trying to make us forget that and make it seem like O/S have this amazing (romantic) connection? Ugh. No.

    • K says:

      Many Olicity fans dont believe that Laurel is or was ever Oliver’s true love hence Olicity.

      Stop the BS and DS ie double standards.

  13. thecatbastet says:

    Please let Nightwing show up to rescue me and Felicity from this triflin’ nonsense.

    • A says:

      I agree. If Olicity isn’t happening why is Felicity the only character without a real love interest?

      • Jenny says:

        She doesn’t need a love interest. She is a smart, brave woman in an impossible situation. She basically keeps the entire city safe by helping Oliver and probably spends her weekends in night classes so she can learn suturing and studying police response times.

        • A says:

          But so many characters (Barry, Moira, Diggle) keep referring to Felicity’s feelings for Oliver, it makes it seem like she’s just pining for him…

        • Amilynn_De says:

          This bothers me. She needs a LIFE outside the Arrowcave. I’d prefer that to include a love interest or at least some indication that she’s dating, has friends — you know, pretty much what they’ve given to Diggle and Thea and Roy and Moira and Laurel and — well, you know, everyone *else* on the show. She’s a healthy, beautiful young woman. Why *wouldn’t* she want to date? I don’t think she’s sitting around pining for Oliver, but totally neglecting her in the way they are is setting her up as nothing more than the Geek Girl Trope, and the character’s come too far to be shoved back into that box again.

          Nobody spends all their time working, and as she reminded Diggle in 2×16, she *did* have more of a life before those guys. Sure, they’re cutting into it, but especially with as hard as she’s worked and as nasty as things have been, my guess is she’ll try to create some more space for herself. Her only crime’s been that of being a workaholic in the service of someone who still manages to have some life for himself.

  14. I’m feeling so conflicted right now. I really love Sara, but I am not happy with what they’re doing with her in terms of Oliver. It feels like a step back, honestly, and their initial betrayal of Laurel still kind of sickens me. I was really excited to see Sara be a member of the team, but I never expected her and Oliver to reconnect on a romantic/sexual level. I’m not looking forward to that at all.

    • Femme says:

      Finally! Someone admits sleeping with your sisters boyfriend is AWFUL!!! And Oliver looks like a flakey liar. “….I loved you for half my life” you slept with her sister now you are dating her again!!! That isn’t normal or acceptable. Has anyone else noticed 4 CW shows have heavy story lines involving siblings sleeping with/liking the same person and no one please say it isn’t at the same time….it’s gross!!! (Vampire Diaries, Originals, Reign and Arrow). I stopped watching them all except arrow after tonight I don’t know.

  15. Autumn says:

    Thanks Matt for the interview and good questions. Oliver having feelings for Sarah and being in a relationship with her does seem to go against what he told Felicity. There was no discussion of her being in danger either in that scene…Seems like a stretch to me. But whatever. I still enjoy the show even if I agree that the Arrow cave is getting a little crowded. I want more focus on Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity. Those three are the best part of the show for me. And while I like Sarah, I don’t want a romance. Didn’t feel it at all.

  16. 80s says:

    I really don’t care much for the Oliver/Felicity complaints, as I don’t watch the show for the ships, but I’m surprised that Stephen did not think Oliver was jealous.

    • Marc says:

      I agree, there was some seething jealousy there for sure, but I guess since the writers have decided to go for a Sara/Oliver redux, it’s his job as the show’s lead to sell it. Next season, I’m sure Stephen will be saying that Oliver couldn’t recognize that it was actually jealousy that Oliver was feeling at the time. Whatever, Oliver’s love-life is a tad too crowded and reminds me too much of a soap opera where the main actor has several soul-mates.

  17. Whitney says:

    Well I just got slapped in the face in regards to Olicity. Hmmm teased all through the first part of the season. Oh wow. I’m going to shipper rehab anyone wanna join me?

    Thank goodness that OUAT is coming back because I just no….

    Bye.

