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This summary contains all S8 topical spoilers up to July 18, 2019 (excluding any SDCC-related spoilers, which will be included in a subsequent SDCC spoilers addendum). This thread is for archived spoilers only - new spoilers should go in the 'Spoilers Only Thread: Season 8' thread and spoiler commentary should go in the 'Spoiler Discussion Thread: The Final Countdown' thread....

SUMMARY OF S8 SPOILERS BY TOPIC - PART 1 OF 5:

S8 Renewal, Scheduling and Episode Order
-- Arrow's 8th and final season will consist of a reduced order of 10 episodes. From joint statement by GB, MG and Beth Schwartz: "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." (Mar. 6, 2019 Deadline article, page 300 of Starling City Times thread, and Mar. 7, 2019 The Hollywood Reporter article, page 107 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- Arrow will be moving to Tuesdays at 9pm (after The Flash) for S8. (May 16, 2019 Variety tweet & article, page 307 of Starling City Times thread and page 77 of Ratings & Scheduling thread)
-- Arrow S8 will premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at 9 pm ET. (Jun. 17, 2019 The Hollywood Reporter article, page 77 of Ratings and Scheduling thread)
-- Per papps, Arrow filming dates are from July 11 to November 14, 2019. (Jun. 28, 2019 lemon_buzz tweet and YVRShoots article, page 1 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jul. 10, 2019, papp tweeted: "#Arrow final season starts filming this Thursday [Jul. 11, 2019]...." and "#Arrow final season starts filming this Thursday...." (yvrshoots tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 2 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jul. 11, 2019, blogger tweeted pic of 801 table read. (TodoArrow tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 2 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Arrow Retrospective
-- CW President Mark Pedowitz: "Arrow is ten episodes, plus a retrospective to celebrate the eighth season." (The CW Upfronts, May 16, 2019: ComicBook article, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 135 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- Per CW President Mark Pedowitz, The CW network will be honoring everything Arrow has accomplished since it premiered in 2012 with "a retrospective to celebrate the eight seasons."  (The CW Upfronts, May 16, 2019: TV Guide article, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 135 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- ET's Philiana Ng tweeted: "#Arrow will get a retrospective special following its 10-episode final season, with the cast and creative team looking back on the eight-year run. #Upfronts." (The CW Upfronts, May 16, 2019: Philiana Ng tweet, page 135 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)

S8 Showrunner and Writers
-- When asked in March 2019 if she was going to Flash next season, EP Beth Schwartz tweeted: "Nope. Staying at Arrow [grinning face emoji]." (Mar. 9, 2019, SchwartzApprovd tweet, page 111 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- EBR: "The incredible mind of my friend @schwartzapproved will be taking Arrow into its 8th & final season sending it off with pride, power and love." (Mar. 8, 2019 EBR instagram post, page 750 of Social Media thread)
-- On Apr. 7, 2019, EP Beth Schwartz tweeted: "Just created an #Arrow Season 8 folder.  It's all happening..." (SchwartzApprovd tweet, page 11 of Spoilers thread)

S8 Directors 
-- When fan asked, "Hey Marc who is the new arrow alumni to direct an episode?," MG tweeted: "I don't have WB's authorization to announce that yet. But it's really exciting!" (May 31, 2019 MG tweet, page 137 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- SA: "We have a great stable of directors for Season 8, especially because it's a limited run of episodes. And we have a new cast member directing, but that's not my news to share." (MegaCon Orlando, May 19, 2019: The One video of SA panel, page 136 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread and page 759 of Social Media thread)
-- Fan report on what SA said: "@/JamesBamford is directing 4 episodes in Season 8 ??." (Supanova Sydney, Jun. 22, 2019: cherchersketch tweet, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- DR: "I'll probably be directing again next season, which is good." (May 9, 2019 David Ramsey Instagram video, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 758 of Social Media thread)
-- Fan report on what DR said: "@david_ramsey confirmed to me he will be directing an ep of #Arrow season 8." (MCM London Comic Con, May 25, 2019: sadfangirl tweet, page 136 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- KC and CL were part of the 2019 class of the Warner Brothers TV Directors Workshop. (Jul. 13, 2019 dailyejt tweet, page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jul. 16, 2019, KM tweeted: "From hunting shadows to shadowing?!? Thanks @cw_arrow @JamesBamford and @SchwartzApprovd for this opportunity to see the set through a new lens as a director shadow. Learning so much and being inspired by this fantastic crew and production. #TheRealTeamArrow ??????." Director James Bamford subsequently posted pic of himself with KM, with comment: "Super shadow @kat.mcnamara and myself just after witnessing another ground breaking performance from the dynamic duo of @stephenamell and @davidpaulramsey . #Arrow season 8 in full effect!" (Kat_McNamara tweet, page 763 of Social Media thread, and james2bambamford instagram post, page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jul. 17, 2019, director Antonio Negret tweeted: "Honored to be back in Vancouver, on a show near and dear to my heart. Can you guess which one? More importantly, are you ready." (antonionegret tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

S8 Synopsis
-- Official S8 synopsis: "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...."  (The CW Upfronts, May 16, 2019: ComicBook and Showbiz Junkies articles, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 135 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)

S8 Tone and Style
-- In response to fan comment that we deserve an Arrow final season and not an intro to COIE, MG tweeted: "It's not an intro to Crisis. It's a celebration of the past seven years." (Jul. 17, 2019 MG tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- EP Beth Schwartz: “Everything relates to what’s going to happen in our crossover episode, which we’ve never done before." (Jul. 17, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: “Arrow, as you know it, has effectively ended. It’s a different show in season 8.” (Jul. 17, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: “Episode 1 is an ode to Season 1, and episode 2 is an ode to Season 3... We’re playing our greatest hits.” (Jul. 17, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Fan report on what SA said: "Stephen: Season 8 is about whatever the Oliver’s doing with the Monitor." (Supanova Sydney Jun. 2019: cherchersketch tweet, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- Fan reports on what SA said: “'Crisis on Infinite Earths begins before the cross-over' - @StephenAmell says at @MCMComicCon. 'Crisis began at the end of season 7.'" and "Crisis begins before the crossover- began at end of season 7" and "Question about crossover : he likes that the catering on the flash is better. He can say the next crossover is 5episodes. And that the crossover begins before the crossover." (MCM London Comic Con, May 25, 2019: getyourcomicon, sadfangirl and thisiselley tweets, page 22 of Crisis On Infinite Earths 2019 thread in LoT forum)
-- Fan report on what SA said: "Stephen said for him the Season 7 finale concluded the series. Season 8 is an encore celebrating the show and leading up to the crossover." (Supanova Sydney, Jun. 22, 2019: ARROWTV_tweet, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- When Tanavi asked if it will feel like a different show, DR: "To some degree. To some degree." Tanavi commented that that makes sense, with Olicity presumably not going to be there, and then asked if Diggle was going to be looking for "new buddies." DR joked: "Uh, no. Actually, Oliver and Diggle fall in love... to replace Olicity.... No, they're not going to find new partners. I mean - you know, I don't know that. That's a good question. Will they find -? First of all, they can't find anyone to replace Felicity Smoak, Overwatch, right? How do you do that? So I don't know exactly how that plays out. And I don't know if everything's linear... I don't know, I don't know. I don't know. I don't know. I think all that's on the table... I think, um, you know, multiple Earth things, I mean, all that stuff is, uh, stuff they're going to be playing with, I think... I mean, I think Crisis - Crisis does have a lot to do with actual [unintelligible word], so...." Tanavi then commented about maybe multiple Diggles and multiple OTAs, but DR didn't say anything. (MCM London Comic Con, May 25 or 26, 2019: Tanavi P video of DR interview, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On how the upcoming COIE crossover will impact Arrow's final season, DR: "Multiple Earths... all of that if stuff they're going to be playing with, I think. ... 'Crisis' does have a lot to do with multiple Earths, so..." (May 28, 2019 Digital Spy article, page 137 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)

S8 Theme 
-- From Official Arrow S8 synopsis: "In Arrow’s final season, Oliver Queen is forced to confront the reality of what it means to be a hero."  (The CW Upfronts, May 16, 2019: ComicBook and Showbiz Junkies articles, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 135 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- MG: “Oliver [is told] he’s going to die, so each episode in the run-up to ‘Crisis’ has Oliver dealing with the various stages of grief that come with that discovery... So the theme really is coming to terms, acceptance.” (Jul. 17, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

S8 Generally
-- MG tweeted partial pics of two superhero suits, one black and one green/black, with comment: "Arrow's Final Season is in prep."  He also tweeted about the green/black suit: "Not Oliver's" and "These are two different costumes."  He then tweeted about his "Not Oliver's" comment: "Literally no one has read this tweet correctly." He subsequently tweeted the partial pic of the black superhero suit again, with comment: "So, this one was Oliver's..." And in response to fan saying that the other, green/black superhero suit must then be Laurel's new suit, MG tweeted: "It's not Laurel's. That said..." (Jul. 3, 2019 MG tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 1 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread, Jul. 4, 2019 MG tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 2 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread, and Jul. 5, 2019 MG tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 2 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread, and Jul. 13, 2019 MG tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread, and Jul. 17, 2019 MG tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- MG: “[We’re] taking the show on the road, really getting away from Star City. Oliver is going to be traveling the world, and we’re going to go to a lot of different places... Every time I see Oliver and the Monitor, it’s like, ‘Okay, we are very far from where we started.’ But again, that means the show has grown and evolved.” (Jul. 17, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On final seasons being the time for familiar faces to return, EP Beth Schwartz: "We definitely have that in mind, honoring the series and getting all our favorites back." (May 10, 2019 TV Guide article, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 133 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On maybe bringing back old characters, EP Beth Schwartz: “There are so many characters [to consider]. So many characters... And we’re definitely thinking about all of that, because just as much as our fans want to see it, as people who have been on the show for a long time, we are also fans of these characters. So we’re going to make sure that everyone has a great final season.” Also Beth: "That’s the exciting part of next season, only having 10 episodes... We’ve [been] brainstorming and thinking about who we want back, because there are so many characters that we love.” And if everything goes according to the ambitious plan, “I think every episode is just going to be humongous... We’re going to fit it all in, and it’s definitely going to be an amazing season.” (Jun. 29, 2019 TVLine article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 1 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Fan report on what SA said: "The #Arrow bunker will be in Season 8 a bunch. There’s a guy in the bunker in the premiere that @StephenAmell wants to punch in the face." and "Stephen said it won’t be his bunker though. #Arrow." (Supa-Friends in Melbourne, Jun. 26, 2019: ARROWTV_ tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 1 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Fan report on what SA said: "At #Supanova #Sydnova @StephenAmell said he doesn't think we'll be seeing alternate versions of the characters in Season 8." and "Re: alternate versions, I asked them how they prepare for playing alternate versions of a character and that I hope we see alternate versions in s8. They both talked about Stephen playing Nazi Oliver." and "He didn't say definitely... He said he doesn't think we'll be seeing alternate versions. I guess once we see the premiere we might understand how they are proceeding." (Supanova Sydney, Jun. 22, 2019: ARROWTV_tweet & replies, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- Fan report on what SA said: "Season 8 finale (might have) some call back stunts to the last few seasons." (Supanova Sydney, Jun. 22, 2019: cherchersketch tweet, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- Fan report on what SA said: "Stephen roughly knows how Season 8 is gonna end, though he hasn’t read the actual script yet." (Supanova Sydney, Jun. 22, 2019: cherchersketch tweet, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On S8, DR: "It is going to be awesome. Things you have not seen."  (MCM London Comic Con, May 25 or 26, 2019: Tanavi P video of DR interview, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- DR: "Season 8 is going to be bananas. Some very interesting cameos. I do know about that." (May 9, 2019 David Ramsey Instagram video, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 758 of Social Media thread)
-- DR: "But it's funny, we're talking about the next step, the next evolution of the show. Um, Stephen and I were talking. We both had conversations with the producers, and telling us exactly what they want to do with the next season. And it really is, um - it's exciting. I don't know how they're gonna do it, but whatever you think could happen, um, is probably something else." (MCM London Comic Con, May 25 or 26, 2019: Tanavi P video of DR interview, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- DR: "But the positive to it, I think, is that you can kind of do whatever you want, the next 10 episodes. So, um, that's exciting, right? Because you just have this big looming storyline in Crisis that's coming. You can kind of do whatever you want kind of between." (MCM London Comic Con, May 25 or 26, 2019: Tanavi P video of DR interview, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On one season left where they can go crazy, DR: "I think so, too. And the producers have said that, as well, and publicly, that it's almost like the gloves come off, right? You have 10 episodes, to go as big as you want and do whatever you want to do. I think that really takes the reins off in terms of storytelling." (Apr. 22, 2019 TV Insider article, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 129 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On what we can expect from Arrow in S8, DR: "I don't know. I honestly don't know. The only thing we've been told is - they've said to us, we can do - because we have 10 episodes, we're gonna go - we can do almost anything we want. And that's what we've been hearing. We can do almost anything we want. I don't know what that means... I don't know what that means exactly, but we'll see." (May 9, 2019 David Ramsey Instagram video, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 758 of Social Media thread)
-- On whether he knows how Arrow wraps up, DR: "Only pieces. And usually what's funny is that usually at the beginning of each season, we really do have an idea of where they want to go in terms of an arc. We have very little idea because they can do whatever they want this season. Ten shows, and every single episode is important." (Supanova Perth, Jun. 29, 2019: AccessReel video of DR interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 1 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- From media recap of SA/DR panel at Supanova Perth: "There were also rumblings about the possibility of another series coming out of the woodworks which would play in tune with spin-off rumors with Katherine McNamara (Shadowhunters) at the wheel… as well as the idea of new characters coming into season eight that have been on television before but not necessarily on Arrow." (Supanova Perth, Jun. 29, 2019: Jul. 4, 2019 NerdsandBeyond article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 2 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

S8 Flashbacks & Flashforwards
-- Per TV Guide's interview with EP Beth Schwartz, the 8th and final season of Arrow "will continue to flash-forward to Mia and William's adulthood in 2049[sic], with plenty more adventures on the way." (May 11, 2019 TV Guide article, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 133 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)

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SUMMARY OF S8 SPOILERS BY TOPIC - PART 2 OF 5:

Original Team Arrow ("OTA")
-- On losing one of the sides of the triangle of OTA, DR: "Yeah, we're losing the T from our OTA. Obviously, we all feel how we feel about it... Emily Bett's been fantastic. I remember making a comment years ago, of me and Stephen [Amell, Oliver] brooding in the foundry until Felicity showed up and that's just part of what Emily brings. But again, what I point to is being able to tell these big, big stories without being limited to anything that we had previously, that includes OTA. As wonderful as that is, you can have 10 episodes here where you can say and do whatever you want...canon and not canon. So I think as sad as we are, and she will be missed, I think it also gives us an opportunity to go some place we've never gone before." (Apr. 22, 2019 TV Insider article, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 129 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- DR: "What does OTA mean after we lose the T and me and Oliver have to move on past that?" (Apr. 22, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 130 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)

