Oliver Queen will hang up his bow as ‘Arrow’ will come to an end with the upcoming shortened season 8…
After launching the shared DC television universe on the CW, ‘Arrow’ will come to an end with season 8 debuting later this year.
‘Arrow’ star Stephen Amell made the announcement via Twitter on Thursday.
“Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever,” Amell wrote. “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.”
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
There have been rumors for some time now that ‘Arrow’ could be reaching its conclusion after a long run on The CW with the series helping to launch other shows like ‘The Flash’ and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’. The ‘Arrow-verse’ — as it was later dubbed — also now includes ‘Supergirl’ and likely a fifth series with ‘Batgirl’ already picked up to pilot by the CW.
Following his initial announcement, Amell expanded on the reasons why ‘Arrow’ is coming to an end after 10 more episodes in season 8.
“Toward the end of season 6, I approached [executive producer] Greg Berlanti, who I will be thanking in a second, and said that I thought both personally and professionally that, at the end of my commitment this coming season, it would be the best for me to move on,” Amell stated.
“Something tells me even when I’m done, I won’t be gone. If you’ve watched the Arrow-verse, you should understand that. It’s no Supernatural, but it’s been a good run.”
‘Arrow’ has undergone some shifts in casting over the last couple of seasons that also likely led to the show starting to reach its endpoint and now Amell has ultimately decided now is the time to bring the show to a close.
As of now, there’s no word if the end of ‘Arrow’ would play a major part in the next crossover planned for the ‘Arrow-verse’ later this year, which is based on the classic DC comics story ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ where the evil Anti-Monitor attempts to collapse the entire multiverse, destroying worlds and millions of lives along the way.
In the original ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ storyline, several major DC Comics characters perished including Barry Allen aka The Flash and Supergirl. It seems highly unlikely both of those characters would die in the upcoming crossover, if for no other reason than ‘The Flash’ and ‘Supergirl’ have already been renewed for full seasons on the CW.
In the previous crossover that set up the ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ event series, it was hinted that Oliver Queen would have to make some sort of sacrifice in the oncoming war to help save the multi-verse and that might ultimately be his death based on ‘Arrow’ coming to an end.
Stay tuned for more information on the final season of ‘Arrow’ with the last 10 episodes kicking off in late 2019.