Arrow season 8 episode list

Arrow (season 8)

Season of television series

The eighth and final season of the American television series Arrow premiered on The CW on October 15, 2019 and concluded on January 28, 2020, with a total of 10 episodes. The series is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, a costumed vigilante created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, and is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with other Arrowverse television series. Executive Producers Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz returned as co-showrunners of the 10-episode final season. Stephen Amell stars as Oliver Queen, with principal cast members David Ramsey as John Diggle, Rick Gonzalez as Rene Ramirez, Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake and Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance also returning from previous seasons. Katherine McNamara, Ben Lewis, and Joseph David-Jones, who previously recurred as the adult versions of Mia Smoak, William Clayton, and Connor Hawke, were all promoted to starring status, as was LaMonica Garrett, who stars across multiple Arrowverse shows as the Monitor. Former series regulars Emily Bett Rickards, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Paul Blackthorne, Colton Haynes, John Barrowman, Willa Holland, Echo Kellum, Sea Shimooka and Josh Segarra all returned for the final season as guests.

The series follows Oliver Queen, who claimed to have spent five years shipwrecked on Lian Yu, an island in the North China Sea, before returning home to Starling City (later renamed "Star City") to fight crime and corruption as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrow. In the eighth season, Oliver will fight in a battle that will have the multiverse hanging in the balance.[1]

The series was renewed for its eighth and final season on January 31, 2019, and filming began in Vancouver, British Columbia, in July 2019. The eighth episode features the sixth annual Arrowverse crossover "Crisis on Infinite Earths", with TV series Supergirl, Batwoman, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow also taking part. The ninth episode was set as a backdoor pilot to the scrapped spin-off titled Green Arrow and the Canaries which takes place in the year 2040.

Episodes[edit]

See also: List of Arrow episodes

Cast and characters[edit]

Main articles: List of Arrow characters and List of supporting Arrow characters

Guest[edit]

"Crisis on Infinite Earths"[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On January 31, 2019, The CW renewed Arrow for an eighth season.[47] On March 6, 2019, it was announced that it would be the final season of the series, with an abbreviated ten-episode order. Stephen Amell, who stars as Oliver Queen / Green Arrow, had approached series co-creator Greg Berlanti towards the end of the sixth season about "mov[ing] on" following the expiration of his contract at the end of the seventh season. He had hoped that the series could continue without him, but Berlanti and showrunners Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz decided to conclude the series with a shortened eighth season, which Amell agreed to.[48]

Berlanti, Guggenheim and Schwartz released a press statement saying, "This was a difficult decision to come to, but like every hard decision we’ve made for the past seven years, it was with the best interests of Arrow in mind [...] We're heartened by the fact that Arrow has birthed an entire universe of shows that will continue on for many years to come. We're excited about crafting a conclusion that honors the show, its characters and its legacy and are grateful to all the writers, producers, actors, and – more importantly – the incredible crew that has sustained us and the show for over seven years."[49]

Speaking at San Diego Comic-Con ahead of the season premiere, Guggenheim commented on the difficulty of approaching the final season without Emily Bett Rickards, who made the decision to step away from her role as Felicity Smoak at the end of the seventh season.[50] He stated that "for the longest time, I've been saying you can't do the show without Emily Rickards. And I think, if the show – if the conversations had been, 'we'll do 22 episodes without Emily,' I would've said, 'you can't do that'", and that the shorter ten-episode run, combined with the crossover, made the prospect feel "a little more realistic".[51]

Writing[edit]

As with the seventh season of Arrow, the eighth season makes extensive use of flashforwards.[52] Stephen Amell revealed that, unlike the serialized approach of previous seasons, this one would follow a more episodic approach due to the limited number of episodes. Katie Cassidy, who plays Laurel Lance, supported Amell's claim, saying each episode would feel like a "miniature movie".[53] The penultimate episode, which serves as a backdoor pilot to Green Arrow and the Canaries was originally intended to be titled after the Bruce Springsteen song "Livin' in the Future", continuing the series' tradition of having the penultimate episode of every season titled after a Springsteen song. Because the studio mandated that the backdoor pilot be titled after the planned spin-off series, the writers were forced to scrap the original title.[54]

Casting[edit]

Main cast members Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy and Katie Cassidy return as Oliver Queen / Green Arrow, John Diggle, Rene Ramirez, Dinah Drake and Earth-2's Laurel Lance respectively.[55][56] Following the announcement that she would be leaving the series at the end of its seventh season, this will be the first and only season not to feature Emily Bett Rickards, who portrayed Felicity Smoak, as either a recurring or main cast member,[50] although the producers left open the possibility of her making a guest appearance in the final season.[57][58] Rickards appears as Felicity through archive footage in the episodes "Welcome to Hong Kong"[37] and "Green Arrow & The Canaries".[38] In November 2019, Amell confirmed that Rickards would return for the series finale.[36]

