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Arrow cancelled: Real reason why it is ending in Season 8

 Arrow [Photo: Courtesy]

Arrow is finally bowing out, after a pretty strong run.

The CW show, which aired on Sky in the UK, is coming to an end with a ten-episode run.

The show will officially lay down its bow after eight seasons according to star Stephen Amell, who shared the news in an emotional Facebook Live to fans.

He also tweeted his goodbye to Oliver Queen aka the Green Arrow saying "you can't be a vigilante forever."

In a joint statement, showrunner Beth Schwartz and executive-producer Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim called it a "difficult decision".

It read: “This was a difficult decision to come to, but like every hard decision we’ve made for the past seven years, it was with the best interests of Arrow in mind. We’re heartened by the fact that Arrow has birthed an entire universe of shows that will continue on for many years to come. We’re excited about crafting a conclusion that honors the show, its characters and its legacy and are grateful to all the writers, producers, actors, and - more importantly - the incredible crew that has sustained us and the show for over seven years.”  

But why is Arrow being cancelled?

Stephen Amell explained in his Facebook Live that he had expressed a wish to leave when his contract came to an end, but after meeting with the team he wanted to step down on a good note.

He added that he has changed so much over the the nearly ten year show run, going from dating someone and being relatively new to acting, to leading a show, being married and having a child.

 Arrow [Photo: Courtesy]

Amell cited his family as being one of his reasons, and wanting to have a home out of Vancouver, he had decided to quit the show.

He also thanked the team, crew and his cast for all their work, as well as the fans.

“This show has given me a platform that extends so far beyond my ability to just appear on your television 23 times a year,” he said.

“It has given me a voice for philanthropic endeavours, for social issues that I am interested in.”

Arrow is currently in the middle of season seven, but will end after a shorter 10-episode season eight.

Arrow first came onto our screens in 2012, The CW picked up the TV take on the little know DC hero, with Stephen Amell taking on the titular role.

The show started off small, with monologues and voice overs showing Oliver Queen's return from the island and quest to save his city.

 Arrow [Photo: Courtesy]

It soon became a strong entry into the comic book TV series hall of fame, introducing much-loved new characters like Felicity Smoak, played by Emily Bett Rickards, and going on to spawn a whole universe, with The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl all branching out from it.

Arrow cancellation was a shock for some, but unexpected by others. It's one of those shows that could have carried on but as Stephen Amell said he wanted to bow out when it was on a high, on his terms.

The Flash is still on for season six, Legends for season five and Supergirl for season five, Black Lightning is also back with season three.

Batwoman is currently in production, and the other shows show no signs of slowing down just yet.

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