Emily Bett Rickards has announced that she’s opting out of returning to “Arrow” for it’s eighth and final season.
Though future sequences in 2040 clearly show Rickards’ Felicity Smoak alive and well in the future, the actress won’t be seen in the show’s final ten episodes, bowing this fall.
The fan favourite said she will leave by the end of the penultimate seventh season of The CW show, which is currently ongoing.
“We’ve had the pleasure of working with Emily since season one and in those past seven years she has brought one of TV’s most beloved characters to life,” executive producers Greg Berlanti and Beth Schwartz said in a statement. “And although we’re heartbroken to see both Emily and Felicity leave the show, we’re completely supportive of Emily and her future endeavors. She will always have a family at Arrow.”
The actress announced her departure from the series on Instagram :
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❤️????? The time has come to talk of many memes. Of bows and arrows and superheroes and Olicity and Queens And why TGA is so damn hot And yes, canaries need more scenes… But wait just one minute before we go and do all that For this makes me out of breath To have this not small chat Felicity and I are a very tight two But after one through seven we will be saying goodbye to you I thank you all for the time we’ve shared The elevators we have climbed The monsters we have faced and scared And The burgers we have dined I will keep her in my heart for always And I hope that you can too Because she would not be alive if it weren’t for all of you ? Love, Felicity and Me