In celebration of Arrow getting a season 2 pickup, the CW has announced that fan favorite Emily Bett Rickards, who plays IT genius Felicity Smoak on the superhero show, will be made a series regular for its second season.ETOnline first reported this news.
Initially, Felicity was a minor character brought on in episode 3 “Lone Gunmen” and was supposed to serve only one purpose in that one episode but now that character has appeared in seven episodes and counting.
In an interview with EW’s Sandra Gonzalez earlier this year, Arrow’s executive Marc Guggenheim, had this to say about the Felicity character:
“We created the character of Felicity really out of necessity — to solve a very specific problem in one episode. And I think Andrew and I both felt an affinity for that character and the way we wrote her. And then when we were casting the part, it was remarkable. Emily Rickards, who we ultimately cast, went on tape and when I was watching her audition, I was like, ‘That’s Felicity.’ [Andrew and I] both come from the school of thought that the nice thing about series television is that you can react to what’s working on the screen and which performances are resonating with you — the creator — and the audience. So it was an easy decision to start writing more to Felicity because every time she appeared on screen, it was fun for us. Her chemistry — if I can call it that — with Stephen is terrific, and we just found ourselves wanting to write more and more for the character. Every time she shows up on screen, Twitter seems to light up — at least in my very unscientific review. That always makes me feel really good. She gives us a totally different set of musical notes to play with.”
Guggenheim goes on to say in the same interview that Felicity will become a pretty consistent fixture throughout the second half of the season.
And this is no more true than in this week’s episode, “The Odyssey,” where we find that Felicity definitely will be in on Oliver’s secret as seen by these episode photos, which can be viewed here. As well, in the episode “Dodger” Felicity seems to be in the thick of that episode’s action against Battlestar Galactica’s James Callis’ villain. Photos for “Dodger” can be viewed here.