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'Arrow' Ending Explained: What Happened in the Series Finale of the CW Show?

Arrow Season 6, Episode 10, entitled "Fadeout," answered a question that many fans of the CW show had been asking since the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths: How would Oliver Queen (played by Stephen Amell) appear in the final episode of his own show when he had died two episodes earlier? The series finale brought back the former Green Arrow via a flashback to events from around Season 1, as well as in a final scene that saw Oliver reunited with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards).

Oliver, however, was not the only Arrow character to return for the final outing. Throughout the episode, it was revealed that Oliver had resurrected a lot of fallen friends when he was The Spectre and helped create Earth Prime during the Crisis. These characters all assembled for Oliver's funeral in the series finale.

Speaking to TVLine, Arrowverse executive producer Marc Guggenheim spoke of the difficulties of putting together that funeral: "No. 1, it's not easy getting all of these actors in one place at one particular time. No. 2, they've got to be willing to come back. No. 3, they have to have schedules that accommodate it.

"There were still actors we wanted who we just simply couldn't get, because they were off shooting a television show, or shooting a movie. Katrina Law [who played Nyssa al Ghul], for example, was shooting Hawaii Five-0 and we barely got her. In fact, she was landing at Vancouver airport, going through customs, while we were shooting the first half of the funeral scene."

The first person to be revealed as having been resurrected in Earth Prime by Oliver was his mother Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson). We saw Oliver free himself and kill Deathstroke (Manu Bennett), saving his mom in the process⁠—when we last saw the scene, Moira sacrificed herself to save the rest of the queens. The finale then cut to the present, with Moira speaking to the documentary crew from Episode 150, who are now making a tribute to the fallen superhero.

The documentary crew then spoke to Dinah (Juliana Harkavy), who is now chief of police, Rene (Rick Gonzalez), who is touted to be the next mayor after the retirement of another resurrected character Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), and Diggle (David Ramsey). When Rene and Diggle then talk to each other, we learn that there has been no crime in Star City since the events of Crisis⁠.

The Arrow series finale then cuts between 2012 Starling City, where Oliver and Diggle are on the hunt for human trafficker John Byrne (Johnny Cuthbert), 2040 Star City, where Sara (Caity Lotz) appears to Mia (Katherine McNamara) to bring her back in time for her father's funeral, and the present timeline. In the present, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is struggling with the fact that she is still alive when Earth-1 Laurel (also Katie Cassidy) is not, but these thoughts have to be put on hold when William (Jack Moore) is kidnapped.

Felicity, Rene, Diggle, Roy (Colton Haynes), Thea (Willa Holland), Rory (Joe Dinicol), Curtis (Echo Kellum) and Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) all help in the search for William, but it is new Green Arrow Mia who finds out he has been kidnapped by the present John Byrne⁠—but not before we see Roy asks Thea to marry him. Later in the episode she accepts the proposal.

The finale then brings together its past and present timelines. In the past, Green Arrow Oliver chooses not to kill John and send him to prison, and in the present new Green Arrow Mia decides to do the same thing.

The end of the series, meanwhile, is mostly set at Oliver's funeral, where even more former Arrow cast members are there, with the above crew joined by people like Emiko (Sea Shimooka), Anatoly (David Nykl), Talia (Lexa Doig), as well as the stars of other Arrowverse shows like Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist).

Some people, however, remain dead, like Earth-2 Laurel Robert Queen (Jamey Sheridan), who Moira explained could not be resurrected as his death was too crucial in the process of Oliver becoming the Green Arrow. Guggenheim told TVLine about this plot point: "We did start off with a list of every potential person who could come back, and lord knows we've killed a lot of people on this show. But very early on we committed to that notion."

After Oliver has been eulogized and the statue of him unveiled, some of the character's arcs are tied up. We see Lyla and her children move to Metropolis, Mia return to the future (ready for the potential Green Arrow and the Canaries series), Rene getting his mayoral campaign ready and Diggle nearing getting hit by a box that crashes to Earth. Opening it, he sees a glowing green light that some have seen as setting him up to be the next Green Lantern.

The ending of Arrow Season 8, Episode 10, meanwhile, sees Oliver return for one last time. We are back in Star City 2040 in a flashback from Season 7 where The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) guided Felicity to an unknown place. Arriving there, she discovers it is a paradise dimension, looking like Moira's office where she first met Oliver, where the love of her life is waiting for her to spend their afterlife together.

Arrow Season 8 is streaming now on the CW app and website and is expected to be released on Netflix on Wednesday, February 5.

Correction 1/29/2020, 8:45 a.m. ET: This article was updated to correct the cast listing of William, who is played by Jack Moore.


Here’s how Arrow ended after 8 seasons

The flagship of The CW’s Arrowverse said its final farewell on Tuesday night in the US.

The final ever episode of Arrow focused around Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) funeral, the hero having died two episodes earlier, and summoned characters from past, present, and future.

Indeed, Oliver himself, although having departed ‘life’ as the Green Arrow, returned in a flashback to the events of the show’s first season.

Writer Marc Guggenheim explained to Entertainment Weekly that “the obvious solutions [for the finale] seem to be do a flashback story, which also would honour the flashback convention that’s been so important to the show, particularly in its first five years.”

Fans were treated to the return of many much-loved but departed characters. It is explained that Oliver sacrificed his life in the latest crossover, to not only restart the universe, but also resurrect many of the people he had lost in the past eight years: Tommy (Colin Donnell); his mother, Moira (Susanna Thompson); Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne); and Emiko (Sea Shimooka).

The finale ties-up may lose knots and addresses unanswered character questions, here are the major take-aways…

What happened to the major characters?

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To fans’ delight the beloved but complicated romance of Oliver’s sister Thea (Willa Holland) and her on/off boyfriend Roy (Colton Haynes) had a happy ending, they got engaged!  Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez) became Star City’s new mayor and Diggle (David Ramsey) and his wife Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) packed up and headed to Metropolis.

