All stories must come to an end, as is the case with Arrow, which will end with the upcoming eighth season.
After bringing The CW into an entirely new era that is dominated by shows based on various DC Comics properties, Arrow is set to end with its upcoming eighth season, which is set at ten episodes. The news was originally reported by Variety.
Following the announcement, Arrow star Stephen Amell took to Twitter to share a short, but heartfelt, message to the fans:
Previously, CW President Mark Pedowitz has stated that the network wanted to “[G]et the next generation of shows to keep The CW DC Universe going as long as possible,” as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Arrow birthed the aforementioned CW DC Universe, dubbed the Arrowverse by fans, back in 2012 with the debut of the series, which then led to Barry Allen being introduced in season 2. This led to shows such as The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl being brought into the fold.
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Although Arrow is ending, it’s impact as a show will more than likely be felt for years to come. With its debut and success, Arrow ushered in a new wave of comic adaptations on the small screen. Its success helped pave the way for other networks to begin experimenting with their own superhero shows, such as Agents of SHIELD on ABC and Gotham on Fox. And this new age shows no signs of slowing down either, with Y: The Last Man being given a greenlight at FX, Watchmen making its way to HBO, and even a series centered on Alfred Pennyworth being produced.
This is not the beginning of the end for the Arrowverse either. During the previous crossover, “Elseworlds,” Batwoman was introduced into the universe and was also given a series order by The CW. More than likely, the new Batwoman show will take the time slot that Arrow previously filled once the show is off the air.
So as much as it is saddening to see such an influential show finish, all good things must come to an end.