It is always surprising how much can be hidden in a single line on Arrow. Especially when it comes to Oliver and Felicity.
“And if you were thinking about lying, I do admire your consistency”
Rarely has Felicity been so blunt, so harsh to Oliver. If this line clashes quite clearly with the dynamic the two have had since the beginning of the season, it highlights how fragile their bond is at the moment. If we’ve seen some positive signs through a efficient partnership, an open communication and an absence of fear to speak their minds, it appears that trust and feelings are still very bruised underneath this veil.
Felicity’s temper is short and Oliver’s tone is dry. They are back to this conflictual space where they used to stand in the middle of Season 2, when they couldn’t express their feelings towards each other and when their frustration would grow every day.
The reasons are now different, their history has changed. Both are trying to move on.
But where there’re feelings, there’s hope. Apathy would be the end of Oliver and Felicity. The fact that Oliver lying to Felicity can revive in her the flame of anger, the fact that Oliver doesn’t bend in front of Felicity’s irritation and pushes her to question her attitude are positive facts. It means that Oliver and Felicity are still essential to each other and that they need to be in sync to be the best version of themselves.
When they are not working in sync, it only results in an organic frustration, a discomfort that can only be experienced by two human beings who used to be in perfect harmony, in tune with each other’s needs and desires.
It is positive because such an harmony cannot be forgotten. It is only an empty space waiting to be conquered again. A space filled with love, emotions, comfort and unity. A space that is calling for them and that they refuse to listen.
It is only a matter of time. Always and forever.