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-- On when he first started thinking about the end of Arrow, SA: "Greg Berlanti and I first started talking about it in January of Season 6. God what is that, 2018? We sat down and just said 'I think it's time to do other things.' My initial intention was to let them know before we began production with the idea that Season 7 would be it. My favorite TV shows have all had the opportunity to write toward the ending as opposed to just treading water. Then we talked a lot about a limited run for Season 8."
-- On what has to happen in the final 10 episodes, TV Guide: "[EP Beth] Schwartz promises 'a lot of character moments and callbacks' from the show's run. 'We want to honor the series as a whole and give everyone the send-off that they deserve,' she says."
-- Per EP Beth Schwartz (according to TV Guide), we should "expect a different structure to the season, possibly more akin to how comic books play with chronology."
-- On how much of Arrow's final season is leading up to the COIE crossover, TV Guide: "Quite a bit, confirms [EP Beth] Schwartz of this year's winter crossover, which was set up by the finale arrival of the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) to whisk new daddy Oliver away to parts unknown. That twist will also serve as part of Arrow's series finale, says Schwartz. 'This year is going to be very different because a lot revolves around our crossover.'"
-- TV Guide: "The team's future offspring - William (Ben Lewis), Mia (Katherine McNamara), Zoe (Andrea Sixtos) and Connor (Joseph David-Jones) - will continue to fight the good fight. 'We have something really cool planned,' says [EP Beth] Schwartz of the flash-forwards."
-- On whether viewers will get to see EBR's Felicity again, TV Guide: "That's a hard maybe. Rickards, who announced in March that she would be exiting Arrow, is no longer a series regular. But we know Felicity is still alive and raising baby Mia, the daughter she shares with Oliver (Stephen Amell), so [EP Beth] Schwartz hopes the fan favorite will pop by for a visit. 'We knew we had to wrap her storyline up in a way that wasn't permanent to leave the window open to see her again,' she says."
-- On whether we will see Thea again, EP Beth Schwartz: "I hope so."
-- On who Team Arrow will take on in the final season, EP Beth Schwartz hinted: "It's going to be a different villain than we've ever had on the show before."
-- On whether the end of Arrow means the end of its characters, EP Beth Schwartz teased: "You could see them on other shows... That's the fun of it for the fans, and I'm sure for the actors as well."