Why did Earth-2 Laurel survive?

To fans ‘surprise, writers chose to leave Earth-2 Laurel (Katie Cassidy) in place and not bring back the original. Executive producer Marc Guggenheim admitted to Entertainment Weekly that that decision was “really driven by the [planned] spin-off“, Green Arrow and the Canaries.

Executive producer Beth Schwartz added that to move away from a character who has in every sense “redeemed” herself, would feel like they were “shortchanging” an important story for her.

Will Mia continue the Green Arrow legacy?

Oliver and Felicity’s (Emily Bett Rickards) daughter Mia (Katherine McNara) also played a pivotal role in tying up characters relationships. Fans saw her and her mother reunited when she is an adult and the reaction from fans was very emotional.

Mia then returned to 2040 to continue her duties as the new Green Arrow.

Did John Diggle become Green Lantern?

Diggle’s final scenes on Arrow have sparked fan rumours that Diggle will continue on in the Arrowverse and pick up the mantle of the Green Lantern. In the finale episode, Diggle finds a box at a meteor crash site containing a glowing green light… his Green Lantern ring?

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Guggenheim confirmed to Deadline that Diggle’s journey to becoming a Green Lantern “was something that we’ve been working our way towards for a good long time now.” He added that keeping fans speculating about a characters potential narrative trajectory was key because “even though the show ends, as long as the characters are alive the characters continue on.”

The unexpected twist of the green-lit box, alongside Diggle’s relocation to Metropolis, aka the home of the Superman & Lois spin-off, strongly suggests that his time within the DC TV universe might not be over.

What happened in Arrow’s final scene?

For fans, the very last scene was the most important and it appears to have been everything they could have hoped for. The much-loved romance between Oliver and Felicity was left on an unexpected happy note after they are reunited, forever, in the afterlife.

Fan reactions have erupted – in a good way – on social media, with the ending satisfying most loyal Arrow viewers in their bittersweet moment of farewell.

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Oliver Queen is Really Dead

In what is perhaps the most surprising turn of events, Arrow makes no effort to undo what has come before in this finale. Oliver Queen is really most sincerely dead. No false starts. No takebacks. The events of Crisis on Infinite Earths are final, and though Oliver’s actions brought a new world into being, the price for doing so was his own life. 

Honestly, for a former street level rich kid vigilante, it’s not a bad way to go out. It’s the hero’s death Oliver both deserved and was probably always destined for. That Arrow ultimately decides to honor his sacrifice by actually making it stick is probably the true miracle here. The fact that Oliver himself doesn’t appear outside of flashbacks until the episode’s final scene (more on that in a minute) is a testament to both the force of his character and his larger impact on Star City and the world that Arrow has made.  

Who Was at Oliver Queen’s Funeral?

His sacrifice resurrects many previously dead characters, from Moira Queen and Quentin Lance to Tommy Merlyn and Oliver’s half-sister Emiko, giving them a second shot at life. Oliver’s funeral brings back a dozen of our favorites from the show’s eight seasons – from Oliver’s sister Thea and the grown-up version of his daughter Mia, to The Flash’s Barry Allen, Legends of Tomorrow’s Sara Lance, and Supergirl’s Kara Zor-El. Even Nyssa and Talia al Ghul show up, to honor the man who had once been their dedicated enemy. The sweeping shot of the mourners at his graveside illustrates just how many lives Oliver has touched over the show’s eight seasons, and the difference he has made in them. 

What’s Next for the Arrow Team?

“Fadeout” isn’t just about wrapping up the journey of its main character, however, but also about everything he – and this show itself – leaves behind. The story of Arrowmay have begun with one man, but it ends with a squad of dedicated heroes, all ready to pick up Oliver’s bow (literally in his daughter’s case) and fight for the world he wanted.

“Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you’ll never get to see.” Or so says a pretty popular musical these days, anyway. Arrow clearly agrees, since its series finale is all about what comes next. The story doesn’t end with Oliver, after all. 

When Arrow premiered, pretty much no one could have ever imagined where it would end up. It started as the tale of a selfish playboy with fancy technology, a mask and a hunger for revenge. It ends as a tale of self-sacrifice and redemption, and serves as an object lesson in what superhero television can both do and be. Arrow has spawned six spin-offs to-date (The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Black Lightning, Batwoman, and the upcoming Superman and Lois), a densely interconnected onscreen universe, and features dozens of women, LGBT characters and people of color across its properties. What’s next? What isn’t.


From Reunions to Easter Eggs: ‘Arrow’ Bosses Break Down the Series Finale

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[This story contains spoilers from the series finale of The CW’s Arrow.]

When Arrow premiered on The CW in 2012, its superhero legacy included one long-running drama that purposefully avoided putting its square-jawed hero into a super-suit until its very last episode a year before. The move made sense, considering just how many Superman iterations pop culture had seen to that point.

But Arrow took a lesser-known DC property — the Green Arrow — and very quickly established a universe so full that the series would lend its name to a TV world that includes at least five other shows — The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, upcoming drama Superman & Lois, and potential series Green Arrow and the Canaries.

And while the namesake drama came to a close Tuesday night, the world of Arrow will live on. Proof: Oliver Queen himself (Stephen Amell) was killed off for good two episodes before the finale, yet the character managed to remain a larger-than-life presence throughout the show’s final hour.

Executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz spoke with reporters following a screening of the series finale, which saw plenty of closure for most of Arrow‘s main characters, plus special visits from Oliver’s crime-fighting buddies Barry Allen/the Flash (Grant Gustin) and Kara Danvers/Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) as the Arrow gang said goodbye to their No. 1 hero.

“It was really important to me and Marc to honor all of our characters in this. We spent a lot of time in the room brainstorming endings for all our characters,” said Schwartz, who served as the showrunner. “Whether they were series regulars in season eight or they were series regulars in season one, we really wanted to give everyone a satisfying ending so that you could envision what their lives would be like after the show was over.”

