With Arrow celebrating its 100th episode recently, showrunner Marc Guggenheim took the time to discuss the episode as well as his certain regrets for the show over its five years run. One reveal specifically was he felt that the Oliver-Felicity romance should have been handled completely differently.
Guggenheim did not regret the romance as a whole; he explained that the development of the romance should have been handled differently:
“Doing 23 episodes a year, you’re just constantly running, so nothing ever turns out exactly the way you want it to. In other words, my list of regrets is actually incredibly long; it’s 100 episodes long. I’d say probably my biggest regret is I wish we had allowed the Oliver-Felicity storyline in season 4 to unfold at a more natural pace. We had set these tentpoles at the beginning of the season, and we were a bit too rigorous on how we hit them. That was a case where the planning overtook the storytelling. We didn’t do things as naturally and as elegantly as we should have.”
The fourth season is regarded as the weakest and the fans’ least favorite, with Olicity being part of the reason why. The CW show, however, has definitely stepped up its game with season 5.
How did you feel about season 4 of Arrow? About Olicity? And about this current season? Let us know in the comments, or on our Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to watch the midseason finale of Arrow on Wednesday, December 7 on the CW.