While the fans of The CW’s Arrow were happy that the show was renewed for one more season in January, it turned out that this also led to some bad news. Season eight of this superhero series will be its last one and will contain only 10 episodes. It is scheduled to premiere in the fall of 2019.
The news was confirmed by series executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz in a statement.
“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,” said the 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. We’re excited about crafting a conclusion that honors the show, its characters
Arrow star Stephen Amell went on Twitter following the announcement and shared a brief statement of his own.
“Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever.”- he tweeted. “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.”
Arrow debuted on The CW in 2012 and followed billionaire Oliver Queen (Amell) who, after spending five years stranded on an island, returns to his hometown and decides to fight crime. The series was well received by the critics and established itself as a big audience draw for the network. It also inspired other superhero shows like The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.