When asked about how she was handling filming the final season, Vangsness told CBS’s Watch! that she kept thinking about it as an “ambiguous loss.” She further described it as “that feeling of losing something you love, and that everything’s about to change. In this case it’s not a person, thank goodness. But still, in the middle of a scene, it hits you. But you can’t cry; you have all this makeup on.”
She added, “Plus, what are you crying for? It’s been such an incredible experience. I will have done every single episode except episode 5, every episode of the first spin-off, and two episodes of the second spin-off. I love these people. No, sir. I’m not crying. You’re crying.”
But of course, as the editor noted, she was, indeed, crying.
However, while ending the show was bittersweet, Vangsness has something — 65 somethings — to constantly remind her of Garcia. “I can tell you what I won’t miss,” she said. “Garcia’s glasses, because I have them all already. I’ve bought every pair she’s ever worn, so I have a collection of around 65 at home. They remind me to be confident like her, to see life through her eyes. Garcia is my Sasha Fierce.” (Sasha Fierce was once Beyoncé’s stage name and alter ego.)
In the end, Garcia left the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit to work in the non-profit sector, so in a bittersweet way, both the character and actor are moving on to new things.