The final season of “Arrow” will begin airing this week on Tuesday at 9 p.m.
The first teaser for the season was released at San Diego Comic-Con this summer and Annenberg Media was there to talk with the cast and crew.
“Arrow” will be wrapping up an eight-season run on The CW Television Network this fall with a 10-episode finale. It is the first of The CW’s DC Comics series—which also includes “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Legends of Tomorrow” and “Batwoman”— to end.
Oliver Queen and Green Arrow actor Stephen Amell was emotional when talking about the ending of the series amidst the cast’s final San Diego Comic-Con appearance because “Arrow” has been such a big part of his life since the series began in 2012.
Before the series draws to a close, however, the stars took a look ahead at what to expect in the final season.
Katie Cassidy Rodgers, who plays Laurel Lance, will step into the director’s chair for the third episode of the season. Rodgers said she spent the hiatus between seasons in the Warner Bros. Directors’ Workshop, and learned a lot about the process of directing. Coming back to the show after the break, Rodgers said that the crew was really excited for her because they knew how excited she was.
“I know that they’ll help me out if I need help. It’s going to be awesome,” Rodgers said.
Next season, Rodgers is also expected to co-star in a new “Arrow” spinoff with Katherine McNamara and Juliana Harkavy focused on the Canaries. That project is expected to air as a backdoor pilot in Arrow’s final season.
Producers also teased this year’s annual DC Comics superhero teamup. It was revealed last year that the 2019-2020 crossover will be called “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” which is inspired by the landmark comic series of the same name.
The “Arrow” section of the crossover will take place just before “Arrow” draws to a series close. Marc Guggenhaim, “Arrow” writer and executive producer, said that while the crossover and series finale will be connected, the two were separate conversations for a long time.
“I always sort of knew how we would end ‘Arrow’, but it was always a conversation specifically about [the show] not about any sort of crossover,” Guggenheim said. “So, once we started talking about the crossover, those two things started to combine and conjoin.”
Guggenheim also revealed that he had recently figured out the final scene for the series and shared it with producer James Bamford and star Stephen Amell.
“In the stage direction that I wrote, it’s like, ‘We do whatever we do and then dissolve over to now this moment so it kind of exists on its own terms,’” Guggenheim said.
Amell compared his hopes for the finale of “Arrow” to his favorite series finale, the ending of “Cheers.” In the final scene of the 1980s sitcom, star Ted Danson simply told a potential patron at the bar door, “Sorry, we’re closed.”
While Amell was tight lipped about the events that will lead to the series finale, he did tease some information that he garnered from his early conversations with Guggenheim.
“The way that Marc pitched it was like … ‘You talk about how odd the location is with the scene partner that you’re with and then that’s it.’” Amell said.
Amell also didn’t rule out the possibility of reprising his role as Oliver Queen in a future episode of “The Flash” or “Supergirl.” Amell stated that he greatly admired Grant Gustin, the star of “The Flash” and Melissa Benoist, the star of “Supergirl.”
“Four years from now, if they call me up and they’re like ‘Hey, we need something,’ what am I going to say?” Amell said. “I want to keep that window open.”