SDCC 2019: The Cast Of Arrow Take Their Final Bow At Emotional Comic Con Panel

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This past weekend marked the final panels for a lot of series concluding their run in the 2019/2020 season. One of them was the mother of the DCTV universe. After eight years of fighting for justice and spurring the birth of a plethora of spin-offs, Arrow will air its final 10 episodes this fall on The CW.

As expected, the announcement of the last season of the superhero show resulted in an incredibly emotional farewell panel for both the cast and creators and the attending fans. The cast was asked to summarize working with Stephen Amell for the past years, who received nothing but praise for his hard work and utter dedication to the role and the franchise.

The creative team behind Arrow agreed, and when asked about the risk of casting a previously unknown actor in the lead role, Marc Guggenheim said that Stephen was the first person they met with and saw audition, and they immediately knew he would be their Oliver Queen, and they have not regretted their choice. By this point, tears on stage as well as in the audience were flowing freely.

Not just the panel themselves got to say goodbye, so did the fans. One of said fans was a young girl named Sara, who had attended previous Comic Con panels and was fortunate enough to receive generous gifts from the Green Arrow himself, including a necklace and one of his former bows. Promising to return the bow this year, Sarah was greeted with a big hug by Amell, who then proceeded to complete her ensemble by gifting her his costume jacket from the very first season – a moment that touched the whole room.

Apart from sending the show off with a bang, the panel also brought with it a few announcements. Following the news that Katherine McNamara (Mia Smoak), Ben Lewis (William Queen) and Joseph David Jones (Connor Hawke) had been upped to series regulars for season eight, it has been announced that we will be meeting an adult version of John Diggle’s son JJ, played by Russian Doll actor Charlie Barnett. In season seven it was revealed that J.J. Diggle was the head of the Deathstroke gang, and had parted with his adoptive brother Connor on bad terms. Season eight will further explore that relationship.

In addition to that the panel was joined by a surprise guest in the form of Brandon Routh, who had been confirmed to reprise his role as Superman in the upcoming annual crossover event. While Routh said he wasn’t allowed to use his original costume Superman Returns suit, he said he pitched another suit to the creative team – and promptly unbuttoned his shirt to reveal that the costume they have chosen is Superman’s Kingdom Come suit.

Of course, our favorite heroes would not leave without giving us a tease of what the final season has to hold. After a two-minute reel of the saddest and most upsetting moments of the past seven years of Arrow, the teaser gave us a first look at the return of Collin Donnell as Tommy Merlyn and Josh Segarra as Adrian Chase. We also get a glimpse at the new suits sported by Oliver and Katie Cassidy’s Laurel Lance.

Due to production on the last season only having started a week prior, the trailer did not reveal much of the plot for the final 10 episodes. Amell said that the series will have a happy ending, which was prompted by laughter from the audience, who know better than to trust those words. Amell continued that he really liked the final season of Game of Thrones, despite fan reactions, and joked that “if you all hate our finale, I’ll know we’ve done a good job.”

At the end of the panel, the whole cast took their final bow. Emily Bett Rickards, who completed her run on the show as Felicity Smoak in the season seven finale, was sorely missed, with Amell stating that the panel did feel “a little incomplete without her”.

Unfortunately, no word whether we can expect Felicity to make a return for the series finale.

It was an honor to be a part of Arrow’s final panel and to celebrate the show, and particularly Stephen Amell, for their truly remarkable accomplishment – creating a vast DC television universe, with several series spanning several alternate realities, and one more, Batwoman, joining the family this year.

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Arrow returns with its final season Tuesday, October 15 on The CW.

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