Arrow Writers Tease A Clean Slate For Season 8

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If you’ve been following our Arrow coverage lately, then you know that we, like you, have been wondering what exactly the eighth and final season will entail. After all, this past May’s finale, “You Have Saved This City,” lived up to its namesake by pretty much saying Oliver Queen did just as much. And upon leaving Star City in the capable hands of his closest allies, he went off into seclusion so that he and Felicity could raise their baby daughter together.

There was just one problem, however: the Monitor showed up to whisk Ollie away on some sort of cosmic crusade. Because of that, we’re expecting for season 8 to have more of a science fiction vibe than this show is normally used to seeing. Actually, Stephen Amell himself hinted at it being a prelude of sorts to the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event, so that provided some vindication. The flash forwards will return, but those are a different discussion altogether.

Letting us know that we’re in for somewhat of a different ballgame, the writers behind Arrow recently teased a clean slate for this fall on Twitter. In fact, the brief video found below was captioned with “Clean slate. Here’s to season 8.”

Now, I wouldn’t say they’re completely starting from scratch, but this may very well support theories of the new direction we were discussing. Let’s just hope the creative minds behind the series don’t deviate too much from what we’ve come to love. Arrow has succeeded for this long because of what it brings to the table, so it doesn’t need to mirror The Flash or Legends of Tomorrow.

For more, be sure to check out season 8’s official synopsis:

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) 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 (David Ramsey), computer-science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), former protégé Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), street-savvy Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez), metahuman Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy), brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum) and Earth-2 Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy).

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. Based on the characters from DC, ARROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Riverdale”), Beth Schwartz (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) and Sarah Schechter (“The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Riverdale”).

Arrow returns with new episodes on Tuesday nights this fall on The CW.

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