Actor Stephen Amell took to his personal Facebook page on Wednesday to bring the official announcement that the CW series Arrow will be ending after next season. The eighth and final season, according to Amell’s statement, would be a very short ten episodes long.
In his post, Amell did state that the decision to end the series was primarily his own, as he no longer had any ties to Vancouver, and wanted to spend more time at home with his wife and child. He went on the thank everyone who was involved in the series, right down to the production crew members, for the truly wonderful job they have done in its creation.
Arrow was the CW series that kicked off the networks now immensely popular superhero universe, known to fans as Arrowverse, with such spinoffs as The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.
Although there has been no official information of how the series will indeed choose to tie up storylines, fans are hoping that it goes out with a bang. There are speculations that the ending will somehow tie into the upcoming annual fall crossover event that encompasses all the current Arrowverse shows—Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Arrow first aired in the fall of 2012, introducing tv fans to the character of Oliver Queen. A billionaire playboy who, after being shipwrecked and believed to be dead for five years, returned to his home town of Star City.
When Queen returned, he made it his life mission to clean up not only his deceased father's mess but to clean up his beloved city as well. Although the original mission never really did waver over the years, those who helped Queen in his fight did.
Yesterday’s announcement by Amell confirming that the series will indeed be ending came out of left field resulting in a total shock for fans of the series. The reason is that the series had already been announced as having been picked up for an eighth full season, along with the majority of the CW's current lineup. In addition to his face-to-face announcement to his fans on Wednesday, Amell also too to his personal Twitter stating:
"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."
Although many will mourn the loss of Arrow in the CW universe, they can still look forward to the new Batwoman series in the works, as well as the rumors of other yet to be announced superheroes shows that many speculate that CW has in the works. With this said, in one form at least, the legacy of the Arrowverse will live on, in one way or another.
So what’s the verdict—you decide.
Will the cancellation of Arrow, the real cornerstone of the Arrowverse, adversely affect those shows that spun off from it?