Back in 2012, CW kicked off a superhero TV show renaissance with Arrow. However, after eight seasons, Oliver Queen and company are closing out the show with an abbreviated, 10 episode season.
Set to air during CW’s 2019-2020 calendar, Arrow was once the top dog on the network, up until The Flash surpassed it by becoming the most-watched original series. Arrow was a new take on the character, and it eventually came together with other CW/DC shows to build an expansive, shared universe. And while the show had plenty of success, no series can go on forever.
“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,” showrunner Beth Schwartz and executive producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim told THR. “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.”
Additionally, Arrow star Stephen Amell had some kind words to say about working on the show. He took to Twitter to thank everyone for watching.
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
“Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever,” Amell said in the tweet. “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.”
The rest of CW’s DC shows has be renewed for new seasons: The Flash, Black Lightning, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. Arrow joins other CW series Jane The Virgin and iZombie–based on the Vertigo comic series–as other series on the network coming to an end. The final season of Arrow is expected to air in late 2019.