Arrow will end with its eighth season, The CW has confirmed.
The comic book series, which is based on the DC characters, tells the story of Oliver Queen, who went missing after a shipwreck and was presumed dead. Instead, he survived and trained up on a remote island, before returning home to Starling City five years later with a mission to fight crime and redeem the now corrupt town of his childhood.
The series launched in 2012 and has since spawned an entire small screen universe, known as the Arrowverse, which includes The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. Only this last year, following the latest crossover TV event, The CW has ordered a Batwoman pilot, starring Ruby Rose, with a pickup expected for a full series. Arrow remains one of The CW’s highest-rating shows, with cast members such as David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards and John Barrowman becoming fan favourites. In the UK, the show airs on Sky One, which has bought the rights to all of The CW’s Arrowverse series.
While Arrow was renewed for an eight season back in January, though, the longest-running of The CW’s DC Comics series will officially come to a close next year. Season 8 will comprise just 10 episodes, before the show bids farewell to fans once and for all.
“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,” series executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz said in a 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.”
“Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life,” said Stephen Amell on Twitter. “But you can’t be a vigilante forever. There’s so much to say… for now I just want to say thank you.”