In June 2019, Joseph David-Jones, who recurred in the seventh season as the adult version of Connor Hawke, was promoted to the main cast,[59] and that July Katherine McNamara[60] and Ben Lewis were also promoted to regular status in their roles as the adult versions of Mia Smoak and William Clayton respectively.[61] It was also announced that former series regulars Colin Donnell, Josh Segarra, John Barrowman and Susanna Thompson would reprise their roles as Tommy Merlyn, Adrian Chase, Malcolm Merlyn and Moira Queen in a guest capacity.[25][26][40] In August, it was announced that Colton Haynes, who portrayed Roy Harper as a series regular in the seventh season, would not return with the same status, though Schwartz stated that she hoped to have him back in some capacity.[62] Haynes said he did not exit the season, but that he was "not asked to come back for the final season as a series regular", and added that Roy is "never gone for too long".[63] In September, it was announced that Willa Holland would return as Thea Queen in a recurring role, after departing as a regular in the sixth season and returning as a guest star in the seventh.[21] In the same month, Charlie Barnett was cast in the role of the adult version of John Diggle Jr.[19] In October, it was announced that Haynes would appear in the season in a recurring role.[22] In November, it was announced that Paul Blackthorne would return as Quentin Lance in a recurring role, after departing as a regular in the sixth season and returning as a guest star in the seventh.[24]

Design[edit]

In July 2019, a new Green Arrow costume was unveiled on the Entertainment Weekly magazine cover. A new Spartan costume was revealed by Guggenheim and a new Black Canary costume was revealed in the season's first trailer.[64][65]

Filming[edit]

Filming began on July 11, 2019,[66] and lasted until November 13.[67] The season's third episode, "Leap of Faith", marks Cassidy's directorial debut.[68][69] On October 21, filming for the ninth episode, the backdoor pilot for Green Arrow and the Canaries, began.[70]

Arrowverse tie-ins[edit]

In December 2018, during the end of the annual crossover "Elseworlds", a follow-up crossover – titled "Crisis on Infinite Earths" and based on the comic book series of the same name – was announced.[71] The crossover took place over five episodes – three in December 2019 and two in January 2020.[72]

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

The season premiered on October 15, 2019, in the United States on The CW.[73] Additionally, The CW aired a retrospective, titled "Hitting the Bullseye",[74] to "celebrate the eighth season",[75] which preceded the series finale.[76]

Home media[edit]

The season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 28, 2020 with special features including the show's 2019 San Diego Comic-Con panel, the special "Hitting the Bullseye" and all five episodes of the sixth annual Arrowverse crossover event titled "Crisis on Infinite Earths".[77]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 91% approval rating for the eighth season, with an average rating of 7.89/10 based on 120 reviews. The site's critics consensus reads, "Oliver Queen's final adventure hits emotional peaks while spearheading the game-changing "Crisis on Infinite Earths," giving the Emerald Archer a rousing sendoff."[78]

Katie Cassidy's portrayal of Earth-2 Laurel Lance was praised by critics, with TVLine calling her development "one of the most enjoyable aspects of Arrow‘s 10-episode farewell run".[79] In addition to that, Cassidy received an honorable mention on TVLine's Performer of the Week for her performance on "Welcome to Hong Kong".[80]

Ratings[edit]

Notes[edit]

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Season 8

Original run

October 15, 2019 – January 28, 2020

First episode

"Starling City"

The eighth and final season of Arrow premiered on The CW on October 15, 2019, and concluded on January 28, 2020. It was announced on January 31, 2019.[1]

The season aired on Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. following The Flash in the fall, and at 8:00 p.m. prior to DC's Legends of Tomorrow in January.

It arrived on DVD and Blu-ray on April 28, 2020.

On March 6, 2019, lead actor Stephen Amell announced, via Twitter, that the eighth season would be the series' last and would consist of 10 episodes.[2]

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. 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, metahuman Dinah Drake, brilliant inventor Curtis Holt and Earth-2 Laurel Lance. In the wake of discovering what his future holds, Oliver will find himself pit 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

