Arrow began it’s run in 2012 on CW and I’m not sure anyone saw it coming as the show has not only been on for 7 seasons, but it also jump-started a string of inter-connected shows including The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. In addition, a Batwoman pilot has been ordered starring Ruby Rose with that series likely to be picked up for next season.
Sadly, this complete roster of shows will only be together for one season as it’s been announced that Arrow will conclude with it’s upcoming eighth season, expected to only be ten episodes long. Executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Beth Schwartz released the following statement in regards to the show ending:
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. 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.
In addition, series star Stephen Amell also posted a message on his Twitter account:
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 just want to say thank you.
I’m not sure anyone expected Arrow to become one of the CW’s consistently highest-rated shows or to last for eight seasons so with the show concluding it’s a only a victory for the creative forces that were behind it. Hopefully, the Green Arrow goes out with an epic bang. Stay tuned!