  18. Alexis says:

    I like Sara, but this story they’re trying to push with her and Oliver and their “deep connection” just reeks of a rewrite and are damaging both characters. Are we supposed to just forget everything that happened in season 1? Forget how remorseful Oliver was about cheating on Laurel with her sister? Forget how he said it was a mistake? Because no matter how deep a connection he had with Sara on the island, whatever he felt for Laurel obviously trumped that since he came back to Starling City and professed his undying love for Laurel. What happened to those feelings?

    I can’t believe I’m defending Laurel here, but I hope she never gives Oliver the time of day again after he hooks up with her sister for a second time. No man with an ounce of respect for her would do that to her again whether they were in a relationship or not.

    • Agreed. Laurel deserves 1000% better, and it kills me that they keep hurting her. I don’t respect Oliver at all at the moment. Like you said, in a relationship or not, if he cares about Laurel (once- not that long ago- claimed to love her), how can he do this?

      • Jon says:

        Agreed, Oliver is a first class douchebag that I have lost alot of respect for. Don’t know what the writers are smoking if they think we don’t remember characterization established in season 1.

        • Quinn Mallory says:

          Sadly, this is a common problem on TV show, especially when the writers and producers fall in and out of love with certain characters and actors.

      • Alexis says:

        It makes Sara look bad too and makes all of her concern for her sister look fake since she has no qualms about sleeping with Oliver again. I don’t care how many years Sara “gave” her to get over what happened or how close she and Oliver got on the island. Laurel is her sister, her flesh and blood, and if she had any remorse for what she did, she wouldn’t go right back to doing it again.

        This story does neither Oliver nor Sara any favors. They might be heroes Arrow and Canary, but as human beings, they suck.

    • Mary says:

      THIS. I’m no fan of Laurel but no one deserves that and it’s gross. Besides, this whole “deep connection” with Sara that he supposedly shared is so inconsistent with his actions in season 1. Even taking the Olicity element out of the equation, we can’t forget how Laurel was his supposed true love or whatever. Sara may be great and all but I still find what she did to her sister pretty gross.

    • K says:

      No he was remorseful for the cheating, which happened many years ago.

      But see now he is no longer cheating, so what if he has feelings for Sara now and is in a relationship.

      Likely Laurel is being rewritten, she is a failed character, you didnt have any problem or complaints when they started to rewrite her for Felicity back in season 1. So stop the fake Laurel concerns.

      • Jon says:

        He might not be cheating, but he is throwing 5 years of growth and personal maturity to the wind and regressing back to the douchy playboy he was before the shipwreck in a sense. I know it might be hard to grasp through your obviously blind hate of Laurel. But there are viewers who enjoyed aspects established in the first few episodes of the show.

      • Alexis says:

        Excuse me? How do you know how I felt in season 1 to tell me to stop with the fake Laurel concerns? Whether I like a character or not, I can be objective to what I’m seeing on the screen, and the way Oliver and Sara are being written now is very selfish and with little regard for Laurel, a person they both claim to love. The bottom line is that if either one of them were truly sorry for the hurt that they caused Laurel by betraying her and running off together, they wouldn’t go down that road again. It doesn’t matter that Oliver isn’t cheating on Laurel THIS time. She is someone he claims to love, and to hook back up with her sister after what happened the last time he did that just shows how little he respects Laurel as a person. Same goes for Sara.

  19. Gabe says:

    I can get behind characters not behaving in ways that I like or agree with as long as I can understand what their motivations are…my big gripe is that they have not presented any credible motivations for Oliver, Sara or Laurel in my mind and I so don’t get this storyline that was not even teased at until ep. 13.

  20. Janis says:

    SA’s reasoning for why Oliver can’t be with Felicity makes no sense since Felicity is in way more danger as Arrow’s tech girl than she would be as Oliver Queen’s girlfriend. How many times has Felicity’s life already been in danger and they’re not even together? She had a bomb strapped to her neck, almost got gunned down, got kidnapped, got attacked by the Doll Maker, almost got blown up by a landmine, got caught in an underground mob casino, etc. If Oliver really wants to keep her safe, he shouldn’t have her in his life AT ALL because she’s been in danger simply because she was sitting next to him in a boardroom.

