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Emily Bett Rickards, Grant Gustin react to news of Arrow ending

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Emily Bett Rickards, Grant Gustin react to news of <em>Arrow</em> ending

Arrow star Emily Bett Rickards and The Flash‘s Grant Gustin have opened up about the news that Arrow‘s upcoming eighth season will be its last.

On Friday, Rickards, who plays tech-genius Felicity Smoak — the breakout character of Arrow — broke her silence on Instagram and shared a truly heartfelt message in which she explained how the WBTV-produced series has meant to her.

“Without this show I would have not met the inspiring people pictured here nor those I have gotten to work with and get to work with everyday. People who have become my family,” she wrote. “I’m excited to see what is in store for the story we have been telling. I’m excited and nervous. A combination of emotions Felicity Smoak vibrates at frequently. Needless to say without the last seven years I wouldn’t have met her…”

Rickards’ Felicity started out as a recurring character who worked at Queen Consolidated; however, her quirky energy quickly helped her become a fan favorite, and by the back half of the first season she had joined Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) and John Diggle (David Ramsey) in their quest to save the city. Since then, the computer genius has become an integral member of Team Arrow, and in the show’s sixth season, she and Oliver got married.

On Saturday, Gustin, who made his debut as Barry Allen in Arrow season 2, wrote a similarly touching tribute to the show in which he reflected on the joy of working with Amell on the crossovers and what Arrow means to the entire Arrowverse it spawned.

“We don’t get to see a lot of each other, because we both work very similar schedules, on different shows, for 9 1/2 months out of the year. But when we’re brought together for those grueling crossover episodes, it always results in something pretty special,” he wrote. “And not JUST a special kind of hell. It’s just absolutely bananas to stand around with that many people in super suits, and get paid to play make believe on tv. It’s something that wouldn’t happen year after year if it weren’t for the groundwork that Arrow, Stephen and the whole cast and crew laid for us.”

He added: “Not just that, but Stephen has always brought a different kind of passion to his show and the whole Arrowverse. It’s always been clear to me how much it means to Stephen to have the privilege of getting to go on this journey as Oliver Queen. And how much care he’s always put towards it. I will never forget ohh soo many memories we shared together during our hundreds, if not thousands of hours of crossover filming. Thank you to everyone who was a part of making Arrow for letting me come on this journey with you all. Congratulations on a badass show that will live on forever.”

Arrow is currently in the middle of its seventh season, and will return in the fall for 10-episode eighth and final season. It airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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