Arrow Cast Reacts to Series Finale With Memories From Set | IGN

Warning: this article contains spoilers for the series finale of Arrow and the finale of the Arrow-verse crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths.

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After eight seasons and 170 episodes, Arrow faded to black in Tuesday’s emotional series finale.

While it may be the end of an 8-year journey for fans, it is also the end of a huge career chapter for the actors who helped to shape the series. Naturally, in the aftermath of the highly anticipated final episode, Fadeout, many of the stars took to social media to bid their heartfelt farewells.

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Stephen Amell, who has starred as Oliver Queen on Arrow since the franchise began, reflected on his character’s long, rocky journey to reach this point, referring to the end as “bittersweet.”

Today’s bittersweet. Arrow meant so much to me for so many years. It was a transformative journey… but it was time to let it go. I lace my boots and don the hood one last time tonight. I’ll forever cherish being an ambassador for Oliver Queen. Thank you for the honor. pic.twitter.com/pTxgtCWyqu

— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) January 28, 2020

Katherine McNamara, who was promoted to a series regular for the DC drama’s eighth and final season, reprising her role as Mia Smoak, shared multiple tweets to mark the emotionally-charged ending.

Last shot.
Last actor to wrap.
Last time standing in the shadow of my father and his legacy.
#miasmoak #miaqueen #miasmoakqueen #olicitybaby #ArrowSeriesFinale #arrow #greenarrow @CW_Arrow @TheCW @StephenAmell @JamesBamford #TheFinalBow #ArrowFInale pic.twitter.com/6dsh2DI302

— Katherine McNamara (@Kat_McNamara) January 29, 2020

The end.#OlicityForever #ArrowSeriesFinale @CW_Arrow @TheCW #arrow pic.twitter.com/N92FkwNagf

— Katherine McNamara (@Kat_McNamara) January 29, 2020

She shared a few poignant behind-the-scenes photos from her time on set before signing off with a final tribute to her character and the rest of the team, who she thanked for “believing” in her and “entrusting” her with the storyline.

Thank you, Mia Smoak-Queen… Here’s to the #GreenArrow, to #Olicity, and to the future, whatever it may hold. #arrowseriesfinale #greenarrow #olicity #miasmoak #miaqueen #olicitybaby #arrow #thefinalbow #arrowfinale @TheCW @CW_Arrow pic.twitter.com/EGhKa4j5ae

— Katherine McNamara (@Kat_McNamara) January 29, 2020

After thanking the fandom for watching Arrow for the past eight years, Black Canary star Katie Cassidy shared a touching message about her time on the show, saying she has “so much love” for the cast and crew.

And that’s a wrap Thank you to the most amazing cast and crew for the unforgettable moments, late night laughs and constant good energy on set. So much love for each and every one of you! #ArrowSeriesFinale pic.twitter.com/i2FLYeDKUb

— Katie Cassidy (@MzKatieCassidy) January 29, 2020

Meanwhile, David Ramsey, whose on-screen counterpart is John Diggle, interacted with fans throughout the series finale. He revealed his favourite part of playing the character was acting with his castmates and that he felt “super nostalgic” filming in the Season 1 bunker for a final time, before concluding that he felt a mixture of emotions about the last episode.

#Arrow @officialrickg pic.twitter.com/IsSxxDZhxN

— David Ramsey (@david_ramsey) January 29, 2020

Sad, yet happy, yet grateful #ArrowSeriesFinale https://t.co/1uMG1eYWoc

— David Ramsey (@david_ramsey) January 29, 2020

Ramsey also shared some favourite moments and memories from the show on his Instagram stories alongside a final snapshot to mark the end of the series. He captioned the image: “It happened…”

Emily Bett Rickards, who returned to play Felicity Smoak for one last time in the series finale, shared a photo of the empty seats left behind by Amell and herself, writing, “Until the next one bud!”

Elsewhere, Grant Gustin, who appeared in Arrow as Barry Allen aka The Flash, closed the curtain on the final series with a remarkable cast and crew photo, saying, “It takes an army to make a show like Arrow.”

White Canary star Caity Lotz retweeted a series of posts to honour the final episode. She also responded to a tweet from co-star Katie Cassidy, simply writing, “Sister” alongside a love heart emoji.

Sister https://t.co/AbZEdyvG3y

— Caity Lotz (@caitylotz) January 29, 2020

Juliana Harkavy, who played Dinah Drake, aka Black Canary on Arrow since 2017, bid her own farewell to the series, though she refused to say “goodbye.”

No goodbyes just see you laters #Arrow #TheFinalBow pic.twitter.com/Xolnf1MtNP

— Juliana Harkavy (@JulianaHarkavy) January 29, 2020

Paul Blackthorne, who portrayed Quentin Lance in a regular role throughout the early seasons of Arrow, extended a shoutout to series star Stephen Amell, who he called a “legend.”

If there’s one person that deserves a shit ton of credit for getting a show through eight seasons of production, it’s @stephenamell
Well done that man.
Bit of a legend really.#Arrow #ArrowSeriesFinale pic.twitter.com/bSQBVcJFIU

— Paul Blackthorne (@PaulBlackthorne) January 28, 2020

Arrow’s Roy Harper, aka Colton Haynes, shared some cast photos from the set of the final episode, as he teased the exciting “Roy and Thea reunion.”

Katrina Law, Nyssa al Ghul on The CW series, thanked the fans for coming along for the ride, saying she felt “humbled to be a part of it.”

Arrow Series Finale tonight! It’s been an epic journey. Humbled to be a part of it. Thank you for coming along for the ride.
@CW_Arrow#nyssa pic.twitter.com/sXvbdvByfe

— KATRINA•LAW (@katrinalaw) January 28, 2020

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In our review of “Fadeout”, we recognized the episode to be an “imperfect but ultimately effective conclusion to a long-running superhero saga”, which makes “excellent use of the series’ two most critical supporting characters” Felicity Smoak and John Diggle.

For more on the Arrow-verse, read this breakdown of some of the biggest moments from the finale, find out which episodes Marc Guggenheim identified as the most pivotal, and Stephen Amell’s comments on the Crisis on Infinite Earths ending.

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Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.
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