I think a lot of us saw the writing on the wall with that Crisis on Infinite Earths tease, but it’s official — Arrow is ending after next season.
It won’t be a full run as it will be 10 episodes presumably to kill Oliver off during the big Arrowverse crossover. In this year’s Elseworlds crossover, Green Arrow basically sacrificed himself to keep Supergirl and The Flash alive. And it looks like next year, The Monitor will come calling on that debt.
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
Arrow showrunner Beth Schwartz, executive producer Greg Berlanti and consulting producer Marc Guggenheim released a statement about the news.
‘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.’
Honestly, I’m not going to lose a ton of sleep over Arrow ending. Besides Season 5, the show struggled trying to capture the same dynamic of Seasons 1, 2 and most of 3. Losing longtime cast members Willa Holland, John Barrowman and Paul Blackthorne over the past few years wasn’t an encouraging sign either. The Felicity fans are going to be the ones that take this the hardest, but I wouldn’t be all that shocked if Emily Bett Rickards was just moved over to another show.
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
Thankful and grateful to have had the chance to bring #WildDog to life on #Arrow. Thank you to all the writers and producers and cast and crew for welcoming me with open arms. And a big hug to all the fans for the love. It’s our job to give you an amazing last 10 episodes. ❤️🙏🏼
— Rick Gonzalez (@officialrickg) March 7, 2019
family ❤️ big time love for this whole crew. my time on arrow was always fun and supportive and also pretty sure I had to change my underwear from laughing too hard (thx a lot @ embett and echo) (joe and rick are funny too) pic.twitter.com/G8aH1NcyBc
— Madison McLaughlin (@MadisonMcLaugh) 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
There’s also rumblings that Legends of Tomorrow will be wrapped up next season as well. With Batwoman coming soon, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense to have two non-powered characters essentially fighting the same style.
What do you think? Sad about the Arrow cancellation news or think it was about time for it to end?
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