Every story has to have a beginning, middle and eventually an end. That end is coming rather swiftly for the superhero series that began it all for The CW’s current shared superhero universe, affectionately known as the Arrowverse.
That’s right, Arrow is coming to an end after it closes out its eighth, and now final, during the next fall season. It will not only be the final season but following the lead of many shows, the series will have a shortened final season of only ten episodes.
Main series star and Green Arrow/Oliver Queen himself Stephen Amell broke the news about the series on Twitter.
“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 Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim 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.”
Arrow debuted in 2012 and seemed to work almost instantly for The CW, with subsequent seasons being sort of up and down in how they were regarded by critics and audience alike. Through the series audiences were introduced to Barry Allen/Flash, Sara Lance/White Canary, Ray Palmer/Atom and others that went on to star in sibling shows The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow before the universe was rounded out with the additions of Supergirl and Black Lightning.
Many poked at the series for heavily borrowing from much of Batman’s world during its run, and soon enough the network will have a more Batman adjacent series with the in the works Batwoman series. Arrow’s end will actually likely help that series because it creates room in a crowded schedule, meaning the pilot could easier be picked up to series.
The network has in the past stated that they would like to try not to have too many superhero shows on at the same time and with five current shows and a sixth on the way, they were starting to have trouble fitting them all into the schedule. Currently, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has been on extended winter hiatus since December to allow Black Lightning to finish its second season before taking up its timeslot on Mondays.
In order for them to explore new shows and new characters, some old favorites are going to have to be moved out of the way in the future.