Superhero Saturday: “Arrow” puts down its bow and arrow after eight seasons

"Arrow" will air its final season starting this fall on The CW

Oliver Queen’s mission is about to come an end, as the CW announced that Arrow‘s next season will be its last: aiming for 10 episodes set to air in the fall.

Starring Stephen Amell, Arrow debuted on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, where its premiere gave the CW its highest ratings since The Vampire Diaries back in 2009.  

After five years of hell, Oliver Queen (Amell) returned home to not only survive, but with one goal: to save his city.  Determined to right his family’s wrongs, he becomes something else … someone else: a masked vigilante crusader for justice, a modern-day Robin Hood against those who’ve failed the people of Star City.  John Diggle/Spartan (David Ramsey) and Felicity Smoak/Overwatch (Emily Bett Rickards) are among those who’ve joined Oliver on his crusade: helping him go from the Hood to the Arrow to the beacon of hope named the Green Arrow.  Also known as the Emerald Archer, Oliver Queen/Green Arrow is the hero who never stops fighting for his city against the likes of Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (Manu Bennett), Ra’s al Ghul, Damien Darhk, Adrian Chase/Prometheus, and Ricardo Diaz/the Dragon.

Oliver Queen is both brave and bold: honoring the dead by fighting … and he’s not done fighting not just for himself, but for his family and friends.

Arrow led to two spin-offs.  The first?  The Flash in 2014 with Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, the scientist who was struck by lightning: making him the Fastest Man Alive whom Oliver inspired to provide protection, hope and light to the people of Central City as a superhero.  The second?  DC’s Legends of Tomorrow in 2016 with Caity Lotz reprising and resurrecting the role of the brave, bold and beautiful, and bisexual Sara Lance, who goes from League of Assassins to The Canary to the Captain of the Waverider: leading a time-traveling crew of misfits, loners, outsiders and renegades to keep history from screwing up … yet the Legends always screw things up for the better.  Definitely in a league of their own, all of this is known as the Arrowverse, which also includes Supergirl with Melissa Benoist as National City’s Girl of Steel, who provides help, hope and compassion in her fight for justice.

Now that they’re unmasked, watch Oliver and his team undergo “Training Day” in their attempts to work with the Star City police department with an all-new Arrow this coming Monday.  

“Arrow” is Ending After Season 8 by IGN News

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