The first show in the Arrowverse is quitting the superhero shenanigans.
Arrow is set to end next fall with a shortened 10-episode eighth season. Variety reported the news and Arrow‘s executive producers released the following statement.
“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.”
Star Stephen Amell tweeted the following:
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
It is rumored that the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover will feature Oliver Queen/Green Arrow dying. If the crossover takes place in the usual late November/early December time frame around the eighth episode mark, that would leave two episodes for Arrow to mourn the Green Arrow’s death and deliver a satisfying finale.
The Flash might have been my introduction to the Arrowverse, but Arrow is the show my heart holds closest. Those first two seasons are some of the best, and Deathstroke has not been topped as an Arrowverse villain yet (in my opinion). It will be sad to see it go, but with a new vigilante to rise in the Arrowverse in the form of Batwoman, and with Arrow characters no doubt popping up in the other shows, it really isn’t a goodbye. It’s more of a “see you around.”
Arrow airs Mondays on The CW.