Arrow Final Season to Bring Tears

It seems strange that Arrow is ending. It started the superhero craze of television shows that followed. Not soon after came The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and other television shows. It was quite crazy to see all of the many things that came out of one TV show. Characters from each of those shows began to crossover with one another and form a universe of sorts that existed within the realm of television. For Oliver Queen, his world was much larger than he ever expected. A character arc normally fit for Batman, Queen took on that role of sorts in this world despite Bruce Wayne and Batman existing but never being shown. That area of the universe will start to be explored now with Batwoman, as Supergirl explores the Superman universe.

With Arrow finally coming to an end, Beth Schwartz, the showrunner, said it felt like the proper time to say goodbye to the series.

“It definitely feels like this is the right time for the series to end, but I feel like it’s not going to feel quite real until that last script of the finale comes out,” Schwartz said. “And then I feel like there’s going to be a lot of tears. I’m sure it’ll be the same thing on the last day of filming on set. That’s when it’s going to feel even more real when we’re actually going through it.”

While those behind the show may need a bedside clock to wake up with during the final season of filming, Schwartz revealed work had already begun on the series finale.

“In the [writers’] room [Monday], we started working on the series finale so it felt very real,” Schwartz said. “I couldn’t believe it. Just saying it, it felt a little bit surreal. Towards the end of every season, we start breaking what’s happening next season and this year, there isn’t a next season. It feels very strange.”

A bedside clock might help things but there will likely be some things added to this final season that were perhaps not part of the original plan while not deviating from it.

“Now that it’s here, we’re obviously going to add more things that did evolve from this season specifically,” Schwartz said. She said things were still going to end, where she and Marc Guggenheim, another executive producer, planned for them to. She said this last season feels nostalgic.

“This season is definitely a reflection of all the previous seasons,” Schwartz said. “The premiere is very nostalgic of the pilot and of season one, visiting those sets, like Queen mansion, that we all love and we all have [people] we’ve tried to bring back a few times – those characters that were really there from the very beginning and helped to create this series and what made it so successful.”

Characters such as Moira Queen and Tommy Merlyn will be returning this season along with Malcolm Merlyn and others.

“It felt nostalgic and kind of perfect for the end of the series to have these final scenes with these characters we haven’t seen in a while,” Schwartz said. “It felt right that this is how we should end the season and it was fun to write for Moira again and to write for Tommy and all the characters we wrote for eight years ago. It felt natural.”

It will feel nostalgic to see many old characters again. Just how they are woven into the narrative has yet to be revealed. Yet, it’s likely to somehow involve the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover that reunites Queen with his dead family members and friends before he meets his untimely demise, leaving audiences in tears.

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