'Arrow' season 4 news: EP Wendy Mericle talks Felicity's fate

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In the wake of the attack of Damien Darhk at the final moments of the midseason finale of “Arrow,” Felicity Smoak suffered grave injuries. Her death was hinted and suggested in a lot of ways, but it was revealed in the show’s midseason premiere that the character is not dead butspoilers aheadparalyzed permanently. This led fans to bring back the long running rumor that Felicity might take on the Batman character, Oracle. However, the show’s executive producer Wendy Mericle recently talked about the character’s fateher new life after the incidentand an upcoming character that will be related in a way to Felicity.

With a number of fans speculating that Felicity, now that it was revealed that she was paralyzed permanently, may be taking on the character and the namesake of Oracle from the Batman mythos. However, the show executive producer debunked that rumor in an interview, but also said that Felicity would be finally getting her own codename in Team Arrow soon enough.

“She is not Oracle,” EP Mericle said. “We are going to give her a very fun, cool name in a future episode. It’s going to be fun. We definitely want to give her a codename. It’s been a long time coming, but no, she’s not going to be Oracle.”

The showrunner also talked about how Felicity would come to terms with what happened to her. According to Mericle, the major part of Felicity’s worries would be about Oliver being swayed back to his dark ways as a vigilante.

“She’s really grappling with the question of getting through this tragic event and figuring out what her life is going to look like afterward,” she said. “She knows Oliver has a tendency to revert to [his darker ways]. Despite herself, she’s still in shock about what happened, and her focus is going to be mostly, and interestingly, on Oliver and trying to keep him from falling back into this dark hole he’s been in the past.”

Also, in a separate interview, Mericle talked about the upcoming introduction of the character of The Calculator in the show, to be played by Tom Amandes. While not dropping any specifics, she confirmed that the character is indeed related to Felicity in a way.

“Definitely tune in,” she said. “We are very excited about this character. He does have a connection to Felicity. We’re just really thrilled. Tom Amandes has been amazing in the role and is bringing a lot of kindness and a lot of malice to this character.”

“Arrow” airs Wednesdays on The CW.