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Fond farewell. Source: IMDB

The CW’s Arrow will be coming to an end following the conclusion of its eighth season. Here’s everything we know about the show’s finale.

In surprising news, it was announced that The CW’s Arrow will be ending with season eight. The show was recently been renewed for its eighth season, with many speculating how long the show was expected to continue. Clearly, that question has now been answered.

The news was shared by Arrow star Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen, in a Twitter post, and later confirmed by the executive producers of Arrow, Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz. In a statement, they said the following:

“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.”

In a video post following the release of the news, Amell said that the end of Arrow has been in the works since season six. Amell explained that he knew his time with Arrow would need to end soon so he could spend more time with his family. Continuing the show without Oliver Queen was also an option but showrunners appear to have decided not to follow that course of action.

Legacy

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What the Arrowverse looks like now! Source: IMDB

Arrow, based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow, debuted in 2012 to rave reviews, that have sadly been declining ever since. However, the show did launch the expanded Arrowverse, spawning numerous spin-offs, including The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and the upcoming Batwoman, as well as absorbing the cancelled Constantine. The CW’s Black Lightning, though also adapted from DC Comics, does not exist within the Arrowverse.

The spin-off shows have generally had a much lighter tone than Arrow, which has been claimed by many as a reason for the show’s declining fortunes. However, there is no doubt that the Arrowverse, and numerous other superhero shows, might not have seen the light of day had it not been for the success of Arrow.

Additionally, the current crop of LGBTQ+ superhero characters that we are seeing, including White Canary, Thunder, and Batwoman, can also be traced back to Arrow, which first introduced a bisexual Sara Lance, and lesbian antagonist/later ally Nyssa Al’Ghul.

Crisis On Infinite Earths

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How is this going to affect Arrow? Source: The CW

Following the debut of The Flash in 2014, fans were excited at the prospect of a crossover between the spin-off and Arrow. Showrunners for both shows delivered on their promise of such with a two-part episode that saw Team Flash and Team Arrow team-up to take down Boomerang. The crossovers thenceforth became more and more ambitious, with Supergirl and the Legends teaming up with the Flash and Arrow against aliens and inter-dimensional Nazis.

The most recent crossover, ‘Elseworlds’, saw the introduction of Batwoman before her solo series this year, and teased the next, and most ambitious crossover yet – ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’.

Fans of DC Comics were immediately aware that the Arrowverse would be seeing a shake-up with ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’. And it seems that that assumption has been confirmed with the news about Arrow ending.

Not only did ‘Elseworlds’ see Oliver Queen make a kind of deal with the Monitor to save the Flash and Supergirl from certain death, but the comic series that ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ is based on included the death of a major hero. It seems quite possible that in the Arrowverse adaptation, that hero will be Oliver Queen.

How that will affect Queen’s now-growing family remains to be seen.

Curtailed Season

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OG Team Arrow trying to convince us to say goodbye to Arrow. Source: IMDB

Further proof that Oliver Queen will not survive ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ can be found in the fact that Arrow’s final season will only be 10 episodes. Preceding seasons have generally been 23 episodes long. The tenth episode of season eight will likely be broadcast immediately following the crossover episodes.

The CW has recently had a shake-up in their Arrowverse format with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow taking an extended four-month break mid-season, and Supergirl’s usual 23-episode run being shortened to 15 episodes this season.

One has to wonder whether The CW is rethinking its biggest property at the moment, or whether DC Comics’ streaming platform, DC Universe, has a hand to play in it.

Could we see the Arrowverse leaving The CW so DC Universe can create their own shows based on these characters? It is too soon to tell.

Arrow has had a great run and will undoubtedly end on a thrilling note. Season seven has seen some exciting characters introduced, while others have been given a new lease of life. The show celebrated a much-lauded 150th episode, and saw Spartan actor David Ramsey direct one of the best episodes of the show.

Despite some criticism levelled at the show, Arrow has been an extremely enjoyable ride over the last seven years and it will be sorely missed by fans and viewers alike.

A writer at heart with a fondness for well-told stories, Louis Skye is always looking for a way to escape the planet, whether through comic books, films, television, books or video games. She always has an eye out for the subversive and champions diversity in media.