If there ever was a day to use the very popular “What a week huh – It’s Wednesday, Lemon” meme, today is that day.
Variety has reported that Arrow will end after season eight. While The CW had renewed the superhero show for an eight season they have now confirmed that the series will conclude with that season. And it will do so on a shortened run – the final season (2019/20) will span only 10 episodes.
“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,” executive producers Greg Berlanti, Beth Schwartz and Marc Guggenheim said in a joined 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.”
Credit where credit is due. Arrow truly sparked the current trend of superhero shows on television by birthing several other shows on The CW, whether spin-offs (including The Flash and Supergirl) or shared comic universe (Black Lightning), and has contributed massively to overall boom of masked vigilantes on our small screen.
The series’ star Stephen Amell has addressed the decision in a Facebook live video which, frankly, is quite difficult to watch. With teary eyes he thanks the crew, the creators, his co-stars and his family for the past eight years of hard work and dedication to this project.
The actor also clarified that he was the one who approached Berlanti about concluding his run on the show after the current season, and that they have agreed to a limited eight season.
Without Arrow, the CW’s superhero landscape will for sure look much, much bleaker (believe it or not) and the OTA will leave a gaping hole in our hearts. That being said, it is time. Television shows go past their due date way too often, and while Arrow had its ups (season 5) and downs (season 4), we were still invested in these character – or at least some of them.
4YE will pay proper tribute to the TV show that started it all over the next few months, but for now, let’s digest this information with the words of our fearless leader:
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