On a scale of 1-10, I am devastated that this is the last season of the Arrow. However, I am excited to see what this short season has to offer and the impact that this finale season and crossover will have on the Arrow-verse. Stephen and crew have already been working on filming this season, but what do we know so far?
It has been confirmed that Emily Bett Rickards will not be returning in any capacity this season. I think that this is super sad as she has really been a staple on the show since the very beginning. However, we knew that she was leaving the show at the end of season 7 so, this shouldnt be a big shock.
The Future Clips Are Still Happening
Arrow has always used past clips from Oliver’s missing time to move forward current timelines. However, in the last season things worked a little differenetly. We were introduced to the next generation of Star City vigilantes to learn about the current timeline of the show. This will continue into Season 8 with the return of Kat McNamara as Mia Smoak, Ben Lewis as William Clayton, and Joseph David-Jones as Connor Hawke.
John Diggle Jr.
New casting for this season brings Charlie Barnett (Russian Dolls) into the fold as John Diggle Jr. He will be the leader of the Deathstroke gang which is similar to an epiosde of DC Legends of Tomorrow that was prevented from happening. It looks like we can expect some sibling rivalry between JJ and Connor this season.
The Return of Tommy Merlyn
Colin Donnell will once again be reprising his role as Tommy. Guggenheim teased that Donnell is “not coming back as the Tommy we know.” I imagine this will be like the Crisis on Earth-X crossover with this being a Tommy from another Earth. That we will have to wait and see.
A Returning Villain
Our Season 5 villain is making an appearance on this final season of Arrow. Showrunner Beth Schwartz says, “Adrian Chase comes back in a different way than expected,” I am curious what an unexpected way to return entails. Did he not really die? because I am sure that he was dead. I don’t think from another Earth is unexpected as we have seen that senerio played out already with Black Siren. Either way, I think he was one of the most personal villains on the show for Oliver and seeing him in any capacity is going to be a shock.
Black Siren Is A Hero
This shouldn’t be a surprise. Since Season 6, Earth-2’s Laurel Lance has been a villain and hero at times. The death of her Earth-1 father she has been working to be a better person and in this season she will step out as a fully fledged hero. I think that this is an excellent end to both Laurel and for Kate Cassidy who has been a core character, but also one that I feel gets overlooked.
Moira Queen, who died in Season 2, will also be making a guest appearance. This could either be as a flashback, a vision, another Earth’s doppelganger, or any sort of form or fashion. I think that this really shows us just how emotional this season will get.
Elements From Every Season
Season 8 will have call backs to each and every season of Arrow. I think that this trailer released at SDCC 2019 was a good indicator of that. Here is the trailer if you have missed it:
The Arrow-verse Says Goodbye
Additional to the trailer dropping, another video was released the week of SDCC and it is the entire Arrow-verse saying goodbye!
Arrow’s final season will begin on Tuesday, October 5th at 9 P.M. EST