Future Team Arrow ("FTA")
-- When Arrow returns, we’ll see the young vigilantes experience the growing pains of forming a superhero team. EP Beth Schwartz: “They’re struggling with how to be a team for the first time." MG: "There’s also the feeling that these kids are just kids and they’re flying without a net. Future-Rene, Future-Dinah, and Future-Felicity are all gone, per the end of season 7, so they’re left to figure things out on their own.” (Jul. 11, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 2 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Oliver Queen AKA Green Arrow
-- For its August 2019 (first) monthly issue, EW posted pics of SA as Oliver Queen wearing what appears to be a new Green Arrow costume. (Jul. 17, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- MG tweeted his previously posted partial pic of a black superhero suit, with comment: "So, this one was Oliver's..." (Jul. 17, 2019 MG tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- MG: “Oliver [is told] he’s going to die, so each episode in the run-up to ‘Crisis’ has Oliver dealing with the various stages of grief that come with that discovery... So the theme really is coming to terms, acceptance.” (Jul. 17, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Per EW, the final season finds Oliver working for the all-seeing extra-terrestrial the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) and trying to save the entire multiverse from a cataclysmic event. MG: “Oliver is going to be traveling the world, and we’re going to go to a lot of different places... Every time I see Oliver and the Monitor, it’s like, ‘Okay, we are very far from where we started.’ But again, that means the show has grown and evolved.” (Jul. 17, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Oliver's working for the Monitor and trying to save the entire multiverse, EP Beth Schwartz: “This is sort of his final test because it’s greater than Star City.” (Jul. 17, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "I've always thought that Oliver should, uh - Specifically because he is a superhero with no superpowers. I've always felt like he should die. That being said, it was very emotional doing those scenes. But he also might not die. So...." (Jul. 17, 2019 Entertainment Weekly video titled "Arrowverse Reunion..." and Entertainment Weekly article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA found out what the show’s final scene would be at EW’s July 2019 cover shoot. SA: “I cried as [Marc Guggenheim] was telling me. There are a lot of hurdles to get over to make that final scene.” (Jul. 17, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Fan report on what SA said: "Based off of what @StephenAmell has read of the new season, the show finished for Oliver Queen at the end of season 7." (Supanova Sydney, Jun. 22, 2019: tripandstumble tweet, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- Fan report on what SA said: "Dream ending for Oliver Queen? Uh-uh. :)." (Supanova Sydney, Jun. 22, 2019: cherchersketch tweet, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- Fan report on what SA said: "Will we ever have the legit 100% accurate GA goatie on the show now that it’s the final season? If we do, it’ll have to be a prosthetic. It’s...really not a good look guys. And at the end of the day, I still want my wife to be attracted to me." (Supanova Sydney, Jun. 22, 2019: cherchersketch tweet, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On Jul. 9, 2019, SA tweeted a copy of the following text message from James AD: "Hey Stephen, hope you had a great hiatus! As a heads up for you, we're scheduling you for a costume fitting after the cast read through tomorrow. Currently the cast read through is at 1300 tomorrow. See you tomorrow!" (SA tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 2 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jul. 18, 2019, SA tweeted pic of himself wearing a dark green/black suit, with comment: "Season 8 suit on the left. Season 1 suit on the right." (SA tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Felicity Smoak AKA Overwatch
-- EBR will not be returning as a series regular for S8. (Jun. 18, 2019 TVLine article, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On whether she would like to return for the last season of Arrow, EBR: "I feel like Felicity has done her time. I don’t know if anybody is going to like what I’m saying, but I feel like Felicity has done her time. We knew this was coming for awhile – for over a year – so the whole thing is exactly what we wanted to happen. I trust the writers, and that’s in their hands." Interviewer: "When you have a goodbye like Felicity had, at the end of the season, you also don’t want to mess that up by coming back and taking away from that." EBR: "Yes, exactly." (May 24, 2019 Collider article, page 136 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- Mod: "So the door - I read that the door's open if it's in the right way, would you come back?" EBR: "It's not completely up to me, but never say never." (MCM London Comic Con, May 26, 2019: Geektown video of Arrowverse panel with SA, EBR, DR and TH, page 137 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread and page 760 of Social Media thread)
-- On whether she would consider going back to TV and signing on for another potentially long-running series, or whether that is something that she thinks she'll take a break from for awhile, EBR: "I think I’m going to take a break for awhile, and do a little bit of theater, coming up in New York [Reborning at the SoHo Playhouse from July 5th through August 3rd]. And then, after that, I’m hoping to continue doing theater for a little bit longer. My friends are a bunch of creative geniuses, so no matter what, that’s the way I’m going right now. I’ll never say no to doing TV again. For now, life has changed dramatically, already." (May 24, 2019 Collider article, page 136 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On EBR, SA: “She’s supremely talented and awesome and carved out a space that no one anticipated. I don’t know that show works if we don’t randomly find her." SA added that continuing the Arrow tv series without Team Arrow’s heart is “not great. Arrow, as you know it, has effectively ended. It’s a different show in season 8.” (Jul. 17, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- DR: "Well, obviously, we go back and Emily's not a part of it. That's a big thing. You know, no one really wants to do that show. ... But yeah, I mean, there's that. No one really wants to do that." (MCM London Comic Con, May 25 or 26, 2019: Tanavi P video of DR interview, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread, and May 28, 2019 Digital Spy article, page 137 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- Fan report on what DR said: "I asked David at MCM London if they’d filmed more, and he said they hadn’t. But he did say he would be shocked if Em didn’t come back for crossover and finale." (MCM London Comic Con, May 25 or 26, 2019: Jun. 25, 2019 sadfangirl tweet, page 1 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- 801 script lists "Not (MOC) Felicity." (Jul. 11, 2019 olicitydreams and lyricalarrow tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and pages 2 and 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Mar. 30, 2019, EBR posted: "The time has come to talk of many memes. Of bows and arrows and superheroes and Olicity and Queens ... And why TGA is so damn hot And yes, canaries need more scenes... But wait just one minute before we go and do all that For this makes me out of breath To have this not small chat Felicity and I are a very tight two But after one through seven we will be saying goodbye to you ... I thank you all for the time we’ve shared The elevators we have climbed The monsters we have faced and scared  And The burgers we have dined I will keep her in my heart for always And I hope that you can too Because she would not be alive if it weren’t for all of you [double hearts emoji] Love, Felicity and Me." (emilybett instagram post, page 117 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread and page 752 of Social Media thread)
-- On Mar. 30, 2019, EPs Greg Berlanti and Beth Schwartz issued joint statement: “We’ve had the pleasure of working with Emily since season one and in those past seven years she has brought one of TV’s most beloved characters to life. And although we’re heartbroken to see both Emily and Felicity leave the show, we’re completely supportive of Emily and her future endeavors. She will always have a family at Arrow.” (Mar. 30, 2019 TVLine article, page 118 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread and page 303 of Starling City Times thread, ETonline article, page 119 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread, and Entertainment Weekly article, page 120 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On Mar. 31, 2019, when asked if the closing part of GB/BS's joint statement about EBR's departure ("She will always have a family at Arrow.”) mean that EBR will likely return for at least the sure-to-be-grand series finale, EP Beth Schwartz: "I cannot comment on that." (Writers Guild Foundation Festival, Mar. 31, 2019: TVLine article, page 11 of Spoilers thread and page 121 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On May 10, 2019, on EBR possibly returning as Felicity in S8, EP Beth Schwartz: "She is always welcome to come back, so I would be obviously more than happy to have her back next season." (TV Guide article, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 133 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On May 13, 2019, EP Beth Schwartz: "I'd be more than happy if [Emily Bett Rickards] came back at some point next season, so we’ll just have to see." (ETonline article, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 134 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On May 13, 2019, on whether there is a possibility that Felicity could come back for the series finale of Arrow, EP Beth Schwartz: "I don’t know. I hope there is a way that can happen. She’s welcome to come back whenever she wants." (ETonline article, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 134 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On May 16, 2019, CW President Mark Pedowitz: "Emily was terrific in the show and we believe that Beth Schwartz did a great job wrapping up the storyline last year. If Beth can find a way to bring her back that makes sense and Emily is available, we’d love to have her. Otherwise, I’m pleased with the way they said goodbye to the character." (The CW Upfronts, May 16, 2019: Deadline, Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide articles, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 135 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)

Oliver and Diggle
-- DR: "The relationship between Oliver and Diggle will be explored even deeper next season and that’s just how these two guys have to put their differences aside. It’s something we’re going to get into more next season." (Apr. 22, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 130 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On whether there is something he and SA haven’t done on screen together that you’re dying to do, DR: "There are times in the past you’ve seen these guys have a drink together in the restaurant together. Being able to see that type of thing again with some levity, with 'Okay, we’ve grown. Yeah, we’re freaking different. It is crazy. Look at all this stuff we’ve been through. Look at the things we’ve accomplished. Now, let’s go kick some butt.' For this storytelling, it’s worth you seeing these guys actually shed some tears and not in anger, but in actual real understanding and compassion for each other. It’s been seven seasons, and I think these guys have earned it. I don’t think we’ve had that. We’ve had tears, but we’ve had it in anger, in fighting. We’ve had the handshakes afterwards, but there’s still something a bit hollow in that. We need something where you see these two guys really lay it on the line and then go out and save the city together — obviously now in the absence of Felicity, which I think lends itself even more to that being said because they don’t have Felicity’s genius to help them, so they need each other than they ever had before." (Apr. 22, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 130 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)

John Diggle AKA Spartan 
-- 801 script lists John Diggle. (Jul. 11, 2019 olicitydreams and lyricalarrow tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and pages 2 and 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether he wants Diggle to go out with a happy ending or in a blaze of glory, DR: "Um, in all seriousness... I know some of the answer to that, based on what I know about what happens ultimately to John Diggle. Um, so I would say, um, that it's both." (MCM London Comic Con, May 25 or 26, 2019: Tanavi P video of DR interview, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread, and May 28, 2019 Digital Spy article, page 13 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- DR: "You haven’t seen a lot of his backstory...and I think people are curious about it — particularly when you find out that his father’s name is Stewart, for God’s sakes, and he has a mother who’s alive and well, that he doesn’t call. These types of things make the character rich. I think that’s the type of stuff that makes a seventh or eighth season interesting — that there is more interesting story to tell. 'Is he Green Lantern? Is he not? What’s going on with his family?' You’re asking these questions at the end of the seventh season of a show. That’s a testament to the storytelling of the show, but I think John Diggle is a really rich character, and I think we’re still scratching the surface to all of his story, both backstory and future. I mean, he adopted a son at some point [in the flash forwards], and there’s conflict between his biological son and his adopted son. How did he play into that? Just tons of story left to tell." (Apr. 22, 2019 ComicBook article, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 130 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On what he wants to see for Diggle and his family, DR: "Um, I think there has to be some - I know we will have some - some interesting things to happen between John Diggle and Lyla Michaels... You're going to have a good amount of Dyla... Yeah, there's going to be some stuff happening between them. And, um - and obviously, how Connor Hawke became their adopted child. There's a story there. And, um - and, you know, his own son John Jr., how he became the leader of this nefarious group in the future. What happened to that relationship? So we kind of have to touch on all of that. And, you know, if John Diggle does take on the moniker of the Green Lantern, does he take on also the moniker of perhaps becoming a Stewart? And if he does, what happens to that relationship with his father to let him to do that? ... There's a lot to tell with John Diggle. Um, John Diggle, to me, is just one of those characters where you know him but you don't know him, you know, you just haven't seen - this first time you saw his father... finally, yeah... and his last name is Stewart. You're like, what does that mean? You find out his father's alive and what his father says. Never seen his mother. So I think it's just a lot of story left for John Diggle." (MCM London Comic Con, May 25 or 26, 2019: Tanavi P video of DR interview, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On whether we will meet Diggle’s mom before the show ends, DR: "You guys found out when I found out that he had a mother. Yes, without a doubt. I think we’ll come to some conclusion as to what the first steps of this relationship between him and his stepfather mean to John Diggle." (Apr. 22, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 130 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On the buzz about Diggle becoming John Stewart AKA Green Lantern after 719 aired, DR: "Yeah, yeah. Well, we knew that buzz was coming. I mean, that was obviously one of the ideas of making him General Stewart and it's fun. I mean, there's some major Easter eggs dropping. Obviously, last season with our crossover and '90s Flash made that big comment of 'Where's your ring?' to John. And now we have John's stepfather being named Stewart. We'll see what happens with all that, but for now it's a lot of fun." (Apr. 22, 2019 TV Insider article, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 129 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On Diggle possibly having the Green Lantern ring. DR: "They continue to kinda tease this thing. Um, I don't know what's gonna happen with that. It's fun to tease it... I've said this before, I would love to jump into that John Stewart, Green Lantern, whole universe. But I don't know." (MCM London Comic Con, May 25 or 26, 2019: Tanavi P video of DR interview, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On whether we'll see Green Lantern, DR: "I have no idea. I really don't know... I don't know. Teasing, teasing, teasing. But there seems to be, um, no more than that at this point." (MCM London Comic Con, May 26, 2019: Geektown video of Arrowverse panel with SA, EBR, DR and TH, page 760 of Social Media thread)
-- On Diggle becoming Green Lantern and past Easter egg teases that he's John Stewart, DR: "They continue to tease this thing... I don't know what's gonna happen with that... It's fun to tease it and I would love to jump into that mythos of John Stewart and Green Lantern, that whole universe. ... If John Diggle does take on the moniker of Green Lantern, does he also take on the moniker of becoming a Stewart, and if he does, what happens to that relationship between him and his father that led him to do that? There's a lot of story left for John Diggle." (May 29, 2019 Digital Spy article, page 137 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On what he still wants for Diggle that hasn't happened yet, DR: "Well, I think we have to answer the question of what happens with this Green Lantern business. I think we just have to make a decision about that. We've teased it now for years, really. And, um, so I think we have to make a decision about that and I think this season we will." (Supanova Perth, Jun. 29, 2019: AccessReel video of DR interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 1 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Fan report on what DR said: "David said he's gonna be in all of season 8 of #Arrow, not just a part of it." (MCM London Comic Con, May 25, 2019: itakha2015 tweet, page 136 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)

Lyla Michaels AKA Harbinger
-- On Dec. 12, 2018, in response to GATV's asking whether there's any reason NOT to give "Lyla Michaels from some Earth a shiny blue costume with a red helmet" in the 2019 crossover, MG tweeted: "We've talked about it..." (MG tweet, page 71 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)

Rene Ramirez AKA Wild Dog
-- 801 script lists Rene Ramirez. (Jul. 11, 2019 olicitydreams and lyricalarrow tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and pages 2 and 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Arrow EP Beth Schwartz retweeted RG's tweeting: "Done and done!" in response to the following Fan Fest Events tweet: "Who would @talaashe like to see on the Waverider? 'I would love @JulianaHarkavy and @officialrickg to come!'" (Fan Fest-New Jersey, Jun. 29, 2019: fanfestevents tweet, page 1 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jun. 10, 2019, RG tweeted: "All the feels. Received the first episode of our last season of #Arrow today. Wow." (officialrickg tweet, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)

Dinah Drake AKA Black Canary
-- 801 script lists Dinah Drake. (Jul. 11, 2019 olicitydreams and lyricalarrow tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and pages 2 and 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Arrow EP Beth Schwartz retweeted RG's tweeting: "Done and done!" in response to the following Fan Fest Events tweet: "Who would @talaashe like to see on the Waverider? 'I would love @JulianaHarkavy and @officialrickg to come!'" (Fan Fest-New Jersey, Jun. 29, 2019: fanfestevents tweet, page 1 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jul. 11, 2019, blogger tweeted pic from Jul. 10, 2019 JH instagram story, with comment (English translation): "Photo of the 8x01 table read !! # Arrow." (TodoArrow tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 2 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Earth-2 Laurel Lance 
-- In response to fan saying that MG's previously posted partial pic of a green/black superhero suit must be Laurel's new suit, MG tweeted: "It's not Laurel's. That said..." Also, when asked whether Laurel will get a new suit, MG tweeted: "[face with stuck-out tongue and winking eye emoji]." (Jul. 17, 2019 MG tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- 801 script lists Laurel Lance. (Jul. 11, 2019 olicitydreams and lyricalarrow tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and pages 2 and 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- When talking about 718, KC: "It’s a big episode, I think that you will find out a lot about Black Siren and her backstory, but they also leave it open to potentially exploring more of that, potentially in season eight, but it’s a huge episode. It’s fun." (Middle East Film & Comic Con, Apr. 13, 2019: Apr. 14, 2019 Gulf News article, page 11 of Spoilers thread and page 127 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- KC: “We’re doing our [eighth and] final season of ‘Arrow’, which will take us to November. I can’t say more yet, until I get the showrunners’ thumbs up, but there’s some pretty exciting things coming up for me.” (Middle East Film & Comic Con, Apr. 13, 2019: Apr. 14, 2019 Gulf News article, page 11 of Spoilers thread and page 127 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- From papp's Jul. 13, 2019 blog report on Arrow 801 filming: "We also saw a blond girl go in at one point that seemed to be wearing a mask. The person that was there with me when they went in thought it could be Katie Cassidy, and I was unable to confirm if it was her or not, but you can try to judge for yourself by the pics I added below. That said, I did hear two people for the cast referenced by crew while I was there. Katie Cassidy being one, the other was 'Josh' who could be Josh Segarra, as he was also announced as returning in the same article as Colin was mentioned in." (canadagraphs tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread, and canadagraphs blog, page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Roy Harper AKA Arsenal
-- 801 script does not list Roy Harper. (Jul. 11, 2019 olicitydreams and lyricalarrow tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and pages 2 and 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On how Roy will come back from murdering two innocent police officers in a blood rage, EP Beth Schwartz: "We will answer that a little bit in the finale. But we will get into it more next season. Roy has been through a lot on our series. We wanted to reveal what he’s been struggling with, and what his own adventure has been with Thea and Nyssa and going after the Lazarus Pits." (May 13, 2019 SyFy article, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 134 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On which of his past roles he feels the most attached to, CH: "I would probably say Jackson in Teen Wolf. I know I’m on Arrow right now, but that was just such a special time for me." (Jun. 3, 2019 Pedestrian article, page 308 of Starling City Times thread)
-- Panel mod's tweet on what CH and WH said: "The question on everyone’s mind for the #Arrow cast at #OzComicCon: Will you be back for the last season? @Willaaaah: TBD @ColtonLHaynes: I don’t know if I’m coming back next year yet." (Oz Comic Con Melbourne, Jun. 9, 2019: ClareKramer tweet, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- Fan tweet on what CH said: "The #Arrow panel is serving tea. #ColtonHaynes isn't sure he'll be back for the final season as the show has new characters + storylines #OzComicCon." (Oz Comic Con Melbourne, Jun. 9, 2019: therealcyclone tweet, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- Fan tweet on what CH or WH said: "Summary: They have released the bomb that Roy resurrected from the wells because the League of Thanatos follows behind them being a PIECE of plot, for NAD A. OK BETH. OK  # Arrow." (Oz Comic Con Melbourne, Jun. 9, 2019: TodoArrow tweet, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)

Thea Queen AKA Speedy
-- On whether she will be appearing in Arrow's final season, Willa Holland: "I mean I don’t know but the door is always open. They left the door open which is very nice. ... There is always a possibility but I have no answer on that at the moment.” (May 31, 2019 Who article, page 137 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- Panel mod's tweet on what CH and WH said: "The question on everyone’s mind for the #Arrow cast at #OzComicCon: Will you be back for the last season? @Willaaaah: TBD @ColtonLHaynes: I don’t know if I’m coming back next year yet." (Oz Comic Con Melbourne, Jun. 9, 2019: ClareKramer tweet, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)

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SUMMARY OF S8 SPOILERS BY TOPIC - PART 3 OF 5:

Olicity's Kids
-- The 8th and final season "will continue to flash-forward to Mia and William's adulthood in 2049[sic], with plenty more adventures on the way, but it's safe to say we've only really seen the beginning of Mia's journey to become a hero." EP Beth Schwartz: "She's been conflicted because she grew up understanding one narrative and then her life kind of blew up when she found out her mother was secretly still being a vigilante... Then seeing the old team and sort of connecting with Connor and Zoey and William and sort of establishing this new kind of team — she's the daughter of Oliver and Felicity so there's a hero naturally inside of her, so that's what's starting to come out." The development of the sibling relationship between Mia and William is something that EP Beth Schwartz is "excited to explore," especially given how prominent the theme of family has always been in Arrow: "Part of the show that was always my favorite was the Oliver/Thea (Willa Holland) relationship and the brother and sister dynamic... I always love the family dynamics. It was fun getting [Mia and William] together because their personalities are so different. Just having them be able to talk about what interesting parents they have and non-tradition childhoods — it's nice that they get to sort of lean on each other because no one else can really understand that." (May 11, 2019 TV Guide article, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 133 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)

