Next season will be the final bow for The CW’s Arrow. But one of the original stars of the series is leaving before the end. Emily Bett Rickards, the actress who plays Felicity Smoak, has announced that she will be exiting the show at the end of season 7.
Rickards broke the news with a post on her Instagram account, in which she shares her appreciation for her character and for the fans of the show.
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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
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Thanks to Arrow‘s flash forward scenes, Felicity’s survival in the present is assured. However, the future timeline may not be so kind for Felicity, especially if it continues in the eighth and final season. Fortunately, the show has already given a hint about what will happen to Felicity in the short term. A previous episode established that Felicity will go into hiding before her daughter, Mia is born.
Rickards originally had a much smaller role on Arrow, but she emerged as a fan favorite in the first season. Felicity became the third member of Team Arrow, and Olivier’s primary love interest. Thanks to the fan response, the Oliver and Felicity pairing displaced Oliver’s relationship with Laurel Lance. However, “Olicity” has since divided the show’s fandom as the series relentlessly revolved around it.
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