By now you’ve probably heard the news – Arrow is ending after it’s eighth season. When the current season comes to an end, the show will return for one last hurrah in late 2019, bowing out after ten episodes.

Speaking via Twitter, Arrow star Stephen Amell, said: “Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever.

Arrow will return for a final run of 10 episodes this Fall.

“There’s so much to say… for now I just want to say thank you.”

While it’s always sad to see a show end, especially one that birthed an entire TV universe, the decision to conclude Arrow feels like the right one. Although, I hope this isn’t the last time we see Oliver Queen and Team Arrow.

But yeah, resting Arrow isn’t such a bad thing. As much as I enjoy watching the characters interact, the series has tread a fair bit of water in recent years and tying things up now is a good thing.

Over the past couple of seasons the series has had highs and lows, but in between it’s had some periods of mediocrity. When it has been good, it’s been very good, but there have been too many episodes where the storylines have started to circle with no clear direction.

Bringing the series back for one last year should give the show a new purpose. Running to just ten episodes should also help cut back on the non-essential plot lines.

So, how will Arrow end?

For me, I’d like to see the show concluded in a way that stays true to the series, with Oliver continuing to fight the good fight. Even if the show ends, it doesn’t mean Oliver has to be killed off.

I’d like Oliver kept around, with Stephen Amell given the chance to reprise his role should he wish. This could be as guest appearances in other Arrowverse shows, such as Legends of Tomorrow or The Flash.

The end of Arrow doesn’t have to be THE end. It also doesn’t have to be the last we see of Diggle or Felicity.

The strength of the Arrowverse is the cast of characters – it always has been. Over the years, so many cast members have been retained, rotated to other shows, or asked back for frequent guest appearances. I hope this continues.

Is this the end of the Arrowverse?

In my mind, with Arrow ending, now is the perfect time to think about the future of the Arrowverse. The universe can continue to exist without its parent show, that’s not in question, but do all of these shows have a shelf-life?

Yes. Yes, they do.

The best way to keep the Arrowverse fresh is to look at the shelf-life of each show in this universe and address them in turn. This doesn’t mean mass cancellation – far from it – it means introducing new ways to expand the universe.

The writers and producers now need to look to both new and existing characters to create launchpads for new series. One day The Flash, Supergirl and Legends will come to an end too, so now is the time to be prepared.

There are already whispers of a Constantine revival and don’t forget the new Batwoman series is set to debut this year. These are two ways to expand the Arrowverse – now let’s see more.

The DC Universe is filled with characters. Let’s see some of them given the chance to play in the Arrowverse.

Arrow‘s demise could be the beginning of something truly exciting.