In the ante-pentultimate episode (and the Arrow installment of the mega-crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths), Oliver turned into all-knowing DC hero Spectre before sacrificing himself to save all of humanity, resurrecting some dearly departed loved ones in the process. The penultimate hour, “Green Arrow and the Canaries,” introduced the conceit for the potential female-led spinoff toplined by Kat McNamara (Oliver’s time-traveling, crime-fighting daughter Mia), Katie Cassidy and Juliana Harkavy (both different versions of the DC hero Black Canary). The finale brought back Amell — and other departed cast members — to say goodbye to Oliver Queen and wrap up the storylines for all of the series’ main characters.

David Ramsey’s Diggle and his wife, Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson), packed up and headed to Metropolis; Oliver’s sister Thea (Willa Holland) and her petty thief-turned-Team Arrow on/off boyfriend Roy (Colton Haynes) got engaged; Susanna Thompson’s Moira Queen (killed in season two), Paul Blackthorne’s Quentin Lance (killed in season six) and Colin Donnell’s Tommy Merlyn (killed in season one) got a second shot at life; Rick Gonzalez’s Rene Ramirez became Star City’s new mayor; and Emily Bett Rickards returned as Oliver’s tech wiz/wife, Felicity, for a proper goodbye — and happy ending with Oliver — after departing the series before its final season.

The last scene of the series saw a future Felicity in 2040 finally ready to reunite with her true love, stepping through a portal to the afterlife with her beau. It’s a scene that Guggenheim wrote back in June after a particularly fruitful morning meditation session.

“This has never happened to me before or since,” he said. “I came out of the meditation with the entire scene in my head, like literally word for word, exactly as you just watched it. I quickly opened up my laptop, and [mimics typing] ‘I gotta get this down.’ For me it felt so right. And I very excitedly texted Beth, ‘I wrote the final scene, I gotta send it to you.’ Of course the big question was, is Emily coming back to be in it? We were like, well, now she really has to because I really love the scene. And fortunately she did.”

The payoff for the fan-favorite romance was always the plan — “We didn’t even think of another ending,” Schwartz said. “We didn’t have a backup plan at all” — but it did depend on Rickards’ schedule. The original flashback for the episode would’ve involved Oliver, Diggle and Felicity, but was scrapped once Rickards’ schedule dictated that she could only return for two days. The final scene between Oliver and Felicity was also the final scene the cast and crew filmed together.

“It was past midnight. We were all there, including several castmembers who didn’t even work that day. Colin Donnell showed up, Ricky, Juliana,” said Guggenheim, plus many of the writers.

Ramsey, who wrapped his final scene earlier in the day, said he and the rest of his co-stars stuck around until the bitter end. “It was a celebration, but also just surreal.” Ramsey’s story isn’t necessarily over, either, as the finale teased a long-held fan theory that Diggle could eventually become another major DC superhero: Green Lantern. (A Green Lantern show, from Arrow-verse mastermind Greg Berlanti, is also in the works at streamer HBO Max.)

“We’ll still see, believe it or not,” Ramsey teased of the mysterious alien box his character found in his last scene, though neither he nor Guggenheim would comment much further about the intense speculation surrounding the character. Said Guggenheim, “This was something that was worked out over a year ahead with DC Entertainment. We very specifically negotiated and discussed the parameters, and I feel like to say anything beyond what we have showed you would violate our agreement with DC.”

One other major story point for the series finale was a no-holds-barred fight sequence, which Guggenheim dedicated to the hard-working stunt team.

“One of the things that was always one of our checklist items was, we are going to leave it all on the field as far as our action sequences are concerned,” he said. “This is my bugaboo and my hobbyhorse: In seven seasons of Arrow we have not received even a nomination for a stunts Emmy. In fact, when we delivered this cut to the studio and the network, I had post [include a chryon that said] ‘Never received a stunts nomination.’ We don’t even want the award at this point. We just would like this amazing team to be recognized for the work that they’ve done.”

In a world with time travel, multiple universes and superpowers, no ending is actually permanent, and that includes Oliver’s: Should the occasion arise, there’s always room for Amell to reprise his role, particularly now that the character is technically still a part of the DC canon.

“The whole point of making him the Spectre was just to give us story opportunities, because who knows what’s going to happen in the future,” said Guggenheim. “And the one thing I always say every time a character dies on any of the shows, it’s like, we’ve got alternate realities, we got time travel, we got flashbacks — you name it. We have all these different devices. No one’s ever really gone. I mean, look at Colin Donnell. I mean, Jesus Christ! He’s practically a series regular still in season eight.”

“While I would love to always see Stephen back,” he continued, the circumstances of the character’s return would be pivotal. “If we brought him back in the seventh season premiere of Flash it would probably diminish this a bit. Fortunately, we we have some sway with those folks.”

Quipped Schwartz, “There’s always the opportunity to cut to him and Felicity in the afterlife just hangin’ out!”

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Arrow Series Finale Ending Explained (& What Happens Next)

Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Arrow, season 8, episode 10, "Fadeout."

The series finale of Arrow brought a satisfying conclusion to the show that started the Arrowverse. Yet for all that the episode resolved, it also opened several avenues for the stories of Star City's heroes to continue elsewhere, such as the proposed spin-off Green Arrow and the Canaries.

When Arrow first aired in the fall of 2012, there were few who predicted that it would survive a season and fewer still who expected it to spawn a spin-off with The Flash. Now, nearly eight years later, Arrow has redefined the superhero series and becomethe cornerstone of the single largest shared reality in television history. Indeed, the Arrowverse may now be the largest shared multiverse in all of fiction, with Crisis on Infinite Earths having tied the Arrowverse to virtually every television and cinematic universe ever based on a DC Comics' character.

