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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

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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 Marv Wolfman & Marc Guggenheim January 14, 2020
Stuck in the Vanishing Point, the Paragons search for a way to escape. The futility of the situation is compounded by The Flash's disappearance. However, hope appears in the form of Oliver, who reveals that he has become something else. Meanwhile, the origin stories for The Monitor and Anti-Monitor are revealed.
9 "Green Arrow & The Canaries"[6] Tara Miele[6] Beth Schwartz, Marc Guggenheim, Jill Blankenship & Oscar Balderrama[7] January 21, 2020[8]
It's the year 2040 in Star City and Mia Queen has everything she could have ever wanted. However, when Laurel and Dinah suddenly show up in her life again, things take a shocking turn and her perfect world is upended. Laurel and Dinah are tracking a kidnapping victim with direct ties to Mia and they need her help. Knowing it will change everything, Mia can’t help but be a hero and she, Laurel and Dinah suit up once again to save the city.[6]
10 "Fadeout"[9] James Bamford[9][10] Marc Guggenheim & Beth Schwartz[9][11][12] January 28, 2020[1]
After eight seasons, and the launch of countless superheroes, the series wraps up the story of the Green Arrow. Emily Bett Rickards returns as Felicity.[13]

Trivia

  • Season 8 featured the directional debut from Katie Cassidy, who directs "Leap of Faith", while "Reset" was David Ramsey's second episode he directed after "Past Sins".
  • Unlike the previous seasons, the Arrowverse annual crossover will be part of the main storyline.
  • Marc Guggenheim briefly served as co-showrunner despite being a consultant at the time showrunner 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 whose only credit for his respective episode appearances and also had an uncredited voice cameo as Mobius in "Purgatory"
  • Although Katie Cassidy is billed as "special appearance", she is still considered to be a main cast member, according to TVLine.[14]
  • 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 been a tradition in almost every season. But "Livin' In the Future" was changed to "Green Arrow & The Canaries" at the request of Warner Bros. In addition, the backdoor pilot for the proposed spinoff Green Arrow and the Canaries was created after The CW asked Marc Guggenheim to make one more episode despite being aware that Stephen's not in all the episodes due to his deal when the episode order was going to be nine instead of ten.[15][16]
  • The first seven episodes featured all the title cards from the first seven seasons in order.
  • Season 8 marks the third season where the premiere and finale were both directed by James Bamford.

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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 "“Green Arrow & The Canaries” Official Description Released" - GreenArrowTV
  7. "'Arrow': Female-Led Spinoff in the Works at The CW" - The Hollywood Reporter
  8. The CW Sets Midseason Premiere Dates: ‘Katy Keene’, Return Of ‘DC’s Legends’, ‘Roswell, New Mexico’, ‘Supernatural’ Moves To Monday - Deadline
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter
  10. "James Bamford on stunts, directing, and the end of Arrow" - YouTube
  11. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) -Twitter
  12. Beth Schwartz (@SchwartzApprovd) - Twitter
  13. - Arrow Series Finale and Retrospective Synopsis Released - Comic Book
  14. https://tvline.com/2019/10/16/the-flash-earth-two-destroyed-arrow-season-8-premiere/
  15. - Marc Guggenheim (@mguggneheim) - Twitter
  16. - We Have Questions! Marc Guggenheim on the 'Crisis' Cameo & Casualty - TV Insider


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