‘Arrow’ Will Come to an End with Season 8; Cast Reactions



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The end of Arrow is on the horizon.

Yes, some bad news for fans of the DC adaptation from The CW. The silver lining is that there is still one more season on the way. Lead actor Stephen Amell initially confirmed the news on Twitter, revealing that season 8 would close with a shorter run of 10 episodes. He then hit Facebook with an emotional video, thanking the cast, crew and the fans for all the years of support.



“This show has given me a platform that extends so far beyond my ability to just appear on your television 23 times a year. It has given me a voice for philanthropic endeavors, for social issues that I am interested in,” a teary Amell said.

“I got to take batting practice with my childhood favorite sports team. I’ve had cinematic opportunities that are the direct result of the work that I’ve been doing here. And I know that when this is all said and done, after I drop off the face of the Earth for approximately for two months…I know the next chapter for me, personally and professionally, is going to be really exciting.”

 

Amell, who’s played Oliver Queen since the show kicked off in 2012, also took to Instagram with a message: “It’s been one hell of a run. I promise we’ll finish the way we started.”

Showrunner Beth Schwartz and executive-producers/co-creators Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim expressed that they made the “difficult decision” with the “best interests of Arrow in mind.”

“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. We’re heartened by the fact that Arrow has birthed an entire universe of shows that will continue on for many years to come,” Schwartz, Berlanti and Guggenheim said in a joint statement.

“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 — more importantly — the incredible crew that has sustained us and the show for over seven years.”

Other cast members also shared their reactions.

“Thank you for helping me bring John Diggle/Spartan to life!!!” said actor David Ramsey. “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”

“What an incredible ride this has been,” tweeted Colton Hayes, who played Roy Harper:

Arrow has been the greatest adventure of my life. If that weren’t enough, I have also made friends I will have for the rest of my life. I am so, so grateful for all of it,” posted Juliana Harkavy, who took on the role of Dinah Drake/Black Canary.

“Thank you to all the fans who’ve kept Tommy alive all & congrats to all those involved,” tweeted actor Colin Donnell, who played Tommy Merlyn and who appeared a number of times throughout.

The CW’s decision to stop the series is somewhat surprising, considering the ratings have remained quite solid during its run and the fact that it helped spawn an inter-connected “Arrowverse” that included The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.

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