After seven full season, and an eighth season renewal, Arrow is going to conclude its run with a shortened season eight. The ending of the show is quite suspicious given that it will only run 10-episodes. Normally, shortened runs are designed for series that have run a long time and are way too expensive to make. Like Friends.
Stephen Amell announced it on social media:
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
At the same time, in a joint statement, showrunner Beth Schwartz and executive-producers/co-creators Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim addressed the “difficult decision” to bring the show to an end:
“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.”
While many sites are using the word “canceled” because that is how they get traffic, Arrow’s ending is more of a decision of the producers on the longevity of the show. Not to mention, being that active for seven years is a bit hard on the body and making the stories solid is an even bigger challenge. The announcement comes out at an interesting time.
Let me explain. The series has not yet set up its finale. So, this will allow the writers to develop a finale that will make sense going into their abbreviated eighth season. This seems to confirm rumors that Oliver Queen could meet his end in the next crossover event, Crisis of Infinite Earths. In the Elseworlds crossover, Oliver made a deal to allow Kara and Barry to live.
Oliver may have traded his life for theirs. The ultimate hero sacrifice. Not to mention, if you are going to end your show, that would be as good a time as any to do it. A major event. A death that would impact all the series in that universe. Lest we forget that Batwoman will most likely be ready to go.
This is, also, comic books. No one every truly dies. There could be another Oliver Queen from another universe that could make an appearance in The Flash, Supergirl, or even Legends. Knowing this is coming makes more sense as to what is going on in the flash forward storyline in the current season of Arrow. I have been with the show for those seven season and it will be sad when it comes. But, as Amell himself said, you can’t be a vigilante forever.