Related: Crisis Moves All Arrowverse Shows Onto One Earth

"Fadeout," the final episode of Arrow, was a worthy tribute to that accomplishment and a memorial to the legacy of the hero who started it all. While Oliver Queen may be dead, the ideals for which he lived and died live on and the world that he sacrificed himself to build seems stronger than ever. But what about the friends and family that joined Oliver Queen on his journey? What was their final fate in the new Arrowverse? Here's what happens in Arrow's ending and what it means for the future.

What Happened In The Arrow Series Finale

The action of the Arrow series finale, "Fallout", was split between three storylines. In the first, the heroes of Star City tried to figure out where they stood in the newly rebuilt Arrowverse and how much things had changed following the Crisis on Infinite Earths. In the second, an all-star team of Green Arrow's allies joined forces after learning that Oliver's son, William Clayton, had been abducted from his grandparents' home in Central City. Finally, Oliver Queen's friends and family gathered to pay tribute to the first hero of his generation and mourn his passing.

The episode opened with John Diggle conducting a new interview with filmmaker Marcia Pedowitz. In the pre-Crisis Arrowverse, Pedowitz had filmed a documentary about the vigilantes of Star City and their difficulties in working alongside the police in 2017. In the new reality, Pedowitz had yet to finish the documentary and was now reworking it into a memorial film about the life of Oliver Queen. Shortly afterward, Diggle met up with Rene "Wild Dog" Ramirez and the two discussed how in the month following the Crisis there was practically no crime in Star City (at least, none that the Star City Police Department couldn't handle). This led them to hold a wake of sorts in the Arrow bunker, joining with Roy "Arsenal" Harper, Dinah "Black Canary" Drake and Laurel "Black Siren" Lance to drink vodka, toast the man who saved their city, and discuss their plans for the future.

The five assembled heroes also gave each other a matching tattoo based around a design Oliver had created; The Mark of Four. Based around what he dubbed the Four Pillars of Heroism (Courage, Compassion, Selflessness and Loyalty) the Mark of Four was meant to be symbolic of the values that had kept Oliver Queen on the hero's path, even in his darkest hours. The tattoo was meant to remind the five heroes of what they had come to mean to each other as the ones who were there with Oliver during his final battles.

Related: Arrow Reveals How Everyone Remembers Crisis (Without Martian Manhunter's Help)

In the future of Star City 2040, Mia Queen was awoken by the sudden arrival of Sara Lance, who had accidentally teleported into her bedroom through a time portal. When Mia asked for an explanation for the rude awakening, Sara explained that she had come to take Mia back in time to see her father's funeral. Mia followed her back to the year 2020, though she freely admitted that she had no idea why Sara was so insistent that she should attend Oliver Queen's funeral.

Shortly after arriving, Mia had a private talk with Dinah, whom she had come to know better in the future following the events of "Green Arrow and the Canaries." For Mia, it had been a few weeks since her brother William had been kidnapped and she'd made no progress in tracking whoever had abducted him. Despite Dinah's assurance that Oliver would be proud of how Mia was continuing his legacy, Mia said she still felt like a failure since she couldn't do the one thing Oliver had managed successfully: keep his family safe. Coincidentally, it was at that moment that the computers in the bunker reported that William Clayton had been kidnapped in the modern day.

With most of Oliver Queen's friends and family coming into Star City for the funeral, it didn't take long to put together a strike team to hunt down William and his kidnapper. Thea "Speedy" Queen, Lyla "Harbinger" Michaels, Curtis "Mister Terrific" Holt and Rory "Ragman" Regan joined the rest of the assembled heroes in the Arrow bunker, pairing off to search Star City. Felicity Smoak was the last to arrive, but was quick to put mourning her husband aside to focus on the task of saving her stepson and coordinating the teams.

As they searched the city, some of the duos talked about other matters. In the case of Roy Harper and Thea Queen, Roy wanted to discuss their relationship. At first Thea thought he wanted to apologize once again for having left her without a word so that he could get his head together after being resurrected by the Lazarus Pit. Instead, Roy stunned her with a proposal, saying that death had given him a lot to think about and he was certain that he couldn't spend the rest of his life without her.

Related: Arrow Theory: Laurel Is The Villain Of Green Arrow & The Canaries

As Ragman and Wild Dog cleared out a drug den, the two discussed how things had changed in the three years since they had been partners in crime-fighting and newbie members of Team Arrow. Ragman said he had started fighting crime again to honor Oliver Queen's memory, with the magical suit of rags that he wore only recently having recovered from being used to contain a nuclear bomb blast. For his part, Wild Dog said only that he and Oliver "had our differences over the years." Ragman said that didn't surprise him, as out of all the members of Team Arrow, Rene and Oliver were the most similar in temperament.

Ultimately, it was Mia Queen who found William Clayton and his kidnapper first in Arrow's series finale, having gone off on her own to avoid talking to a younger version of her mother, Felicity. The kidnapper turned out to be John Byrne; a human trafficker who had been the first person on Robert Queen's list of people who were hurting Star City that Oliver Queen was persuaded by John Diggle to leave for the police rather than killing them outright. Ironically, Byrne would have preferred death to eight years in prison and became determined to kill the son of the man who put him away. When faced with the new Green Arrow, however, Byrne released William and tried to taunt Mia into killing him. Mia didn't take the bait, however, declaring that "if Oliver Queen didn't kill you, then neither will I."

With Byrne brought to justice, another celebratory party was held in the Arrow bunker. In the middle of the celebration, Dinah turned on the Channel 52 news, just in time for a report to show amateur video footage of Mia's arresting John Byrne. Dinah repeated once again that Oliver would be proud of Mia. For her part, Felicity was proud of her daughter too, but she admired her from a distance, being as reluctant to risk things getting weird as Mia was.

In the end, only John Diggle, Rene Ramirez and Dinah Drake remained behind to see the Arrow Bunker closed down for good. In discussing their plans for the future, Diggle realized there was no need for Team Arrow in the safe city Oliver Queen had left behind and that between people leaving town or moving on to new roles there would be no vigilantes left to maintain the base. Dinah Drake took it upon herself to shut down the power, as the trio took the elevator to the surface one last time.