William "Will" Clayton
-- Ben Lewis, who plays William Clayton, has been promoted to a series regular for S8. (Jul. 17, 2019 Deadline and TVLine articles, page 1 of Spoilers thread)
-- 801 script lists William Clayton. (Jul. 11, 2019 olicitydreams and lyricalarrow tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and pages 2 and 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Mar. 7, 2019, Ben Lewis tweeted: "Proud to be a small, late-breaking part of the @CW_Arrow legacy. Thank you to @SchwartzApprovd, @RapaportCasting, @GBerlanti, the entire cast, crew & fans (!) for welcoming me so open-heartedly. LOTS to come in seasons 7 & 8! [green heart emoji]." (benlewishere tweet, page 111 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)

Mia Smoak AKA Blackstar 
-- Katherine McNamara, who plays Mia Smoak, has been promoted to a series regular for S8. (Jul. 11, 2019 Deadline, Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide articles, page 1 of Spoilers thread, pages 2 and 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread, and page 309 of Starling City Times thread)
-- 801 script lists Mia Smoak. (Jul. 11, 2019 olicitydreams and lyricalarrow tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and pages 2 and 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- KM: "It’s been an honor bringing #MiaSmoak to life & joining the #Arrowverse. Congrats @StephenAmell & the @CW_Arrow family on an incredible accomplishment & the opportunity to finish the journey the way it deserves. So keep watching-we are going to kick ass ‘til the bitter end [green heart, bow and arrow, and black heart tweets]." (Mar. 6, 2019 Kat_McNamara tweet, page 750 of Social Media thread)
-- From Jun. 7, 2019 open letter published in TV Guide, KM: "Beth and the writers at Arrow HQ have gone above and beyond in crafting Mia's story. They have created a woman who is complex, dark, troubled, and badass, yet who still manages to have a sense of humor and a heart of gold, albeit one a bit tarnished by the events of her life. This has made it an absolute dream to explore and create this woman, and I'm beyond excited to see where her journey may lead." (Jun. 7, 2019 TV Guide article, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread and page 308 of Starling City Times thread)
-- On Jul. 13, 2019, KM tweeted: "Hey, y'all! I just finished my first day back on Season 8 of Arrow. And I'm so excited to share this season with you all. There is some really, really epic stuff coming your way. And, uh, I can't wait for you guys to come back to 2040." (Kat_McNamara tweet & video, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Per papp's Jul. 13, 2019 blog report on Arrow 801 filming, KM, JDJ and AS were on set and left the set together at the end of the shoot day. (canadagraphs tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread, and canadagraphs blog, page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jul. 18, 2019, KM tweeted: "Hey angels and archers, sorry I won't be able to make it to @Comic_Con this year with the rest of the @CW_Arrow cast. I'll be on set until the wee hours of Saturday morning filming and won't make it in time. Enjoy the fun in San Diego and get ready for a kickass Season 8!" (Kat_McNamara tweet, page 763 of Social Media thread)

Connor Hawke
-- Joseph David-Jones, who plays Connor Hawke, has been promoted to a series regular for S8. (Jun. 4, 2019 Deadline tweet & article, page 137 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread, and Jun. 18, 2019 TVLine article, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- 801 script lists Connor Hawke. (Jul. 11, 2019 olicitydreams and lyricalarrow tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and pages 2 and 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Per papp's Jul. 13, 2019 blog report on Arrow 801 filming, KM, JDJ and AS were on set and left the set together at the end of the shoot day. (canadagraphs tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread, and canadagraphs blog, page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

John ("JJ") Diggle, Jr.
-- TVLine: "Per multiple sources, we will catch an actual glimpse of grown-up John Jr…. but not until next season, when Diggle and Lyla’s son circa 2040 becomes a major recurring character on the show." (Apr. 26, 2019 TVLine article, page 12 of Spoilers thread and page 131 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- TVLine: "As we previously reported, a twentysomething, circa 2040 version of Diggle and Lyla’s son John Jr. will be a major recurring presence during the eighth and final season. Casting is underway." (Jun. 7, 2019 TVLine article, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- Vimeo audition video for the role of John Diggle Jr. was posted by actor Derrick Dubois. The first audition scene is a scene between JJ and a "Canary" who knew his father (probably Dinah but could be E2 Laurel), and the second audition scene is between JJ and Connor.  Audition Scene 1: Reader (off-screen): "John. Stop. This is over." Derrick Dubois (pointing a gun): "'S'up, Canary? How you been?" Reader: "Drop your weapon." DD: "Try again." Reader: "I'm not buying this tough guy act." DD: "You think this is some kind of joke? Don't think I won't hurt you just 'cause you knew my dad." Reader: "Your dad didn't raise you to be a punk to use one of those things. You want to end me, you better do it with your bare hands." DD: "Fair. (Puts down gun) I'm not going to hold back. You sure you want to do this?" Reader: "We don't have to do this. All you got to do is give back what you stole from that man." DD: "Why? It's worth more to me than that eight-figure bozo I stole it from. Why is he supposed to have all the fun?" Reader: "Tell me what happened to you. What made you this way?" DD: "Ask Dad. So, we gonna do this? Or you just want to Dr. Phil me all night?" Reader: "John, I know there's good in you. Let me help you. I don't think you're capable of doing what you're saying." DD: "Watch me."  Audition Scene 2: Reader (off-screen): "Hey! What's up, brother? How you doing?" DD: "Good, man. Good. How you been?" Reader: "Alright. I'm alright. Hey, you remember Dad used to bring us to this place? How much we loved to ride in that roller coaster over there?" DD: "Yeah. We did." Reader: "Hey, thanks for meeting me. It's been awhile. Where you been?" DD: "Around, man. Around." Reader: "Yeah, well, I've been worried about you. Especially Dad." DD: "It's like what I said when I left. I'm not your problem any more." Reader: "You were never a problem. But I've heard about the people you're running with now - the trouble you might be into." DD: "Not your problem!" Reader: "John, you're my brother." DD: "Not by blood." Reader: "Why you always got to do that? Why you always got to be the villain?" DD: "Because you and Dad always got along better. My father always preferred you. I knew my place in our family, and it wasn't under that roof. So you still happy you reached out to me?"  Actor Intro: DD: "Hi. My name is Derrick Dubois. I'm 5'11" and I'm from Dallas, Texas."  Title Card: Derrick Dubois reading for JOHN DIGGLE JR. Clutts Agency-EDWARD 214-761-1400. (Apr. 18, 2019 Vimeo video of Derrick Dubois' audition scenes for the role of John Diggle Jr., page 137 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)

Zoe Ramirez
-- 801 script lists Zoe Ramirez. (Jul. 11, 2019 olicitydreams and lyricalarrow tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and pages 2 and 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jun. 2, 2019, AS posted bts pics of herself with other Arrow cast members, with comment: "Missing my Arrow fam SMRN ?? #LoveYouAll #FTA #HiatusBlues." (dresixtos instagram post, page 137 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- On Jul. 11, 2019, blogger tweeted (English translation): "The actress of Zoe in the future (Daughter of René) is already on the set. So the flashforwards already from the first capi we have them. OFÚ. I WANT TO OLIVER. # Arrow." (TodoArrow tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 2 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Per papp's Jul. 13, 2019 blog report on Arrow 801 filming, KM, JDJ and AS were on set and left the set together at the end of the shoot day. (canadagraphs tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread, and canadagraphs blog, page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

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SUMMARY OF S8 SPOILERS BY TOPIC - PART 4 OF 5:

Mar Novu AKA The Monitor
-- 801 script lists The Monitor. (Jul. 11, 2019 olicitydreams and lyricalarrow tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and pages 2 and 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

General Stewart
-- In April 2019, Ernie Hudson said: "Worked on Arrow, um, and played a really fun character there. I'll probably go back next year." (Midwest Gaming Classic, Apr. 13, 2019: Apr. 14, 2019 Ghostbusters Medi-Corps video of EH panel, page 11 of Spoilers thread and page 128 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- In July 2019, on returning to Arrow in its final season, Ernie Hudson: "They called me already... They have a shortened [season], so I'll probably do a couple of those. I don't know if they're setting up for the next stage of Diggle's character or what." (Jul. 18, 2019 ComicBook article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Nyssa al Ghul
-- Fan report on what KL and KM said: "Katrina is very open & willing to come back for the final season. Kat want's Mia to have her teacher around." (HVFF-Chicago, Apr. 21, 2019: Chris_Ford tweet, page 756 of Social Media thread)

Moira Queen
-- 801 script lists Moira Queen. (Jul. 11, 2019 olicitydreams and lyricalarrow tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and pages 2 and 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Malcolm Merlyn 
-- 801 script lists Malcolm Merlyn. (Jul. 11, 2019 olicitydreams and lyricalarrow tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and pages 2 and 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jul. 11, 2019, blogger tweeted (English translation): "Barrowman on the way to Vancouver. I REPEAT. JOHN BARROWMAN PATH TO VANCOUVER # arrow." (TodoArrow tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 2 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- From papp's Jul. 13, 2019  blog report on Arrow 801 filming: "When I returned later. Some fans were now there, and they pieced together to us what they had seen while we were gone. The only actors they had seen while we were gone were Stephen again, aaaaaaand John Barrowman? Now I was not there to confirm if what they say tey saw is a fact, but the fan I was talking to was well versed in his Arrowverse knowledge, so I feel confident he was not mistaken." (canadagraphs tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread, and canadagraphs blog, page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jul. 14, 2019, papp tweeted: "Shot some pics of John Barrowman yesterday , I said good to see you back John. 'Well I can’t say why I’m back'  I replied , No it’s good seeing you back in Vancouver, and don’t worry Rick already spoiled it by posting the call sheet." (pursuit23 tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jul. 15, 2019, John Barrowman posted pic of himself with Colin Donnell, with comment: "Father and son. #merlyn #family #arrow #cw @cw_arrow @colindonnell jb." (johnscotbarrowman instagram post, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Tommy Merlyn
-- Colin Donnell will guest-star in Arrow's final season. However, fans should expect a twist when they return, because this is Arrow. Per MG, CD is “not coming back as the Tommy we know." (Jul. 12, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- 801 script lists Tommy Merlyn. (Jul. 11, 2019 olicitydreams and lyricalarrow tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and pages 2 and 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- From papp's Jul. 13, 2019 blog report on Arrow 801 filming: "But the 'I wasnt expecting to see you so soon' moment of the day came as former Arrow star, turned Chicago Med star, now back for quick drop in on Arrow, Colin Donnell. An article had come out just a couple hours before seeing him saying he would be back, and lo & behold there he was. But Tommy Merlyn looked a little different than the one we used to know, sporting a full beard. Oh that reminds me, 1 other thing I saw that I can not quite put my finger on what it means yet is... during lunch 2 stunt men in Green Arrow attire came out, 1 looking like how Oliver did, the other, had a big fake black beard on. make of that what you want. I have theories, but I wont post theories here." (canadagraphs tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread, and canadagraphs blog, page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jul. 13, 2019, SA posted pic of himself and Colin Donnell, both with similar facial beards, with comment: "S1 Flashback." (SA instagram post, page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jul. 15, 2019, John Barrowman posted pic of himself with Colin Donnell, with comment: "Father and son. #merlyn #family #arrow #cw @cw_arrow @colindonnell jb." (johnscotbarrowman instagram post, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jul. 16, 2019, Colin Donnell posted a pic of himself with Josh Segarra and RG, with comment: "I had to get out of the gym before these two destroyed it and me. #Arrow #WildDog #Prometheus #EarthX #Tommy." (colin donnell instagram post, page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Adrian Chase
-- Josh Segarra will guest-star in Arrow's final season. However, fans should expect a twist when they return, because this is Arrow. EP Beth Schwartz: “Adrian Chase comes back in a different way than expected." (Jul. 12, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- 801 script lists Adrian Chase. (Jul. 11, 2019 olicitydreams and lyricalarrow tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and pages 2 and 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- From papp's Jul 13, 2019 blog report on Arrow 801 filming: "I did hear two people for the cast referenced by crew while I was there. Katie Cassidy being one, the other was 'Josh' who could be Josh Segarra, as he was also announced as returning in the same article as Colin was mentioned in." (canadagraphs tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread, and canadagraphs blog, page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jul. 16, 2019, Colin Donnell posted a pic of himself with Josh Segarra and RG, with comment: "I had to get out of the gym before these two destroyed it and me. #Arrow #WildDog #Prometheus #EarthX #Tommy." (colin donnell instagram post, page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Slade Wilson AKA Deathstroke
-- Manu Bennett: "Yeah, you now, my character, Deathstroke, I'm the one who taught Oliver Queen how to fight and, uh, had all the early - I'm like Darth Vader, you know what I - and he's like - but he's like Luke, my son. So we have this very tight relationship. We have sort of the fan favorite relationship. We're coming into the last season. I don't know, this is like a - producers give you a call and they say, 'hey, listen, we want to use you, and can you be here next week?' So, we'll see what happens. ... Well, these days the storyline can be leaked so quickly on social media that they like to keep everything completely quiet and, you know, because of my storyline, you know, as soon as they say anything or people would catch wind of it, it would be straight out there, you know... 'Deathstroke returns,' yeah." (Comic Con Ireland, Jun. 22, 2019: Weekend AM Virgin Media Television video of MB interview, page 762 of Social Media thread)

Marrett Green
-- 801 script lists "Marrett Green (Reporter)." (Jul. 11, 2019 olicitydreams and lyricalarrow tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and pages 2 and 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Marrett Green is an actor, who portrayed various news reporters throughout the first and second seasons of Arrow. (Arrow wiki page link and IMdb page link in Jul. 12, 2019 tv echo post, page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Alberto Vasquez
-- 801 script lists "Alberto Vasquez." (Jul. 11, 2019 olicitydreams and lyricalarrow tweets, page 1 of Spoilers thread and pages 2 and 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Floyd Lawton AKA Deadshot
-- On whether he hopes to play Deadshot again on Arrow, Michael Rowe:"I've kinda let that hope go, because the business got in the way. Um, I would, you know. It would be fun to fire that character up again. I spent a lot of time with him. I really like playing him. Uh, but you know, it's unfortunate the way that business goes, that he sort of got taken off the table at a certain point. I believe that he's still alive, even on Earth-1. I don't believe that he got killed on the show. But whether the show will ever get permission or want to wake up that storyline before it ends, or bring him on another show, I have no idea. I don't have those discussions with anybody." (Jul. 9, 2019 The ManCave Chronicles w/ Elias podcast interview with Michael Rowe, page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Bruce Wayne AKA Batman
-- Fan report on what SA said: "It will be a real bummer if we don’t interact with Bruce Wayne before the end of #Arrow." (Supa-Friends in Melbourne, Jun. 26, 2019: ARROWTV_ tweet, page 1 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

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SUMMARY OF S8 SPOILERS BY TOPIC - PART 5 OF 5:

Mega Crossover: Crisis On Infinite Earths ("COIE")
-- Summary of COIE spoilers will be posted at a future date in the "Crisis On Infinite Earths 2019" thread in the LoT forum.

Beyond the End of Arrow
-- On whether the 716 flashforwards episode was envisioned as a backdoor pilot for a possible spinoff, EP Beth Schwartz: "It was definitely meant to grow the world that we had already built and to see the next generation of what Oliver and Felicity and our present-day team have worked so hard for, and sort of see what happens in the future... We love those characters and would love to see them go on in some capacity after the show’s over, [possibly via crossovers with the remaining Arrowverse shows]... We were so happy, internally, about how it came out... We kinda love our future story.” (Apr. 5, 2019 TVLine article, page 11 of Spoilers thread and page 124 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)
-- From media recap of SA/DR panel at Supanova Perth: "There were also rumblings about the possibility of another series coming out of the woodworks which would play in tune with spin-off rumors with Katherine McNamara (Shadowhunters) at the wheel." (Supanova Perth, Jun. 29, 2019: Jul. 4, 2019 NerdsandBeyond article, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 2 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "I have been able to facilitate great moments for people because they're a fan of the Green Arrow. And I'll miss that a great deal. But something tells me, even when I'm done, I won't be gone. If you've watched the Arrowverse, you should understand that." (Mar. 6, 2019 SA facebook video post, page 107 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread and page 750 of Social Media thread)
-- Fan: "We are seeing the last of Arrow, Yes, we know that Earth-1's Oliver Queen is dying. But, in the future, will we see a different Earth version of you?" SA: "... And when I did the video announcing that we were going to wrap things up, I said, you know, I might be leaving the show, but no one's ever really gone. And, look, I owe so much to, in no particular order, The CW, to Warner Brothers, to Greg Berlanti, to David Nutter, to Andy Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim, Beth Schwartz, James Bamford, Todd Pittson, and J.P. Finn, and the cast and the crew and everyone. I owe so much to them. So if, five years from now, they're wrapping up Show X and they go, 'You know what would be the cherry on top of the sundae? Would you come back?' What am I going to say? No? I mean, it’s a shitty idea that I'd say 'no.' Pardon my language. But you do what you can. I owe a lot to people, and if they need something from me, they can always have it." (MegaCon Orlando, May 19, 2019: The One video of SA panel, page 759 of Social Media thread)
-- Fan report on what SA said: "If they ever asked me to cameo/come back as Oliver Queen. Of course I would do it. Never say never." (Supanova Sydney, Jun. 22, 2019: cherchersketch tweet, page 138 of Spoiler Discussion Sequel thread)

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This summary contains all S8 topical spoilers revealed during or in connection with SAN DIEGO COMIC CON INTERNATIONAL ("SDCC"), July 18-21, 2019. This thread is for archived spoilers only - new spoilers should go in the 'Spoilers Only Thread: Season 8' thread and spoiler commentary should go in the 'Spoiler Discussion Thread: The Final Countdown' thread...

