Nailing the ending of a long, epic tale can be really tough. A lot of Game of Thrones fans would argue it’s impossible. But with Arrow ending this fall, series star Stephen Amell and his producer Marc Guggenheim are promising that at the very least, we’ll get a “super-happy ending.”
Talking last week at San Diego Comic-Con, both the actor and producer talked about the impending finale of the show and the inevitable comparison to Game of Thrones that every long-running show will get for the next 20 years regardless of whether they have dragons or not.
“It’s a super happy ending,” Amell told GameSpot. “I think it’s going to be a happy ending.”
Guggenheim got a bit deeper.
“The good news is unlike Game of Thrones or unlike Lost, we’re not burdened with having to answer a question,” Guggenheim said, speaking to ComicBook.com. “We’re not burdened with ‘who’s going to sit on the Iron Throne,”… so we get to do, I think, a much more character-based ending.”
Of course, Arrow‘s ending coincides with the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, and Guggenheim told ComicBook that some of the stuff he’d planned for the show’s finale will end up in the crossover.
Scenes both in last year’s Elseworlds crossover and in the season 7 finale of Arrow make it pretty clear that Oliver Queen’s time is on a very specific countdown. It’s hard to see right now how that can end “super happy,” but we’ll find out pretty soon. “But, you know, we’ve got plans,” Guggenheim said.
Arrow’s final season is less than half the length of any previous season at just 10 episodes to accommodate the events of the Crisis, and the final season begins on October 15, 2019, at 9pm EST on the CW.