Starring

Special guest starring

Guest starring

  • Audrey Marie Anderson as Lyla Michaels/Harbinger (6/10)
  • Charlie Barnett as John Diggle, Jr. (4/10)
  • Andrea Sixtos as Zoe Ramirez (4/10)
  • Lexa Doig as Talia al-Ghul (2/10)
  • David Nykl as Anatoly Knyazev (2/10)
  • Rila Fukushima as Tatsu Yamashiro/Katana (1/10)
  • Kyra Zagorsky as Athena† (1/10)
  • Kelly Hu as Chien Na Wei (1/10)
  • Lou Ticzon as David Chin (1/10)
  • Jamie Andrew Cutler as Grant Wilson/Deathstroke (1/10)
  • Venus Terzo as Elisa Schwartz† (1/10)
  • Barry Levy as Alexi Burov† (1/10)
  • Yurij Kis as Oleg (1/10)
  • Byron Mann as Yao Fei Gulong† (1/10)
  • Sebastian Dunn as Edward Fyers† (1/10)
  • Osric Chau as Ryan Choi (1/10)
  • Stephen Lobo as Jim Corrigan (1/10)
  • Melanie Merkosky as Xneen† (1/10)
  • Raigan Harris as Bianca Bertinelli (1/10)
  • Chad Duell as Trevor/Deathstroke (1/10)
  • Katrina Law as Nyssa al Ghul (1/10)
  • Joe Dinicol as Rory Regan/Ragman (1/10)

Episodes

No. in series No. in season Episode title Written by Directed by Original airdate
161 1 "Starling City" Beth Schwartz & Marc GuggenheimJames BamfordOctober 15, 2019
162 2 "Welcome to Hong Kong" Jill Blankenship & Sarah TarkoffAntonio NegretOctober 22, 2019
163 3 "Leap of Faith" Emilio Ortega Aldrich & Elizabeth KimKatie Cassidy RodgersOctober 29, 2019
164 4 "Present Tense" Oscar Balderrama & Jeane WongKristin WindellNovember 5, 2019
165 5 "Prochnost" Benjamin Raab & Deric A. HughesLaura BelseyNovember 19, 2019
166 6 "Reset" Onalee Hunter Hughes & Maya HoustonDavid RamseyNovember 26, 2019
167 7 "Purgatory" Rebecca Bellotto & Rebecca RosenbergJames BamfordDecember 3, 2019
168 8 "Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 4" Marc Guggenheim & Marv WolfmanGlen WinterJanuary 14, 2020
169 9 "Green Arrow and the Canaries" Beth Schwartz & Marc Guggenheim & Jill Blankenship & Oscar BalderramaJames BamfordJanuary 21, 2020
170 10 "Fadeout" Marc Guggenheim & Beth SchwartzJames BamfordJanuary 28, 2020
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Arrow: All 8 Seasons, Ranked From Worst To Best

The CW's Arrow not only gave Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) a major place in media once more but also gave birth to a larger DC franchise known as the Arrowverse. The final season focused primarily on setting up the recent Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover which had Oliver give his life to, literally, give birth to a new universe. With Amell’s iteration of the character exiting the franchise that consists of more than five shows, Arrow leaves behind a legacy that consists of 170 episodes to consume.

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While the Green Arrow adventures will live on through Mia Queen (Kat McNamara), the journey Oliver took is one that will be remembered forever in DC TV history. In the 8 seasons that the show was on for, Arrow went in various directions, and not every season of the show ranks on the same level.

Updated on August 12th, 2021 by Kevin Pantoja:The entire success of the Arrowverse relied on how well Arrow was received. Many fans agree that it got off to an impressive start before struggling in the middle years and picking back up a bit later on. That up and down history of the show makes it all the more interesting to look back upon which seasons were actually the best of the bunch. Is Arrow worth watching overall? The ranking of the seasons suggests steady entertainment throughout.

8 Season 4 (2015–16)

• Season 4 had 23 episodes

The fourth season was when Arrow tried to explore new territory to fit in more with the other shows in the Arrowverse. Given the nature of meta-humans, aliens, time travel, and magic all became a focal point in season 4 and Neal McDonough's Damien Darhk became one of the more powerful villains that Team Arrow faced. This was also the year when the series tried to move away from the dark tone that Arrow began with.

But through a major dramatic turn for Oliver’s romance with Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) to the controversial death of Black Canary (Katie Cassidy), things got tangled by the end. The conclusion of the Darhk saga left Arrow on a bum note. Despite starting out strong, the second half of season 4 is where it fizzled with the show’s attempt at playing with magic.

7 Season 3 (2014–15)

• Season 3 had 23 episodes

As Arrow began to truly flesh out the Arrowverse, starting with The Flash, season 3 had Oliver deal with their version of the iconic Batman foe, Ra’s Al Ghul (Matt Nable). Starting with the dramatic death of Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) to Oliver losing against Ra’s, the series ended up with its darkest season ever. The second half began a challenging arc for not just the leading hero, but the whole team as well.

In an effort to have Oliver seem like he had given in to Ra’s, the series amped up the drama to the point where it was emotionally exhausting week after week. The characterization of Ra’s also didn’t help a lot with Arrow not managing to portray as the formidable foe that he is known to be.