ADDENDUM #1 TO SUMMARY OF S8 SPOILERS BY TOPIC - SDCC EDITION

S8 Episode Order
-- MG: "Because of the nature of Crisis and the nature of a 10-episode order for Arrow, the two projects really became linked, uh, to the extent where the build-up to Crisis really takes place in Arrow, and then Crisis has to impact the final two episodes of Arrow."  (SDCC, Jul. 19, 2019: Comicbook video of MG interview, 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- MG: "[W]e only got two more episodes after the crossover for Arrow to finish up." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "Our episode of the crossover is our 8th episode, so we have two more on the B-side." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of SA interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "The series finale is going to be independent of the crossover... The crossover this year is in our 8th episode, I believe, but we have 10 episodes to do." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: TVLine article & video, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

S8 Showrunner
-- SA said that MG is "stepping back in for [EP Beth Schwartz as showrunner], as Beth is taking a little time away for the kiddo." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: TVLine article & video, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

S8 Directors
-- James Bamford: "I'm directing 801, and 809 and 810 together, so those two are going to be shot, like, one big piece. Um, but we've got a tremendous line-up of directors, uh, some blasts from the past that we haven't seen for awhile." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 23, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of James Bamford interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On how many episodes he's directing this season and whether he's directing the crossover, James Bamford: "Well, it was kind of a split thing. It was a difficult decision. Um, I've directed, you know, the last three or four, if I remember... But this year I'm directing 801, the premiere. I'm directing 809, um, and I'm directing the series finale, 810. The crossover is 808 and that'll be directed by Glen Winter. So I couldn't do - I just couldn't do both. That's just physically impossible. Um, and it was a toss-up between that and that. But the series finale is, uh - I'd rather be doing that anyway." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 24, 2019 Nice Girls TV video of James Bamford interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "Katie's getting ready to direct her first episode, by the way." EW's Chancellor Agard: "Congratulations!" KC: "Thank you I don't know if you were supposed to say that yet, but okay." SA: "Katie's getting ready to direct her first episode! Are we live?" KC: "I am so excited." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Entertainment Weekly video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- KC: "Yes, Stephen broke the news earlier... I am. Episode - are we allowed to say what episode? 803. Um, I actually start prep on Tuesday. So, very soon." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: ETonline video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- KC: "Well, I'm directing 803... We were going to announce it on stage, but because there wasn't enough time, which I totally get, uh, I can now tell you guys." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of KC interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- KC: "I'm directing 803... I feel like each season represents something on the show, and it covers a place and a time - that's all I can tell you." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of KC and JH interviews, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- KC: "I'm directing episode 803." On whether there's a story she's been waiting to tell that she might be able to do in episode 803, KC: "Uh, yes, but I can't answer what story it is, because it's that big [unintelligible words] episode. I can't spoil it... You'll just have to watch my episode." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of KC interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On why she wants to direct, KC: "I feel like I have an eye for certain things. Um, I really want to - it's just about telling a story through the way - through my eyes. You know, sharing a story through my eyes with the world, um, the way I interpret it. And I don't know why, but I do have like a burning desire to do that. Um, I think also I'm more, again, pictures and stuff, film, movies, storytelling, showing people instead of just - it's another way of communicating, you know, it's like getting - this is my vision, my art, this is what I see and - I don't know, I shadowed Season 1, I shadowed again Season 6, I shadowed Season 7, so I shadowed quite a few times, um, and it's great. I'm excited." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Aug. 12, 2019 GiveMeMyRemoteTV video of KC interview, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 12 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- After discussion of KC's directing debut, RG: "And David's doing another episode this season as well." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: TVLine article & video, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

S8 Synopsis
-- SDCC's Arrow program description: "After spending time at Slabside, Oliver Queen wanted to give back to the city that he loves. Since everyone knows his true identity, Team Arrow worked alongside SCPD as vigilantes to help protect the city at all costs. However, last season led to Oliver finding out about Emiko, the bow-wielding assassin and ring leader of the Ninth Circle who also happened to be his half-sister. The season 7 finale saw them fighting for their lives-both in the present and the future. So, what will the state of Team Arrow look like in the show's eighth and final season? For answers to this and more, hear from the cast and producers at their final Comic-Con appearance, and be among the first to learn what this means for Oliver and the rest of his team. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Arrow will return to The CW for its final season this fall on Mondays at 9/8c. Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season is available now on Digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 20." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: comiccon2019 Saturday programming link, page 762 of Social Media thread)

S8 Trailers
-- Official Arrow S8 trailer was posted, which featured a lot of old footage from the past seven seasons (including several Felicity/Olicity moments), plus new footage of the Monitor, Oliver in his new GA suit, Diggle, Mia, Connor, William, E2 Laurel in her new Siren/Canary suit (with short blonde haircut), Rene, Dinah, Tommy Merlyn and Adrian Chase. (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Official Arrow Season 8 trailer, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- EW summary of the Arrow's official S8 trailer: “'We’re playing our greatest hits.' That’s the refrain we’ve heard from star Stephen Amell and the producers since they’ve begun talking about the eighth and final season, and the new teaser definitely revealed what they meant. After taking us on a tour of everyone Oliver’s death and torture-ridden past, trailer drops a flurry of new footage that includes: our first looks at Colin Donnell and Josh Segarra’s returns, Katie Cassidy Rodgers rocking a new Black Canary costume (see executive producer Marc Guggenheim’s tweet), and Connor Hawke (Joseph David-Jones) fighting someone in a Deathstroke mask. However, the moment that truly stands out is the shot at 2:08 that shows Oliver landing in a lab where several scientists have been murdered with arrows, because it seems like a very specific callback to Malcolm Merlyn’s Unidac Industries rampage in season 1’s 'Darkness at the Edge of Town.' Going into this season, we knew Arrow would probably reference the most obvious moments from its history, but this one (assuming the scene is purposefully trying to evoke 'Darkness') is rather unexpected. Hopefully, there are more of these surprises coming our way." (Jul. 22, 2019 Entertainment Weekly article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

S8 Structure and Tone
-- On crafting Arrow's final season with COIE in mind, MG: "It was tricky, because, you know, we've got two different things that we're trying to accomplish. We're trying to accomplish the biggest crossover we've ever done, you know, adapting a seminal, beloved comics story. At the same time, we're trying to set up the endgame for Arrow. And, you know, those two things really had to be considered in tandem with each other. And I hope we've squared the circle. Um, I think we have. There was a lot of consideration given to, you know, what needs to be done in the Arrow series finale, what should be done in Crisis, how do we make it all work together. But, you know, it's been 8 years of us figuring out tricky things and I think we've kinda done it. I feel pretty good about it." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 25, 2019 DC TV Podcasts video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On how they broke down Arrow's 10-episode season around the COIE crossover and how they decided where to put what pieces of story, MG: "We started talking a lot about, um, it being like a short order, you know, like a streaming show, you know, eight... episodes. And we knew where the crossover landed and we knew where the finale landed, obviously. And it was just a matter of, okay, this is the landscape we have to work with. What do we want to do? What do we want to accomplish in that space? And... it's always been just the most amazing staff and everyone just rolls their sleeves up and gets it done." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 27, 2019 Beautiful Ballad video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether the shortened schedule made them script out further than they normally would do, MG: "I think, in a perfect world, we would've scripted out further than we usually would. It's just harder to do, given the timeline that we're operating with. Um, I would say, everything has been broken out in advance. We know what each episode is. Um, and that's more unusual than not. Usually, it's more like, we know the general tent poles of the season, we know like, this is episode 6, this is episode 13, this is episode 21. Um, this was more like, we know what 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, et cetera." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 27, 2019 Beautiful Ballad video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- MG: "[T]he whole season is really meant to be a coda on the entire series." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On which Arrowverse show will feel the fallout of COIE the most, MG: "That's a great question. Um, that's a really terrific question. Um, I'm tempted to say actually Arrow. Um, and I may be a little bit biased in giving that answer. But, I would say, if we're able to do what we have planned, um, it's some pretty big consequences, um, that come out of Crisis for Arrow... I know, it's like we're 'big things' right before we end the show. But, uh, you know, it was interesting, you know, because of the nature of Crisis and the nature of a 10-episode order for Arrow, the two projects really became linked, uh, to the extent where the build-up to Crisis really takes place in Arrow, and then Crisis has to impact the final two episodes of Arrow. Um, so it's all connected. Um, you know, and I think it's going to be connected in a way that's satisfying to people. That's the trick."  (SDCC, Jul. 19, 2019: Comicbook video of MG interview, 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On how impactful this year's crossover will be, MG: "For Arrow, it's very impactful. I think for all the shows, it's very impactful. Um, you know, we're obviously dealing this year with some very cosmic big stuff. And the conversations that myself and all the showrunners have had is, we now have - with this concept of the crossover, we now have the opportunity to do something really radically and, um, be very impactful. And I don't like to make those sorts of promises, but I will say, like, specifically with the case of Arrow, the ramifications are pretty big, especially since we know we only got two more episodes after the crossover for Arrow to finish up. So Arrow has luxuries that the other shows don't have." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Per EP Beth Schwartz, we should "expect a different structure to the season, possibly more akin to how comic books play with chronology." (Scan of Arrow "Burning Questions" article in Jul. 16, 2019 TV Guide SDCC Special Issue, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether S8 should be viewed as primarily setup to the COIE crossover or whether there is more than that, EP Beth Schwartz: "Way more than that!" (Jul. 19, 2019 SchwartzApprovd tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- 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.'" (Scan of Arrow "Burning Questions" article in Jul. 16, 2019 TV Guide SDCC Special Issue, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether they're shooting the 10 episodes as one big piece or whether they're still being broken up episodically, since it's a shortened season, James Bamford: "They're still being broken up. I'm directing 801, and 809 and 810 together, so those two are going to be shot, like, one big piece... Each episode so far, and we haven't started shooting the other two, but I've received the script for 802 and 803, and they're like feature film... We shoot everything practically. We don't use a lot of visual effects, you know, at all. We don't rely on visual effects. So we have to work a little harder than a lot of the other shows, um, to get a half decent sequence, uh, because it's all real people doing real things. And it takes a lot longer to shoot, than pointing up in the sky and having a cartoon kinda happen and then going back. It takes a lot more physical effort." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 23, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of James Bamford interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- James Bamford: "Well, we left it off in a very emotional, uh, heartbreaking place with the finale last year. Um, and it's going to continue down that road... In each episode - I mean, I've still - I've got about two more days of shooting the premiere, or directing the premiere, and, uh, every single day there's been somebody crying on set, uh, just from the cast performances... The crew and everybody's like watching the actors, going, 'Holy shit. This is happening.' ... They're not crying because the show's ending, because they'll cry plenty for that in December, but they're crying because of all the content of the performances. ... Um, so I would say that this season, uh, you'll feel a lot of nostalgia from the pilot, from Season 1, from Season 2, from every season - uh, it's pretty much every season rolled up into one." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 23, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of James Bamford interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- James Bamford: "The biggest challenge is each episode is being written like a finale. So each episode has the scope and scale and the cast and the budget, the over-budget of a finale. So it's full-on. We are all-hands-on-deck 24 hours a day trying to get just the premiere done, and we're going to be shooting until the end of November. So aside from that, the scripts are coming in early. The writers are delivering these wonderfully crafted epic scripts you'd think are impossible for television. We are charged with making them possible. That's the biggest challenge, and we want to do justice, of course. It's the last season. So we're going, all cylinders are firing, and we're going for it as hard as we can." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 31, 2019 CinemaBlend article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "Arrow ended in 722. The show's done, right? Arrow, the final season - it's like an event series, so to speak. Like, imagine that we ended in 722 and then we took an 8-year break and then we came back for 10 episodes. That's what this season is like." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of SA interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Interviewer: "There's a lot of these revivals going on. It feels to me like Season 8 is a revival. Like, the finale was the finale, and now you guys are back." SA: "Yeah. Quite right. The - 722, to my mind, played like a series finale. And I'm a big fan of reaction videos - tell no one. I'm a big fan of reaction videos and one of the things I enjoyed was like everyone was like, 'hah, this is like a series finale.' It's very much like a series finale. The series - the way that people, you know - normally we take 9 episodes to figure out, like, alright, what's Oliver up against? Uh, in this instance, we know what he's up against immediately. Even if that means, like, the Monitor isn't necessarily the Big Bad, but he's the focal point." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Aug. 9, 2019 ComicBook article and video, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "The first seven episodes leading into the crossover feel like we're, uh, playing our greatest hits, so to speak, um, and alluding to memorable moments in the series. I don't know, I just hope that - I really hope that people enjoy it. It's a different show than you've seen. Um, the episodes - um, it's not as serialized as we've come to expect, because we don't have as much time. I don't know, I just hope people enjoy the ride in the last season." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Entertainment Weekly video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On the final season, SA: "I mean, it'd be too simplistic to say that we're going to play our greatest hits, but that is kinda what we're doing... We're playing our greatest hits." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Fangirlish and Nerds and Beyond videos of SA interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On the final, 10-episode season, SA: "It's actually kind of like a bunch of season finales, frankly, the way that it works. It's like a series of season finales." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Entrevista/Carol Moreira video of Arrow cast interview, page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what S8 will look like, SA: "It's the final season and it's a lead-up [to the crossover]. It feels different. It doesn't feel - we don't have the amount of time that we have. Normally we would take nine episodes to kind of introduce the main - like, the crux of the season, the Big Bad. That's not the case this year." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: TVLine article & video, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "We actually didn't have to shoot a good chunk of the episode for the premiere because we just used footage from the pilot." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of SA interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- DR: "I think how we get into 'Crisis.' How we get into it. And each episode is kind of obviously a sprint to that finish line. That's what's kind of exciting me the most. Just in terms of each piece is kind of like, oh, you're getting closer and closer. The anticipation of it. But in terms of 'Crisis' itself, the actual script and what we'll see on that day... I don't know if I have any expectation because I'm kind of deeply involved in the journey at this point... Getting there has been very exciting." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 31, 2019 CinemaBlend article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On the final season, DR: "I think it's a tribute. There's a certain amount of, um - I like what Stephen said in terms of a victory lap. You sense that. Um, there'll be a lot of stuff from the past, I think. There'll be some old faces at are going to show up. Um, but I think, just in  terms of the pacing, I think it's changed, because we usually do this in 22 episodes and now we're doing it in 10, so I think you're just going to sense a sense of a movie very single time you watch an episode of Arrow." KC: "Yeah, I feel like every - it almost feels - yeah, cinematic. Each episode is huge." SA: "Yeah, I've read 1, 2 and 3 - 1, 2 and 3 are very contained. 1 is its own thing. 2 is its own thing. 3 is its own thing.,, It's very, very contained. Obviously, there's a throughline. We're building toward the crossover. But, it's very fun. And it's fun working with some familiar faces, too." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: ETonline video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- DR: "There's a lot of questions that are answered within 10 episodes, which... presents a bit of a challenge to the writers, um, but also makes each episode kind of its own little movie, because we're getting to the point very, very quickly." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of DR and RG interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- In response to media interviewer saying that there's a lot of questions to answer in 10 episodes, DR: "That's why every episode is like a mini-movie. And you sense when you're doing a 22-episode season where they're working on the C story or D story. It's not quite - it's not quite where they left off. It's kind of - not an episode, they're not taking an episode off, but it's just going in a different direction. There's none of that for these 10 episodes." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Nerds and Beyond video of DR interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what she can tease about this final season, KC: "Well, it's very, you know, cinematic, in the sense that, it's 10 episodes - it's like a tribute to every season almost... And every episode should be eventful, should be an event." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of KC interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- KC: "It feels like a - almost like a tribute in a way the entire season, and I think, you know, each episode I think is going to be - feel like a miniature movie." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Entertainment Weekly video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- KC: "What's really cool and special about this is, I was saying before, this whole season feels like a tribute to the entire eight seasons of the show." RG added: "Like a love letter." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: TVLine article & video, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- RG: "You know, this season will be a culmination of, like, you know, everything we've put in and also, like, a really great love letter to the fans, and for us to kinda wrap things up in a way that satisfies and fulfills everything that we've done on the show. So hopefully we get to do that." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: ExtraTV video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- JH: "So, the very start of the season is a bit of a departure. It's, uh - we're doing something a little different. Uh, and it's going to - how am I going to say this? I'll just say that. It's going to be a little bit different at the start of the season. It's something different. And, uh, unexpected. I'm very excited to see what people think. If people catch on to what's going on.... Yeah, but it's going to be a little bit of a twist on what we normally see." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 23, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of JH interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

