Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Arrow, as well as trailers/promotional images for Season 3.
The CW has released a thrilling new trailer for Arrow Season 3 (set to premiere on October 8) bound to please comics fans and Olicity shippers alike. Maybe especially Olicity fans.
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The end of the show's second season threw a lot at us, including Moira Queen's death, Deathstroke's downfall and imprisonment, Digg's impending fatherhood, the Canary's return to the League of Assassins fold, Thea's departure from Starling, Roy's decision to put on a mask, and Laurel's first go with a bow and arrow. And, of course, most relevant to this fan, the season finale featured THAT DECLARATION OF LOVE Oliver made to Felicity, which served a purpose but also seemed to have a ring of truth to it.
From the looks of this peek at Season 3, Arrow is finally—finally!—going to make canon this relationship that fans have been rooting for from early on in the series.
Of course, we can't, and shouldn't, expect smooth sailing. Last year, Oliver told Felicity he didn't want to get involved with anyone he could “really care about” for fear his loved one would be in danger. Not long after, Felicity met Barry Allen, and Oliver reunited with Sara Lance despite the risk to his relationship with Laurel. This history is sure to make an impact on any relationship Felicity and Oliver embark on, as it should, and that's before you take into account the rumors that new character Ray Palmer/The Atom will be interested in Felicity romantically (whether she'll return the interest is unknown).
I gotta say, I was disappointed when what I thought had become a lovely friendship between Oliver and Sara reverted back to romance, even knowing that it'd hurt Laurel all over again, before they ended things again. Plus, it still seems like Oliver/Laurel could be endgame, which I wish the writers would give up on already because, confession: I am not here for that.
And yet. And yet. I find I cannot look away from the almost-kiss in this trailer, or the possibility that we'll get some really good Oliver/Felicity material this year. That alone will keep me watching Arrow this season and beyond.
How about you? What are your hopes for the season based on what we know so far? How do you feel about where our favorite characters are, development-wise, following the events of Season 2? Do you think Oliver and Felicity are in the right place to pursue a relationship? Could this be another fake-out? (The producers swear it is not, but they're tricky ones.)
Heather Waters is the H&H site manager and a 24/7 fangirl. Tweet her @redline_