It’s the end of an era. The CW announced the long-running DC show that started it all, Arrow, will end after season 8. The network also announced the show will only have 10 episodes in the final season to air in fall 2019. Arrow star Stephen Amell confirmed the news on a Facebook Live video.
Showrunner Beth Schwartz and executive producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim released the following joint statement on Wednesday. “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.”
Arrow debuted in 2012 and was responsible for bringing in The Flash in 2014 and many of the characters that make up the Legends of Tomorrow. After the addition of Supergirl to the CW and Legends in 2016, the four shows became known as the Arrowverse. That led to the annual Arrowverse Crossover, bringing characters of all four shows together to fight a common enemy. The last crossover, Elseworlds, set up the next CW DC series Batwoman starring Ruby Rose.
In reality, fans should have seen this coming. At the end of Elseworlds, Oliver Queen made a deal to save the lives of The Flash/Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Supergirl/Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist). That should have been the first sign that the end is near. Arrow is currently in its seventh season on the CW and features a flash forward storyline where Oliver and wife Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) are presumed dead.
Arrow also stars David Ramsey, Katie Cassidy, Colton Haynes, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy, and Audrey Marie Anderson. The CW just won’t be the same. But I have a feeling we’ll see these characters again.
Arrow airs on Monday nights on the CW. Scroll down for more of the cast reactions on social media.
All good things…
Posted by Stephen Amell on Wednesday, March 6, 2019
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
What an awesome ride! @arrow fans have been the best any actor could've asked for! Thank you for helping me bring John Diggle/Spartan to life!!! Love all of you! Can't wait for you to see what we have in stock for you. Let's end on a high, shall we? #ARROW pic.twitter.com/CDfjpCTNqA
— David Ramsey (@david_ramsey) March 6, 2019
Sad to say that #Arrow will be coming to an end after a 10 episode Season 8. Thank you to all the fans who’ve watched. It’s been such a blessing to be a part of this incredible show ❤️ What a beautiful journey
— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) March 6, 2019