We nonetheless have not recovered from the information that Arrow’s ultimate season must soldier on with out fan-favorite character Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), however we solely have a handful of episodes left earlier than she leaves us for good.

Rickards hasn’t stated how huge a job she’ll play in Arrow‘s ultimate season, although we are able to solely think about it is extremely lowered if she’s not in a position to be a sequence common in a 10-episode season. Thus, the Season 7 finale must write off this beloved heroine indirectly, which implies it is time to begin speculating!

The primary and almost definitely choice is the one Arrow has all however revealed already. In Episode 16, “Star Metropolis 2040,” we received just a few flashbacks to Mia Smoak’s (Katherine McNamara) childhood, together with a heartwarming scene the place Felicity gave start in a small cabin that was clearly not in Star Metropolis. We additionally know Mia was raised in that small cabin in secret, away from everybody Oliver (Stephen Amell) is aware of and loves, due to the hazard that introduced itself when town turned towards vigilantes. In case you comply with these breadcrumbs correctly, you may begin to notice that in some unspecified time in the future earlier than Mia is born (doubtless within the Season 7 finale), Felicity must lower ties with the crew and escape to her cabin protected home, the place she’ll stay off the grid for the subsequent 20 years. Felicity’s sendoff would possibly merely be saying goodbye to her, realizing that in Season 8, she’ll exist in a peaceable little off-screen city, elevating her and Oliver’s daughter.

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That probably solves one thriller. However there’s one other extra foreboding query to reply: What is going to occur to the older model of her we’re presently seeing within the flash-forwards?

When the flash-forwards have been first launched, present showrunner Beth Schwartz confirmed Arrow plans to proceed utilizing the story-telling system in future seasons, which means we’ll doubtless proceed to mess around on this planet of 2040 subsequent 12 months. That is a world through which Felicity could be very a lot alive (fortunately) and preventing crime along with her two children. Sadly, the present must write her out of that world as properly, which could be more durable to do. Felicity has already faked her dying and gone into hiding as soon as, in order that’s not more likely to work once more, and it is laborious to think about Felicity would bail on her children and allow them to take down evil overlords all on their very own, particularly after proving this season that she’s not precisely able to giving up the vigilante life-style chilly turkey.

It is a terrifying choice, however proper now all indicators level to in direction of Felicity’s dying within the flash-forwards to elucidate her absence in that point interval throughout Season 8. It sucks, however contemplating there is a good likelihood Oliver is lifeless by that point too, at the very least we are able to speculate that they are collectively, consuming soufflé and ying-yang kissing within the afterlife?

Arrow airs Mondays at 9/8c on The CW.

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