The Flash’s Grant Gustin Responds To Arrow’s Cancellation

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Earlier this week, it was announced that Arrow is set to end after its upcoming eighth season. While you could argue that it’s about time that the Emerald Archer hung up his quiver for good, DC TV fans have still found themselves as emotional wrecks thanks to the news, as the show’s been with us for so long. Not to mention being the reason that The CW’s extensive, ever-growing shared superhero universe even exists in the first place.

Someone who’s definitely going to miss it is The Flash star Grant Gustin. The actor, who first appeared as Barry Allen on Arrow‘s second season, penned a lengthy tribute to the series – and its star Stephen Amell – on Instagram.

“It’s always been clear to me how much it means to Stephen to have the privilege of getting to go on this journey as Oliver Queen,” Gustin wrote. “And how much care he’s always puts towards it.”

To the whole Arrow crew, Gustin said: “Thank you to everyone who was a part of making Arrow for letting me come on this journey with you all. Congratulations on a badass show that will live on forever.”

The actor shared the message along with the TV Guide cover that marked the very first Flash/Arrow crossover and a BTS image of himself chatting with Amell. As he says, the one good thing about Arrow ending is that the pair might get more free time to hang out together.

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It kinda just hit me this morning that Arrow will be leaving us next year. Ever since I started doing this, it’s always been “Flash & Arrow” (or really this should of said “Arrow & Flash” on it’s cover….right, Stephen?)We don’t get to see a lot of each other, because we both work very similar schedules, on different shows, for 9 1/2 months out of the year. But when we’re brought together for those grueling crossover episodes, it always results in something pretty special. And not JUST a special kind of hell. It’s just absolutely bananas to stand around with that many people in super suits, and get paid to play make believe on tv. It’s something that wouldn’t happen year after year if it weren’t for the groundwork that Arrow, Stephen and the whole cast and crew laid for us. Not just that, but Stephen has always brought a different kind of passion to his show and the whole Arrowverse. It’s always been clear to me how much it means to Stephen to have the privilege of getting to go on this journey as Oliver Queen. And how much care he’s always put towards it. I will never forget ohh soo many memories we shared together during our hundreds, if not thousands of hours of crossover filming. Thank you to everyone who was a part of making Arrow for letting me come on this journey with you all. Congratulations on a badass show that will live on forever. I’ll never forget binge watching season one and being scared shitless my first day on set, seeing you all in person. Stephen, you’re a legend. Maybe this means we can hang out more?

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Arrow‘s eighth season will be 10 episodes long and is expected to lead into the highly anticipated “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover this fall. Speaking of which, going by hints in last year’s “Elseworlds” event, it’s widely assumed that the Green Arrow’s going to sacrifice his life to save his super-friends, thereby bringing Oliver Queen’s story to a heartbreaking conclusion.

For now, though, Arrow is currently airing its seventh season on Mondays, while The Flash season 5 follows Tuesdays on The CW.

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