    • janet says:

      Yeah, it’s kind of fallacious. A better answer would just be ‘Oliver just doesn’t think about her that way right now, although he cares more about Felicity each day’ etc, etc, The way I imagine it is, he knows that he cares about her but doesn’t really have time to explore it because uh… he’s a billionaire/vigilante with major PTSD. It seems simple enough to me. They’re tripping themselves up by trying to make Oliver a bit more noble than he is.

    • Kate says:

      I ship Olicity like most fans, but do not agree with some of what you said. Yes, Felicity’s in danger as the Arrow IT girl, but she’s a member of the team equal to Diggle (and Sara, now). The minute she becomes Oliver Queen (and more importantly Arrow)’s girlfriend, she becomes leverage; a bargaining chip for the villains. This elevates her to being the most important person in Oliver Queen’s life, as he becomes emotionally compromised. I think that it’s easier for Oliver now, as he can tell himself that the danger is part of Felicity’s choice to be on Team Arrow. However, a relationship would be “selfish” and putting her in unnecessary danger, or so Oliver would reason currently. If a relationship is going to work between them, they need to be in a place where they are more stable. I mean, we’re only in the middle of Season 2. A relationship would be end of Season 3 stuff at the earliest, so we have a while to go.

      • kath says:

        Except that the villains don’t know that Oliver Queen is the Arrow.

        Everyone at Queen Consolidated already thinks that Felicity is sleeping with Oliver, if Isabel is to be believed, so she’s already at risk in terms of that.

        I can think of a number of reasons why Oliver would be with Sara right now rather than Felicity — unfinished business with Sara; it’s an easy relationship because they have so much history with each other; Oliver knows he’s suffering from PTSD and doesn’t want to be with someone who is vulnerable while Sara is already there with him — but keeps Felicity from getting hurt just doesn’t make sense as an explanation.

        I want better from Stephen Amell..

  21. Ally says:

    Good to know what they are doing with Olicity. Sad but better I know now than watch and wait. Team Arrow AWESOME! Slade sooo awesome! Felicity – all hail Miss Smoak.
    Laurel is such a mess :( I hope she rises like a Phoneix. So sick of Oliver treating her like dirt on his shoe!

    Love (NOT) how they are pulling this Oliver/Sara stuff out of their asses since. Stephen and Katie fell so FLAT on the chemistry front. But it makes Oliver look like a douchebag. But if that’s what they are going for own it!

    So glad all shows are coming back because although I love Arrow, they just went a bit sideways with Caity Lotz storyline. She kicks ass. But it’s time to rotate, and hit DVR for a little while.

    These spoilers aren’t making me excited. All I am looking forward to right now is. Laurel finding her strength, Felicity AMAZING Smoak, Deathstroke rocking our worlds and the Sucuide Squad.

    Is it bad I hope Deathstroke kills Oliver’s ass?

    • Femme says:

      Lol!!! I just told someone I hope Slade kicks the ever loving crap out of Oliver!! I hate Laurel but Oliver and Sarah getting together makes me pity her— ugh!!! I use to ship Olicity but no he is gross. I think next he’ll date Momma Lance ( I know that was snarky). So on to the real question…when will they bring in some eye candy so Felicity can have some scandalous fun!!!

  22. Sammy says:

    Is this A PRANK? What is this Sara and Oliver BULL? They both suck. I feel SO bad for Laurel that she has such sucky people in her life. They really suck.

    #ain’t nobody got time for cheaters and bottom feeders

    Yup i’m hating Oliver and Sara.

  23. janet says:

    I ditto everyone’s “ouch” but I can deal with Olicity not happening now, hoping that it will probably happen later. He’s got to work this stuff out with Sarah, major baggage there, and Laurel for that matter. The guy has too many women in his life! It’s totally fine if this is his and Sarah’s time to figure everything out. Meanwhile Felicity and Oliver can keep building a friendship- I love how they showed that last episode- in the midst of his perpetual Lady Lance drama. It’s funny to hear him say he wasn’t playing it jealous with Barry because that’s the best thing I liked about the “flash” plot! Oops.

