When Arrow debuted in 2012, I don’t know if anyone expected it to last as long as it has, or to spawn an entire universe of interconnected TV series. The Greg Berlanti-produced Arrowverse, as it’s known, is the powerhouse of The CW’s lineup, but after next year it’s going to have to continue on without its anchor. In a tweet today, Arrow star Stephen Amell announced that the series would be ending following a shortened eighth season.

“Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life…” Amell wrote, “but you can’t be a vigilante forever. Arrow will return for a final run of 10 episodes this Fall. There’s so much to say… for now I just want to say thank you.”

The run of ten episodes should take Arrow right up to the next Arrowverse crossover, which was revealed at the end of the most recent crossover to be “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” Will Oliver Queen make the ultimate sacrifice to save the Multiverse? Or is the cost of the bargain Oliver made with The Monitor to save The Flash and Supergirl’s lives during the “Elseworlds” crossover going to come due?

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In additional to Arrow, the Arrowverse lineup of shows includes The FlashLegends of TomorrowSupergirl, and animated tie-ins Vixen and Freedom Fighters: The RayBlack Lightning, another Berlanti-produced show based on a DC Comics character, is unconnected to the Arrowverse, though it’s easy to imagine that changing post-Crisis. Also in development is the Ruby Rose-starring Batwoman, so far only ordered to pilot. Should it be ordered to series, it’s easy to see Batwoman acting as a tonal replacement for Arrow.

Arrow airs Mondays at 8PM on The CW, at least for another season and a half.

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