Arrow, The CW’s flagship DC comic book TV series that launched the “Arrowverse,” said goodbye to loyal fans after eight seasons.
The final episode opened on a post-Crisis Earth Prime with interviews from familiar faces like Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) mother Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson), but from another universe.
The series finale wove flashbacks with the present and gave viewers a satisfying culmination to its eight year journey.
Without Arrow’s success would we have The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning or Batwoman. Through it Greg Berlanti gave DC comic fans the TV equivalent of the Avengers with seasonal crossover events. The most recent, “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” took the universes Arrow spawned and re-aligned them on a single Earth Prime that is grieving the loss of its most noted brooding hero.
The finale featured a number of character cameos. Emily Bett Rickards returned as Oliver’s longtime love Felicity Smoak, bringing tears to this fan’s eyes. There was the previously mentioned Moira Queen. Thea (Willa Holland) and Roy (Colton Haynes) returned, and he proposed. Sara (Caity Lotz) returned to bring Mia (Katherine McNamara) back from the future to her father’s funeral.
Talia (Lexa Doig) and Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) returned for the memorial with all the glower that comes with being an al Ghul.
Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell) came back and we found out he was married to Laurel on his earth. Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) got to give Oliver his goodbye speech and shared a moment with Laurel (Katie Cassidy).
Oliver’s two closest fellow superheros Barry (Grant Guston) and Kara (Melissa Benoist) were there.
It was fitting that the series ended as it began. With John Diggle (David Ramsey) at his friend’s side in death as he was in life. And, almost as a reward for his courage and friendship, Diggle received a surprise gift.
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Check out more photos from Oliver Queen’s memorial.