It was a big weekend for comic book fans in the UK. MCM Comic Con London opened its doors to thousands of people for a weekend of geek galore. One of the most anticipated panels of the weekend was the big Arrowverse panel, including Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards and Tyler Hoechlin.
Following Bett Rickards’ exit at the end of last season, this could be the final panel of the OTA. Everyone felt incredibly sad during the season seven finale, and one of the most difficult scenes for the trio to shoot was their last scene in the foundry.
“There has been three or four times during the course of the show where my personal feelings are bordering on getting in the way of the thing my character is meant to do,” said Amell. “It happened in my last scene with Emily, it happened in my last scene with Susanna Thompson, and it happened in the last scene in the bunker. Ok, I’m sad, but let’s make sure I’m not selfish and let my feelings come through in this moment.”
Bett Rickards’ departure marks a big change in the Arrowverse, as Felicity was not just an integral part of the team, but a definite fan-favorite. “I was nervous about it, nervous about what life would hold afterwards,” Bett Rickards said about leaving Arrow. “I spent seven years of my twenties on this show and falling in love with these people and with this character I now had to say goodbye to. She will always be such a huge part of my life, as well as all these people that the show has brought, I’m really saying goodbye to a family I’ve been working with for seven years. But it was time.”
Bett Rickards also said she felt that Felicity was sent off in a beautiful way, but she will always be part of this world. “She lives on through most people here, and there’s a lot of beautiful stories you all tell me about Felicity, and that warms my heart. I see her everywhere I go, so it’s not totally a goodbye.”
With ten more episodes to go in Arrow’s final season, the question remains whether we will see another glimpse of Felicity Smoak, perhaps in the series finale? “It’s not completely up to me, but never say never?”
At the end of the panel, Amell addressed the fans in a heart-warming sent-off. “You guys are the lifeblood of the show, and we couldn’t do it without you, and we are so very thankful.”
Arrow returns with its final season this fall on The CW.