    • Katy says:

      I agree with what you say, it totally makes sense that olicity can’t happen right now with all the woman around oliver… he does have to work stuff out with sara and hopefully it will end very soon… cause i am not a fan of sara/oliver relationship, it’s so wrong on so many levels

    • mary says:

      Ooooops???? A big OOOOOOps….thats mean that we are blind and the teasers not were that it were. No DVR, soooooo..,a break for a while!!!?

  24. yepthatsme says:

    LOl a really weird thought came to my mind and i couldnt help but laugh… if Sara and felicity ended up having a thing., now THAT would be a true plot twist that would leave everyone catatonic for days!!! just kidding.. That said i’m all for Olicity,, i think she is the only one deeply connected with him right now and it doesnt make any sense they showing us their relationship grow and its not only fan fiction the show really went there with them to all of a sudden they forget all about what they fed us with in previous episodes,, but who knows if not felicity im not to keen on sara either…

  25. Linda P says:

    Sounds to me like Sara is going to take Shado’s place in the comic book story, i.e. does she have his baby? I thought it a strange scene when Nyssa was at the airport and looked very sweetly at a young boy – I wondered if that had any significance. But I hope sincerely the writers do NOT go in that direction. I’m glad to hear Stephen say that he was jealous because I didn’t see him play it that way either and wondered why other people said that.

    • Jon says:

      I was pretty happy they skipped the rapist part of Shado’s character actually, That particular storyline does not need to be included at all.

      • Linda P says:

        They wouldn’t have to have it be rape. They’ve changed the canon enough for it to be just the fact they had sex on the island and I doubt there was any kind of protection available.

  26. Claire says:

    So in other words, if I were watching the movie “Momento”, I would totally get the Sara/Oliver hookup and the deepness of their connection. Got it. But I’m not, soooo I will go back to my original mode of thinking and call this latest development contrived malarky. LOL

    At this point in the series, the only characters I am following and rooting for are Felicity, Diggle and Slade. They are the only ones not entangled in the tentacles of the Lance sister mammoth squid. The only question remains, will the Nautilus survive this foray as it barely did before? Prognosis? Not unless they harpoon THIS storyline. How much deeper can they dig this hole?

    I haven’t a clue where the writers are going with that mess, and quite frankly I am beyond caring. Bring on Felicity, Diggle and Slade! Can’t WAIT to see Felicity tomorrow!

    • Claire says:

      I wanted to clarify that I am still liking the Felicity/Oliver pairing, I never expected anything anytime soon. It is this MESS of a storyline with the Lance sisters that is just very unappealing and getting in the way of some really good stories. So I have decided to focus on the good, the bad and the ugly and ignore the just plain stupid :)

  27. Samantha says:

    Sara and Oliver were so good before, as ‘vigilante friends’, I’m not excited to see them as a couple…

  28. Samantha says:

    At first I wanted Sara to be on more, being all badass on the show, not this Oliver/Sara relationship drama…

  29. Kate says:

    Honestly, I’m not that worried. We have a Season 3, if the ratings hold (which I imagine they will), then there’ll be a Season 4/5/6 etc. I like Olicity, but I think if it is to ever be serious, then they’ll have to be at a more emotionally intimate place. This will evolve over time, and possibly a near death experience (or several). Not that they are at all the same show, but Castle took 4 seasons to get the main couple together. I think Olicity will take this sort of time as well.

    SA made some questionable statements that I do not personally agree with, but I’ve learned not to put too much stock in actor’s comments. At the end of the day, it’s the writers who make the big decisions.

    Besides how many of the best OTP’s gave you immediate gratification without first making you cry/scream/die of feels.

    • Michelle says:

      My issue specifically, is that there seems to be a lot of back-peddaling from what was in previous interviews, to what this one says. I practically have whiplash.

      • SZ says:

        @Michelle: This! I feel like they have been messing us around all this time and suddenly freaked out that Olicity was more popular than the canon pairing and so decided to kill it dead once and for all:-(

        • Michelle says:

          @SZ What bothers me most, is that the writers/EP’s appear to think retconning is a completely viable way to go about writing a series, “Oh crap, we wrote ourselves into a corner…Let’s pretend it never happened then!” instead of finding viable alternatives. Also, now they have to *tell* me there’s a deeper connection between O and S? Yeah, because I didn’t actually see it play out prior to them sleeping together. They’ve tried the “tell instead show” thing with Laurel and Oliver’s “epic” romance and that bombed. These are deliberate choices, made by writers, that just seem so odd and it makes me uneasy.

