Ever since we learned that Emily Bett Rickards would be leaving Arrow ahead of its eighth and final season, emotions have pretty much been running high (or low, as the case may be) for everyone involved — be it fans, colleagues, or the actress herself. And it looks like there are still a lot more feelings to come.
Tuesday marked Rickards' last day filming Arrow, and from the behind-the-scenes glimpses and tributes from those who were with her on set, it sounds like it was very, very difficult for anyone to get their work done as the actress wrapped her time as Felicity Smoak.
Rickards appeared in a video shared by co-star Rick Gonzales in which the two were both in tears as she managed to say through sobs, "It's been a ride."
Per usual, no one seems to be taking the news harder than Stephen Amell. The actor has not been shy about making sure Rickards and the rest of the world know just how much he'll miss working with her, and he has been steadily breaking everyone's heart with his aching tribute posts. In the latest post, he admitted that he basically became a blubbering mess while shooting a scene with her on her final day.
"There are days when actors shed a noble tear in a scene and there are days when they ugly cry to the point of fogging up their scene partners glasses," Amell wrote on Twitter. "Today was the latter."
There are days when actors shed a noble tear in a scene and there are days when they ugly cry to the point of fogging up their scene partners glasses. Today was the latter.— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) April 10, 2019
Current showrunner Beth Schwartz reacted to seeing Rickards leave the show by writing that she was in "denial," and co-star Katie Cassidy also cheered her for being an "inspiration" and bringing "love and light" to the set of Arrow.
In major denial that this is @EmilyBett last day. So many feelings. So many memories. So much love. Can't wait to see you take over the world! 😘— Beth Schwartz (@SchwartzApprovd) April 10, 2019
That's a show wrap on the incredible talent of @EmilyBett Thank you for 7 years of friendship, and professionalism beyond the far reaches of the galaxy. You are one of the great ones. 😢💔— James Bamford (@JamesBamford) April 10, 2019
GIRL, @EmilyBett You are an amazing woman! Thank You for sharing your love & light with ALL OF US over the years! #Arrow You are a TRUE inspiration; as an artist, as an individual, and as a dear friend. Now, go move mountains girl! I ❤️ U— Katie Cassidy (@MzKatieCassidy) April 9, 2019
Chances are, this is just the start of the hard goodbyes fans are going to have to endure as Arrow's final season approaches, so go ahead and invest in the industrial-sized box of tissues now.
Arrow airs Mondays at 9/8c on The CW.
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