In a move that will come as a shock to many fans, The CW is bringing Arrow to an end this year with a shortened 10 episode eighth and final season. In a shared statement, Arrow executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz confirmed the news.
“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 honours 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 star Stephen Amell took to Twitter and added:
"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."
Only last month The CW handed out an early renewal to a roster of their line-up that included all of their Arrowverse shows. Naturally, this has led to speculation that the end of The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl could be in sight.
Arrow debuted on the CW back in 2012 and would go on to be such a hit that it launched the appropriately titled Arrowverse spawning The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. Supergirl would later join the CW arm of DC, and the four shows would regularly intermingle with an annual crossover event that would bring the characters together. The Legends of Tomorrow team were left out of last year's Elseworlds, but are expected to be a part of this year's Crisis on Infinite Earths that arrives in December.