We’re a mere week away from Arrow season 8 premiering and, at the moment, you probably know that it’s the final season. Yet, how did things come about? Why was this decision made?
As it turns out, originally the plan was for the CW series to come to a close during the seventh season — yet, there were some discussions that caused Stephen Amell to think a little bit otherwise. Speaking in a new interview with TVLine, the actor explained when he first had discussions about saying goodbye to Oliver Queen and, to go along with it, what caused him to want to stay for a little while longer:
I decided midway through Season 6 — basically over the Christmas break — that it was time to be done, and I broached that subject with [Arrowverse overlord] Greg [Berlanti]. He and and I talked for about a month before he formally notified [CW president] Mark [Pedowitz] and [WBTV president] Peter Roth, because he was like, “Think about this a lot, let’s talk about it, because once I kick it up the chain, once the ball starts rolling….” So I thought about it then. I assumed that [the series] was going to end at the end of 7, but Greg’s smarter than me, and he had a really good idea about a limited run in Season 8.
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With that in mind, here we are now preparing for the beginning of the end of this show. Our feeling is this: The writers for much of the Arrowverse needed time in order to build up the story towards Crisis On Infinite Earths, and they designed Elseworlds accordingly last year having a good sense of when the show could be starting to wind down. Everything was the result of some thoughtful planning and now, we’re at the spot where both the Crisis crossover can happen and Arrow can also say goodbye.
For those who are interesting, Arrow is going to still have story to tell after the crossover … so don’t just assume that what’s going on with it necessarily marks the end of the road for the series.
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