It’s the end of an era as Arrow was just announced that they will be ending their run with an 8th & final shorter season that will air late in the year. The final season of the Stephen Amell starrer will consist of only 10 episodes. Arrow, the first of the network’s current roster of DC Comics dramas, will end with its previously announced eighth season. The final season of the Stephen Amell-led drama from executive producer Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros. TV will consist of a reduced order of 10 episodes and air in the fall. The final season will air during the 2019-2020 broadcast calendar.
The decision to wrap the series arrives as CW president Mark Pedowitz was open about needing to make way for a possible second phase of DC Comics-inspired series on the network. The success of the comic book drama led to offshoots including The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. (Black Lightning, while still a DC Comics drama, exists outside the so-called Arrow-verse.)
The decision came in part from none other than Oliver Queen himself, Stephen Amell. As he revealed in a Facebook video, he approached series showrunner Greg Berlanti towards the end of the sixth season and felt it best to move on due to his contract soon ending. Though he’d hoped the show could live without him and even tried to advocate for it, the showrunners and the network came to the mutual decision to end the show. As a result, the final season will get a limited run, with only 10 episodes instead of the normal 22.
Berlanti, who executive produces all the DC series, is teaming with showrunner Caroline Dries for a Ruby Rose-led Batwoman. The pilot is currently in production, and the project is fully expected to be picked up to series. The final season of Arrow can only increase Batwoman‘s chances to make it to air. Batwoman is considered the first comic book show to feature an openly gay leading character.