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TV News: Stephen Amell Announces the End of Arrow

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  • TV News: Stephen Amell Announces the End of Arrow

    The big news yesterday for the CW / Arrowverse was the announcement that Arrow would return for a final 10-episode season in the fall. The news came from the series lead Stephen Amell who tweeted out simply:

    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.”

    Amell took on the role in 2012 in a somewhat surprising move by the network. Smallville had just come to an end after a ten-season run that featured their own version of Green Arrow played by Justin Hartley. Asking for viewers to come back almost immediately for a very different take on a character they’d just seen for seven years seemed to be a gamble, but it’s one that paid of greatly for the network. Arrow quickly became their top-rated scripted series only to be surpassed by it’s spinoff The Flash. Thought the main series is ending, it’s expected that the Arrowverse will continue on and likely grow with a Batwoman series in the works and talks of other shows being rumored.

    The series was put together by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kresiberg. Guggenheim stayed on with the series up until last year, stepping down as co-showrunner and moving to a consulting position. Kreisberg lead the Flash and Supergirl until sexual harassment allegation lead to his removal from the series. Berlanti has become one of the most prolific producers working today with fifteen active series and three more currently in the pilot stage.

    Speculation that the series was coming to an end started with the announcement that next years crossover was going to be their take on the legendary Crisis on Infinite Earths series that changed DC Comics drastically in the 1980s. In this year’s crossover, Elseworlds, Oliver Queen made a deal with the Monitor to save his friends, but we never got to see what the deal was or what Oliver had to give up. That will likely play out at the end of the series.

    Amell also took to social media in a video talking about how the decision was made and said his thank yous to the cast, crew and fans of the series. He also mentioned the nature of the Arrowverse and how characters that have died tend to keep popping up… like Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell), Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller)… so it’s likely that Amell could pop up occasionally when the story makes sense.