Related: Crisis On Infinite Earths Reverses An Arrow Season 8 Death

The night before Oliver's funeral, a candlelight vigil was held in his honor, along with a private unveiling of a memorial for Oliver Queen; a bronze statue of Green Arrow, with a plaque reading "He saved this city." The dedication ceremony was supervised by Mayor Quentin Lance, who had been restored to life in the post-Crisis reality.

"Oliver Queen wasn't just a hero," Quentin Lance noted. "He was a good man. He was an honorable person. And the fact that he didn't start out that way makes him, in my book, even more honorable. He stands as a reminder to all of us that anyone can change." 

The funeral was held in the woods behind Queen Mansion, where a tombstone for Oliver had been erected next to the one for Robert Queen. As they waited for things to begin, Thea Queen wondered why Oliver hadn't brought back his own father. Moira speculated that Oliver could only change those things that didn't change his own destiny and, for better or worse, Robert Queen had to die for Oliver Queen to become the Green Arrow.

Despite being a small, private function, the funeral attracted a wide variety of people who had come to pay their respects to Oliver Queen's memory. Apart from the heroes who had helped search for William, Nyssa Al Ghul and Talia Al Ghul were there to honor their ex-husband and former pupil respectively. Anatoly Knyazev, the Russian gangster who had become Oliver Queen's brother in spirit, was also there. The Flash and Supergirl were there, in their secret identities of Barry Allen and Kara Danvers, representing the superhero community that Oliver Queen had established.

Related: Every Arrowverse Crossover Ranked (Including Crisis On Infinite Earths)

Before the ceremony started, there were a number of brief reunions and meetings. Emiko Queen introduced herself to Thea and Moira, who welcomed her into their family. Tommy Merlyn introduced himself to Black Siren, noting that he had been married to the Laurel Lance of Earth-1 before her death in the new reality. Finally, Mia Queen and Felicity Smoak finally met one another and exchanged a hug, taking comfort in their mutual grief without saying anything that would make things awkward.

With everyone else reluctant to speak, John Diggle took command of the ceremony and spoke from the heart, not having a speech prepared. "Oliver always told me that in order to save his city he had to become someone else," Diggle began. "He had to become something else. I always thought that meant becoming the Green Arrow, but... today I realized that meant becoming a better man." Diggle went on to speak about how Oliver had become a better man and an inspiration and that his legacy would continue to shape their world.

How Dead Arrow Characters Returned In The Series Finale

Over the course of "Fadeout," several characters were revealed to be alive in the Post-Crisis Arrowverse who had died over the course of Oliver Queen's career as a vigilante in the Pre-Crisis Arrowverse. These included his mother, Moira Queen, his best friend, Tommy Merlyn, his half-sister Emiko Queen and his mentor, Quentin Lance. Precisely how most of them cheated death was not explained in detail in the Arrow series finale, though it was revealed that Oliver Queen was able to free his hands and stop Deathstroke from killing his mother in the new reality. It can be safely assumed then that Oliver Queen found similar ways of helping his friends and family to cheat their own deaths when he rebuilt the Arrowverse as The Spectre.

One person was curiously absent among the resurrected; Oliver Queen's first love, Laurel Lance. This was a matter of some concern to Black Siren, who hid her fears until finally having a tearful breakdown in private with Quentin Lance. She asked Quentin why Oliver brought back everyone except "your Laurel," assuming it was because she was there filling the space the other Laurel was meant to fill.  Quentin had a different take on things, saying that Oliver hadn't "fixed" her because "there is nothing about you that needed to be fixed."

Related: Biggest Arrowverse Questions After Crisis On Infinite Earths' Ending

Is Diggle Green Lantern In The Arrowverse Now?

As John Diggle delivered his improvised eulogy at Oliver Queen's funeral, his speech was intercut with scenes of Diggle confronting something strange while packing his van. A small meteor hit the Earth near John, throwing him back into the van. When Diggle recovered, he found a smoking crater with a small box in the center. The box contained something which glowed with an emerald light. The implication was obvious and seemed to confirm a long-held fan theory; that John Diggle was destined to become the Green Lantern of Earth in the Arrowverse. Diggle's speech as he encountered the odd meteor seemed to hint at this as well, speaking of the strange things he had seen since meeting Oliver Queen and the wonders he had beheld.

"I don't know what the future holds, except to say expect the unexpected. Oliver may be gone, but his mission endures. And that mission lives on. Oliver lives on in the people he inspired. Some will take that mission to the rest of the world. Maybe even beyond that. Because if the past eight years have shown us anything, it's that this universe is far bigger than any of us could have dared imagine. Even if it is a little less bright without him in it."

The references to light and the universe seem like pretty clear nods that Diggle is meant to join the Green Lantern Corps. While the same production team behind Arrow is currently working on a Green Lantern series for HBO Max, details are few and far between so far. For his part, actor David Ramsey (who plays John Diggle) is keeping quiet about the possibility that he'll have a role in the upcoming series or that it is being made into a vehicle for him.

Why Felicity Is Killed By The Monitor

The final scene of "Fadeout" was a callback to the Arrow's season 7 finale and the final fate of Felicity Smoak. The season ended with Felicity meeting with the Monitor in the woods behind Queen Mansion and stepping into a portal with him. Where they were going was not made clear, beyond the Monitor warning Felicity that there was no coming back from this journey and Felicity saying that she had "waited a very long time to see him" while twisting her wedding ring. The implication is clear; she had been waiting for 20 years to be reunited with her husband and the Monitor, who was responsible for separating them in the first place, was now joining them together.

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The same scene happens again at the end of Arrow's series finale, but this time the camera followed Felicity through the portal. Suddenly, Felicity was several decades younger and standing in a familiar looking office with a red pen on the desk. As she picked it up and looked at the photos on the desk (which showed a young Oliver Queen with his father), Oliver Queen entered the office, looking very much as he did when they first met nearly three decades earlier. After kissing and hugging her husband, Felicity asked him why the afterlife looks like his old office at Queen Consolidated. With an impish grin, Oliver said that it was his mother's office and he wanted to see her again in the same place he saw her for the first time.

