Oliver Queen will draw his bow one more time for the final season of Arrow next year.
Arrow executive producers Marc Gugghenheim, Greg Berlanti, and Beth Schwartz have announced in a joint statement that the longest-running DC superhero series on The CW will conclude the Emerald Archer’s journey next year with a 10-episode run. The statement reads:
“This was a difficult decision to come to, but like every hard decision over the past seven years, it was done 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 – most importantly – the incredible crew that has sustained us and the show for the last several years.”
Stephen Amell has tweeted his thoughts on the conclusion of the actor’s big break in Hollywood. “Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life, [but] you can’t be a vigilante forever. [There’s] so much to say…for now I want to say thank you.
Stephen added a further video statement on Facebook twenty minutes later, on which he expands his reasons for the show ending and offering his heartfelt thanks to cast, crew, and the fans. Click on the link below.
Arrow premiered on the CW in 2012, a year after the conclusion of the decade long run of the Superman prequel series, Smallville. Its gritty and grounded approach to the Emerald Archer after Justin Hartley’s lighthearted approach to Oliver Queen in Smallville was engaging, psychological, and multilayered. Playboy Oliver Queen, masterfully performed to this day by Stephen Amell, returns after five years presumed dead as a hardened warrior seeking to right the wrongs done by his family and associated parties to the then-Starling City.
Naturally, the scope and nature of his mission has evolved and matured with the character’s expanding world. The groundwork laid in those first few seasons provided the foundation from which its first spinoff show, The Flash, launched in 2014 and is now in its successful fifth season, and was soon joined by DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl.
The shared continuity amongst all four series has become affectionately known as “The Arrowverse.” Stephen himself has used his celebrity and social media platforms to promote his own charity organizations such as F*ck Cancer, remaining very close to his fans.
Catch the current season of Arrow Monday nights at 8/7 Central on the CW.