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The eighth and final season of the American television series Arrow is set to premiere on The CW on October 15, 2019, and consist of 10 episodes. The series is based on the DC Comics character Oliver Queen / Green Arrow, a costumed vigilante created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, and is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with other Arrowverse television series. The showrunners for this season are Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz. Stephen Amell stars as Oliver, with main cast members David Ramsey as John Diggle, Rick Gonzalez as Rene Ramirez, Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake and Katie Cassidy Rodgers as Laurel Lance also returning from previous seasons. They will be joined by Joseph David-Jones, Katherine McNamara and Ben Lewis as the adult versions of Connor Hawke, Mia Smoak and William Clayton, all promoted to the main cast from recurring status in the seventh season, and new cast member Charlie Barnett as the adult version of John Diggle Jr. It is the first season not to feature Emily Bett Rickards, who played Felicity Smoak, as a recurring or main character.

Arrow (season 8)
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Country of originUnited States
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The series follows Oliver, who claimed to have spent five years shipwrecked on Lian Yu, an island in the North China Sea, before returning home to Starling City (later renamed "Star City") to fight crime and corruption as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrow. In the eighth season, Oliver will fight in a battle that will have the multiverse hanging in the balance.[1]

The season is produced by Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television, and DC Entertainment. It was ordered in January 2019, began filming in July and will last until November that year. The season will also feature the directorial debut of Cassidy Rodgers.

EpisodesEdit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [2]Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1611"Starling City"[3]James BamfordBeth Schwartz & Marc GuggenheimOctober 15, 2019 (2019-10-15)T27.13951TBD
1622"Welcome to Hong Kong"[4]Antonio NegretJill Blankenship & Sarah TarkoffOctober 22, 2019 (2019-10-22)T27.13952TBD
1633"Leap of Faith"[5]Katie Cassidy RodgersEmilio Ortega Aldrich & Elizabeth KimOctober 29, 2019 (2019-10-29)TBATBD
1644"Present Tense"[6]Kristin WindellOscar Balderrama & Jeane WongTBAT27.13954TBD
1655"Prochnost"[7]Laura Belsey[7]Benjamin Raab & Deric A. Hughes[7]TBAT27.13955TBD
1666"Reset"[8]David Ramsey[8]Onalee Hunter Hughes & Maya Houston[8]TBATBATBD
1677"Purgatory"[9]James Bamford[10]Rebecca Bellatto & Rebecca Rosenberg [9]TBAT27.13957TBD
1688"Crisis on Infinite Earths" episodeGlen Winter[11]Marc Guggenheim & Marv Wolfman[12]January 14, 2020 (2020-01-14)TBATBD
This episode continues a crossover event that begins on Supergirl season 5 episode 9, Batwoman, and The Flash season 6 episode 9, and concludes on Legends of Tomorrow's special episode.
1699TBAJames Bamford[11]TBATBATBATBD
17010TBAJames Bamford[11]TBATBATBATBD

The ninth or tenth episode in the season will be written by Beth Schwartz, Marc Guggenheim, Jill Blankenship, and Oscar Balderrama, which will serve as a backdoor pilot for a potential spin-off series starring Katherine McNamara, Katie Cassidy Rodgers, and Juliana Harkavy.[13]

Cast and charactersEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

On January 31, 2019, The CW renewed Arrow for an eighth season.[24] On March 6, 2019, it was announced that it would be the final season of the series, with an abbreviated ten-episode order. Stephen Amell, who stars as Oliver Queen / Green Arrow, had approached series co-creator Greg Berlanti towards the end of the sixth season about "mov[ing] on" following the expiration of his contract at the end of the seventh season. He had hoped that the series could continue without him, but Berlanti and showrunners Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz decided to conclude the series with a shortened eighth season, which Amell agreed to.[25]

Berlanti, Guggenheim and Schwartz released a press statement saying, "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."[26]

Speaking at San Diego Comic-Con ahead of the season premiere, Guggenheim commented on the difficulty of approaching the final season without Emily Bett Rickards, who made the decision to step away from her role as Felicity Smoak at the end of the seventh season.[27] He stated that "for the longest time, I've been saying you can't do the show without Emily Rickards. And I think, if the show – if the conversations had been, 'we'll do 22 episodes without Emily,' I would've said, 'you can't do that'", and that the shorter ten episode run, combined with the crossover, made the prospect feel "a little more realistic".[28]

WritingEdit

As with the seventh season of Arrow, the eighth season will make extensive use of flashforwards.[29] Stephen Amell revealed that, unlike the serialized approach of previous seasons, this one would follow a more episodic approach due to the limited number of episodes. Katie Cassidy Rodgers, who plays Laurel Lance, supported Amell's claim, saying each episode would feel like a "miniature movie".[30] A backdoor pilot to an untitled female lead spin-off series will be featured in the season.[13]

CastingEdit

Main cast members Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy and Katie Cassidy Rodgers return as Oliver Queen / Green Arrow, John Diggle, Rene Ramirez, Dinah Drake and the Earth-2 Laurel Lance respectively.[31][32] Following the announcement that she would be leaving the series at the end of its seventh season, this will be the first and only season not to feature Emily Bett Rickards, who portrayed Felicity Smoak, as either a recurring or main cast member,[27] although the producers have left open the possibility of her making a guest appearance in the final season.[33][34]

In June 2019, Joseph David-Jones, who recurred in the seventh season as the adult version of Connor Hawke, was promoted to the main cast,[35] and that July Katherine McNamara[36] and Ben Lewis were also promoted to regular status in their roles as the adult versions of Mia Smoak and William Clayton respectively.[37] In the same month, Charlie Barnett joined the cast as the adult version of John Diggle Jr.[38] It was also announced that former series regulars Colin Donnell, Josh Segarra, John Barrowman and Susanna Thompson would reprise their roles as Tommy Merlyn, Adrian Chase, Malcolm Merlyn and Moira Queen in a guest capacity.[16][17][18] In August, it was announced that Colton Haynes, who portrayed Roy Harper as a series regular in the seventh season, would not return with the same status, though Schwartz stated that she hoped to have him back in some capacity.[39] Haynes said he did not exit the season, but that he was "not asked to come back for the final season as a series regular", and added that Roy is "never gone for too long".[40] In September, it was announced that Willa Holland would return as Thea Queen in a recurring role, after departing as a regular in the sixth season and returning as a guest star in the seventh.[14] In October, it was announced that Haynes would appear in the season in a recurring role.[15]

DesignEdit

In July 2019, a new Green Arrow costume was unveiled on the Entertainment Weekly magazine cover. A new Spartan costume was revealed by Guggenheim and a new Black Canary costume was revealed in the season's first trailer.[41][42]

FilmingEdit

Filming began on July 11, 2019,[43] and is expected to last until that November.[44] The season's third episode, "Leap of Faith", marks Cassidy Rodgers' directorial debut.[45][46]

Arrowverse tie-insEdit

In December 2018, during the end of the annual crossover "Elseworlds", a follow-up crossover – titled "Crisis on Infinite Earths" and based on the comic book series of the same name – was announced.[47] The crossover will take place over five episodes – three in December 2019 and two in January 2020.[48]

BroadcastEdit

The season is set to premiere on October 15, 2019, in the United States on The CW.[49] Additionally, The CW will air a retrospective to "celebrate the eighth season".[50]

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