2:29pm PT by Katie Kilkenny
Emily Bett Rickards to Leave 'Arrow' Before Final Season
Arrow is saying goodbye to a key castmember before the CW series comes to a close in its eighth and final season.
Emily Bett Rickards, who plays Felicity Smoak on the show, on Saturday announced in a poem on Instagram that she will soon be departing the superhero drama. The actress said she will leave by the end of the penultimate seventh season of the show, which is currently ongoing.
"The time has come to talk of many / memes. Of bows and arrows and / superheroes and Olicity and Queens," the poem began. At another point, Rickards wrote, "Felicity and I / are a very tight two / But after one through seven / we will be saying goodbye to you."
In a final note to fans, the actress added, "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."
Rickard's co-star, Stephen Amell, shared a photo of Rickard's character in season one on Twitter not long after Rickards posted her tweet.
"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 final season of the series will air in the fall during the 2019-2020 broadcast season, The CW president Mark Pedowitz announced at the TCA winter press tour earlier in the month. "Things will age and we want to get the next generation of shows to keep The CW DC universe going for as long as possible," he said.
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
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