Actress Emily Bett Rickards, who plays Felicity Smoak on The CW’s “Arrow,” has announced that she will be exiting the show at the end of the current seventh season.
Rickards broke the news with a post on her Instagram account tonight, offering thanks and appreciation for her character and for the fans of the show.
The departure comes as a surprise as the series was recently renewed for a shorter eighth and final season to air this fall. Rickards joined late in the first season and has been a key regular on the series ever since, so her early exit so close to the finish line is an eyebrow raiser.
That said, the current season’s flash forwards segments confirm the character’s survival and reports that she will go into hiding before her daughter Mia is born.