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Arrow: Why Oliver Queen Doesn't Wear his Wedding Ring in S8 Premiere

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Despite the absence of Emily Bett Rickards in the eighth and final season of The CW's Arrow, Felicity and Oliver Queen are still married in the present-day timeline. That being said, fans may notice Oliver isn't wearing his wedding ring in the Season 8 premiere, but according to Stephen Amell, there's a reason for that.

"She is ever-present in Oliver's mind," the actor told TV Guide. "We found Oliver can't wear his wedding ring in the premiere for a very specific reason, but he can wear it in the second episode. And it wasn't built into the script, but I spoke to our director, Antonio Negret, and we built a moment of Oliver putting his ring back on and thinking about it. So Emily's gone, off the show, but Felicity and William and Mia are ever-present in Oliver's mind."

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Amell's comments mirror those of former Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim, who said, "there's a very story-specific reason why Oliver CAN'T wear his ring in 801."

Season 7 ended with the present-day versions of Oliver and Felicity going into hiding to raise their daughter Mia. Meanwhile, the 2040 incarnation of Felicity seemingly went with the Monitor to be reunited with her dead husband. Nevertheless, it's clear that even though we won't see Felicity in Season 8, she'll still have a major presence.

Returning Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Rick Gonzalez as Wild Dog, Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary, Katie Cassidy as Black Siren, Katherine McNamara as Mia Smoak, Joseph David-Jones as Connor Hawke and Ben Lewis as William Clayton-Queen.

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