Following The CW's "Arrow" renewal in January, the show's executive producers have announced that the eighth season will be its last. The superhero series is currently in the midst of its seventh season and is slated for a final run next fall.
"Arrow" Season 8 will consist of just 10 episodes, Variety reports. Executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Beth Schwartz said in a statement that it was "a difficult decision to come to" but one that was made "with the best interests of 'Arrow' in mind." They pointed out that though the show is ending, the universe it inspired lives on.
"We're heartened by the fact that 'Arrow' has birthed an entire universe of shows that will continue on for many years to come," they said, per Variety. "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."
Many of the show's stars chimed in with social media posts, thanking fans and letting them know how much they've loved being part of the series. Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen), for example, called it "the greatest professional experience of [his] life."
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.
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) March 6, 2019
Being a part of this series from the beginning & being brought back over the course of its run has been beyond.
It a professional highlight it & brought me wonderful lifelong friends.
Thank you to all the fans who’ve kept Tommy alive all & congrats to all those involved ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/KJIsSI6Ta1
— COLIN DONNELL (@colindonnell) March 7, 2019
What an awesome ride! @arrow fans have been the best any actor could've asked for! Thank you for helping me bring John Diggle/Spartan to life!!! 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? #ARROWpic.twitter.com/CDfjpCTNqA
— David Ramsey (@david_ramsey) March 6, 2019
Sad to hear the news that #Arrow will be ending after Season 8. What an incredible ride this has been. Thank you to all the fans out there who supported us along the way. ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/LNHa5VAkco
— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) March 6, 2019
family ❤️ big time love for this whole crew. my time on arrow was always fun and supportive and also pretty sure I had to change my underwear from laughing too hard (thx a lot @ embett and echo) (joe and rick are funny too) pic.twitter.com/G8aH1NcyBc
— Madison McLaughlin (@MadisonMcLaugh) March 7, 2019
The news is bittersweet, but at least there's still hope that we may see "Arrow" characters return from time to time on other shows in the universe.