In a heartfelt video, Stephen Amell sets down The Arrow for (what seems to be) good. After the better part of a decade, Amell has gone through significant transformations like playing The Arrow on The CW Network. However, his most recent and notable transformations involve him becoming a husband and also a father, which plays a big part of his decision to step down… Juggling wanting to be the devoted family man and playing the lead in what is the most popular television show on The CW network is not an act (I would think) any actor wishes to be a part of. However, to Stephen Amell, the choice was clear, but as difficult as it may have been to leave a show that has given him so much in terms of platforms, the platform he knew he most of all wanted to be a part of was the one at home with his wife and child.
Amell’s decision to leave was not as recent as some may think; in fact it’s been in the works since season 6. His contract, which concludes next season will indeed be his last as the iconic ARROW. As you all know, the network of superheroes consisting of SuperGirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and most recently CW Seed’s Web Series “Vixen” all revolve around ARROW. It is called The Arrowverse for a reason and a big part of the show’s success is due to Amell dedication to the character he plays. It’s as if they’re one in the same.
Amell’s career prior to ARROW consisted of eight years of mostly short-lived supporting roles in shows such as Queer As Folk, Dante’s Cove, Regenesis, Da Kink in My Hair, Heartland, and Vampire Diaries. In 2012 his world would then change when he was chosen to play the lead in what would become the most popular show on the CW Network.
Talks regarding whether the show will go on without Amell have already been had, and a mutual decision made between all parties including the show’s executives, Warner Bros, DC and The CW have concluded that ARROW will not return after season 8, which (by the way) will only include ten (10) episodes.
Amell ended his heartfelt message with saying, “it’s been a good run… It’s no Supernatural, but it’s been a good run”. Supernatural as we know, was supposed to conclude at the end of Season 10, yet here we are entering season 15 with the Winchester Brothers United with not only their mother, but now their father as well! Yes, ARROW may not be Supernatural; however, as Stephen Amell, Co-Stars, Writers, producers, creators and film crew have proven season after season, Supernatural isn’t ARROW either.
ARROW which began October 10th, 2012, will end with Season 8 beginning early October this year. To Stephen Amell, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors. As for the creators of the show, we can’t wait to see what you come up with next… As for all the Co-stars who contributed marvelously throughout the show from start to finish, we look forward to seeing you all soon! And as for the film/sound crew who helped in making ARROW one of the best shows on television, thank you and Godspeed!!