It has been about month since it was revealed to the public about how Arrow was coming to an end in it’s next season, Season 8, but what has come as an even bigger shock is that Emily Bett Rickards will not be returning for that final season.
Rickards, who doesn’t just play a third of the original Team Arrow, but is also Oliver Queen’s wife and mother of his daughter, took to Instagram & Twitter to deliver the news to the fans:
“❤️🖤💛💕💜💙 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”
Felicity has been a very controversial character among fans as many despised her after Season 3 but many people felt like the hate was indicative of the sexism of the Arrowverse fan-base. Rickards, Caity Lotz and Candace Patton then formed Shethority to combat the hate that women face in the entertainment industry.
Felicity will be missed in the Arrowverse, but this won’t be goodbye forever and it will be amazing to see what Rickards gets up to after this.