Following its renewal in January, we’ve learned that the upcoming Arrow Season 8 will be the last.
Of all DC Comics series currently airing on The CW, Arrow is the longest-running. It has also paved the way for an entire universe of interconnected TV shows. Even so, the final season of Arrow will air during the 2019 – 2020 season. The final run will consist of just 10 episodes.
Arrow first launched in 2012. It has consistently received top network ratings through all seven existing seasons.
Arrow stars Amell as Oliver Queen, a vigilante who returned to his home in Starling City five years after he was shipwrecked, drowned, and presumed dead. With a fresh start at hand, Queen creates the superhero persona known as Green Arrow and pledges to fight injustice and crime in Starling City.
Starring alongside Amell is Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak and David Ramsey as John Diggle. Other talent includes Echo Kellum, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Willa Holland (The OC), Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf), Echo Kellum, Rick Gonzales, and John Barrowman (Doctor Who).
Why is the series ending?
The decision comes from series producers, Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Beth Schwartz, and Sarah Schechter have stated that they are ending the series with its best interests at heart.
“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,” EP’s Berlanti, Guggenheim, and Schwartz expressed in an official press statement.
“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.”
They are referring to the so-called “Arrowverse”, a universe of interconnected DC shows all stemming from flagship series Arrow. The first to spin off was The Flash, stars Grant Gustin as investigator turned superhero Barry Allen. Allen’s character first appeared in season two of Arrow. Other spin-offs include Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
These Arrowverse series are amongst the best superhero shows on UK TV.
Also in the pipeline is a Batwoman pilot starring Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black). The pilot seems to be in a good position for a pickup, especially with Arrow on its way out.
What will happen in Arrow Season 8?
While little else has been revealed about the upcoming Arrow season, we do know that all of the Arrowverse shows are scheduled to converge again in December 2019.
During the most recent annual Arrowverse crossover event known as Elseworlds, The CW confirmed the 1985 DC storyline Crisis on Infinite Earths will be making its way to small screens in 2019. It is the first time that the network has unveiled a plot so far in advance. That said, observant fans will have seen the warning signs from the very first season of Arrow.
The comic version of Crisis spells death for some of Arrowverse superheroes. Could this be the heroes exit that awaits Oliver Queen? Or will the series stay true to the 80s comic plot by killing off The Flash and Supergirl?
Perhaps the biggest hint that towards the Crisis was this year’s introduction of The Monitor. After all, it is his evil counterpart The Anti-Monitor who plays the villain in the Crisis plotline.
However it unfolds, Arrow creators have assured that they are aiming to please fans with the series finale:
“We’re excited about crafting a conclusion that honours the show, its characters and its legacy,” Arrow producers stated. “We 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.”
We hope their conclusion involves a healthy dose of fitness montages featuring Queen doing those insane ladder chin-ups.
Is this the end for Oliver Queen?
Those caught up on Elseworlds might recall the deal made between Oliver Queen and The Monitor in an effort to save Supergirl and The Flash. We are not certain what this deal will entail. However, it may very well spell trouble for the Emerald Archer next year.
There’s also sentimental moment worth pointing at that may portend Queen’s fate. Remember when The Flash and Green Arrow went for a much-needed drink? Chatting over a drink, Queen mentioned how important it is to savour whatever time they had left with their loved ones. Is this merely a coincidence? Or do those sound like the words of a man who senses his time is running out?
While it is The Flash who makes the ultimate sacrifice in the comic book version of the Crisis, it’s possible that Queen will step into that role this time. After all, the Arrowverse shows have taken liberties with the source material to surprise viewers in the past.
But whether or not Queen survives the crisis, the end of the series is only the end of one chapter. As Stephen Amell said himself, “Leaving a legacy is the last box left to tick.”
Let’s hope this flagship show manages to wrap things up on a high and leave something for its legacy to live up to.
When will Arrow Season 8 air?
We are still awaiting confirmation of an official air date for Arrow Season 8.
The current season of Arrow airs on Sky One in the UK. This follows its Monday night time slot on The CW in the US.