‘Arrow’ EP Teases Fallout From Felicity’s Havenrock Decision

“We were all taken aback … that there was so much outrage over Felicity’s actions,” Marc Guggenheim says of Season 4 finale plot point

“Arrow” will be returning to a Season 4 season finale plot point that turned out to be controversial among fans.

Executive producer Marc Guggenheim admitted he was surprised by some of the fan reaction to Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) redirecting a missile, sent by Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), from the densely populated Monument Point to a nearby town called Havenrock.

“A lot of times, you write something and do a storyline and it has, not the opposite, but a very different reaction than the one you expected,” the EP admitted to reporters following a screening of this Wednesday’s “Arrow” episode. “We were all taken aback, not in a bad way, but just surprised, that there was so much outrage over Felicity’s actions in [episode] 421. That people were upset at Felicity somehow, for saving Monument Point, at the expense of Havenrock.”

Viewers are anticipating more fallout for Felicity this season after last week’s episode revealed Team Arrow’s newest recruit, a vigilante named Rory (Joe Dinicol), a.k.a. Ragman, is the lone survivor of the Havenrock incident.

Needless to say, Felicity is feeling some guilt, which she’s reminded of on a daily basis every time she faces Rory. So will she tell him of her role in his city’s destruction?

“We talked a lot about that storyline, and Rory’s point of view and Felicity’s point of view,” Guggenheim said. “It was fun to actually get a chance to articulate the anti-Felicity point of the view and the pro-Felicity point of view. It made for a very interesting moral dilemma, and we got a chance to play with that.”

“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.