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Arrow​​​​​​ was renewed for an eighth and final season by The CW on January 31, 2019.[2] It premiered on October 15, 2019, and will conclude on January 28, 2020.

Synopsis

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea by two men on a fishing boat. He returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs done by his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, Oliver successfully saved his city with the help of his team including former soldier John Diggle, computer-science expert Felicity Smoak, former protégé Roy Harper, street-savvy Rene Ramirez, meta-human Dinah Drake, brilliant inventor Curtis Holt and Earth-2 Laurel Lance. In last season's finale, in the wake of discovering what his future holds, Oliver must leave his friends and family behind him and will find himself pit up against his most challenging battle yet, one that will leave the multiverse hanging in the balance. In Arrow's final season, Oliver Queen is forced to confront the reality of what it means to be a hero.[3]

Cast

Main cast

Special appearance by

Special Guest cast

Recurring cast

Confirmed plot points

Episodes

# Episode name Directed by Story by Teleplay by Original airdate
1 "Starling City" James Bamford Beth Schwartz & Marc Guggenheim October 15, 2019
While trying to decipher The Monitor’s mission, Oliver returns to Starling City where he encounters familiar faces. Meanwhile, Mia and William's team clash with a new foe.
2 "Welcome to Hong Kong" Antonio Negret Jill Blankenship & Sarah Tarkoff October 22, 2019
Oliver, Diggle, Laurel, and Tatsu seek out an important person within The Monitor’s plan. Connor has a heart to heart with his brother.
3 "Leap of Faith" Katie Cassidy Emilio Ortega Aldrich & Elizabeth Kim October 29, 2019
Reunited with his sister, Oliver and Thea find themselves searching through a familiar maze of catacombs. Meanwhile, John and Lyla partner on a special ops mission.
4 "Present Tense" Kristin Windell Oscar Balderrama & Jeane Wong November 5, 2019
When a mysterious new Deathstroke appears in Star City, Oliver and Team Arrow insist on taking down this villain themselves. Meanwhile, reeling from the loss of one of their own, the future Team Arrow figures out a new way to try and stop JJ.
5 "Prochnost" Laura Belsey Benjamin Raab & Deric A. Hughes November 19, 2019
Upon learning the key to oppose The Monitor, Oliver and team return to Russia on a mission to gather the necessary materials. Diggle reunites with a figure from his past.
6 "Reset" David Ramsey Onalee Hunter Hughes & Maya Houston November 26, 2019
After being double-crossed by Lyla, Oliver finds himself facing a life or death situation that seems very familiar. Laurel has the opportunity to make amends with the past.
7 "Purgatory" James Bamford Rebecca Bellotto & Rebecca Rosenberg December 3, 2019
Oliver’s mission takes him to Lian Yu where he tries to ignore the repercussions of the looming Crisis until he receives help from an old friend. Meanwhile, a united Team Arrow faces a recognizable villain.
8 "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four" Glen Winter[6] Marc Guggenheim & Marv Wolfman[7] January 14, 2020[8]
9 "Green Arrow & The Canaries" James Bamford[6] Beth Schwartz, Marc Guggenheim, Jill Blankenship & Oscar Balderrama[9] January 21, 2020[10]
10 "Fadeout" James Bamford[6][11] Marc Guggenheim & Beth Schwartz[11][12][13] January 28, 2020[1]

Trivia

  • Season 8 featured the directional debut from Katie Cassidy, who directs the third episode, while the sixth episode was David Ramsey's second episode he directs after "Past Sins".
  • Unlike the previous seasons, the Arrowverse annual crossover will be part of the main storyline.
  • Marc Guggenheim briefly returned to serve as co-showrunner at the time Beth Schwartz was on maternity leave.
  • This is the only season to feature new series regulars Katherine McNamara, Ben Lewis, Joseph David-Jones and LaMonica Garrett who is only credited for his respective episode appearances. Also, Katie Cassidy is now a special appearance in all the episodes so far despite her absence in "Leap of Faith".
    • Although Cassidy is billed as "special appearance", she is still considered to be a main cast member, according to TVLine.[14]
  • The penultimate episode will serve as a backdoor pilot to introduce a new female-led spin off, starring Katherine McNamara, Katie Cassidy and Juliana Harkavy.[9]
  • Season 8 would've been the first since Season 2 to feature two episodes named after songs by Bruce Springsteen including the penultimate episode that's seen as a tradition in almost every season of Arrow. But according to Marc Guggenheim, the latter episode's original title "Livin' In the Future" was changed at the request of Warner Bros. due to the inclusion of the backdoor pilot for the proposed Green Arrow and The Canaries spin-off.[15]
  • The first seven episodes featured all the title cards from the first seven seasons in order.
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths will affect Star City 2040 [16]

Gallery

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Videos

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "THE CW ANNOUNCES 2020 MIDSEASON PREMIERE DATES" - CWTVPR
  2. "CW Renews Flash, Riverdale, Dynasty, Charmed, Supernatural Plus 5 Others" - TVLine
  3. "Arrow Final Season Premiere Date Announced by The CW" - Comic Book
  4. https://news.avclub.com/emily-bett-rickards-will-come-back-to-arrow-for-the-ser-1839585902 News AVClub - Emily Bett Rickards will come back to Arrow for the Series Finale
  5. "Arrow's Stephen Amell Says He Got the Ending He Wanted for Oliver" - TV Guide
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "James Bamford on stunts, directing, and the end of Arrow" - YouTube
  7. Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) - Twitter
  8. "Arrowverse 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' Crossover Adds Black Lightning Stars, Bruce Wayne — Get Full Schedule" - TVLine
  9. 9.0 9.1 "'Arrow': Female-Led Spinoff in the Works at The CW" - The Hollywood Reporter
  10. The CW Sets Midseason Premiere Dates: ‘Katy Keene’, Return Of ‘DC’s Legends’, ‘Roswell, New Mexico’, ‘Supernatural’ Moves To Monday - Deadline
  11. 11.0 11.1 Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter
  12. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) -Twitter
  13. Beth Schwartz (@SchwartzApprovd) - Twitter
  14. https://tvline.com/2019/10/16/the-flash-earth-two-destroyed-arrow-season-8-premiere/
  15. - Marc Guggenheim (@mguggneheim) - Twitter
  16. https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/a29562312/arrow-crisis-on-infinite-earths-affect-star-city-2040/


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