When Felicity says that the first time they met was in the IT department seven floors down, Oliver asks if she's sure as he thinks back to how he once saw Felicity two years before he "met" her, when he was sneaking around Queen Consolidated while on a mission for ARGUS. Realizing that he never told Felicity about how he saw her before they first spoke, Oliver said that it was a long story. He then guided her to the office window, which was overlooking Star City. It was a bright, sunny day and everything, for once, looked beautiful and perfect. "Lucky for us," Oliver smiled, "We have all the time in the world for me to tell it to you."

What Happens To All Of Arrow's Remaining Characters

Beyond Oliver and Felicity being given their personal heaven, "Fadeout" established the final fates of most of the rest of the major characters of Arrow who were still operating out of Star City. Thea Queen accepted Roy Harper's marriage proposal, though it was unclear if she and Talia Al Ghul were still working at turning the League of Assassins into a heroic organization. Lyla Michaels accepted a promotion to a position in Metropolis, so she, John, Sara and John Jr. began making plans to move after Oliver Queen's funeral. What organization offered her a job is not stated, but it's possible that the family might be showing up in the upcoming Lois and Clark series. (This assumes, of course, that John doesn't wind up with a new job of his own on the planet Oa.)

Quentin Lance announced his intention to retire from his position as Mayor of Star City when his term expired in April 2020 and his endorsement of Rene Ramirez to fill the position instead of him. This marked something of a rapid change, since Rene had been running for City Council in the pre-Crisis Arrowverse. Sadly, it doesn't look like Rene is going to become Mayor right away, as the Green Arrow and the Canaries pilot revealed that a Mayor Ramirez was running for his third term in 2040. Unless Star City is suddenly electing its mayors to decade-long terms, it doesn't seem likely that Rene is going to win the election.

Related: Crisis On Infinite Earths: Why Green Arrow Wasn't A Paragon

Dinah Drake had been offered the position of Chief of Police of Star City, but decided to turn it down. She didn't see any point in being a police officer in a city with no crime, much less a vigilante, when there were so many cities out there that needed saving. Dinah was seen driving her motorcycle out of Star City in the closing montage showing the final fates of Star City's heroes, but we know that her fate lies elsewhere... and elsewhen.

How Arrow Series Finale Sets Up Green Arrow & Canaries Spinoff

Strangely enough, the Green Arrow and the Canaries pilot episode did more to set-up Arrow's finale than the other way around. Still, a few small bits of new information regarding the future of the Arrowverse did make their way into "Fadeout." Chief among these was that Mia Queen was brought back in time to attend Oliver Queen's funeral a few weeks after the abduction of William Clayton depicted in the final scenes of "Green Arrow and the Canaries."

Beyond that, Arrow's ending establishes that Dinah Drake had planned to leave Star City behind her before she was suddenly sent forward in time 20 years and all mention of her was erased from the historical record. The episode also firmly establishes that the Laurel Lance we saw in "Green Arrow and the Canaries" was the Laurel Lance of Earth-2 and not a hybrid or blending of multiple Laurels condensed into a single body. The closing montage includes a clip of Mia Queen returning to her time through the Legends of Tomorrow's time portal, more confident in herself than she was before.

What Arrow's Series Finale Means For Arrowverse's Future

Beyond what has been established for Green Arrow and the Canaries so far, there is little that can be said to be certain about the future of the Arrowverse after Arrow's series finaleThe future of Star City for the next 20 years seems to be bright enough, with the city having almost literally no crime at all. Yet even that bit of peace may be fragile and could change at any moment due to an errant time-traveler.

Whether or not John Diggle becomes a Green Lantern, we can expect to see aliens playing a greater role in the destiny of Earth now that Supergirl's Earth-38 has been merged into Earth-Prime. For the same reason, we can also expect to see more political intrigue due to the influence of Black Lightning on the rest of the new Arrowverse. Finally, as Arrow comes to a close, we can expect to see a lot more team-ups, now that the barriers between Earths aren't preventing the super friends from getting together. Perhaps the next event will see a new crisis across time, with Green Arrow and the Canaries joining forces with the Legion of Superheroes? Come what may, John Diggle had it right when he said that all we could do is "expect the unexpected."

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Arrow series finale recap: Requiem for Oliver Queen

Warning: This recap contains spoilers from the series finale of Arrow, which aired Tuesday.

Fade in on a girl…and her brother and mother. It’s 2014, and Slade Wilson has the Queens tied up in the woods and is threatening to kill one of them. As happened way back in “Seeing Red,” Moira offers her life up in exchange for her children’s, and Slade prepares to kill her. But then something different happens. This time around, Oliver fishes a knife out of his pocket, breaks free of his bonds, and tackles Slade to the ground before he murders Moira. A tragedy has been averted, history has changed, and this is how “Fadeout,” Arrow’s series finale, begins.

What’s the point of starting with this? It’s a means of showing what Oliver’s sacrifice created when the universe was rebooted, thus explaining how Moira is now alive and able to talk to a documentary crew in the year 2020. Yes, the questionable format from the 150th episode returns and the cheekily-named director explains that her project turned into a memorial for Oliver Queen. We’re treated to some new interviews. It’s a very weird and unexpected turn.

In fact, that’s how I would describe the entire finale: Weird and unexpected. But also emotional and heartfelt. There are some very moving moments (Present-day Felicity meeting Mia, Roy and Thea’s engagement), some cool ones (Diggle picking up that a glowing green space box); and some that made me scratch my head (the return of the documentary crew, the flashbacks). I do know that I really liked the final scene, which felt more than earned, and I liked that the finale put a button on the show’s overall theme of redemption.

