What do you think is going to happen to Felicity after getting shot?
STEPHANIE: I’ve read a few theories about what’s going to happen to Felicity, but I don’t really have an opinion of my own. The trailers certainly make us think the worst, but their function is to make us want to watch and see what happens next, not necessarily to tell us what’s happening next, so it could all be a mislead and she’ll be perfectly fine.
MATT: I hadn’t given it much thought, but it would seem they’ve gone the most obvious route and crippled her. At least, temporarily. (We might not have a known active Lazarus Pit, but in a season of magic where Constantine is able to return Sara Lance’s soul to her resurrected body, I just can’t see them taking the bold move of sticking with the consequences of their plot choices.) Another obvious choice is to make her the de facto Oracle of the DCwU — she’s already doing all the tech/info stuff — which would be kind of a safe, boring turn in my opinion. I believe Guggenheim or Mericle are quoted as saying that her codename won’t be Oracle, though. Calling her Pythia or Delphi as an end-around to referencing Oracle might be kind of funny.
I’ve seen some others postulate that Felicity was either pregnant and lost a baby or loses her ability to have children with Oliver, which could add another layer to the story with his son William. I do wish the development wasn’t quite so soap operatic, but giving Felicity a challenge beyond her relationship and work is a good thing. Making Oliver’s hero focus about Felicity again, though, I’m not so sure.
CRAIG: I think it’s pretty much well spoiled that Felicity is going to be paralyzed, and we know she’s getting a code name in Episode 12. I am happy, though, that her codename is not going to be “Oracle,” as that name belongs to Barbara Gordon.
Some have suggested “Overwatch” for a codename; a nod to Marc Guggenheim’s novel. I’d enjoy that. Either way, I think she’ll survive; she just won’t be as mobile as she was before.
DEREK: She’ll be fine. But, I do think there’s going to be more psychological consequences both of she and Oliver to work through. I hope it doesn’t retread too much of what “The Calm” did — if Oliver decides it’s too dangerous for her to be around him again, then that’s it for the show. But I think “Dark Waters” tried to explicitly hammer in that both characters had grown past that, so I doubt it will happen.