S8 Ending Arrow
-- On what he can tease about the final scene of the Arrow tv series (which he's already written), MG: "Well, I'll tell you, the idea - I never intended to write the last scene ahead of time. Um, every morning I meditate and one morning I happened to be meditating, and I came out of meditation and I had the entire last scene. I mean, I just had it. It was in my head. I just took it down on paper. (Mimes typing with his hands) Um, and, you know, what I would say is, it - it just feels right... I've obviously thinking a lot about how we end the series, and Beth Schwartz and I have been talking a lot about how we end the series. And, in many ways, this scene is almost independent of all those conversations. Um, it's really it's own separate thing. In fact, in the stage direction that I wrote, it's like, you know, we do whatever we do and then we dissolve over to now this moment. Um, so it kinda exists on its own terms. And, um, I hope we get to film it. You know, I really - I really do. Um, I think Stephen said, like, there's a few hoops we gotta jump through and hurdles we have to cross in order to make it happen. But, it feels right, um, it feels good, and, uh, it - it just - I'm a very big believer that, you know, when the muse or god hands you the whole package, you listen and you just take dictation and type it down, and that's all I did." When asked if he'll do multiple endings just to see if he's right, MG: "No, no, I'll tell you why not. Um, it's just the nature of television production. Like, you know, um... if I can do it, it's not going to - whether or not I'm quote-unquote 'right' is not going to be determined on how we film it. It'll be determined on whether or not logistically we can film it. If we can, oh, we're going to show it." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Aug. 2, 2019 GiveMeMyRemoteTV article and video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether he always knew how the show was going to end, MG: "Yes and no. Uh, I always knew - I always knew Oliver's end. Um, the specifics of it have changed over the years after certain things. And then, like a couple weeks ago, I was meditating and, uh, something unusual happened. I came out of meditation and I have the last scene. I mean, the entire last scene. I just quickly typed it up like that, and that's never happened to me. It's so weird. Very, very rarely do - you know, certain things just come to me. And that did, and I hope we get to film it, uh, and we'll see." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On how they can create an ending to Arrow that will satisfy long-term fans (referencing the controversial endings of Game of Thrones and Lost), MG: "The good news is, unlike Game of Thrones or unlike Lost, we're not - uh, we're not burdened with having to answer a question. You know, we're not burdened with 'who's going to sit on the Iron Throne?' or, you know, 'what was the island?' .Um, so we get to do, I think, a much more sort of character-based ending. Um, so - at the same time, the complication for us is that we also have Crisis and I think a lot of the stuff that was always in my head in terms of on how to end the show, um, we're now actually going to end up doing in the crossover instead. So it's like, well, now what does the series finale become? Um, but, you know, I - you know, we've got planned and I'm really excited about it. And the goal is, you know, to make it satisfying for the fans, but, um, the good news for us is, we don't have the challenges that Lost or Game of Thrones had... We also don't have their ratings, so, um, you know, there's that too... It's hard... It's a hard thing to do it in a way that satisfies - you know, satisfies everyone... Because obviously I have been thinking, like, how does one end the series, um, I think there's what the initial reaction to something is and then there's how it stands the test of time. Um, and, you know, those two things are not always the same."  (SDCC, Jul. 19, 2019: Comicbook video of MG interview, 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- MG hopes fans will appreciate the work they'd put into crafting a proper ending for the series, saying: "We always go into these things with the best of intentions... We're trying so had to just entertain everybody and honor all of the things the fans want... We hope that everyone appreciates it on its own terms, the way we like to do things." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 26, 2019 GameSpot article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what he tell them about the legacy of Arrow after it ends, MG: "I can't, I can't. I'll tell you why. It's not up to me. Um, I would love it. Everyone who works with me knows that I'm a control freak, and I would - I'd love to be able to dictate it, but - I don't know. Um, I don't know what the audience is going to say. You know, one thing, you know, that I was thinking about is, there's the short-term, you know, legacy, and there's the long-term legacy. There's the short-term, you know, feeling people have about a show. And there's the long-term after several years have passed. Um, you know, my hope is that people will remember the show fondly, but it's out of my control. And, you know, we've always approached it from the standpoint of, how do we- how do we do the best show possible? You know - and I'm not saying we've always succeeded, but the work ethic and the passion and the dedication have always been there. Um, my hope is that, at the end of it, you'll have eight seasons of television that, at the very least, are not terrible. I'm going for not terrible." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 28, 2019 Hollywood News Source video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Per EP Beth Schwartz, S8 will have "a lot of character moments and callbacks" from the show's run, saying: "We want to honor the series as a whole and give everyone the send-off that they deserve." (Scan of Arrow "Burning Questions" article in Jul. 16, 2019 TV Guide SDCC Special Issue, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- TV Guide: "Quite a bit [of Arrow's final season leads up to it], 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." (Scan of Arrow "Burning Questions" article in Jul. 16, 2019 TV Guide SDCC Special Issue, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On his reaction to what MG wrote for the final scene of the Arrow tv series, SA: "I haven't read it. I've been pitched it. Um, and, uh, I mean... (pause) ... I can't talk about it. It's really cool. Um, I think that, uh - do you have a favorite finale?" Interviewer: "Probably Season 2." SA: "No. Do you have a favorite series finale?" Interviewer: "Not Game of Thrones." SA: "I loved the Game of Thrones finale, but it was an epilogue. There's a difference." Another interviewer: "Cheers." SA: "Okay. Just [unintelligible word] Cheers. Because the last scene is - it's just Sam going, 'no, we're closed,' and then he goes and he fixes the thing. If I were to pick the way we go out, we would go out like that. And the way Marc pitched it, he was like, 'so you are, like, here,' and I'm like, 'what?' And he goes, 'and then this happens,' and I go, 'oh.' And then that's it. And I go, 'f*ck.' I hope it works out." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Aug. 2, 2019 GiveMeMyRemoteTV article and video of SA interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "It' a super happy ending... I think it's going to be a happy ending." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 26, 2019 GameSpot article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether it will take longer for fans to recover from the Arrow series finale than from the Game of Thrones series finale, SA: "I'm not the right person to answer this question. I loved the last season of Game of Thrones. (Some boos from audience) Oh, I love all finales. If you all hate our finale, I'll know we've done a good job. (Audience reaction) No, no, uh - I - no, uh - Marc and I were talking earlier. Arrow has a happy ending. (Audience reaction) You know when I tell you guys what happens on the show, and I tell you in plain sight, you just don't hear me." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Matthew Mendez video of Arrow panel, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether there's any way there will be a happy ending, SA: "No. Of course not... Maybe. People don't like finales. I like finales. I liked the Seinfeld finale, I loved the Game of Thrones finale. And people will be mad at this finale, but it could be a happy ending... Actually, I just got pitched it. It actually is a happy ending. That's neat. Sorry." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Entrevista/Carol Moreira video of Arrow cast interview, page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether it's possible to reverse the 20-year separation and give Oliver a happy ending, SA: "Look, we've kinda mapped out how the show is gonna end. And normally when television shows do that, that's not how it ends, which is probably why that's how it's gonna end." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: ExtraTV video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On much influence he will have over the way that Oliver's story concludes, SA: "A lot. A lot. We talked about it for a long time. Um, I was very, very, uh, - very, very grateful. A lot of the end of 722 and the fact that it ended with Emily, uh - a lot of that was my pitch. Uh, I thought that - you know, we had to - we had to write that episode like we're never going to see her character again. Okay, so, jumping off from that, if we think that we're never going to see her character again, well, you better give her a good good-bye. Okay? You better - you better wrap that up. And I thought that it was cool that, you know, 'cause we may never see her again - I thought it was cool for the fans to realize, okay, well, like, somewhere out there, they're good." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Fangirlish and Nerds and Beyond videos of SA interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread, and Jul. 25, 2019 Fangirlish article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- DR: "I think everyone will be satisfied with the finale - not just the crossover, but the finale." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Nerds and Beyond video of DR interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

S8 Generally
-- MG: [Y]ou're going to see, like, a lot of familiar faces. Like, really the goal of Season 8 is... We're looking forward, but we're really looking backwards to look forwards. Um, and we're sort of acknowledging all the greatest stakes and all the key moments of the show, and that includes a lot of, you know, key characters and familiar faces. Um, again, we're always working with the limitations of what we have with reality. But, uh, I'm really excited... The people that are coming back, you know, they're family. So it's wonderful to, you know, see them again." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 27, 2019 Beautiful Ballad video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On how they go about selecting which past characters to bring back for this final season, MG: "That's a good question. It's tough because, you know, look, at the end of the day - and twitter doesn't want to hear about this and the audience doesn't want to hear about this - but, like, you have a certain amount of money, you know, um, and you've got actors who are available and some who are not available and, you know, some who are working on other projects. It's just realities that you have to deal with. Um, and you go into it, like, with your wish list and then reality intrudes and cuts down that wish list." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 27, 2019 Beautiful Ballad video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- EP Beth Schwartz: "There is so much happening in Season 8!" (Jul. 19, 2019 SchwartzApprovd tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- James Bamford: "[W]e've got a tremendous line-up of directors, uh, some blasts from the past that we haven't seen for awhile. And, uh, not to mention cast that we haven't seen for awhile or maybe not ever seen... But there are a lot of surprises coming." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 23, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of James Bamford interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- James Bamford: "Last night, Thursday night, every night this week, we've shot sequences that we didn't think we were capable of before, um, in action and the actors who are coming to set - I tweeted this last week - If they don't win an Emmy for what we've done this week, every one of this people on the cast, there's something wrong. They're all bringing it. Uh, I've never been so impressed with the performances that we're getting, uh, from in - during the action, during the emotional scenes, uh, period, the size and the scope of the - just the premiere that we're doing right now is nothing like we've done before. And that's the truth. We're very, very proud. And I can't wait for you to see 801. It's incredible." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Matthew Mendez video of Arrow panel, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether he thinks the future is set in stone or whether it can change, RG: "I think it can change. I think so. I think that's what - why we care about these characters and these stories because, with the powers that someone like the Monitor has, it doesn't take away from the ability that these characters have as - as who they are, which is, people that want to do right, you know, and want to do the right thing. They fight for that. So that's the exciting part about the show, is like we -  just because he's that powerful doesn't mean that things can't change, you know? So, absolutely." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Fangirlish video and Jul. 23, 2019 Nerds and Beyond video of RG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

S8 Flashforwards and Future Team Arrow
-- 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." (Scan of Arrow "Burning Questions" article in Jul. 16, 2019 TV Guide SDCC Special Issue, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- After recapping that at the end of S7, Felicity, Rene and Dinah blessed the next generation as Team Arrow 2.0 to go out and save the city, MG: "The one story that we never quite told, when we were doing, you know, the original seasons of Arrow, were the growing things. You know, I mean, Team Arrow pretty much... they had their disagreements, but they fell in and became a unit really fast. We never told the story of the gang that couldn't shoot straight. Um, we're doing that a bit with the future, and that's kinda fun and nice and very original. Like, it feels right that, of course, you have these kids and they're just kids who are working together without any mentors, and there are going to be mistakes along the way. And that's fun. It makes for some good drama." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what he can tease about what's going on in the future, MG: "I think the fun thing about that storyline is, we're getting the chance to tell a story that we didn't get a chance to tell in Seasons, you know, 1 through, you know, 7, which were, you know, for as many internecine conflicts Team Arrow has had, they pretty much came into existence and were a well-oiled machine. You know, Original Team Arrow for sure was like, oh, it just works. It just works. Um, so we never got to tell the story of what happens when you're brand new at this and you're young and the growing pains. That's what we're getting a chance to, you know, explore in Season 8, and that's a lot of fun." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Aug. 3, 2019 KSiteTV video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether we'll see the future characters somehow interact with the present characters, MG: "I'll tell you this, when Stephen and I were on the set of the crossover last year, we talked about how it would be a wildly missed opportunity if Mia and Oliver didn't get a chance to meet... I'm just saying." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 24, 2019 Nice Girls TV video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "There's going to be flashforwards this season." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Entrevista/Carol Moreira video of Arrow cast interview, page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether we'll ever see Diggle in the future with his son Connor, DR: "The direct answer to your question is probably not, immediately, but you'll know what's happened... or happening." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: ExtraTV video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether we'll see Dinah in the future this season, JH: "So, yeah, I believe we will. Maybe in a different capacity. But she still has a story going on in both timelines." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of KC and JH interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- RG: "I think we're done with Rene in the future. I think we've decided that he's sacrificed himself and, uh, that's that. You know, he's in jail and so it'll be up to them to be the heroes that they are." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Fangirlish video and Jul. 23, 2019 Nerds and Beyond video of RG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Team Arrow
-- On what Team Arrow's dynamic will be in S8, DR: "We have to grapple with this Monitor situation, which is something we never had to face before... That, and bringing to a conclusion all of these loose ends of what ultimately happens to us as individuals. What happens to Laurel Lance? What happens to Dinah? What happens to Wild Dog? And Diggle. What's the relationship with his wife, who's the leader of ARGUS? His two sons, who are influential in the future. Is he or is he not Green Lantern? ... A lot to tie up in 10 episodes. So, um, that's the task." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of DR interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On how Team Arrow will move on to face upcoming threats when the team is so fractured, JH: "I think they just are taking on as many responsibilities that they know they can take on. Like, you know, as far as being the captain for Dinah. You know, for all the other characters, we need to fill the shoes of our leader in any way that we can. So I think everybody is going to be just stepping up to the plate this year." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of JH interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- RG: "You know, last season, we kinda said goodbye to kinda like what was normal for us as a team and, you know, things have changed. Um, but there are people out there that are still trying to take down Star City, the Glades. So that work isn't over, so how do we come together? So that dynamic - the dynamic for them will still be there, in terms of getting along and at the same time, like, with Oliver like now on his own course. Uh, it's going to be interesting. We'll see." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 29, 2019 Beautiful Ballad video of RG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Original Team Arrow ("OTA")
-- On how the show dynamic will be now that Original Team Arrow has been broken apart, MG: "Good question... We're trying something a little new this year.  Um, I don't want to spoil exactly what the new Team Arrow is going to look like, but it will feel, I think, both familiar and new. Um, the familiar part will be - certainly the Oliver-Diggle relationship will go on in the way that you're used to. And then everyone else who is still working, you now, to save Star City, um, you know, that's a separate - that's a separate conversation. It's a separate thing." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Oliver and Felicity ("Olicity")
-- On Oliver's mindset now that he's been separated from Felicity and Mia, SA: "He's resigned... He's resigned. He's resigned. I don't want to play Oliver over the last 10 episodes as morose. I want to play him as resigned and committed and willing to see things through... I want him to be proactive." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: ExtraTV video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On how Oliver is coping without Felicity, SA: "He's doing okay. It's very important to me that - that he stands by his decision, that he's not morose. Um, there's a reason and there's a very, very good reason that he is actually quite emotionally distraught, um, in the season premiere, because he unexpectedly loses someone. But it's also important that, when Felicity says to him, 'hey, wherever you go, whatever you do, I will find you,' that he believes in that." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 KSiteTV video of SA interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "My priority playing the character this year is - you know, he's had to leave Felicity and Mia and William. And he can sulk about it. I think it's more interesting if he believes Felicity when she tells him, 'I'll find you. Wherever it is, wherever you are, I'll find you.' To me, it's more interesting if he believes that and marches forward with purpose." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of SA interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "It's not fun, not having Emily on set. Emily's my best friend on the set, um, my co-best friend. I spent the most time with her and with David. And, you know, I texted her as we were - when I was on the plane flying up to Vancouver for the final season. I said I was sad. It's tough not having her around. Um, but her presence is - and Mia's presence and William's presence - is felt via Oliver and what he's doing. He's doing what he's doing in pursuit of them." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 26, 2019 US Magazine article & video, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether Oliver expects that he might one day see Felicity again as he's going about doing his mission for the Monitor or whether he has ruled that out, SA: "His expectations are that he's there to do the Monitor's bidding. And, um, he's there to do it alone. And, uh, it's only after a very familiar encounter that he realizes that, you know, by hook or by crook, he's not going to be allowed to do it alone." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: TVLine article & video, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On much influence he will have over the way that Oliver's story concludes, SA: "A lot. A lot. We talked about it for a long time. Um, I was very, very, uh, - very, very grateful. A lot of the end of 722 and the fact that it ended with Emily, uh - a lot of that was my pitch. Uh, I thought that - you know, we had to - we had to write that episode like we're never going to see her character again. Okay, so, jumping off from that, if we think that we're never going to see her character again, well, you better give her a good good-bye. Okay? You better - you better wrap that up. And I thought that it was cool that, you know, 'cause we may never see her again - I thought it was cool for the fans to realize, okay, well, like, somewhere out there, they're good." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Fangirlish and Nerds and Beyond videos of SA interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread, and Jul. 25, 2019 Fangirlish article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- In response to interviewer commenting that it's hard to imagine 10 episodes without Felicity and asking how that's going to work with Oliver because he's hasn't done well in the past when they've been separated, SA: "From a practical standpoint, it sucks. I don't like doing the show without Emily. It's like trying to type without your pinkie... I don't like doing the show without Emily... It's tough being there and doing what we do without her, because she's the best. But I also think that, you know, we're going to make do." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of SA interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On the last scene of Arrow S7 where the Monitor took Felicity off somewhere, when asked where they went,  LMG: "Hey, man, who knows? The Monitor, he's got - you know, he's got the whole cosmos as his playground. They could be anywhere." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 25, 2019 SR Trailers and Interviews video of LaMonica Garrett interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Oliver and the Monitor
-- Since Oliver was taken away by the Monitor this season, on whether this season is going to be like a buddy road trip/adventures through other dimensions, James Bamford: "Yes... Well, we left it off in a very emotional, uh, heartbreaking place with the finale last year. Um, and it's going to continue down that road... In each episode - I mean, I've still - I've got about two more days of shooting the premiere, or directing the premiere, and, uh, every single day there's been somebody crying on set, uh, just from the cast performances... The crew and everybody's like watching the actors, going, 'Holy shit. This is happening.' ... They're not crying because the show's ending, because they'll cry plenty for that in December, but they're crying because of all the content of the performances. ... Um, so I would say that this season, uh, you'll feel a lot of nostalgia from the pilot, from Season 1, from Season 2, from every season - uh, it's pretty much every season rolled up into one." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 23, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of James Bamford interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what he can tease about Oliver's mission for the Monitor, SA: "Oliver is effectively - we don't know how much time passes between 7 and 8. Um, certainly enough time to let my hair grow a little bit. Um, but Oliver is doing the Monitor's bidding. What we get into in the early part of it is, like, what do I actually know about the Monitor? Should I just trust him? Clearly, when I told him I needed to save Barry and Kara, he gave me an arrow that allowed me to defeat Superman. So, from that standpoint, he's trustworthy. But, like, am I really willing to put everything on the line for this guy?" (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 KSiteTV video of SA interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether Oliver expects that he might one day see Felicity again as he's going about doing his mission for the Monitor or whether he has ruled that out, SA: "His expectations are that he's there to do the Monitor's bidding. And, um, he's there to do it alone. And, uh, it's only after a very familiar encounter that he realizes that, you know, by hook or by crook, he's not going to be allowed to do it alone." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: TVLine article & video, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- TVLine's Matt Mitovich: "You're jumping right into the buddy cop movie with you and the Monitor?" SA: "That's right. That's right. Yeah. He and I have an old car... (Everyone laughs) It is actually a little bit like a buddy cop movie, but it's not necessarily me and the Monitor." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: TVLine article & video, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Oliver being a substitute for Harbinger, LMG: "It could be... It could be, and that's - you know, part of me was like, is the Monitor serving double duty to the Anti-Mon - like, there's two in one? But who knows?" (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 23, 2019 TVLine video of LaMonica Garrett interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread, and page 24 of Crisis On Infinite Earths 2019 thread in LoT forum)
-- On whether the Monitor will be on Arrow a meaningful amount since he grabbed Oliver at the end of last season, LMG: "You know, the Monitor jumps around. But I think, with Arrow specifically, since they struck a deal together, on Arrow the Crisis has already started. It's Arrow and Monitor, like, you know, globe-trotting and trying to.... (Interviewer: "So it might be like a little bit of a buddy cop thing going on?") ... Eh, you know, that'll be - that's funny, Arrow and Monitor, like... (Interviewer: "The two most serious buddy cops ever.") ... Right. I'll bring the beef jerky, you got the chips." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 23, 2019 TVLine video of LaMonica Garrett interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread, and page 24 of Crisis On Infinite Earths 2019 thread in LoT forum)

