“You have failed this city!”
Stephen Amell has confirmed that DC’s Arrow, airing on The CW, will end its run after a shortened 10 episode season. The season will supposedly end with the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, which includes other DC shows such as The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow.
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
Stephen also went live on his Facebook page to address the situation further, explaining that it was a mutual decision between the showrunners and Warner Bros/The CW to end the show, citing that it was the best decision creatively. A clearly emotional Amell thanked the crew, DC, his family and the fans. You can watch the video here.
Series executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz released a statement explaining the situation: “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 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.”
Arrow first aired back in 2012, spawning multiple popular spin-offs and really kicking off the modern era of superhero television shows after the end of Smallville.
The series features Stephen Amell as popular DC Comics hero Oliver Queen/Green Arrow. David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum, Katie Cassidy, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy and Colton Haynes also star.
Season 7 is currently still airing every week, while the 10-episode season 8 run will most likely air next year, according to Amell.
By Jimmy Ioannou
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