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The CW Cancels ‘Arrow’; Upcoming Season 8 Will Be The Last

Arrow is joining the ranks of cancelled superhero TV shows, as star Stephen Amell has announced that the show’s upcoming eighth season will be its last.

We don’t have any info on The CW’s reasoning for the cancellation yet, but it’s worth keeping in mind that Arrow has been airing since 2012. Back in January, The CW president Mark Pedowitz said:

“Things will age and we want to get the next generation of shows to keep The CW DC universe going for as long as possible”

From this, it’s not a stretch to believe the cancellation comes as a way of making room for new heroes.

Similarly, Beth Schwartz, Arrow’s showrunner, and its executive producers Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim referred to the future in their statement on the cancellation:

“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.”

Plus, with The CW’s DC shows building towards a Crisis on Infinite Earths story, it’s likely that the show will use the opportunity to end Arrow gracefully – there’s even speculation that the crossover will kill off Oliver Queen.

While Arrow has been a controversial show, it’s been a staple of The CW’s DC universe for many years. It will be dearly missed by both its fans and cast; the show’s stars have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the cancellation:

Exactly how the show will end remains to be seen, but we’ll find out fairly soon when Season 8 of Arrow airs this fall.

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