Oliver and Diggle
-- SA: "It is actually a little bit like a buddy cop movie, but it's not necessarily me and the Monitor." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: TVLine article & video, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether we'll get some Oliver and Diggle scenes, DR: "Yeah, you will. In large doses. In large doses. If there's ever been a season, this is it." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Entertainment Weekly video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- When asked what his character will be doing this season, DR: "Um, for John Diggle - I don't know, Is there any place Oliver Queen is that John Diggle isn't?" (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Entertainment Weekly video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- DR: "Obviously, you don't have an Oliver Queen without Diggle someplace near his side. So that's part of our season." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of DR and RG interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what he can say about what role Diggle might play in the COIE crossover, DR: "Well, not much. I can tell you that he remains by Oliver's side, which is where he probably should always be. And, um, you know, he's Spock to his Kirk, so he remains there... There's some things that I just found out that I haven't quite - that I haven't quite, um, flipped in my head how to lie to you... and how to spin it yet... how to make a lie - how to make this shit smell a little good, like perfume. (Media: "Don't they prep you for that?") ... Well, they usually do, but I just found out... Like, I just found out what's happening, like, ultimately to Diggle in the crossover. We just found out. So, you know, when you have Marc here, you just kind of grill him and he's like, 'well, here's what's happening.' ... So, nope. Not much I can tell you about it, except he remains at Oliver's side." On what he expects fans' reactions to the crossover will be and whether they'll be shocked, DR: "Yeah, oh yeah. It's a five-show crossover. They're gonna be shocked. Without a doubt. They're gonna be shocked. Um, and I think some questions will be answered. So this isn't a situation where every single loose end has been tied up into a nice bow. I think some of those questions about Diggle I think are important are answered. But no, not every answer will be there. But, um, I think everyone will be satisfied with the finale - not just the crossover, but the finale." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Nerds and Beyond video of DR interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- DR: "My perfect ending for Oliver and Diggle should be much like the beginning, when they agreed to take on this journey together and take care of each other... They're brothers... And I don't think we have to put a button on that. We just have to be real with that... That's why I like the episode where we had that fight so much, because, you know... it was just very well-choreographed at first and then it was just punch and punch and kick, and it was just like, these two guys are brothers, they will not do that. I have two brothers. They're going to break things. They're going to go through windows. There'll be no technique. They're just trying to pummel each other. And Mom is going to come in - and Felicity was Mom - to break it up. To continue to tell that kind of story with these two brothers is the way you end the story. Um, I don't think there has to be a button on it, besides being true to that. And, um - and ultimately knowing now the end, I think that's exactly what happens." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 30, 2019 Beautiful Ballad video of DR interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- KC:  Oliver, uh, has maybe an unexpected ally, uh, you know, join him as he tries to pursue his journey of saving the multiverse." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Entrevista/Carol Moreira video of Arrow cast interview, page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- KC: "[Oliver will] be joining certain forces with people." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Entrevista/Carol Moreira video of Arrow cast interview, page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Oliver and Earth-2 Laurel (or Another Earth's Laurel)
-- SA: "It is actually a little bit like a buddy cop movie, but it's not necessarily me and the Monitor." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: TVLine article & video, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what her character is up to this season, KC: "Laurel's doing her thing. Um, I like to say, she's kinda like her own - her own island. She's got her own, you know, sort of... journey." TVLine's Matt Mitovich: "She's a lone wolf." KC: "Yes, yes." SA: "No, no, you weren't. Not in the pilot - not in the premiere, you're not a lone wolf. You got a team member." KC: "Somebody who... we mentioned?" SA: "No." KC: "We can't mention. It'll be really exciting. Yes, that is true. Um, she's plotting and planning her own -  you can say it, I'm not going to." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: TVLine article & video, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether her character will be involved in saving the multiverse or whether that's Oliver's journey alone, KC: "Yes. Laurel will end up sort of aligning herself and teaming up with Oliver to help him fulfill his quest to save the multiverse, for sure. And I do think fans are kinda wanting to see that, especially, by the way, with the new costume... Obviously, the costume is for the fans." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of KC and JH interviews, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- KC: "I also think we're going to see Laurel, you know, sort of align herself with Oliver in terms of the - uh, while he fulfills his quest to save the multiverse. I also have a new costume, which I don't know if you've seen. It's really good. So that's awesome. And they're letting me keep my hair short, which I also do love because it's fresh, right? It keeps things fresh." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of KC and JH interviews, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- KC:  Oliver, uh, has maybe an unexpected ally, uh, you know, join him as he tries to pursue his journey of saving the multiverse." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Entrevista/Carol Moreira video of Arrow cast interview, page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- KC: "[Oliver will] be joining certain forces with people." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Entrevista/Carol Moreira video of Arrow cast interview, page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Dinah and Earth-2 Laurel
-- On whether the Canaries will team up now that they're on the same side, KC: "Oh, I'm sure. I mean, I have no doubt. I think that, you know, but I think the season is going to be a tribute to all of the seasons of the show. Um, so I definitely think we'll have a little bit of everything." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of KC and JH interviews, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what happens between Dinah and E2 Laurel, JH: "So, I don't fully know what happens between them yet, but I know there's a dynamic with the Canaries and a story with the Canaries that is really cool and really exciting and really different... You will start to see it at the very beginning." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of KC and JH interviews, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what Dinah's relationship with E2 Laurel is like in the final season, JH: "That is something I don't know that much about yet. But it's going to be a really interesting dynamic, because they are more together than they've ever been. And, um, I just really want to see them side by side. I love them together. I love Dinah and Laurel. I think their dynamic is amazing. I love that they're both Canaries. Um, they have something to learn from each other." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of JH interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Diggle and Lyla ("Dyla")
-- DR: "Number one, what happens ultimately to his relationship with the leader of ARGUS, Lyla Michaels? Um, I think that's important because - and Lyla plays a very big role in this season... I mean, all of those questions have to be answered - and will be answered in 10 episodes." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 30, 2019 Beautiful Ballad video of DR interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- DR: "And for Diggle's story, it's what happens between he and Lyla, who's the leader of ARGUS. What happens between he and his children, who grow up to be influential in the future. Is he or is he not Green Lantern? Those are kind of the big questions." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of DR and RG interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread) 
-- DR stressed again that they have to answer the question of what happens to the Diggle and Lyla relationship because she's the leader of ARGUS, "which, I wouldn't call them nefarious, but you know what kind of corporation they are." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of DR and RG interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Oliver Queen AKA Green Arrow
-- MG tweeted pic of concept art for Oliver's new GA suit, with comment: "Concept art for Season 8 costume. #Arrow." (Jul. 19, 2019 MG tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- MG: "I always knew Oliver's end. Um, the specifics of it have changed over the years after certain things." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether we'll see the future characters somehow interact with the present characters, MG: "I'll tell you this, when Stephen and I were on the set of the crossover last year, we talked about how it would be a wildly missed opportunity if Mia and Oliver didn't get a chance to meet... I'm just saying." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 24, 2019 Nice Girls TV video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Media report on what MG said: "Well since someone already let the cat out of the bag, I might as well put you out of your misery. @mguggenheim has confirmed that Oliver will meet grown-up Mia, calling it a “wasted opportunity” if they didn’t do this! Article coming with @StephenAmell’s thoughts #Arrow #SDCC." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 tia323araceli tweet, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA said that his new GA suit is very comfortable and has a cloth hood again. He also asked for and got the Season 1 bow again. (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of SA interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "Oliver, over the course of the first three episodes, reconciles and gets closure with five different characters that I don't think the fans ever thought that he would get closure with." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of SA interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "I feel like in the first - in the first three episodes, Oliver has closure with five characters that I don't know that we ever thought that he would get closure with, in very unexpected ways. Maybe they don't know it, but he knows it. And, um, he's left a lot of loose ends along the way, and I hope that over the course of the year, we're going to tie as many up as possible." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Fangirlish and Nerds and Beyond videos of SA interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "Oliver in the first three episodes basically closes the book and reconciles in some way, shape, or form with five different characters that I don't think the fans ever would have expected that he would have reconciled with." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 31, 2019 CinemaBlend article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what lessons Oliver still needs to learn, SA: "Frankly, I think he's learned all the lessons that he needs to learn. You know, he's impatient. He likes to do things on his own. He's impulsive. Um, but, you know, if that's in the servitude of protecting people, then I'm glad that he has all of those faults." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: ExtraTV video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether he knows how it's going to end for Oliver and how he feels about it, SA: "Yeah... Good." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of SA interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what he can tease about the COIE crossover, SA: "I'm going to play more than one character in the crossover... They're all named Oliver, if that helps." ET's Leanne Aguilera: "Oh good, we're getting different Earth Olivers, I like it." SA: "No. No. Maybe." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: ETonline video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what he can tease about Oliver's role in the COIE crossover, SA: "I'm playing more than one character in Crisis...I'm not putting the Flash suit back on." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of SA interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Arrow's last season and Oliver's death being prophesized by the Monitor, LMG: "He might escape, you know. Who knows? Comic books." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 25, 2019 SR Trailers and Interviews video of LaMonica Garrett interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Felicity Smoak AKA Overwatch
-- On whether we could see EBR return, MG: "Look, I would love for it to happen. Um, it's - it's up to - it's up to Emily, Um, it's up to time, it's up to availability. Of course, she's more than welcome back. Obviously. We desperately want her back. But at the same time, I'll be honest, I don't want to put pressure on her, you know? I want her to make the decision that's right for her. Um, you know, but, you know, we're going to be darkening her doorstep, um, and we'll see." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 28, 2019 Hollywood News Source video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On the chances of seeing Felicity again by the end of the series, MG: "Um, you know, we're having those conversations. Um, it's - it's up to Emily. Uh, we obviously, of course, would love to have her back. At the same time, you know, we respect whatever she wants to do. Um, we wrote an ending to the character that works as an ending to the character. Um, and we'll see what the future holds." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Aug. 3, 2019 KSiteTV video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On how a lot of people felt that Arrow could've ended at the end of Season 7, even though there is more story to tell, MG: "Um, you know, it's funny, I think we knew not long before the -  not long, but like certainly during Season 7, we knew that - we knew when the end was going to come. Um, I think, we discussed a lot, like, well, we know Emily is leaving at the end of Season 7. Do we end there? Do we keep going? Can we keep going? And we did feel like there was - there was more story to tell, um, as difficult as it is to do it without Emily. It's really, really hard. For the longest time, I've been saying, like, you can't do the show without Emily Rickards. Um, and I think, if the show - if the conversations had been, 'we'll do 22 episodes without Emily,' I would've said, 'you can't do that.' Um, 10 episodes, when one episode is the series premiere, another episode's the crossover, another episode's the series finale, suddenly you're down to 7 episodes, you can start having those conversations in a way that feels a little more realistic." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 28, 2019 Hollywood News Source video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On how they're handling Felicity's absence in this final season, MG: "Not well... I mean, it's hard... It's hard. Um, but, you know, we're - you know, the great thing that the writers did, uh, in Season 7 is, I think they explained in a great way why Felicity is absent. Um, and Felicity's acknowledged. Um, there's a moment - like, it's scripted. You know, I never can promise what's going to make the final cut. There's, I think, a very sort of Felicity-centric moment in, uh, the season premiere. Um, you know, the main thing is, we don't deny the existence of the character. I think a lot of shows, when a major actor leaves the show, they suddenly like forget that character, you know, and don't acknowledge that character. And we don't do that. Like, we're - we're constantly referencing Felicity. Felicity's super important. And she's alive in the show, even if Emily's not in the show." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Nerds and Beyond video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- After media interviewer mentioned Three's Company and how they would script in phone calls from Suzanne Somers (the actress who had been fired from that show) and asked if Arrow would do something like video chats with Felicity sprinkled throughout the season, MG: "It's a great idea. It's the first time hearing it... Look, at the end of the day, like, you know, I was just saying, uh, to another panel of journalists, we, of course, want Emily as involved in Season 8 as she would like to be. Um, and, you know, we will be darkening her doorstep, um, you know. But, you know, at the end of the day, she has to do what's right for her. And, you know, we - we've written out the character, I think, in a way that's satisfying. But, if we can work out a way for her to return for the final season, of course, we would love that, you know. Um, there's a lot of conversations that have to be had and, uh, you know, we're going to have them... The Suzanne Somers idea is interesting. I never heard of it." Media interviewer suggested that they set up a studio where EBR is and shoot enough little video vignettes to spread out among maybe six episodes. MG: "I like the idea that, like, you know, Emily has like a room in her house, you know, in which she can be in, but I never heard of it." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Nerds and Beyond video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- 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." (Scan of Arrow "Burning Questions" article in Jul. 16, 2019 TV Guide SDCC Special Issue, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether we'll be getting EBR back in this final season, SA: "No... Not that I know of... What do you want from me? It's a yes or no question." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: ETonline video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether we might see EBR again before the series ends, SA: "Maybe. It would feel, um - frankly, it would feel shitty to end the series not seeing her again. But I am also a big fan of goodbyes. When you say goodbye, it's okay if you say goodbye." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 KSiteTV video of SA interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether we'll see Felicity again before the series wraps, SA: “I think that we wrapped her character up pretty nicely, but honestly, that comes down to Emily and producers... I mean, she’s busy. She’s being awesome on Broadway and things of that nature.” (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 26, 2019 US Magazine article & video, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On how he feels about filming the final season without EBR, SA: "Not great. Not great. And there's no way to sugarcoat this, in a perfect world, she's still on the show. It sucks that she's not. Uh, she is one of my very best friends. And, on a personal level, I'm so happy for her. I cried when I read her New York Times review for her play. I'm going to go see it next weekend, but I also texted her on the way back to Vancouver, 'Going to Vancouver to shoot the show and you're not there and it sucks.' So I think that both things can be true... Me personally, I actually kinda hope she doesn't come back, because I love goodbyes. I love finite goodbyes. Right? That being said, if she wants to, that'll be cool." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of SA interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

