It’s the end of an era, as The CW has announced that its first DC Entertainment series, Arrow, will be ending with a 10-episode eighth season.
The decision to end the series comes as CW president Mark Pedowitz was open with fans about needing to make way for a possible second phase of DC dramas on the network, “Things will age and we want to get the next generation of shows to keep The CW DC universe going for as long as possible.”
Arrow was the first DC Comics series to air on the network, leading to further series like The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Black Lightning (although the latter is not part of the network’s Arrowverse).
Showrunner Beth Schwartz and executive producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim said in a joint 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.”
With Crisis on Infinite Earths announced as the Arrowverse’s next crossover event, and this news surfacing, it may be that Oliver Queen’s fate has been sealed. In the comic Crisis on Infinite Earths, many heroes meet their end during the events, so it may be that the Green Arrow will be one of those heroes in the TV adaptation.
The cast and crew of Arrow reminisced about their journey on social media:
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
Can’t express what these past seven years have meant to me… so grateful for this insane journey and for the amazing people I’ve met along the way. Thank you to the best writers, cast, crew and to all the fans. https://t.co/fBSgek5eM7
— Beth Schwartz (@SchwartzApprovd) March 7, 2019
Being a part of this series from the beginning & being brought back over the course of its run has been beyond.
It a professional highlight it & brought me wonderful lifelong friends.
Thank you to all the fans who’ve kept Tommy alive all & congrats to all those involved ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/KJIsSI6Ta1
— COLIN DONNELL (@colindonnell) March 7, 2019
— Echo Kellum (@EchoK) March 7, 2019
This was the best first job I could ever ask for. Bringing Emiko Queen to life has been such a joy, honor and incredible learning experience. Congratulations to Stephen, the entire amazing cast/crew, @SchwartzApprovd and @ARROWwriters for the success of 8 badass seasons ✨💥 https://t.co/TGq2aIg94X
— Sea Shimooka (@seashimooka) March 7, 2019
It’s been an honor bringing #MiaSmoak to life & joining the #Arrowverse. Congrats @StephenAmell & the @CW_Arrow family on an incredible accomplishment & the opportunity to finish the journey the way it deserves. So keep watching-we are going to kick ass ‘til the bitter end.💚🏹🖤 https://t.co/VZSew5jTXu
— Katherine McNamara (@Kat_McNamara) March 7, 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
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
forever thankful for my time as evelyn learning from oliver, but also for my time learning from stephen. thanks for teaching me cool ways to carry a bow. and for giving my first tequila. but especially for having my back in a situation where I didn’t have much power, but you did. pic.twitter.com/5YYE2NVb6D
— Madison McLaughlin (@MadisonMcLaugh) March 6, 2019
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Without an audience, there is no show. Thanks to the millions who provided years of employment to hundreds. We aim to craft a finale season that will do you proud. https://t.co/bVyeyotiQZ
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) March 6, 2019
More on Arrow’s final season when we have it.