Even though Emily Bett Rickards' final turn as Felicity Smoak on the CW's Arrow came to an end with season finale "You Have Saved This City" (see below), there are reasons for fans to feel optimistic about her return. First, next season is the final one for the foundation of the "Arrowverse," a 10-episode wrap up to the the series' eight-season run. If that wasn't enough, this fall also sees major "Arrowverse"-plus(?) crossover event "Crisis on Infinite Earths" – which looks to pull every man, woman, and child ever associated with the CW's DCU into its web.
So it feels like a no-brainer that Felicity would be back on the streets of Star City in no time… right? Wrong.
In an interview with Collider to promote her role in Michael Gallagher's LGBTQ dramedy Funny Story, Rickards was asked if she would return for the series' final season – and it's not looking promising:
"I feel like Felicity has done her time. I don't know if anybody is going to like what I'm saying, but I feel like Felicity has done her time. We knew this was coming for awhile – for over a year – so the whole thing is exactly what we wanted to happen. I trust the writers, and that's in their hands."
In the season finale, the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) returns to cash in on the favor that Oliver owes him: help him save the multiverse – taking a moment to tell him the "fine print" that Oliver's going to die during "Crisis" and there's nothing the Monitor can do to stop it. From there, the Monitor visits "Future Felicity" and takes her away to see Oliver… somewhere… and it's apparently a place she can't come back from.
Hmmm… now just to be clear: there's a very good chance that could also be a swerve or a case of time (and negotiations) changing people's minds. Considering what the implications are for "Crisis" and the speculated fallout, it is still hard to believe that Rickards won't make a final final appearance in some capacity.
Speaking of "Crisis on Infinite Earths"…
Viewers can't say they weren't warned in advance. At the end of 2018's CW Arrowverse "Elseworlds" crossover that brought together The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl (and nearly DC's Legends of Tomorrow, but they let it go to machine – way too busy for all that), we saw that the end was only the beginning… of the end. As Barry (Grant Gustin) and Oliver (Stephen Amell) shared what felt like a final toast and Kate Kane's Batwoman (Ruby Rose) returned to protecting the streets of Gotham – with a sense that something felt a little off – we got a small taste of what's still to come in 2019…
"Crisis on Infinite Earths!" Worlds will live! Worlds will die!
And the CW's "Arrowverse" will never be the same…
At CW's 2019 May Upfronts presentation last week, the network offered a few "'Crisis' management" clues for info-starved fans. This year's "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover will include Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman; the entire story will be five hours long; and the event will air over two quarters (3 episodes in December 2019, 2 episodes January 2020). There were initial concerns that DC's Legends of Tomorrow would not be involved – as the series won't be returning until midseason – but the announcement resolved that matter.
Curiously enough, Black Lightning is not listed as participating in the crossover event – surprising considering the "infinte earths" aspect lends itself to "guest appearances" from a number of televised DC properties (past and present) that aren't directly connected to the CW's properties. With that said? We're trusting our instincts, which tell us the Pierce family will be residing in the "Arrowverse" by the time the red skies clear.
For most of their respective seasons, things have been "All Quiet on the 'Crisis' Front" when it came to Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl – but that changed in a big way during their respective season finales… even for DC's Legends of Tomorrow!
Over at The Flash season finale "Legacy," some recent maneuverings with Time moved up the date on Barry's "red skies/2024" newspaper warning just a wee bit… to say, 2019?
The fourth season finale of Supergirl "The Quest for Peace" had The Monitor speaking to a hooded figure, telling him that now is the time for him to lead "his people" and to take revenge on his captor… and brother: J'onn J'onzz (David Harewood). Meanwhile, just because Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) may have shuffled off this mortal coil (???) doesn't mean his role in the upcoming "Crisis" is over quite yet…
DC's Legends of Tomorrow season finale "Hey, World!" found the plan to take down Neron (Brandon Routh) resulting in a major status quo change for Zari (Tala Ashe) – a change that the suddenly-appearing Monitor does not appear to approve of in any way, shape, or form. At least he got some popcorn out of it – and yes, that is The Book of Destiny he's using to balance it.