    • Kate says:

      just wanted to add that I am totally holding out for http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FakeOutMakeOut.

      They have the perfect show for this trope. Felicity needs to get access to someone’s servers, luckily, a party/gala is being thrown at the same location. Oliver takes her as his date, they slip away to the (off-limits) server room, guards come. So, they start to make-out a little, because it wouldn’t be at all suspicious for Oliver to be looking for a little privacy with his date. They get interrupted by said guards, and have to pretend like they didn’t love kissing each other.

      Ugghh, a girl can dream. (But seriously writers, get on this.)

  30. Michelle says:

    I like Sara, but that S/O hook-up DID come out of left field. And so once AGAIN, the audience is being told not shown why that happened. That Lance sister/Oliver love triangle is a dysfunctional hot mess. I am so not here for that. Bring on Felicity, Tockman, Diggle, Suicide Squad, Moira, Malcolm and SLADE WILSON. THAT’S what I’m here for.

    • Carly says:

      Yeah, it reeks of backtracking and rewrites. Where was this deep connection between Sara and Oliver when she first showed up this season? Some of Sara’s first words to him was “You and her, always and forever” when he asked her why she was following Laurel, so obviously she knew that Oliver still loved Laurel on the island. There’s also the fact that they acted like nothing more than friends until the last episode with nothing there to suggest anything more between them, so it did come out of left field. No matter what they show onscreen going forward as far as the island is concerned, it doesn’t change the fact that there was no build up to this so-called romance in the present day, and since Oliver came back from the island, the only woman he claimed to love was Laurel, while regretting ever boarding that boat with Sara.

      • Proxy says:

        Some people have not been paying attention to Oliver/Sara’s build up so far in the season.

        Just because you refuse to see it does not make it not canon. Oliver invited Sara to his house, told her he missed her and saved her from assasins. While she saved him from the police and this is just a few of the things that has happened between them. Maybe you need to remove your shipping googles to see things for what they are.

        • SZ says:

          @Proxy: Hmm, I think I could say the same thing to you. Oliver would have done all those things for a friend as well, which is certainly how his relationship with Sara seemed to come across in the present day until the latest episode, which felt forced. In addition, Oliver has saved Felicity from assassins as well AND told her he was glad to see her when she and Diggle came to him on the island. So yeah, if those are your main arguments for S and O’s ‘deep connection’, it’s not very convincing.

          • Proxy says:

            Yes Oliver has done some of those things for Felicity, isnt it why you ship them together and part of the reason you think they should be together.

            STOP, you are drowining in your hypocrisy. Things that counts for Felicity/Oliver are the same things you discount for Oliver/Sara, even Oliver/Laurel. You cant just erase stuff and pretend it didnt happen just because it doesnt support your ship. This show isnt just about your ship.

            You need to stop being Olicity Lunatics.

        • SZ says:

          LOL, Proxy, my whole POINT was that the evidence you gave for Oliver and Sara’s so called deep connection is ridiculous because it could apply to Oliver and Felicity and Oliver and Laurel as well! So it’s NOT SPECIAL. Unless you want to admit that he has an equally deep connection with Felicity?! And I can ship who I like, thank-you very much. I think Felicity is one of the only likeable females on the show. Sara is selfish and immature and frankly I can’t see any deep connection between her and Oliver – the very fact that we have to be TOLD it is there shows it really isn’t. As for being an Olicity lunatic, well I could just as easily say that you need to stop being a Sariver Lunatic!

  31. mary says:

    This sucks, so now he is saying no olicity, im with you Julie… olicity is dead. Think its time for DvR the.show, im gonna take a break or maybe neither DVR. If I a hear later something that could be interesting later so then I will start to watch the show again. (And for interesting am saying olicity) thanks Matt. BTW IM FEELING CHEATED!!!