At the moment, I can’t stop thinking about the weirder aspects of the hour. Shortly after Diggle finishes up his interview with Marcia Pedowitz, Rene shows up with an update: Nothing new to report in Star City because it has been crime-free since the Crisis. So in addition to resurrecting people (Moira, Tommy, Quentin, and Emiko), Oliver apparently used his Spectre powers to save the city. Thanks to last week’s Green Arrow & The Canaries backdoor pilot, we know this peace only lasts for about 20 years, but it’s odd when you start thinking about it. For Oliver to have rid the city of crime, he would’ve had to use his godlike powers to either fundamentally change people by enforcing his will on them, which is very dictatorial in a way that’s reminiscent of season 3 Oliver, or he somehow just removed every criminal from the city, which isn’t totally great either. Part of the problem is that the episode doesn’t explain what “there’s no more crime in Star City” means. Are we just talking major crimes or all crime? Clearing up that ambiguity could help alleviate some of my concerns about this new city.

That being said, Oliver’s decision to resurrect everyone he lost over the course of eight seasons was a perfectly Oliver move. If there’s one thing we know about Oliver, it’s that he feels guilty for almost everything and would gladly trade his life for his loved ones. He finally got the chance to do that. Furthermore, this also reminded me of how Green Lantern Hal Jordan (then known as Parallax) used his powers to resurrect Oliver in The Final Night right before he died.

Initially, I also found the decision to introduce new flashbacks in the series finale somewhat odd, but I’ve started to come around on it because it does work thematically. Given that Oliver died in the crossover, finale writers, showrunner/EP Beth Schwartz, and consulting producer Marc Guggenheim had to find a way to include him in the crossover since it would be weird if the show’s main character wasn’t in the series finale. So, they opted for flashbacks that revealed a previously unseen time at the beginning of Oliver and Diggle’s partnership. Taking place around season 1, episode 5, these new scenes show Oliver’s weariness in trusting Diggle and Diggle’s concerns about Oliver’s murder-spree. This not only gave Amell a place in the episode, but it also allowed the show to stage its most impressive fight sequence yet: Oliver vs. an army of bad guys led by name-on-the-list John Byrne, which director James Bamford staged and shot in a series of impressive oners (Bamford goes full Bamford here). The ambitious fight not only captures the brutality of season 1’s action scenes, but it’s also exhausting and freaking awesome. It’s clear they left it all on the table. In the end, Oliver heeds Diggle’s advice and opts to send Byrne to prison instead of killing him.

The flashbacks also worked for me because it gave the episode a chance to reflect on how much Oliver has changed over the years. As the fight sequence reminds us, Oliver was a cold-blooded murderer at the start of the series, but over the course of the following seasons, he sought redemption for those crimes, as well as who he was before the Queen’s Gambit. Later on in the episode, Quentin delivers a powerful speech before unveiling the Green Arrow memorial statue that perfectly sums up Arrow’s thoughts on the theme of redemption: It is possible for people to change. It’s hard, but possible. The show not only argued that in this episode but in the 169 that came before it, especially because one of the joys of re-watching the series is seeing how much Oliver has grown.

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But we should also talk about what happens in the present day, too: Almost every Team Arrow member returns to Star City for Oliver’s funeral, including Mia, who travels from 2040 with Sara’s help. Unfortunately, their reunion is interrupted when present-day William gets kidnapped, which ends up drawing a grieving Felicity out of hiding. Seeing Felicity back behind the deck surrounded by all of Team Arrow was a powerful visual. Emily Bett Rickards’ performance in this episode was also moving, especially the scene in which she watches as adult Mia, who saved William from John Byrne, explain the different parts of the bow. There’s a poignant and heavy hesitancy in her performance. Felicity would love nothing more than to meet her grown-up daughter but doesn’t want to rush since 2020 Mia is currently back at home teething. The joy-sadness in Rickards’ eyes broke my heart.

Katie Cassidy was also responsible for another one of the finale’s most tearjerking moments. Laurel spends the bulk of the episode weighed down by guilt over still being alive instead of Earth-1 Laurel since everyone else came back. Eventually, she tearfully visits Quentin and asks why she’s still here if Oliver’s death fixed everything, and it’s one of Cassidy’s most vulnerable and powerful performances on the show. Of course, Quentin has the perfect response: “Because sweetheart, there is nothing about you that needed to be fixed.”

The next day everyone heads to Queen manor for Oliver’s funeral: The Flash’s Barry, Supergirl’s Kara, Nyssa al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, Emiko (who meets Moira and Thea), Tommy (who shares some light sparks with Earth-2 Laurel), Anatoly, Curtis, Rory, and so many more. No one knows what to say, so it falls on Diggle to eulogize his fallen brother. Of course, his speech is heartfelt and captures Oliver’s journey and what’s so exciting about the unknowable future.

As Diggle talks, we’re shown a montage that ties up several things. Dinah, feeling unneeded in a crimeless city, leaves down via a street named after Oliver Queen. Mia returns to 2040 intent on finding William and feeling more comfortable about honoring her father’s legacy. Diggle and Lyla pack up their things and move to Metropolis; however, before Diggle leaves, a meteor crashes in front of his home and sends him flying. When he comes to, he discovers a box containing a bright green object — which of course is a nod to the popular fan theory that Diggle was destined to become Green Lantern, John Stewart. Personally, I would’ve preferred if they hadn’t gone in this direction just because Diggle was a great character, but this Green Lantern tease tickles the nerdy part of my brain that loves stuff like this.

The episode then returns to Oliver’s grave and smoothly transitions to Star City 2040, specifically to a scene from the season 7 finale. Felicity steps into a breach created by the Monitor and comes out in Moira Queen’s Queen Consolidated office. There, she’s reunited with her husband, Oliver, who seems at peace. Immediately, we realize this is a paradise dimension (Oliver chose Moira’s office since this is where he first laid eyes on Felicity) and this is where the two of them will live happily ever after. It’s an ending that’s perfectly reminiscent of Crisis on Infinite Earths and feels earned.