John Diggle AKA Spartan 
-- MG tweeted pic of concept art for Diggle's new Spartan suit, with comment: "@david_ramsey? and I ran out of time! Here’s Spartan’s new costume for Season 8!" (Jul. 20, 2019 MG tweet, page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- In response to fan saying that MG's previously posted partial pic of a green/black superhero suit must be Spartan's new suit, MG tweeted: "Yup." (Jul. 20, 2019 MG tweet, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what's on his bucket list for Diggle, DR: "A few things... Number one, what happens ultimately to his relationship with the leader of ARGUS, Lyla Michaels? Um, I think that's important because - and Lyla plays a very big role in this season... And number two, his two sons that are influential in the future. Um, where was he? What happened? Does Diggle exist in the future? And, um, number three, is he or is he not Green Lantern? ... I mean, all those questions have to be answered - and will be answered in 10 episodes." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 30, 2019 Beautiful Ballad video of DR interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what he wants to have happen for Diggle to conclude his story, DR: "Well, for the character, there's some things that have - that probably will be answered. Right? His relationship with Lyla. Lyla plays a pivotal role in this season. And, um, she's the leader of ARGUS, so we kind of have to address that. His two sons in the future. Where's Diggle? And what went on with - what's going on with his children? I think that's important. Is he or is he not Green Lantern? I think that's important. So I think those three things will be addressed in the 10 episodes. So you will get answers." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Nerds and Beyond video of DR interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread, and Jul. 26, 2019 Fangirlish article & video, page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether we'll see more of Diggle as a father in S8, DR: "Yes. And Diggle's relationship with his own father as well. There will be loose ends tied up. The relationship between he and his sons, I think we're going to find out about. There's a lot in ten episodes we'll be finding out. And Lyla is a pivotal piece in these upcoming ten episodes. And then ultimately what happens with the Green Lantern mythos. I think all those are going to be answered in ten episodes." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 25, 2019 CinemaBlend article, page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- DR: "There's more story to be told with Diggle. Uh, his father, his wife, his son, two sons actually... And the lasting relationship that he has with the team. So there's a lot more story to cover in - within 8 episodes. And from my understanding, they do a pretty good job of it." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: ExtraTV video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether we'll ever see Diggle in the future with his son Connor, DR: "The direct answer to your question is probably not, immediately, but you'll know what's happened... or happening." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: ExtraTV video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On the chances that we'll see a Green Lantern ring on Diggle's finger (on a scale of 1 to 10), DR: "I don't know, but I still know it's in the talks, which, you know, is not dead. So we'll see." On his new Spartan suit which has some green in it, DR: "Another homage... They've been dropping hints, man, for six seasons." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 KSiteTV video of DR interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On the chances that he'll be Green Lantern, DR: "If I had to put a percentage on it, I don't know. But it better be a big payoff, guys. It's been six seasons of them talking about that. Have you seen the new wardrobe, the new costume that came up? It's like another nod, right? It's like, of all the colors ... a green helmet, green piping in the suit. So, yeah, these things will be answered and, um, I think you guys will be happy with it." Interviewer: "I'll take it as a 'yes,' then." DR: "You'll be happy with it." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of DR and RG interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Referencing the infamous line in last year's Elseworlds crossover, DR: "And 'where's your ring, John?' And that connects obviously to Crisis... And my stepfather is named Stewart. And now - another homage with the uniform that has green piping... I think we better give you guys some answers quickly on that... I know. Now I know what's happening." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 30, 2019 Beautiful Ballad video of DR interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Diggle's biggest obstacle this season, DR: "Wrapping his head around the consequences. Um, what happens with the Monitor is a deep thing. What happens in Crisis is big, big, big - it's a big thing. And, um, it's gonna - it's gonna do something to Diggle particularly. So I think, kinda wrapping his head around that is gonna be a big [unintelligible word-step? struggle?]." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 30, 2019 Beautiful Ballad video of DR interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what he thinks Diggle will react to the most in the upcoming COIE crossover, DR: "I think the enormity of what this is, these multiple Earths... what the Monitor's endgame is, I think, would be something that really would flip a person like Diggle."(SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 KSiteTV video of DR interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Lyla Michaels AKA Harbinger
-- DR: "Lyla plays a very big role in this season." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 30, 2019 Beautiful Ballad video of DR interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- DR: "Lyla plays a pivotal role in this season." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Nerds and Beyond video of DR interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread, and Jul. 26, 2019 Fangirlish article & video, page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- DR: "And Lyla is a pivotal piece in these upcoming ten episodes." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 25, 2019 CinemaBlend article, page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Mar Novu AKA The Monitor
-- MG: "MG: "I can tell you that LaMonica Garrett is going to reprise his role as the Monitor in the crossover." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 27, 2019 Beautiful Ballad video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- LMG: "The Monitor is an obscure character for a lot people. You know, people hate The Monitor right now because of what he's doing to the world. But he's actually trying to do it, you know, for the greater good, if you know the comic books." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 27, 2019 ComicBook article & video of interview with LaMonica Garrett, page 25 of Crisis On Infinite Earths 2019 thread in LoT forum)
-- LMG: "Everything the Monitor does is to serve the Crisis purpose. So, he's morally ambiguous, so you really can't take anything he does as, like, oh, that's evil or that's good. He has his own way, and his ways aren't our ways. So when he does something that might look out of line, maybe to human beings it might look out of line, but he operates on a whole different palette. It could be, you know, in the grand scheme of things, hindsight, you look back, like, oh, he needed to put that person there. So the more it unfolds out, the more we'll see, and that's the fun part... In the comic books, he wasn't evil, but he just - he did bad things for a better purpose." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 23, 2019 TVLine video of LaMonica Garrett interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread, and page 24 of Crisis On Infinite Earths 2019 thread in LoT forum)
-- On Oliver being a substitute for Harbinger, LMG: "It could be... It could be, and that's - you know, part of me was like, is the Monitor serving double duty to the Anti-Mon - like, there's two in one? But who knows?" (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 23, 2019 TVLine video of LaMonica Garrett interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread, and page 24 of Crisis On Infinite Earths 2019 thread in LoT forum)
-- On whether the Monitor will be on Arrow a meaningful amount since he grabbed Oliver at the end of last season, LMG: "You know, the Monitor jumps around. But I think, with Arrow specifically, since they struck a deal together, on Arrow the Crisis has already started. It's Arrow and Monitor, like, you know, globe-trotting and trying to.... (Interviewer: "So it might be like a little bit of a buddy cop thing going on?") ... Eh, you know, that'll be - that's funny, Arrow and Monitor, like... (Interviewer: "The two most serious buddy cops ever.") ... Right. I'll bring the beef jerky, you got the chips." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 23, 2019 TVLine video of LaMonica Garrett interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread, and page 24 of Crisis On Infinite Earths 2019 thread in LoT forum)
-- LMG: "It's rapid fire... Just like last season, where he just - the Monitor kinda bounces around. So where I end up, you might not know. Sometimes I'll just - I'll be a couple episodes here, one over here - I just - you know, it's a fun role to play too. Get to hang out with all the different casts." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 25, 2019 SR Trailers and Interviews video of LaMonica Garrett interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether we'll see the Monitor after the crossover is over, LMG: "I hope so. But, you know, if - they're doing it pretty close to the comic books. In the comic books, you know, the Monitor's seen better days. But, you know, we might - you know, they might have a different variation, so it's fun." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 25, 2019 SR Trailers and Interviews video of LaMonica Garrett interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

The Anti-Monitor
-- MG tweeted pic of concept art for the Anti-Monitor suit, with comment: "@lamonicagarrett ? will be playing the Anti-Monitor in #CrisisOnInfiniteEarths. Concept art: ..." (Jul. 20, 2019 MG tweet, page 24 of Crisis On Infinite Earths 2019 thread in LoT forum)
-- MG: "[T]he Big Bad of the crossover - I literally tweeted this out two seconds ago - is of course going to be the Anti-Monitor, um, from Crisis On Infinite Earths. Uh, LaMonica Garrett is going to play that role, um, because there's no one else to play that role. Um, you know, LaMonica's perfect for it... We're going to see, I think, a real strong antagonist for the biggest crossover event we've ever done." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 24, 2019 Nice Girls TV video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- MG: "I can tell you that LaMonica Garrett is going to reprise his role as the Monitor in the crossover, but he's also going to play the Anti-Monitor as well. Um, and that's the Big Bad of the crossover." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 27, 2019 Beautiful Ballad video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- LMG: "Anti-Monitor is not obscure. He's well-known in Marvel, you know, for Marvel fans and DC fans, as just one of the biggest bads that ever walked this planet." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 27, 2019 ComicBook article & video of interview with LaMonica Garrett, page 25 of Crisis On Infinite Earths 2019 thread in LoT forum)
-- On getting to play just a straight-up evil character like the Anti-Monitor, LMG: "Just bad. And I - when I found out about that, I was on set and, um, Arrow, they were coming in to - they were prepping for their first episode. It was in Vancouver. And I talked to, uh, Bam [James Bamford], the director, and I was like, 'you know?' And he was like, 'yeah, man, I thought you knew.' Like, 'no, no one tells me anything.' And he already saw my mind spinning like, you know, uh, doing research, Anti-Monitor research, in my head. He was like, 'slow down, you still got a lot of Monitor to go before you jump into that skin.' So I was like, my mind's already racing of what I can bring to this character to bring him to life. Yeah." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 27, 2019 ComicBook article & video of interview with LaMonica Garrett, page 25 of Crisis On Infinite Earths 2019 thread in LoT forum)
-- On whether he's going to look like himself or whether he's going to have the Anti-Monitor "face," LMG: "Uh, it's - I can't say what that is. That's going to be - like, some stuff has to be left to the imagination and, you know, the surprise of the audience. But it's... an awesome get-up from top to bottom. It's night-and-day different from the Monitor." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 27, 2019 ComicBook article & video of interview with LaMonica Garrett, page 25 of Crisis On Infinite Earths 2019 thread in LoT forum)

Earth-2 Laurel Lance AKA Black Siren AKA ?
-- MG tweeted pic of concept art for E2 Laurel's new suit, with comment: "@MzKatieCassidy? and I ran out of time! Here’s the concept art for the new Black Siren costume for Season 8!" The concept art pic is labeled: "Black Canary Concept." Subsequently, MG tweeted: "Oops. Meant Black Canary. Or did I? Arrow 801 holds the answer..." (Jul. 20, 2019 MG tweet, page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread, and Jul. 21, 2019 MG tweet, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On her new costume, KC: "I mean, I was like, 'this is dope, uh, why didn't we do this, like, many seasons ago?' Also, 'can I keep my hair short?' And yes, they're letting me." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Aug. 12, 2019 GiveMeMyRemoteTV video of KC interview, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 12 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- After commenting on her cool new costume, on what her character is calling herself now, Black Siren or Black Canary, KC: "She's the Black Canary... and she's also really come into her own in taking a stand, and it's going to be awesome." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Aug. 2, 2019 KSiteTV video of KC interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether her character is now the Laurel that she always hoped for her to be, KC: "Hell, yes. I wanted her to be, like, strong... I like to consider her her own island, because she should be, she can be. Why not? And, um, just being strong. And she is that." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Aug. 2, 2019 KSiteTV video of KC interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- KC: "I also have a new costume, which I don't know if you've seen. It's really good. So that's awesome. And they're letting me keep my hair short, which I also do love because it's fresh, right? It keeps things fresh." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of KC and JH interviews, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what her character is up to this season, KC: "Laurel's doing her thing. Um, I like to say, she's kinda like her own - her own island. She's got her own, you know, sort of... journey." TVLine's Matt Mitovich: "She's a lone wolf." KC: "Yes, yes." SA: "No, no, you weren't. Not in the pilot - not in the premiere, you're not a lone wolf. You got a team member." KC: "Somebody who... we mentioned?" SA: "No." KC: "We can't mention. It'll be really exciting. Yes, that is true. Um, she's plotting and planning her own -  you can say it, I'm not going to." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: TVLine article & video, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On which Laurel she is now, KC: "I know, right? [Unintelligible word] still trying to figure that out. Um, we are as if the Laurel never died. So, she still went through everything she went through. She still got that sass - that little edgy sassiness, because she's gone through a lot of shit. Um, so that's the, uh, version that you're seeing. I also have a new costume. I'm not sure if you guys have seen - uh, we were going to show it on the panel but we ran out of time. It is so dope. It is so cool... But out of all the costumes, I mean, it's fantastic." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of KC interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what her character will be doing this season, KC: "I can't really get into details but, um, you know, just sort of [unintelligible word] more Laurel coming into her own. Um, I think it'll be really interesting what version of her this season we're going to see. She's still getting into trouble. You know, she's still got that sassiness to her." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Entertainment Weekly video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether she wants to see some Earth-2 characters from her character's past in the final season, KC: "Oh, yeah. I mean... Black Siren with Black Siren's bad Black Siren is so fun to play. But also, you know, Laurel this season is basically like Laurel never died. She's lived, and I do get to keep - incorporate a little bit more of that sass and that, you know - I don't mean to say bitchiness, but edginess... She's a little harder than the straight and narrow Laurel. Um, so, yeah, I definitely think there's a little mixed in there and it would be cool to see, like, maybe a flashback episode or something where you see Earth-2 Black Siren, where I can really just, you know, kill 'em with my sass. It's fun." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of KC and JH interviews, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether she'll be interacting with the future kids, KC: "I certainly hope so. I think it's, um, a possibility. I don't write the show... I would definitely love to be... I definitely think there's a world in which that could happen. Um, you should tell or ask Marc Guggenheim. See what he says, and then let me know." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of KC and JH interviews, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what's on her Laurel bucket list, KC: "I was saying to them, like, I think I should do the salmon ladder, uh, the salmon ladder, because  everybody else - I mean, I think Caity Lotz is the only girl who's done it, but it's all about, uh - it's like a swinging thing. You kinda have a technique that you have to get down. And I used to be a competitive gymnast, and the bars - there's a lot of [kicking? kipping? clipping?] involved... I was just saying to Bam, 'Can I do the - like, why can't we just [write me in on a line? ride me in on a line?] and I'll try it?' He was like, 'Can you do it?' I was like, 'I don't know, but maybe.' So can you imagine if this whole time, I had never tried it and the first time I do it, I'm like (Mimes going up and down the salmon ladder with her hands quickly, while saying, 'do do do do do') ... And they're like, 'why haven't we done it?' ... I don't know. We'll see. It could be a disaster... It'd be cool, though, if we could do it. That would be awesome." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of KC interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Dinah Drake AKA Black Canary
-- On whether Dinah is still the Black Canary even though she lost her cry, JH: "She is the Black Canary. And I think that was one of the things that she struggled with the most last season was, not knowing if without her, you know, cry, she was. And one of my favorite things that I've learned about this character was when she did discover that you don't need the cry. It's about what's inside. It's about your sense of justice. It's about who you are. That's what makes you the Canary. And I want, you know, people who watch the show to feel that, with or without any kind of special power, they too can be that." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 24, 2019 KSiteTV video of JH interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- JH: "So at the beginning of Season 8, Dinah is, uh - she's in a different place. We see her sort of in a jump from where we left her off. And, uh, it's - it's sort of - it stands on its own. It's a unique place that we see Dinah in the first episode." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 24, 2019 KSiteTV video of JH interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On where we'll see Dinah at the beginning of S8, JH: " At the beginning of the season, she's also still the police captain. She's sort of still trying to figure out where to find her footing when the team dis - uh, falling apart in a sense." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 23, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of JH interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what her character will be doing this season, JH: "Dinah is back to being captain at the SCPD. And I think she's trying to just kinda figure out, um, where she falls in terms of the team and where the team falls without Oliver... And also just embracing being this version of the Canary that she found last season, where, you know, she doesn't necessarily have this cry anymore, but she's still coming into her own and still finding herself like as a hero." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Entertainment Weekly video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- JH: "Actually, I think with Oliver not being there, Dinah feels more of a responsibility to the city. So I think she's going to stay strong in her desire to be the captain [of the SCPD] as well as the Black Canary, instead of being so torn." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of KC and JH interviews, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On how Oliver's absence affects Dinah, JH: "I think Dinah feels a sense of, you know, she has to step up now. I think she feels like, well, you know, who's left, and what can we do? And we need to sort of... Because the hierarchy of the team is important, um, and our leader is gone, so she also definitely - Dinah being Dinah - feels the need to sort of step up to that position. Not that she wants to be in charge, but who will? Because somebody needs to take care of the team."(SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 23, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of JH interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On who Dinah will be interacting the most with this season, JH: "Well, definitely I can say Rene. I don't want to give anything away, but Rene for sure. I think they always sort of have - they came on around the same time and they have a kinship, you know. So Rene and then - I don't know." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of JH interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether we'll see Dinah in the future this season, JH: "So, yeah, I believe we will. Maybe in a different capacity. But she still has a story going on in both timelines." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of KC and JH interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- If she was writing the ending for Dinah, JH would want the following for her: get her cry back, remain captain but also own her Black Canary-ness, and end up part of a team (since she started as a loner). (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of KC and JH interviews, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether she knows how Dinah's story ends, JH: "I don't. But I hope that in it she sort of finds just the peace within herself to know herself, to be self-assured, to not question, you know, what am I? Am I a vigilante? Am I a police officer? ... And just know that she's her own kind of hero and define it, you know, in a very - in no uncertain terms." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of JH interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what's on her Dinah bucket list, JH said that she's only gotten scripts for the first three episodes, so she doesn't know yet where Dinah ends up at the end of the series. But she hopes that Dinah finds "some kind of resolve," "some direction" and "some resolve." She wants Dinah to "land on her feet, 'this is who I am.'" (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 23, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of JH interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- JH: “To be honest, I don’t know where she ends the season, which is the interesting thing of doing television versus film, because you’re going in blind... But I think, from what I know, she’s coming into herself, because she’s always been so torn. You know there’s always been this duality: am I a vigilante? Am I police officer? I hope that she sort of settles into that resolve and she finds her place.” (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Den of Geek article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On how characters like Dinah will fit in this season when Oliver's away traveling with the Monitor, RG: "Yeah, that's a good question... I think with Dinah, she's, uh, in the field as a captain and taking that role." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 24, 2019 KSiteTV video of RG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- When asked if "the Canary will get to come out and play during Crisis," JH: "Oh, God, I hope so. I think so. And, uh, - but I'm trying not to keep, you know, get my expectations too high. But, uh, I hope so. Yeah. Yeah." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 23, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of JH interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jul. 20, 2019, JH: "I've only worked one day this season so far." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 23, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of JH interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Rene Ramirez AKA Wild Dog
-- RG: "I can say, you haven't seen Rene this way in the very first episode of Season 8." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: ETonline video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- RG: "I will say that Rene, this first episode, you haven't seen him this way before." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Entrevista/Carol Moreira video of Arrow cast interview, page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether Rene will ever call anyone 'Hoss' again or whether that's retired, RG: "I think that's retired. I think it's time." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Fangirlish video and Jul. 23, 2019 Nerds and Beyond video of RG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On how characters like Rene will fit in this season when Oliver's away traveling with the Monitor, RG: "I think Rene, because we teased Season 7 of him being the mayor, there has to be a journey for him to be in politics. So I think that's kind of where we're gonna, like, find Rene, is, like, seeing, what if I went this way to do good?" (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 24, 2019 KSiteTV video of RG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- RG: "I think this season we're going to tackle the beginnings of his aspirations in politics and becoming mayor. So we'll definitely tease that." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Fangirlish video and Jul. 23, 2019 Nerds and Beyond video of RG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what his character will be doing this season, RG: "Yeah, I think with Rene, I think we're gonna, um, tease the idea of the beginning of his political aspirations and how he became Mayor. So I think we'll be able to see some aspects of that. Also, I think we're gonna try and kinda outline, uh, a bit of a strain between him and Zoe. But that's as far as I can go." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Entertainment Weekly video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether he knows how Rene's story ends, RG: "I don't know how it ends, but I do know that we will touch on his political aspirations, 'cause we established that he was the mayor last season. So we'll definitely touch on him going down that road." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of RG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Rene's story this season, RG: "I'm excited about it, I'm excited. I would've liked for Rene to fall in love, just to see that side of him. But I do like the idea of Rene, uh - I love the storyline of him being the mayor last season and kinda him losing his way. But his heart was in the right place. He thought he was doing the right thing. You know, instead of being a vigilante, going into politics where he could do more right. Uh, and so, his heart is still there, just - he lost his way. So, it'll be kinda interesting to see how he loses his way. You know? That's an interesting place." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 29, 2019 Beautiful Ballad video of RG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On his greatest hope for Rene, RG: "I would hope that he falls in love, you know, um, but, alas, we see in the future he's not married. So, uh, you know, that's one thing I would've liked to see was Rene kinda like - we see that side of him. You know, we see him as a father and learn to be a good father. Um, now what would he look like if he fell in love, you know, and opened his heart to a woman? That would be nice." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Fangirlish video and Jul. 23, 2019 Nerds and Beyond video of RG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- RG would've liked to have seen Rene fall in love before the series ended and said that there was an opportunity for that last season with Emiko, but that never happened because she was evil. So now his focus is on being a father. (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of DR and RG interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether we'll see the development of Rene and Zoe's relationship as she grows up, RG: "We only have 10 episodes and there's only so much real estate to cover that... I think, more importantly, what we'll try to do is kind of see her maybe find a perspective for her, while Rene is on the road to becoming a politician, because he does become mayor. You saw that in Season 7. So there's a roadway to that, right? So we need to see a little bit of that. So how does she feel about that, you know? Is she proud of him? Is she not proud of him? Does she like who's he become, you know? Obviously, we see that she doesn't in the future, so we'll probably see a little of that." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of DR and RG interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether we'll see more of Rene's relationship with Zoe in present day, RG: "Yes. In the present, yes. Uh, in the future, I don't think so. I think we're done with Rene in the future. I think we've decided that he's sacrificed himself and, uh, that's that. You know, he's in jail and so it'll be up to them to be the heroes that they are." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Fangirlish video and Jul. 23, 2019 Nerds and Beyond video of RG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Rene's relationship with Dinah this season, RG: "I think they'll be okay. I think Dinah and Rene have been like sis - brother and sister, you know? They've always kind of like connected on that level, you know, protecting each other, cared about each other. So, yeah, I think that - that - that part will be fine. They'll still be totally connected." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 29, 2019 Beautiful Ballad video of RG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether Wild Dog will be let off his leash for Crisis, RG: "I hope so. That's what I've been wanting since Season 5. Like, let that boy loose. Let him do what he do." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 29, 2019 Beautiful Ballad video of RG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- RG: "Hopefully, this season, for this crossover, we see him connect with more people." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of DR and RG interviews, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Thea Queen AKA Speedy
-- On whether we will see Thea again, EP Beth Schwartz: "I hope so." (Scan of Arrow "Burning Questions" article in Jul. 16, 2019 TV Guide SDCC Special Issue, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Mia Smoak AKA Blackstar
-- On whose journey he's most excited for us to see this year, MG: "Oh, good question. I got to say Mia. Uh, you know, her journey's really interesting, especially since she'll be starting off from a very, you know, sort of new place. Her story is a very Season 1 kind of story and that's fun. It's fun to revisit that level of newness." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether we'll see the future characters somehow interact with the present characters, MG: "I'll tell you this, when Stephen and I were on the set of the crossover last year, we talked about how it would be a wildly missed opportunity if Mia and Oliver didn't get a chance to meet... I'm just saying." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 24, 2019 Nice Girls TV video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Media report on what MG said: "Well since someone already let the cat out of the bag, I might as well put you out of your misery. @mguggenheim has confirmed that Oliver will meet grown-up Mia, calling it a “wasted opportunity” if they didn’t do this! Article coming with @StephenAmell’s thoughts #Arrow #SDCC." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 tia323araceli tweet, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- In response to media interviewer commenting that MG already spoiled that SA will be working with KM at some point, SA: "Is that true? Did he say that?" Media interviewer: "Quote, he said, 'It would not be ideal if we didn't find a way to get Stephen and Kat together in a room.'" SA: "Same with Ben. Um, yeah, look, we're all under contract. If we go through the final season and Oliver doesn't interact with his kids in some way, shape or form, that'd be a mistake, wouldn't it?" On how that would happen, SA: "I don't know. I actually don't know. I'm not being coy... What would Oliver do? The last time he saw Mia, she was an infant, right? Kissed her goodbye, walks away. Does he recognize her? Does he recognize William? Probably recognizes William. And William certainly recognizes him. What does that look like? I don't know... I'd probably approach it like a big sloppy puddle of emotions. I don't know... If Oliver turns around and sees Mia as a grown woman, he'd probably pass out. Wouldn't you?" (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of SA interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

