So I know everyone is freaking out about the upcoming death in 3x19. Consensus seems to point to Roy, with Lance as a strong possibility. But I’d like to offer up a baseless theory, one I’ve written about in a few posts today but wanted to consolidate here:
What if the death is Felicity?
I’m actually pretty confident about this. Let me explain my madness.
(Before we get started, let me say right off the bat that I’m only considering Arrow in this analysis. I know Felicity goes to the Flash, in an episode that would have preceded 3x18 of Arrow if not for a network snafu. I’m going to follow Guggenheim’s post that the timelines will just be off and not try to push those square pegs through a round hole.)
First, this all ties into Ra’s’ offer to Oliver, an offer I think Oliver will turn down - at least initially. I don’t see the League granting vacation time, and well know Oliver is back in Starling for the big Dyla wedding and beyond. But I DO think Oliver and Co. will end the season in Nanda Parbat (hence why the Foundry is absent. It could be destroyed, but really, it’s been done before, so why do it a third time. Also, the show acknowledged in 3x01 how crazy it was that Starling had had two terrorist attacks in two years. The city will be spared this year.)
So we have the Dyla wedding and Suicide Squad Shenanigans, followed by 3x18, Public Enemy. Now, here’s where I start losing the timeline of leaked pictures and Instagrams, But I think this is when we saw a lot of pictures featuring Roy in the Arrow suit and heavy police presence. We also know Felicity’s mom is in town and their scenes will be in the hospital. Now, 3x19 we saw some more night shoot shots, and I think this might be the Ray Questions if he’s a Hero episode. But do we know anything about Felicity’s whereabouts?
What if she’s still in the hospital?
We’ve had Guggenheim, Stephen, Colton and now David drop random, scary tweets/posts/pictures that all refer to a goodbye or death. As far as I know, only Emily hasn’t. Suspicious? Maybe. It’s one thing to hint that “not everyone might make it” in an episode. It’s another to release a barrage of posts all hinting at a death. Unless the death isn’t the twist. Or rather, isn’t the whole twist.
We know the Lazarus Pit exists. Storytelling Law tells us it must be used this season. And the person whose use of r Pit would have the greatest impact on Oliver?
My Baseless Theory goes like this:
3x18 sees Felicity enter the hospital. Given Ray’s crisis of conscious in 3x19, it makes sense that he would be responsible for her hospitalization, but I’m still holding out hope for the introduction of the Omega virus into the present day storyline. Maybe Oliver is tracking down the remnants of the Triad (or China White has broken out of prison?) for a cure and that’s why he’s not in the hospital with Felicity.
They fail. 3x19 is a big death scene for Felicity. It sounds like a group scene, given the “everyone was up to the task” (paraphrasing) that Stephen posted. We also know big things are happening with the fern in this episode. Maybe Oliver weeps over the fern when it looks like al hope is lost? Maybe he brings it to the hospital? Either works for me.
So that’s the end of 3x19- Felicity dies and we hear five seconds of that EEP of a flatline.
3x20: Oliver is distraught, then determined. That’s how I read the look on his face on that close up photo- determined. He can’t lose Felicity. He can’t. He’s looking back I her room, at her still warm body. Hell, maybe the doctors are still working on her.
He takes the body. He trades his life for hers. He’ll take Ra’s’ offer if he spares Felicity’s life. Lazarus Pit time!
We know 3x20 has a big Olicity scene that is good and bad. In a scene I might try to fic/Drabble at some point, Felicity wakes up. She realizes what Oliver did. She’s angry he sacrificed himself for her (remember “No, Oliver, not for me!”?). He can’t love without her. It would be both great and angsty.
Where do we go from here? Does Felicity stay with Oliver? Does she go back? Do others join them? No clue.
But I do think it’s Felicity who dies/”dies.” Oliver needs to REALLY lose her to realize how far up his colon his head has been. The Lazarus Pit needs to be used, and for me, Felicity is the one whose use of it would have maximum impact.