The end of an era: Arrow to go off air after season 8

The curtain is about to come down on the first of CW’s DC Multiverse show, Arrow. This move will no doubt leave millions of fans the world over heartbroken.

The runaway success of the show, that was launched in 2012, ushered in an era of superhero-led television series. The success of the show also encourages streaming platforms to make their own indigenous superhero-themed shows. Netflix then launched a slate of Marvel shows and DC started its own shows on the DC Universe mobile app.

ABC had tasted similar success with its series Marvel’s Agents of Shield that has already been renewed for another season. Netflix’s show Umbrella Academy became wildly successful less than a week after it was launched. FX plans to bring Y: The Last Man while HBO is adapting the Watchmen comics for television.

Disney was so taken aback by Arrow’s success that it plans to launch more such shows on its upcoming streaming platform, Disney+.  

However, CW and Warner Bros. executives have announced that Arrow will end after a 10 episode season 8. They say this decision was taken to launch a second phase of the DC Universe shows. The final season will air in the fall of 2019.

All was not well for Arrow   

Arrow was the highest rated superhero show in CW for years at an end. However, it lost its pole position to another CW superhero show, The Flash.

Another reason for its cancellation can be attributed to its already long run. 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.”

However, the success of this show led other DC shows to be made at CW. Like The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. Also, Black Lightning, though that show does not exist in the same multiverse as the others.

After the announcement of the show’s cancellation hit the airwaves, a statement from the showrunners came to the fore. The statement read: “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.”

Show-runner Beth Schwartz and executive producers Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim also expressed their grief. “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 is grateful to all the writers, producers, actors, and — more importantly — the incredible crew that has sustained us and the show for over seven years.”

But millions have asked: what about Olicity?

The biggest draws for the audience to remain loyal to the show was the romance of its two leads. Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak. Their relationship was lovingly called Olicity by loyal shippers.

The on again, off again angle to their romance always managed to keep the audience at the edge of their seats. Not to mention that the chemistry of the two actors was extremely hot. But much to the audience’s disappointment, they scaled back on the relationship angle post the second season. This move was largely attributed to critic attacks that it was becoming a formulaic show.

However, critics appreciated the show for its action sequences, storytelling, performances of the cast. Even its drama, and the portrayal of Slade Wilson among other villains was lauded. The third season was panned for the increased focus of the characters romance. The critics even called it a ‘wannabe soap-opera’.

But audiences continued to hold their breath of the fate of the two characters and their steamy romance. And their wishes were answered when the two eventually fell in love and got married. But since then never ever seems to go right for the both of them.

In the last two seasons, the both have been facing a plethora of challenges. These challenges have made even the most loyal Olicity shippers jittery. Many have even questioned what is in store for the pair in the future.

What’s next for CW now that Arrow is coming to an end?

The launch and success of Arrow was the meal-ticket for executive producer Greg Berlanti. Berlanti currently has over 15 shows on air. His shows include The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, Black Lightning, and All American. He even has NBC’s Blindspot; CBS’ God Friended Me and The Red Line. On Netflix, he has You and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Besides these, he also heads DC Universe‘s Stargirl, Doom Patrol, and Titans.

Next for CW is Batwoman. The first episode of the show is currently under production and chances are that it will be picked for a series. Batwoman will feature an openly gay leading character, the first for any comic book show on TV.

According to The Hollywood Reporter: The CW has already renewed the bulk of its lineup for 2019-2020. Arrow, Black Lightning, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, Supergirl. And Supernatural, Dynasty, Charmed, and Legacies are all set to return to television for 2019’s fall season.

Most of CW shows are from the stable of Warner Bros. and have Greg Berlanti runs all of them. Berlanti also signed a multi-year development deal with Warner Bros. for over $400 million. This can also mean that we are yet to see the end of Berlanti and CW shows anytime soon.

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