The CW launched a new era in 2012 with the premiere of Arrow, a new take on DC’s Green Arrow lore. The show is currently in its seventh season. Along the way, it has spawned an entire “Arrowverse” of other shows – The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. That’s not counting multiple animated spinoffs and crossover events.
But, alas, all good things must come to an end.
The CW has confirmed that Arrow will be ending this fall, with its previously announced eighth season. The final season will run for an abbreviated 10 episodes. This is much shorter than the usual 23 episodes per season.
Showrunner Beth Schwartz and producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim discuss the news in the following statement.
“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.”
Arrow is by far the longest-running DC show on The CW right now. So, fans have expected it to end sooner or later. Speculation intensified after last fall’s Elseworlds, where Oliver made a deal with The Monitor to save Flash and Supergirl. Many fans expect that Oliver is trading his life for theirs, which would be shown in Crisis on Infinite Earths this fall. While that hasn’t been confirmed, it’s easy to think now that it’s happening.
Despite Arrow‘s ending, The CW has not confirmed plans to end any of the other Arrowverse shows. And any of these characters could live on in those shows.
Stay tuned for more news as we have it.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter