'Arrow' season 8: Release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know about the Emerald Archer's final installment
The final season will see Stephen Amell suit up as the Arrow for the last time. Set to premiere on October 15, season 8 will be consist of 10 episodes
It has been that kind of a year for Oliver Queen and team Arrow. But come the eighth season (confirmed by CW), the team will push forward and continue to fight evil and crime. Since its premiere in 2012, the show has spanned seven seasons and has had crossovers with fellow DC series- Supergirl, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Here's what we know so far about the upcoming season.
The eighth and the final installment of the series is slated to premiere on October 15, 2019.
Season 7's final episode saw Mar Novu aka The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) make an appearance in the final few minutes to collect Oliver Queen aka The Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) to hold up his end of the bargain. (In exchange for saving Barry "The Flash" Allen and Kara Danvers, aka Supergirl, Oliver promised to give " whatever the multiverse requires to survive the crisis that is looming when it is time."
This means that the final season would see Oliver and The Monitor traveling to other worlds to warn of the upcoming crisis and with his death foretold by Mar Novu, the last act of defiance during the crisis and a supreme sacrifice would certainly be an apt send-off to the Arrowverse's original hero. Connor Hawke is expected to have a bigger role in the final season so we can probably hope to see more of the future introduced in Season 7 as well.
Stephen Amell is back as the titular Arrow aka Oliver Queen for the latest outing, while Emily Bett Rickards, who plays Felicity Smoak will not be appearing for the final season. The recurring cast includes Echo Kellum as Curtis, David Ramsay as John Diggle, Rick Gonzalez as Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog, Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake, Colton Haynes as Roy Harper, Kirk Acevedo as Ricardo Diaz, and Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance. Joseph David-Jones, who plays Connor Hawke, John Diggle's adopted son from the future, has been promoted as a series regular for season eight of 'Arrow'.
On July 4, former 'Arrow' showrunner Marc Guggenheim shared a new costume design that he confirmed was not for Oliver Queen, suggesting that a new character might appear in the new season.
Katherine McNamara, who plays Oliver's future daughter Mia Smoak, is also expected to return for the final season.
The series is based on DC Comics and will be developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg.
While there is no official trailer for the final season at the moment, it is likely that we will see a teaser-trailer hit the world around mid-July.
The show developers revealed that the final season of Arrow will consist of ten episodes. The final season’s abbreviated run means Arrow will wrap up shortly after this fall’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover with The Flash and Supergirl (and possibly Legends of Tomorrow). CW President Mark Pedowitz hinted at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in January that the special event will take "some big swings".
Stephen Amell shared the following post to announce that the shooting for the final season has begun:
Watch this space for more updates on 'Arrow' season eight.