6 Season 6 (2017–18)

• Season 6 had 23 episodes

Season 6 of Arrow was one of the show’s most packed years. Following the fallout of the season 5 finale, things were still on a stable path for the series. One of the main themes for season 6 was Oliver having to sell the idea to Star City and the authorities that he wasn’t the Green Arrow. That year became a major one for Diggle (David Ramsey) who had to take up the mantle while suffering from the consequences of the previous season.

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One of the bigger points of the second half of season 6 was the civil war within Team Arrow that resulted in two sides being created. This was also the year when the show tried something new by having a band of villains join forces against the heroes. The season gave Katie Cassidy’s Black Siren a bigger role as she began to explore if she truly was a villain or not and had one of the biggest endings, as Oliver not only revealed his secret to the world but also agreed to go to prison for his actions as a vigilante. With his team granted immunity and the FBI helping in stopping Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo), Oliver’s decision became a massive game-changer.

5 Season 7 (2018–19)

• Season 6 had 22 episodes

Following his decision to reveal his identity as the Green Arrow to the world, season 7 was a breath of fresh air for Arrow. With Beth Schwartz taking over as showrunner, Arrow got to explore some new elements as a series. Not only did Oliver’s prison storyline get a compelling execution, but the flash-forwards to Star City 2040 were a surprising addition. Getting to explore the future with some of the current characters was refreshing while also getting to meet the next generation for Team Arrow.

With the introduction of a grown-up William (Ben Lewis), Arrow also pulled a twist as Felicity and Oliver’s daughter, Mia Smoak (Green Arrow II), got introduced, foreshadowing what was to come in 2019. As season 7 had the big element of family incorporated in the future, the present had Oliver discover that he had a half-sister: Emiko (Sea Shimooka). While that storyline was a mixed bag, seeing Oliver having to take on his own family was a neat direction for the show to go in. The season also concluded on an emotional note, with Felicity exiting the series and the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) confirming that Oliver would die in the coming Crisis.

4 Season 5 (2016–17)

• Season 5 had 23 episodes

Following two seasons that received mixed reviews, Arrow went through a soft reboot with season 5. Going back to the roots of what made the show so successful, season 5 was about legacy as well as creating new bonds. With a new version of Team Arrow created, Oliver also had to face one of the Arrowverse's most intelligent villains in the form of Prometheus (Josh Segarra). But Adrian wasn’t like the other main baddies, as he was the result of Oliver’s own making from season 1.

Not only did Prometheus succeed in truly pushing Oliver as a hero, but the situation also gave Amell some of his best chances to shine as an actor that season. With Oliver adequately challenged, it made him have to explore himself internally, as Adrian kept messing with his head over and over again. After a solid build-up, the season finale ended on a literal bang with the ultimate showdown happening on Lian Yu, which got blown up as Adrian’s final surprise.

3 Season 1 (2012–13)

• Season 1 had 23 episodes

While all the seasons that followed had their own ups and downs, season 1 still holds up for setting Arrow off on the right track. The first year of the vigilante drama did solid work in world-building as it adapted the Green Arrow universe for the small screen. This was one of the few seasons where the flashbacks really nailed the objective of being captivating in terms of story.

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Through the weekly cuts to the flashbacks, viewers got to follow Oliver’s origin story after being stranded on Lian Yu while seeing his first year as the Hood in Starling City. Season 1 also had one of the better big bads in the form of John Barrowman’s Malcolm Merlyn, a.k.a. the Dark Archer.

2 Season 2 (2013–14)

• Season 2 had 23 episodes

The second year of Arrow is, to this day, still recognized as one of the all-time strongest seasons of any DC series. After a strong first season that began its mythology, season 2 took the series to a new level. From the powerful story told in Oliver’s second year in flashbacks to it playing a crucial part in the present, the show was clearly excelling in many regards.

With Manu Bennett’s Deathstroke–Arrow's coolest villain–getting to unleash as a big bad to Oliver expanding his team, season 2 was constantly on a winning streak. It was also this season where the early hints of a larger universe started with the creative team prepping a Flash series with Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, who appeared in two episodes that year.

1 Season 8 (2019–20)

• Season 8 had 10 episodes

The final 10 episodes make up the best season of Arrow. Benefiting from the short run, the eighth year was not only a strong finale but solid all around. The episodes prior to the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover allowed Arrow to play the greatest hits, with fan-favorite characters returning while preparing for the Crisis.

The twist of bringing in Mia, William, and Conner from the future to 2019, allowed some amazing dynamics to happen. With a strong execution during the crossover, the end of season 8 went out on a powerful note. From a solid backdoor pilot for a Mia and the Canaries series (that sadly never came to fruition) to a top-notch series finale, the final season was hugely enjoyable from start to finish.

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