Stephen Amell Says ‘Arrow’ Ended When Emily Bett Rickards Left

Arrow star Stephen Amell has opened up about the upcoming final season of the hit CW series as showrunner Beth Schwartz offers fans a little of what to expect when the DC Comics drama returns for it last run this fall without Emily Bett Rickards.

The cast and executive producers participated in a panel for the series during the Television Critics Association summer press tour today. Although they weren’t able to share too many details regarding the final season of Arrow, Schwartz did allude to things be very different from the show that fans are used to when it returns in October:

“The whole season is basically our greatest hits. We’re kind of tying up some stories you could have seen in Season 3 or 2.”

While the show still has another 10 episodes to wrap things up, two of which are already in the can, Stephen Amell explained that each episode is closing out a certain aspect of the series. Stephen Amell has already teased working with several unannounced guest stars who will be reprising their roles for the final season:

“Every episode this year feels like were trying to put a button on a certain part of the show. And I’ve [gotten] a chance to work with actors and characters, thus far, that I haven’t had a chance to work with in a bunch of years.”

Stephen Amell previously said that he felt Arrow had run its course, but that the final 10 episodes are nothing like fans have seen before. Today the actor expanded on that some and explained that the fundamental structure Arrow has developed over the years ended with the seventh season finale, and with the loss of Emily Bett Rickards who opted to not return for the show’s final season:

“I think that the show as people understood it and its sort of structure — I think it ended in our Season 7 finale. This year is fundamentally different. The episodes are events. To me, the show as we constructed it ended when Emily [Bett Rickards] left.”

Earlier this year, Emily Bett Rickards, who played the resident hacker Felicity Smoak on Arrow since its first season debuted in 2012, revealed herself that she would not be returning for the final season of the series. The CW’s staple superhero series served as a launch pad for much of the network’s current superhero lineup including Legends of Tomorrow and especially The Flash, which introduced Grant Gustin’s Scarlet Speedster into the Arrowverse.

While even The CW president Mark Pedowitz has expressed his interest in having Emily Bett Rickards return for an appearance in the final season of Arrow, the actress has said she feels like Felicity has done her time. But Stephen Amell will be returning to conclude the series for its final 10-episode run with co-star Emily Bett Rickards. The final season will feature returning guest stars such as Colin Donnell and Josh Segara who will be reprising their roles as Tommy Merlyn and Adrian Chase respectively.

So what do you think about Emily Bett Rickards leaving Stephen Amell and co behind for the final season of Arrow? Are you going to miss Emily Bett Rickards when Arrow returns? Let us know in the comments section below!  Here is the official synopsis for the final season of Stephen Amell’s Arrow:

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea. He returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs done by his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, Oliver successfully saved his city with the help of his team including former soldier John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer-science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), former protégé Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), street-savvy Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez), metahuman Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy), brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum) and Earth-2 Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). In the wake of discovering what his future holds, Oliver will find himself pit against his most challenging battle yet, one that will leave the multiverse hanging in the balance. In Arrow’s final season, Oliver Queen is forced to confront the reality of what it means to be a hero.

Arrow stars Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Echo Kellum, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy, Colton Haynes, Kirk Acevedo, Sea Shimooka, and Katie Cassidy Rodgers.

Arrow season 8 premieres on October 15, 2019, on The CW. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards and the future of Arrow as we learn it.

Source: TV Guide

DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters

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Doom PatrolAlong with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.

In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.

You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".

Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.

Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.

Here is the synopsis for the show:

“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”

Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.

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Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

News Editor, Film/TV Reporter at Heroic Hollywood.