In the end, “Fadeout” definitely wasn’t what I was expecting from Arrow’s series finale. It’s an odd hour that has to juggle a lot. While it doesn’t always work, it helps that the first seven episodes of the season did such a good job of bringing the show to close to the point that this just felt like a coda more than anything else. I’ll miss Arrow, but at least it went out on as close to a high as possible.

Wall of Weird:

  • One of the happiest moments of the finale: Roy and Thea’s engagement! If anyone deserves a happy ending, it’s these two crazy kids.
  • There’s a hilarious Powerless Easter egg in the episode: Roy proposes to Thea in front of a Van Wayne Industries sign. And now I miss Powerless.
  • The “William gets kidnapped” plot is hilariously unimportant in the grand scheme of things, but hey I love that he got kidnapped one more time before the show ended.
  • As the show ends, Rene is preparing for his mayoral “campaign.” I put campaign in quotes because it’s apparently a forgone conclusion that he’ll win once Quentin steps down — which is worrisome, but whatever.
  • Sara and Nyssa reunited for the first time in ages. I loved it!
  • Did you catch Guggenheim’s cameo in the finale?

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Arrow (season 8)

Season of television series

The eighth and final season of the American television series Arrow premiered on The CW on October 15, 2019 and concluded on January 28, 2020, with a total of 10 episodes. The series is based on the DC Comics character 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. Executive Producers Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz returned as co-showrunners of the 10-episode final season. Stephen Amell stars as Oliver Queen, with principal cast members David Ramsey as John Diggle, Rick Gonzalez as Rene Ramirez, Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake and Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance also returning from previous seasons. Katherine McNamara, Ben Lewis, and Joseph David-Jones, who previously recurred as the adult versions of Mia Smoak, William Clayton, and Connor Hawke, were all promoted to starring status, as was LaMonica Garrett, who stars across multiple Arrowverse shows as the Monitor. Former series regulars Emily Bett Rickards, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Paul Blackthorne, Colton Haynes, John Barrowman, Willa Holland, Echo Kellum, Sea Shimooka and Josh Segarra all returned for the final season as guests.

The series follows Oliver Queen, 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 series was renewed for its eighth and final season on January 31, 2019, and filming began in Vancouver, British Columbia, in July 2019. The eighth episode features the sixth annual Arrowverse crossover "Crisis on Infinite Earths", with TV series Supergirl, Batwoman, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow also taking part. The ninth episode was set as a backdoor pilot to the scrapped spin-off titled Green Arrow and the Canaries which takes place in the year 2040.


See also: List of Arrow episodes

Cast and characters[edit]

Main articles: List of Arrow characters and List of supporting Arrow characters


"Crisis on Infinite Earths"[edit]



On January 31, 2019, The CW renewed Arrow for an eighth season.[47] 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.[48]

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."[49]

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.[50] 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".[51]


As with the seventh season of Arrow, the eighth season makes extensive use of flashforwards.[52] 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, who plays Laurel Lance, supported Amell's claim, saying each episode would feel like a "miniature movie".[53] The penultimate episode, which serves as a backdoor pilot to Green Arrow and the Canaries was originally intended to be titled after the Bruce Springsteen song "Livin' in the Future", continuing the series' tradition of having the penultimate episode of every season titled after a Springsteen song. Because the studio mandated that the backdoor pilot be titled after the planned spin-off series, the writers were forced to scrap the original title.[54]


Main cast members Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy and Katie Cassidy return as Oliver Queen / Green Arrow, John Diggle, Rene Ramirez, Dinah Drake and Earth-2's Laurel Lance respectively.[55][56] 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,[50] although the producers left open the possibility of her making a guest appearance in the final season.[57][58] Rickards appears as Felicity through archive footage in the episodes "Welcome to Hong Kong"[37] and "Green Arrow & The Canaries".[38] In November 2019, Amell confirmed that Rickards would return for the series finale.[36]

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,[59] and that July Katherine McNamara[60] and Ben Lewis were also promoted to regular status in their roles as the adult versions of Mia Smoak and William Clayton respectively.[61] 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.[25][26][40] 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.[62] 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".[63] 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.[21] In the same month, Charlie Barnett was cast in the role of the adult version of John Diggle Jr.[19] In October, it was announced that Haynes would appear in the season in a recurring role.[22] In November, it was announced that Paul Blackthorne would return as Quentin Lance in a recurring role, after departing as a regular in the sixth season and returning as a guest star in the seventh.[24]


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.[64][65]


Filming began on July 11, 2019,[66] and lasted until November 13.[67] The season's third episode, "Leap of Faith", marks Cassidy's directorial debut.[68][69] On October 21, filming for the ninth episode, the backdoor pilot for Green Arrow and the Canaries, began.[70]

Arrowverse tie-ins[edit]

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.[71] The crossover took place over five episodes – three in December 2019 and two in January 2020.[72]



The season premiered on October 15, 2019, in the United States on The CW.[73] Additionally, The CW aired a retrospective, titled "Hitting the Bullseye",[74] to "celebrate the eighth season",[75] which preceded the series finale.[76]

Home media[edit]

The season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 28, 2020 with special features including the show's 2019 San Diego Comic-Con panel, the special "Hitting the Bullseye" and all five episodes of the sixth annual Arrowverse crossover event titled "Crisis on Infinite Earths".[77]


Critical response[edit]

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 91% approval rating for the eighth season, with an average rating of 7.89/10 based on 120 reviews. The site's critics consensus reads, "Oliver Queen's final adventure hits emotional peaks while spearheading the game-changing "Crisis on Infinite Earths," giving the Emerald Archer a rousing sendoff."[78]

Katie Cassidy's portrayal of Earth-2 Laurel Lance was praised by critics, with TVLine calling her development "one of the most enjoyable aspects of Arrow‘s 10-episode farewell run".[79] In addition to that, Cassidy received an honorable mention on TVLine's Performer of the Week for her performance on "Welcome to Hong Kong".[80]




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