It’s been a long, wild and emotional ride for Oliver Queen & Co. in The CW‘s popular DC live-action series Arrow.
Beginning in 2012, Arrow endured a mixed reception with its first season, but soon enough came into its own, with Stephen Amell owning the mantle of Arrow (later Green Arrow), eventually inspiring what many fans call the Arrowverse, The CW’s own rendition of the DC Universe which contains three other live-action shows (The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), as well as two animated spinoff series (Vixen, Freedom Fighters: The Ray).
To see Arrow come to an end comes as both shocking and saddening to many fans of the flagship series of The CW’s extended universe. Amell himself expressed his sadness on social media regarding the announcement of the ending of Arrow.
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
A lot of rumours have been circulating around the premise of the final season of Arrow, the most prominent of these being the death of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow as a result of the events of last year’s mega-crossover event Elseworlds, as well as the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover storyline, a live-action loose adaptation of the comic book series with the same name.
There is a silver lining in this sad Oliver Queen-shaped cloud in that the rest of the Arrowverse shows don’t seem to be losing steam anytime soon, especially with the Batwoman solo series having been greenlit last year, finally giving us a glimpse of The CW’s version of Gotham City and, dare we say, possibly The Batman himself.
But that’s a story for another time. For now, let’s tip our hats to Stephen Amell/Oliver Queen. You have never failed this city.
The eighth and final season of Arrow premieres this fall.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.