It’s no secret by now – especially to fans of the CW’s DC universe: long-running, foundational series Arrow is ending its run this fall with an abbreviated 10-episode season 8. Stephen Amell took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce the Greg Berlanti / Warner Bros. TV series’ will leave the air during the first-half of the 2019-2020 broadcast season.
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
Amell is keeping with his promise that “there’s so much to say,” first taking to Instagram to dole out “the feels” with a flashback photo – as well as a promise to fans:
Now let Amell himself explain the decision, in a video that every Arrow fan should see:
All good things…
Posted by Stephen Amell on Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Series showrunner Beth Schwartz, and executive producers Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim issued the following statement about the series’ end:
“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.”
The news comes after two months of speculation stemming from the ending of the CW’s last “Arrowverse” crossover, which saw Amell’s Oliver Queen striking a deal with The Monitor to save two lives – putting his own fate in doubt. Adding more fuel to the speculation dumpster fire? At their winter Television Critics Association (TCA) press event, CW president Mark Pedowitz addressed the need to expand the DCU in new and different directions:
“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.”
Along with Arrow, the CW renewed Supergirl, The Flash, Black Lightning, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow for the 2019-2020 television season, with production on the pilot for Ruby Rose-starrer Batwoman currently underway (and expected to be picked up for series).