  32. thi86 says:

    Great interview!! This show keeps getting better and better, this season is awesome! I don’t really care much about the romance territory in this show, because Arrow is so much more than that. The whole history and the development of the characters is what is more important to me..and i think the writers are doing a great job!! The flashbacks scenes, the action scenes, everything is good. One of the best shows in TV right now.

  33. Katy says:

    This interview left me a little more than perplexed… first of all the fact that SA says oliver was never jealous about felicity goes against every interview that was release concerning the oliver/felicity/barry scenes… even the producers hinted that oliver was jealous and trying to figure out what that meant… second of all, i will never be on board for a sara/oliver relationship, i get that they have been threw a lot and share something deep but that something doesn’t automatically have to result in them being romantically involved, i just really don’t buy it… and like some people have said it goes against a lot of scene from season 1… i don’t really like laurel but i don’t think anybody deserves this kind of treatment… and after what sara and oliver did for a second time, i will loose the last bit of respect i have for laurel if she ever even considers going back with oliver… last but not least, about olicity…. i think it would be premature to give up on them since we all already knew that for them to be believable as a couple it has to be slow burn… i agree with the people that say that for this season they are just friends but for later seasons it will developpe into something more… despite what SA was hinting in this interview… the producers seem to be hinting something else so i will trust in them and believe that they haven’t been teasing us for nothing.

    • Oh – and you “KNOW” what the producers are hinting at? I’m intrigued. How do you know that? Are you in a relationship with one of them? Grow up. Whatever happens will never make everyone happy. Personally, I miss Isabelle Rochev/Summer Glau and want her back sticking her nose into everything. There’s still a chance she might really be TALIA al GHUL!

      • Jon says:

        Isabel Rochev is already a comic book book character, no need to make her Talia as well. Plus Talia Al Ghul is a little too tightly connected to Batman. Which is why they used her half-sister Nyssa instead.

      • Katy says:

        yes i do know what they have been hinting at and teasing at because i did read their interviews… i really don’t see why you are telling ME to grow up since it is clear that it is YOU who is in a desperate need of a boost in maturity with all of your negative comments to other peoples opinions… why don’t you just go live your life instead of snipping at everyone that don’t agree with whatever it is your thinking in that little head of yours… and i’ll go on living mine

  34. theresa says:

    ya im not watching this anymore sarah ruined it for me if he said him and felicity will remain just partners its going to be lame felicity and ollie are the only reasons I watched this bye bye arrow!!!!!!

  35. Todd says:

    Shippers irritate the hell out of me and always ruin a show with their comments. Get over it and enjoy the damn show instead of whinging how you feel cheated and are going to stop watching. Arrow is brilliant and Felicity is far more interesting on her own.

    • Gabe says:

      Agree about Felicity and to some extent criticism of shippers. But shippers also are great evangelists for a show and drive a lot of traffic to blogs and entertainment websites like TV line, and in general draw buzz and potentially new eyeballs to a show, which is why networks, news sites and creators shouldn’t and don’t overlook them.

    • Mary says:

      Good points. When you read comment sections like these, you get the impression that “Arrow” is “The Olicity show” and if Olicity won’t happen, the show isn’t worth watching! Take a chill pill and enjoy the all the other interesting stuff (which takes up 95% of the screen time anyway!). Oliver won’t hook up with anyone permanently for a long while, because it isn’t a romance show, it’s an action/adventure comic book show.

      • Lena says:

        I like Felicity as a character, but the shippers are ridiculous at times. They do have a choice whether or not they want to watch, but I hope the writers are not influenced any of it. I started watching Arrow because I like the show in general, not because of the idea of Felicity hooking up with Oliver.

      • Jeff says:

        This is a good point. I honestly don’t think that the writers are going to have Sara hanging around in the cave for long. It’s not sustainable to have two super heroes paired like this, especially considering that Roy is probably more of the “Robin” to Oliver’s “Batman”. She will leave again or take more of a back seat and whatever end game relationship they have planned will take over.

