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‘Arrow’ Boss Says It’s ‘Surreal’ Writing Series Finale: ‘There’s Going to Be a Lot of Tears’ (Exclusive)

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Whereas Arrow‘s farewell season doesn’t formally kick off for one more month, the writers have already begun engaged on the ultimate episode of the sequence — and the truth that the top is close to is beginning to hit dwelling.

“Within the [writers’] room [Monday], we began engaged on the sequence finale so it felt very actual,” showrunner Beth Schwartz confessed to us, which completely debuts a brand new picture that includes members of authentic Crew Arrow, Oliver (Stephen Amell), Diggle (David Ramsey) and Laurel (Katie Cassidy Rodgers), all suited up and prepared for battle. “I couldn’t imagine it. Simply saying it, it felt a bit of bit surreal. In direction of the top of each season, we begin breaking what’s occurring subsequent season and this yr, there isn’t a subsequent season. It feels very unusual.”

In contrast to earlier seasons, the CW superhero drama solely has 10 episodes to wrap up its eight-year run and Schwartz shared that she and the opposite producers are treating these ultimate 10 episodes like a “best hits” album. Although they’ve “all the time had a plan for the sequence finale,” Schwartz revealed that the plan for the sequence’ swan music has developed since this season began.

“Now that it’s right here, we’re clearly going so as to add extra issues that did evolve from this season particularly,” she stated, including that she and fellow govt producer Marc Guggenheim haven’t shifted on “the place we needed to finish it.”

On Tuesday, The CW launched the first official pictures from the season eight premiere, titled “Starling Metropolis,” that includes Arrow fan favorites Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson), Oliver’s late mom, and Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell), Oliver’s late childhood greatest good friend, within the as soon as acquainted Queen mansion. 

Arrow: Susanna Thompson and Stephen Amell

“This season is certainly a mirrored image of all of the earlier seasons,” Schwartz stated. “The premiere may be very nostalgic of the pilot and of season one, visiting these units, like Queen mansion, that all of us love and all of us have [people] we’ve tried to deliver again a couple of instances — these characters that had been actually there from the very starting and helped to create this sequence and what made it so profitable.”

Crafting these pivotal ultimate scenes with characters like Moira and Tommy didn’t show difficult for the writers, Schwartz promised. As an alternative, they supplied new alternatives to those key characters — lots of whom died valiant deaths over the course of the sequence — correct goodbyes.

Different acquainted faces popping in for one final go embody Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra), Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), Tatsu Yamashiro (Rila Fukushima) and Yao Fei Gulong (Byron Mann). 

“It felt nostalgic and sort of excellent for the top of the sequence to have these ultimate scenes with these characters we haven’t seen shortly. It felt proper that that is how we should always finish the season and it was enjoyable to put in writing for Moira once more and to put in writing for Tommy and all of the characters we wrote for eight years in the past,” she stated. “It felt pure.”

Arrow: Stephen Amell and Colin Donnell

Quite a bit has been manufactured from the upcoming eighth season, which can abandon the present’s signature flashback/flash-forward format and method every episode as its personal occasion, main as much as the huge Disaster of Infinite Earths crossover, airing throughout 5 DC reveals (with a particular look by the Black Lightning forged) in December and January. 

Schwartz revealed that there’s one different factor that will probably be completely different this season on Arrow: There will probably be a brand new introduction voiced by Amell for the present’s ultimate run. “Sure, we can have a brand new one this season,” she stated. “We had a brand new one final season and there will probably be a brand new one this yr as effectively. It’s the final one.”

Manufacturing is previous the halfway level on the ultimate season, a truth Schwartz nonetheless hasn’t fairly wrapped her head round.

“It positively looks like that is the precise time for the sequence to finish, however I really feel prefer it’s not going to really feel fairly actual till that final script of the finale comes out. After which I really feel like there’s going to be numerous tears,” she admitted. “I’m certain it’ll be the identical factor on the final day of filming on set. That’s when it’s going to really feel much more actual once we’re truly going by means of it.”

Arrow kicks off its ultimate season Tuesday, Oct. 15 at eight p.m. ET/PT on The CW.