Arrow: What's really going on with Helix?
While Oliver aims to disband the team on Arrow, Felicity faces problems of her own as Helix’s true intentions will soon spill out.
So far, Felicity’s (Emily Bett Rickards) interactions with Helix have been relatively innocuous. They provided her with a treasure trove of information — the carrot, if you will — asking for only small favors in return. But it won’t be long before Helix replaces the carrot with the stick.
“Helix has a game plan, and Felicity has come in there with a very specific agenda: She wants to get revenge against Prometheus, get revenge against Adrian [Josh Segarra],” executive producer Wendy Mericle says. “She’s not thinking about the pieces and how it’s all fitting into the bigger mosaic. She’s getting in deep. There’s going to be some trouble, and she’s going to find herself having to make some decisions she knows are wrong, and she’s not going to be able to see it until it’s almost too late.”
For starters, Felicity probably shouldn’t trust Alena (Kacey Rohl), who seems to be the kind face of Helix so far. But there’s someone more nefarious pulling the strings. “We are going to see somebody [else],” Mericle teases. “What’s interesting about it is he’s not actually at Helix right now, so there’s going to be a big episode where we find out who this person is, and Felicity is involved in helping him. It’s really messed up.”
But Felicity’s dealings with Helix will also help her to better understand what Team Arrow — Oliver (Stephen Amell) in particular — have been facing over the last five seasons. “Felicity’s use of Pandora is very similar to Oliver and Diggle’s [David Ramsey] use of violence,” EP Marc Guggenheim says. “It’s the hacker equivalent. You’re using violence for a good means, but violence is not necessarily a good thing. So what’s the cost to Felicity in doing that? We don’t want to turn Felicity into a killer, but we wanted to explore how Felicity has been spending basically five years with Team Arrow now, and she’s been spending five years with people who solve problems by not just resorting to violence, but by resorting to means that are morally questionable. Felicity is going to start discovering what happens when you fight fire with fire — do you get burned?”
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.