AceShowbiz - Stephen Amell's Oliver Queen will soon hang his green hood. The CW has confirmed that "Arrow" will end after its upcoming season 8, which was picked up by the network last January. The eighth and now final chapter will air during the 2019-2020 season and consist of 10 episodes, shorter than the usual 22 episodes.
"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," series executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz say 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."
Promising that the final season will honor "the show, its characters and its legacy," they are additionally "grateful to all the writers, producers, actors, and - more importantly - the incredible crew that has sustained us and the show for over seven years."
Amell, who plays the titular character, posted on Twitter after the announcement, "Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life... but you can't be a vigilante forever." He added, "There's so much to say... for now I just want to say thank you."
Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life... but you can’t be a vigilante forever.— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) March 6, 2019
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.
The Canadian actor didn't seem surprised with the news. In fact, he had talked with executive producer Greg Berlanti about him moving on from the show last year. He said during a Facebook Live, "Toward the end of season 6, I approached 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 he made the decision, in part, because of his family.
The 37-year-old, however, hinted that he might still appear on other shows in the Arrowverse. "Something tells me even when I'm done, I won't be gone. If you've watched the Arrowverse, you should understand that," he teased. "It's no 'Supernatural', but it's been a good run."
David Ramsey, who has been a part of the show since the beginning, has also reacted to the cancellation. "What an awesome ride! @arrow fans have been the best any actor could've asked for!" he tweeted. "Thank you for helping me bring John Diggle/Spartan to life!!! Love all of you! Can't wait for you to see what we have in stock for you. Let's end on a high, shall we? #ARROW."
What an awesome ride! @arrow fans have been the best any actor could've asked for! Thank you for helping me bring John Diggle/Spartan to life!!! Love all of you! Can't wait for you to see what we have in stock for you. Let's end on a high, shall we? #ARROWpic.twitter.com/CDfjpCTNqA— David Ramsey (@david_ramsey) March 6, 2019
Colton Haynes, who plays Roy Harper / Arsenal, posted, "Sad to hear the news that #Arrow will be ending after Season 8. What an incredible ride this has been. Thank you to all the fans out there who supported us along the way." He added in another post, "What a beautiful journey."
Sad to hear the news that #Arrow will be ending after Season 8. What an incredible ride this has been. Thank you to all the fans out there who supported us along the way. ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/LNHa5VAkco— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) March 6, 2019
Sad to say that #Arrow will be coming to an end after a 10 episode Season 8. Thank you to all the fans who’ve watched. It’s been such a blessing to be a part of this incredible show ❤️ What a beautiful journey— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) March 6, 2019
"Arrow", which airs on Mondays at 8 P.M. on The CW, is the mothership of the Arrowverse which has since spanned "The Flash", "Supergirl" and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow". It is still one of the highest-rated shows on the network, despite recently hitting a series low in the demo (0.2) with its March 4 episode.