Arrow to wrap its run after Season 8 with 10 final episodes

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.

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.

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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