    • Dominator of destruction says:

      Agreed Olicity felt very teener boperish anyway i won’t miss it one bit

    • tp says:

      But why is their reason for watching less than yours? Honestly want to know, no snark. I just really don’t understand why people tell others that their reason for watching isn’t why they should be watching.

      • Katy says:

        I 100% agree with your comment… i have always thought that myself, i don’t understand why some people are offended by the reasons why some ohter people watch the show… the important thing is that people watch it! some people watch it for the action, some people watch it because it is from the DC universe, some people watch it because of the laurel/oliver relationship, some watch it for felicity/oliver, some watch it just because it is a great story…. but you are we to judge somebody’s motive for liking and watching a show.

    • Chris says:

      Thank you for saying what needed to be said! All this talk of chemistry makes my head hurt. Also complaints about the writers ring pretty hollow because honestly, they haven’t let us down so far with the show have they? I have confidence the show will do nothing but get even better (which is a tall order, but i have faith!). The only thing about the show that I would change if given the chance is to have someone die in Count Vertigo’s place instead of him. Gonna miss that ham!! :’(

    • thi86 says:

      THIS! The shippers are very annoying sometimes. Hey, ship what you want, but this childish comments like: “I will don’t watch the show anymore if this or that” lol GROW UP! This show isn’t for some or other ship, if you are watching because of this, you are watching for the wrong reasons.

  36. Linda P says:

    Regardless of the fact the writers and fans could easily see no chemistry between Laurel and Oliver, I was greatly disappointed at the rewrite of Sara into the mix. The actress they cast has absolutely no chemistry with Oliver either. The first actress who played Sara had way more chemistry.

    • The first actress was only on screen about 3 minutes. Definitely not enough time to develop or show chemistry.

    • janet says:

      I thought the first actress was the same girl who plays Laurel. Maybe I’m totally mistaken. Haven’t watched season 1 in awhile.

    • Mary says:

      I actually like many of the Laurel and Oliver scenes in season one, and I know quite a few other fans who do. However, I think all the season two retconning has more or less killed the Lauriver romance, so I guess the writers have taken their cue from the (online) fandom majority and put the Laurel/Oliver romance on a backburner. As for an Oliver/Felicity romance, I think it’s just a possibility that the writers/TPTB dangle in front of the large Olicity fan base to keep it hooked. That’s why they will probably continue to send conflicting messages to the fans: when they wanted to get everyone excited before an episode, Kreisberg “pimped” Oliver’s jealousy about Barry in online articles, but when the storyline moves on to a Oliver and Sara relationship, Stephen Amell declares that Oliver wasn’t jealous at all and puts Felicity in the friendship zone again. The Olicity shippers and their dreams of a perfect romance and a possible endgame are just being used to create online buzz and keep some fans hooked on the show, without the writers having to make any major changes in their established plans…or so it seems, at least.

  37. “VALAR MORGHULIS”, ‘all men must die’.
    You people need to chill and think rationally not like a bunch of trolls.

  38. Joey Padron says:

    Great interview with Stephen. Can’t wait to watch new episode tomorrow night.

  39. joseph says:

    matt cuando va a salir al que le cayó el rayo van a crear la tercera temporada
    senor soy muy fan de flecha por favor que salga rapido

  40. joseph says:

    matt will come out when he fell to the beam will create the third season
    I’m a big fan of Mr. Please note that arrow out faster sorry mr.

  41. Like many I was also a little confused about the ending of episode 2×13. It felt like it came out of nowhere in a way that I did not understand why Oliver kept saying that he cared SO MUCH about Sara. We know that they have history but I did not know it was so deep. Reading his interview it makes more sense, we have not seen yet how deep they are connected.
    But I have to say that I agree 100% with Stephen regarding what he said about Felicity. I think she is so much stronger than what we are giving her credit for and she does not need to be defined as Oliver’s personal IT girl/EA/Potential love interest. I do enjoy the whole Olicity thing but I love Felicity more. She is such a great character and the writers have room to turn her into an even more powerful/interested character. I really hope they are not going to go with the whole “jealous Felicity” thing. It sounds so cheap and beneath her. I already did not like her reaction after Russia, so let’s not go down that road again.

