In a surprise announcement, The CW has revealed that Arrow’s upcoming eighth season will be its last. Series star Stephen Amell reflected on the news in a recent tweet. You can check out what he had to say below.
Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever.
Arrow will return for a final run of 10 episodes this Fall.
There’s so much to say… for now I just want to say thank you.
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) March 6, 2019
When the series premiered in 2012, Arrow launched a sprawling universe (or “Arrowverse”) of CW shows based on DC comics characters. The second season famously introduced Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen, who later headlined The Flash. It also paved the way for annual crossover events that starred Amell, Gustin, Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl, and more. It’s not clear how the show’s conclusion will affect future crossovers. However, Amell could always be recruited for occasional guest-appearances an any of The CW’s other series.
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The announcement was accompanied by an official statement (via IGN) from series producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Beth Schwartz: “This was a difficult decision to come to, but like every hard decision we’ve made for the past seven years, it was with the best interests of Arrow in mind. We’re heartened by the fact that Arrow has birthed an entire universe of shows that will continue on for many years to come. We’re excited about crafting a conclusion that honors the show, its characters and its legacy and are grateful to all the writers, producers, actors, and — more importantly — the incredible crew that has sustained us and the show for over seven years.”
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