Camren Bicondova addresses her absence from the Gotham series finale

After playing Selina Kyle for five seasons on Gotham, Camren Bicondova decided to bow out of the final episode.

She took to Twitter to explain why she chose to do so, saying of her final appearance as the future Catwoman, “It’s important to me that I’m the one to tell you this because it was a choice that I made through a lot of thoughts, prayer, and time (which Warner Bros., Fox, and our internal production team respected).” She went on to add, “I wanted to give (the character) Selina Kyle as much respect as possible. Some will say that giving her respect would include seeing the character through to the end of the show, which I understand. But I firmly believe that part of leaving a legacy and being part of a legacy means knowing when to pass the torch to someone else.”

Bicondova went on to confirm that Lili Simmons will be playing Selina in the Gotham finale which will air on April 25. She also spent much together discussing where Selina is in her life and what would have occurred since the audience last saw her.

As was revealed at the end of the penultimate episode of the series, Bruce (David Mazouz) left Gotham, presumably to begin his training as Batman. The final episode will jump ahead 10 years to when he returns to the city for the dedication of the all-new Wayne Tower, and of course, to begin his career as the caped crusader. He will encounter an aged Selina, and it seems that Bicondova felt it was best someone else play that version of the character.

Gotham’s final episode, “The Beginning,” will air on Thursday, April 25 at 8pm Eastern, 7pm Central in the U.S.