  42. tp says:

    While I liked the chemistry between Oliver and Felicity it does’t bother me that they aren’t together or that they may never be. I don’t like this whole Sara thing though. I’m glad that I don’t watch for his relationships or I’d be pulling my hair out. Looking forward to the Slade reveal.

  43. tvfreak says:

    We all know that it is definitely a sure thing that Olicity will happen and it will be endgame, there are so many signs that point to that and you just got to look closely. I’m sure that they are just saving the juicy Olicity moments and jumbo surprising big stuff for the screen instead of answering them in person that way we wont suspect it and we can all be super excited about it, its just a matter of time. that’s why they call it a slow burn and that’s exactly what they are doing with Oliver and Felicity. They are going to go through obstacles up and down but I bet by the end of it all they will for sure they will be together. They just have to realize it themselves and have everyone else around them aka Diggle. Roy. Thea. and most likely everyone else. to help those two heroes realize that. :)

  44. Gabe says:

    Matt – I miss your spoiler alert show with Ausiello.

  45. jakes pen says:

    it’s so odd that most of the chat about this show is “shipping relationships” I tend to think the core audience for this show teen girls and not adults or comic fans.

  46. Meg says:

    From what Stephen is saying we should all hold our horses about deciding on Sara/Oliver being good or bad. We don’t know what happened on the island. As soon as we see progression there we will more fully understand their relationship in the present day. I am on team Felicity not Olicity. Which means I want her character to be awesome, strong, and happy. So if happy requires a bit of love then get her a love interest that isn’t as messed up as Oliver’s whole life is. As I have said before I want a Sara/Felicity friendship. That is the best thing that can come from all this. TV needs more girl friendships. More Diggle/Felicity friendship too. All and all I am on board with this show and the twists and turns ahead.

    • janet says:

      Exactly! I’m really hoping for a Sarah/Felicity friendship!
      The important thing for everyone to remember is that we’re all along for the ride on this tv show, it’s important for people not to be “oh this is ruining the show” or “that’s ruining the show” when the exact thing they want doesn’t happen. This is a really well rounded show in terms of characters, action and plot. Shippers (like myself) and the comic book set both can enjoy this series- we don’t have to sacrifice one or the other!

  47. Roger says:

    I HATE shippers, never fans of the actual show. This is a comic book show, there is a lot of canon to work with between Green Arrow and Black Canary. It makes sense for Oliver to be with Sara because she and him have history even before the boat, not to mention all the time on the island. We don’t know how much longer till she leaves to go train with the League of Assassins. Makes sense Oliver to get with her. He would be with Shado if she were alive and in Starling City.

    Point being, I watch shows for story and character development. NOT relationships.

    • Angela says:

      Shippers can be fans of the actual show as well. Don’t make assumptions about all people who like to pair up characters on shows based on a few overly rabid fans.

    • Lacey says:

      Good for you Roger. Merry Christmas. Happy Birthday. And you know what I HATE fans who can’t accept that people can ship and be fan. Seriously without shippers a show wouldn’t get that far. I don’t even ship and I know that. So please he speaks solely for himself everyone.

  48. D says:

    People need to chill and have a bit of faith in the writers. They’ve not steered the show wrong so far (aside from a few minor gripes) There’s no way anyone is going to come out in an interview and spell everything out for people, what would be the point? They tease different things to keep viewers guessing which is how it should be.

    This interview has got people talking and discussing the various elements of what is a really great show. Which is kinda the point of these interviews, to tease and get people talking.

    For what its worth, I like Oliver and Felicity as a pairing and in my opinion, the long-game might be them working their way to each other. But ultimately, I love the whole show and have faith that whatever happens, it will be something awesome.

  49. RedLily says:

    Thank goodness SA finally is admitting that Olicity is a big farce, it was pushed to the detriment of other characters, and maybe now Felicity can grow as a character instead of just revolving around Oliver Queen, a man who has never shown that he cares for her romantically.
    And I call BS also on Sara/Oliver and having them being more connected then we had been shown. What happened to Oliver’s undying love for Laurel that he agonized over and over again in S1?