Emily Bett Rickards, who portrays Felicity Smoak on the popular CW superhero show Arrow, will be leaving the cast at the end of the show’s seventh and current season.
The actress announced her departure from the show via Instagram this afternoon.
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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
Previously it has been announced that the show’s next season would be Arrow‘ss last and would run a shortened ten episodes.
Rickards first appeared on Arrow midway through its first season in what was originally supposed to be a one-off guest shot. Fans reacted positively to the chemistry between her and star Stephen Amell and she was brought back, ultimately becoming a permanent member of the cast and of Team Arrow, helping Oliver Queen/the Green Arrow (Amell) and his team of superheroes protect Star City.
Rickards departure from the show doesn’t necessarily mean that something fatal is in store for Felicity. Thanks to this season’s flash forward storyline, we know that she and Ollie have at least one child, a daughter named Mia, which Felicity gave birth to after going into hiding. Since Felicity has just recently revealed her pregnancy to Ollie, we can probably expect her to go into hiding at the end of the season to protect their unborn child.