The upcoming season finale of Arrow has everyone on edge, given that Oliver (Stephen Amell) just admitted to being the Green Arrow to the FBI in an attempt to build an alliance against Diaz (Kirk Acevedo). Unlike other finales, even if Oliver saves the city, the danger might not be over now that his secret identity is out there.
So how is that huge admission going to affect the season finale? TV Guide asked Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards to break it down for us.
"I think it's going to expedite our storyline for next season," Rickards tells TV Guide. "I do think what it does is really puts a lot of stress on the identity of who Oliver Queen is and how the team is going to deal with it, and what is their new identity as a team going forward... How do you deal with a secret that's been going on for so long and still keep it as close to home as possible?"
It would be just Arrow's speed to have Oliver defeat Diaz and take back the city only to fall right into FBI custody in a huge twist ending. Don't start placing your bets just yet though. Amell says that a cliffhanger ending is not in store for us in this year's finale.
"[The finale] doesn't have a cliffhanger," Stephen Amell tells TV Guide. "Often times the city's been destroyed by the Undertaking, so what's going to happen? Or the island is blown up or Oliver and Felicity are leaving, where are they going? Where does that leave us? I'd say if it's closest to any finale it would be like the Season 4 finale when Oliver and Felicity drove off, but everybody was settled with where they are. Last year there was a lot of uncertainty, this year there's certainty to such a degree that it's a little unsettling."
In the midst of all of this upheaval, Olicity fans can take heart knowing that a very emotional scene is coming up for that couple in the season ender. It was so heavy, in fact, that it even gave Emily Bett Rickards a case of the feels.
"There was one scene that Oliver and Felicity have that - a lot of things are at stake," Bett Rickards says. "As sad as the scene is, it was one of my favorites with Stephen all season because it just felt really intimate... As much as it is a tortured scene, I think it was one of my favorites all year just because of the actors that we are and who Stephen is and where our characters have come and how much they love each other and how strong our friendship is. Just getting to work together for two hours on the final day of shooting the show was magical."
Arrow's Season 6 Finale airs this Thursday at 9/8c on The CW.
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