Arrow’s Emily Bett Rickards Explains Why She Doesn’t Want An Olicity Baby

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In the past, I’d likened the instance of “shipping” known as “Olicity” to religion and politics as being a topic to be avoided at the dinner table. Though it was merely a jest, I’ve seen firsthand how there exist those extremists which approach this fictional relationship with such zealotry that they’ll flame anyone who believes otherwise into oblivion. Hell, even I’ve been subjected to a few online lashings as a result – and I’m just the guy writing news articles!

What’s more bizarre is that even Emily Bett Rickards herself – the very woman who plays Felicity Smoak on Arrow – can’t dodge these bullets. In fact, it sounds like she was met with consternation when recently saying she doesn’t wish for her character to have a child with Oliver Queen at this point in the saga.

Before we proceed, let’s take a look back at what Rickards said last month:

“I don’t know if I would be interested in exploring that storyline right now with Felicity. I feel like she deserves a little something more than that, and I don’t want that to be taken the wrong way. I’d just be interested in seeing her, I don’t know, like, deal with a villain face-to-face for a consistent number of episodes?”

Given that she did say “right now,” I’ll somewhat concede to those arguing semantics, but it really seems like Emily isn’t too keen on playing a mom anytime soon, saying the following during a more recent interview with Daily Hive:

“I did say that, and I regretted saying that right afterwards because I got some hate. I said that just because I didn’t want her to revolve around just being in this relationship. That’s why.”

My advice: Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak aren’t real people, so chill out. If they do have a baby in, say, season 8, then you’ll get your wish. If not, they at least have William to look after. Plus, aren’t we here to watch a superhero show anyway? If you need your soap opera fix, there are other places to indulge.

Arrow returns for its seventh season on Monday, October 15 on The CW.