Arrow Ending With Short Season 8 & What Stephen Amell Had To Say
Arrow fans thought their fave was safe after the long-running series was renewed by The CW for the 2019-2020 television season, only to have the rug pulled out from under them on Wednesday afternoon when the network announced a shortened season eight would be the Arrow‘s last.
At the beginning of its run, Arrow was the only DC comics television series on The CW and averaged three million viewers per episodes during its first three seasons. Since then, the show has been overtaken as the most-watched CW scripted original by The Flash as it ushered in a new golden age of DC comics including Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. The CW is trying to extend this stellar track record with Ruby Rose‘s upcoming Batwoman television show preparing to launch, as Arrow has steadily dippped in the ratings and according to Cinema Blend even briefly fell below one million viewers during a season seven episode.
Stephen Amell took to Twitter to thank the fans for an amazing run, calling Arrow “the greatest professional experience of [his] life.” He also said he probably wasn’t done playing Oliver Queen.
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
Stephen’s biggest career accomplishments before Arrow were eighteen episodes of a show called Rent-a-Goalie, playing the tiny p*nis guy on New Girl, and being on an episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation back in his native Canada, so this probably really was the greatest professional experience of his life. We’re just joking around, but seriously, Arrow was career-defining for Stephen, so it makes sense that he got super emo about it during the Facebook Live Stream where he announced the show’s conclusion.
“I approached Greg Berlanti and said that I thought both personally and professionally that at the end of my commitment this coming season, it would be the best for me to move on,” he said while fighting back tears. “I’ve always been a fan of television shows that not only don’t overstay their welcome but end in a manner that really packs a punch. It had always been my hope that we would know when we were going to finish this journey and not limp to the finish line, so to speak.”
He added, ” “Something tells me even when I’m done, I won’t be gone. If you watch the Arrowverse, you should understand that… I think it’s been a good run. It’s no Supernatural, but it’s been a good run.”
Wow, a gorgeous man who knows how to committ *and* isn’t afraid to cry in front of thousands of people?!
To be fair, Arrow has gone way past its original “hot dude escapes an island” storyline that was intended to end with the series in its fifth season. Oliver Queen had multiple children, revealed his identity, and saved the world… like, a lot. There’s not much left for Oliver to do other than leave a legacy, which fans have been assuming will translate to Oliver dying in the next multiverse episode to save the world. Still, Stephen’s ridiculous abs on our television screens every week will sorely be missed.