Why was Arrow cancelled? The CW show will be ending after season 8
7 March 2019, 12:07 | Updated: 7 March 2019, 12:46
Why is Arrow ending? The CW's Arrow will end after its eighth season. It will also air just 10 episodes in the fall of 2019. Stephen Amell tearfully explained some of the reasons Arrow is ending after this next season.
It's official. The CW's Arrow will end after its eighth season. Arrow has been cancelled and will air just 10 episodes in the fall before bidding fans a fond farewell. The show's cast reacted to the news on Wednesday (March 6), expressing varying emotions about the show's cancellation.
Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow, called Arrow "the greatest professional experience" of his life. Meanwhile, Colton Haynes, who plays Roy Harper on Arrow, called the show "an incredible ride."
Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life... but you can’t be a vigilante forever.— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) March 6, 2019
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.
More cast members shared their feelings on the show's ending as well as their pride over Arrow's long run.
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? #ARROW pic.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
It’s been an honor bringing #MiaSmoak to life & joining the #Arrowverse. Congrats @StephenAmell & the @CW_Arrow family on an incredible accomplishment & the opportunity to finish the journey the way it deserves. So keep watching-we are going to kick ass ‘til the bitter end.💚🏹🖤 https://t.co/VZSew5jTXu— Katherine McNamara (@Kat_McNamara) March 7, 2019
Thankful and grateful to have had the chance to bring #WildDog to life on #Arrow. Thank you to all the writers and producers and cast and crew for welcoming me with open arms. And a big hug to all the fans for the love. It’s our job to give you an amazing last 10 episodes. ❤️🙏🏼— Rick Gonzalez (@officialrickg) March 7, 2019
Why is Arrow ending?
In an emotional Facebook live video, Stephen Amell explained part of the reason Arrow had been cancelled.
"Towards the end of season 6, I approached Greg Berlanti, who I will be thanking in a second, 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."
"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."
Stephen also hinted that his family obligations had informed his decision to bow out.
"A large part of this decision being that I am now a father and a husband. And a lot of my life and interests don't really reside in Vancouver anymore."
Fans reacted to the news on social media.
Sadly there is always an ending and #arrow is leaving us on season 8 with 10 episodes. We’re going to miss Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak. Forever the most iconic CW Arrowverse couple. Always #Olicity @StephenAmell @EmilyBett @ARROWwriters @SchwartzApprovd pic.twitter.com/bXG6pyWnfu— Olicity News 💻🎯 (@Olicity_News) March 6, 2019
So #Arrow is ending after season 8. It’s sad however I know the show is going to end with a bang and go out on a high! Although the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover is scaring me lol.— Adam ➰🏳️🌈🐍 (@abnormallyadam) March 6, 2019
Thank you @StephenAmell and @EmilyBett for bringing #Olicity to life ❤️ I’m gonna miss you
Even if we knew Arrow was ending with season 8 it hurts so bad. Like even if the show was getting on my nerves a couple of times, I wasn't ready to say goodbye !!!! 😭😭💔💔 #Arrow pic.twitter.com/qNh1901TyH— Deli (@Dellylove95) March 6, 2019
8 seasons is certainly a long run and it sounds like the final ten episodes will really "pack a punch," according to Stephen Amell.