In regards to the bit of controversy over the idea that Felicity needs to understand Oliver pertaining to the breakup,
Yes, Oliver is the one who broke their relationship when he lied to her (I think there’s more nuance than that but not for the sake of this argument). It’s his fault they’re broken.
BUT. Oliver is not the one who left. Felicity walked away and closed the door on their relationship. That’s not to say she shouldn’t have. But it means that Felicity is the one who has the power to open that door again. Oliver doesn’t have that power. So until Felicity is willing to revisit the relationship, no amount of growth or understanding from Oliver is going to do a thing. And Felicity won’t be willing to do that until she gains some understanding. And here’s the important distinction: understanding isn’t going to make what Oliver did right; understanding is going to make what Oliver did forgivable.
felicity smoak week | day 7. free day (or the ep that made me give arrow a second chance)
i’m pretty sure i said this ages ago, but i couldn’t watch another episode of arrow based on the pilot. i suppose it’s because it lacked emotional depth. also, i wasn’t rooting for the intended ship. but on the night of christmas eve, my brother was on this episode (or maybe the episode before, i can’t recall), and he said, “she talks in a very particular way, doesn’t she?” or something like that. in my mind, i was thinking, “who is that? i don’t remember seeing her from the pilot,” and then the Iconic Elevator Scene happened. i thought they had chemistry, and i thought what they had was just different and special — because of her. she was so lively, smart, and witty, and, yes, people, i was smoaked.
so, it is because of her (and olicity, i’ll be honest lol) that i gave arrow another chance, and then i was graced with her presence on episode three. i’m not gonna lie — i waited for her to appear with every single episode from then on.