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The CW’s ‘Arrow’ to End After Season 8 with a 10-Episode Abbreviated Season

Looks like Arrow will end its run at the conclusion of the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover this December.  Statement via THR:

“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 exec producers Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim said in a joint statement Wednesday. “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.” 

Series star Stephen Amell took to Facebook to address fans about Arrow‘s final season.

“Towards the end of Season 6, I approached (Exec Producer] Greg Berlanti, who I will be thanking in a second, and said that I thought, both personally and professionally, that at the end of my commitment this coming season it would be the best for me to move on,” Amell said. “I’ve always been a fan of television shows that not only don’t overstay their welcome, but end in a manner that really packs a punch. And so, it had always been my hope that we would know when we were gonna finish this journey and not limp to the finish line, so to speak.”

“After a lot of discussion, Greg and I decided that the best way to do this would be to have me come back for a limited run in Season 8, which is what we’re gonna do,” he recalled. “And, from there, I had always hoped that beyond the 17 different shows that Arrow has spawned (I’m kidding, it’s only like 16) that there was a possibility that the show could live on beyond me, because the entity of Oliver Queen and the character, and the mythos, and the iconography of Green Arrow has always been something that’s bigger than me or any other actor that’s playing him or voicing him. There’s always been something more to it.”

“I spoke with (current showrunner) Beth Schwartz and (series co-creator) Marc Guggenheim this past Friday and then Greg Berlanti this past Friday night and it was the decision of WB and CW and Beth and Greg and Marc, in a very mutual way, based off of what they thought was best for the show creatively and being very honorable and respectful as it pertains to my wishes, that we were gonna end after a 10-episode run next year.” he said.

Arrow is in the middle of its seventh season and currently features flash-forward scenes that tease the future for its characters during the show’s present timeline.

Arrow airs Mondays at 8 pm ET on The CW and stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary, Rick Gonzalez as Wild Dog, Colton Haynes as Arsenal, Katie Cassidy as Black Siren and Kirk Acevedo as Diaz.

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