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SDCC 2019: Arrow Team Wanted To End The Show “Organically”

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Why is Arrow ending this year? Whose call was that?

Arrow was the CW show that truly started the modern-age superhero series boom (Smallville also played a part). Its success brought multiple shows to TV from the DC Comics universe, including ones you wouldn’t expect. And now, this year will be the last season via a 10-episode season 8.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Executive Producer, and longtime showrunner for the series, Marc Guggenheim revealed why exactly now was the time to end the show.

“Once you start staring down the barrel of a Season 8 these conversations just quite frankly start to happen organically, and you know Stephen [Amell] was at the end of his deal and it’s like ‘what are we going to do? How long are we going to do this for?’ And for my money, I felt it was time, you know, and I think Greg [Berlanti] felt that way, I think Stephen felt that way,” Guggenheim said. “I think we all sort of collectively came to the same conclusion which is let’s go out on a high note. People are still talking about the show, which is hard in its eighth season of any show. People are still talking about it and then it becomes production budgetary things that really gets you into the tall grass but for me I felt like let’s end the show when we can still produce the show that we have all come to know and love and not try to change the show to make it work when it otherwise can’t.”

Guggenheim also promises that unlike Lost or Game of Thrones, the ending won’t be a disappointment for various reasons:

“The good news is unlike Game of Thrones or unlike Lost, were not burdened with having to answer a question,” Guggenheim said. “We’re not burdened with ‘who’s going to sit on the Iron Throne?’ or “what was the island?’ so we get to do, I think, a much more character-based ending. So, at the same time, the complication for us is that we also have Crisis and I think a lot of the stuff that was always in my head in terms of how to end the show we’re now actually going to end up doing in the crossover instead so it’s like now what does the series finale become? But, you know, we’ve got plans.”

The shows final season arrives on October 15th.