John ("JJ") Diggle, Jr.
-- From WBTV's official press release: "JOHN DIGGLE’s SONS FACE OFF IN THE FINAL SEASON OF ARROW Charlie Barnett (Russian Doll) Announced as John Diggle, Jr. During Show’s Final Comic-Con® Panel ... Following last season’s introduction of next-gen vigilantes Mia Smoak and Connor Hawke, Comic-Con fans were excited to learn of John Diggle’s other son, John Diggle, Jr., to be played by new series regular Charlie Barnett (Russian Doll). Diggle, Jr. — known as J.J. — is the Flashpoint-born son of John Diggle (David Ramsey) and Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson). We meet J.J. in the future as the leader of the Deathstroke Gang, where he faces off against Mia and his adopted brother, Connor. ... Barnett joins previously announced new series regulars Katherine McNamara, Joseph David-Jones and Ben Lewis as Mia Smoak, Connor Hawke and Oliver Queen’s adopted son, William Clayton, respectively." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: WarnerBrosTV tweet & article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Charlie Barnett will join Arrow's 8th and final season in the series regular role of adult John ("JJ") Diggle, Jr.  Per MG, JJ has “a bit of an edge to him," adding that viewers “are going to be really surprised about the way we bring him in… and particularly what costume he wears.” Per MG, he will wear a costume that viewers will find "very surprising." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: TVLine, Deadline, Variety and CBR articles, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- MG: "Let's talk about the Diggle family tree, because, you know, it's gotten bigger. Um, you now, there's this Connor Hawke, who, you know, we established last year Diggle adopted. Um, and then, of course, there's JJ, who originally was Sara and then became JJ because of Flashpoint. (Audience reaction, plus DR: "Damn you, Barry.") We'll talk about that later. I have opinions. But, um, that JJ, he's grown up. Um, and we've actually cast the adult version of him because, uh, we are, of course, dealing with the future now. " Mod: "Okay. And he is?" MG: "I'm going to let you answer that." Mod: "So it's Charlie Barnett?" MG: "Yes, yes. And Charlie - probably the sweetest guy." Mod: "Charlie from Russian Doll." MG: "Yes. And a wonderful gentleman who is so sweet, his character - I don't want to spoil anything, but his character has a bit of an edge to him. And when Charlie read, I was like, he's - he's too nice. Does he -? He doesn't have any edge. But then he can bring it, he can really bring it. And he's awesome, and I - you know, I think people are going to be really surprised about the way we bring him in, um, the way Charlie's character comes into the show and what he does and particularly what costume he wears. He wears a very specific costume that is, uh, not what anyone's expecting." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Matthew Mendez video of Arrow panel, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Sara Diggle
-- On whether there's world where Baby Sara might still exist, DR: "I would love that on one of the Earths. Me and Marc(?) have actually talked about that. It would be great if they just kinda run into a grown-up Baby Sara, right? I don't know, but it would be great." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 KSiteTV video of DR interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Zoe Ramirez
-- On whether we'll see Zoe's journey to becoming Black Canary, RG: "I don't know. I mean, she's really young.right now, like, in present day, and then she's like 20 years later, so she's in her early 30's, I want to say, late 20's, early 30's... I don't know if we'll get that far... We'd have to find out when exactly she became the Canary in her life for us to know, so that's difficult." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of DR and RG interviews, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether we'll see the development of Rene and Zoe's relationship as she grows up, RG: "We only have 10 episodes and there's only so much real estate to cover that... I think, more importantly, what we'll try to do is kind of see her maybe find a perspective for her, while Rene is on the road to becoming a politician, because he does become mayor. You saw that in Season 7. So there's a roadway to that, right? So we need to see a little bit of that. So how does she feel about that, you know? Is she proud of him? Is she not proud of him? Does she like who's he become, you know? Obviously, we see that she doesn't in the future, so we'll probably see a little of that." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of DR and RG interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether we'll see more of Rene's relationship with Zoe in present day, RG: "Yes. In the present, yes. Uh, in the future, I don't think so. I think we're done with Rene in the future. I think we've decided that he's sacrificed himself and, uh, that's that. You know, he's in jail and so it'll be up to them to be the heroes that they are." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Fangirlish video and Jul. 23, 2019 Nerds and Beyond video of RG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

S8 Big Bad
-- On how the Big Bad for all the shows this year seems to be time, MG: "Yes. That's a great way of putting it... Again, when we pitch it, we talk about in terms of destiny. You know, all the characters are facing some version of their destiny, and they have to react to it and confront it and, you know, in a lot of cases, rise above it. Um, that said, um, the Big Bad of the crossover - I literally tweeted this out two seconds ago - is of course going to be the Anti-Monitor, um, from Crisis On Infinite Earths. Uh, LaMonica Garrett is going to play that role, um, because there's no one else to play that role. Um, you know, LaMonica's perfect for it... We're going to see, I think, a real strong antagonist for the biggest crossover event we've ever done." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 24, 2019 Nice Girls TV video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- 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." (Scan of Arrow "Burning Questions" article in Jul. 16, 2019 TV Guide SDCC Special Issue, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether there's a Big Bad for the final 10 episodes, SA: "Uh, nuhh-yeah, no. Kind of. Except he might not be bad." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: TVLine article & video, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Malcolm Merlyn
-- Fan report on what SA said: "SA revealed on Carina’s IG story before the panel that Malcolm Merlyn is in episode 7." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Trisha post, page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Tommy Merlyn
-- On what he can tease about CD's return in the S8 premiere, SA: "Colin Donnell is playing Tommy Merlyn." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 KSiteTV video of SA interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what we can expect from bringing back CD in the S8 premiere, SA: "Tommy gets to play the Tommy that we always wanted him to play." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: ExtraTV video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Adrian Chase
-- MG: "We love Jason, we - we love the character of Prometheus. Um, you're seeing a different version of Prometheus than you've seen before, I will say, in the series premiere. But it's, uh - I said Jason, I meant Josh. Um, it's been a long comic con, a long comic con... Josh is amazing. We've always loved him. And, uh, he was always on our short list when we said, we want to revisit certain moments and certain characters, um, so we were just lucky we were able to get him, because he's a talented guy and he's busy and, you know, there were other shows out there." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 27, 2019 Beautiful Ballad video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what he can tease about JS's return in the S8 premiere, SA: "Josh Segarra is playing Adrian Chase." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 KSiteTV video of SA interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what we can expect from bringing back JS in the S8 premiere, SA: "Josh as Adrian, um, gets to come back and just be awesome... Missed having Josh so much. He comes back with a vengeance in the first episode." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: ExtraTV video of Arrow cast interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "It's so fun having Josh [Segarra] doing what he's doing in the premiere." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of SA interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what went through his mind when he read the first script of S8, SA: "But more specifically, I was really, really pumped that my character got to stop Josh Segarra, because that asshole was always ten steps ahead of me." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Whedonopolis Videos video of SA interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Moira Queen
-- MG: "Susanna Thompson is back, um, for our season premiere." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 KSiteTV video of MG interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Per MG, Susanna Thompson will return to play Moira Queen in the S8 premiere, which MG described as "a love letter to the show; it really is... I was telling Beth [Schwartz], it felt a lot like the series finale, not the season premiere, in the best possible way, almost to the point where we’re like ‘what are we going to do for the series finale?’ I mean, we know, obviously, but it has that kind of resonance to it, and that’s exciting.” (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: GATV article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

General Stewart
-- On whether he's returning to Arrow, EH: "I know they've checked availability, you know. I'd very much like to. I mean, I'm always - I like to work and, um, I love the show. What I liked about that show is, I was involved with the action and, um, there's a storyline. And so it's - I want to work. I don't want to just appear. ... The hardest part for me now, because I've been doing this a long time, is, I don't want to waste my time doing something that I'm not involved... When I reach a certain age, when I can't memorize anything, then I'll just make appearances. I'll just sort of be there, you know. But while I can still do what I love to do, I'd rather be involved." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Aug. 6, 2019 Syfy Wire video of Ernie Hudson interview, page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Barry Allen AKA The Flash
-- On whether Oliver and Barry could cross paths before the COIE crossover, MG: "We have talked about it, um, and it's absolutely a possibility. We haven't ruled it out. I will say this, you know, last week I pitched the crossover to the network and the week before that I pitched the crossover to the studio, and a big part of the pitch was basically acknowledging the fact that, for all these past years, in every crossover, Oliver and Barry have really been the core that has run through the crossovers and that's absolutely true in this year's crossover. So, um, you know, whether it happens before the crossover, again, it's something we've talked about, but for sure in the crossover, that's a key relationship." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 24, 2019 Nice Girls TV video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Mega Crossover: Crisis On Infinite Earths ("COIE")
-- Summary of COIE spoilers will be posted at a future date in the "Crisis On Infinite Earths 2019" thread in the LoT forum.

Beyond the End of Arrow
-- On whether it'll still be called the 'Arrowverse' after Arrow ends, MG: "I hope so. It's really up to all you people... You guys tell us." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 24, 2019 Nice Girls TV video of MG interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether there's a chance that we'll see any Arrow characters again after the end of Arrow, MG: "That's a terrific question and there's always a chance, um, especially since this is a known - it's now become this huge universe. Um, we have all these different places we can go and different ways to tell story. Um, you know, and the thing I always - and I've been saying this for a few years now, because it's been a universe for a few years now - whenever an actor leaves the show, I always say, it's not goodbyes, I'll see you later, because we have all these different avenues available to us, between time travel and parallel universes and - and, you know, animated and - you name it, we've got all these different avenues, which is a nice thing to be able to explore." (SDCC, Jul. 19, 2019: Comicbook video of MG interview, 1 of Spoilers thread and page 4 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- 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." (Scan of Arrow "Burning Questions" article in Jul. 16, 2019 TV Guide SDCC Special Issue, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 3 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what the 'Arrowverse' is going to be called now that Arrow is going away, SA: "The Berlantiverse, which is what it should actually be called. No, you know, no, it's still the Arrowverse. We're not going away. We're just ending our run... You going to call it the Flashverse? That would be stupid. It's still going to be the Arrowverse. Tell Grant I said that, by the way." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of SA interview, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- KC: "Hopefully, you know, maybe they'll do - who knows, anything can happen, another spinoff. (Interviewer: "Birds of Prey?")  I'm trying. Um, I think that would be awesome. I pitched it. I think they should. It's time for women. Come on, we got this!" (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 21, 2019 Rama's Screen video of KC and JH interviews, page 1 of Spoilers thread and page 5 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether there's a chance that we could see Laurel appear down the road on LoT, KC: "Um, I would love that, 'cause I love - I mean, Caity Lotz is one of my closest friends." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Showbiz Junkies video of KC interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On which other Arrowverse show she would want Dinah to appear on, assuming Dinah survives the end of Arrow, JH: “Legends. I love Legends! First of all a lot of my friends are on the show, so that helps. Seriously Marc, are you listening?” (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 22, 2019 Den of Geek article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 6 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether there's any possibility that she might join one of the spinoffs after Arrow ends, JH: "I hope so. I really hope so. I'd be honored to. I love Legends. It's one of my favorite shows." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 24, 2019 KSiteTV video of JH interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- JH: "Birds of Prey is another thing that I would be very excited to do more with." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 24, 2019 KSiteTV video of JH interview, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Flash EP Eric Wallace: "I was talking to Marc Guggenheim about this a couple of weeks ago... I said, 'how can I borrow Mister Terrific and get him on The Flash for a while, because I really love the guy?' I’m not saying that’s happening immediately but I’m certainly going to try." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 30, 2019 ComicBook article, page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

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This summary contains all S8 topical spoilers from July 22, 2019 to August 4, 2019 (excluding any SDCC-related spoilers, which are posted above). This thread is for archived spoilers only - new spoilers should go in the 'Spoilers Only Thread: Season 8' thread and spoiler commentary should go in the 'Spoiler Discussion Thread: The Final Countdown' thread....

ADDENDUM #2 TO SUMMARY OF S8 SPOILERS BY TOPIC

Arrow Retrospective
-- Per CW President Mark Pedowitz, the network will air a tribute special honoring Arrow in its final season, which will follow the same general format as the tribute episode aired during Jane the Virgin's final season earlier this year. MP: “We thought that the tribute special that appeared on Jane the Virgin this year was well-done... We’re planning tribute specials for Arrow, as well as Supernatural.” (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 5, 2019 ComicBook article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Jane the Virgin's retrospective aired before its series finale. (Jun. 5, 2019 Refinery29 article link in Aug. 8, 2019 tv echo post, page 11 of Spioler Discussion Final thread)

S8 Showrunner and Writers
-- SA: "But to come back and do 10 episodes, especially with what Beth and Marc Guggenheim, who stepped back in over the past couple of, uh - couple of months for a variety of reasons." (Jul. 26, 2019 SA facebook video, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

S8 Directors
-- DR will be directing 806. (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: DiscussingFilm tweet, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On the prospect of directing, SA: "No. I haven't thought about that at all, actually. I'm really interested in the creative process. I'm really interested, you know, on the producing side. I'm fascinated by directing, but it's been more interesting for me to, you know, go check in with Katie, who had day one of her episode on Friday. 'How is it going?' ... Or just to know that David is coming back up in Episode 6, who is wise beyond his years when it comes to directing. It's been more for me my interest has been more about empowering my coworkers to the best of my abilities." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 7, 2019 ComicBook article, page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jul. 26, 2019, papp tweeted partial pic from Beckmark Production sheet that listed under Antonio Negret and Katie Cassidy under "Director" heading, with comment: "Katie Cassidy directs. Laurel Lance/Black Canary/Black Siren is directing an #Arrow final season episode." and "Episode 8x03." (yvrshoots tweets, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

S8 Time and Place
-- Per EP Beth Schwartz, the eighth and final season of Arrow will take place in the primary timeline on Earth-1. Per SA, S8 will take place in 2019, with Beth clarifying that the final season will “pick up a week” after where the S7 finale left off. (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: TheWrap article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On when S8 picks up after the S7 finale, EP Beth Schwartz: "We pick up a week later." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: CBR article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Media report on what EP Beth Schwartz said about the time lapse between the S7 finale and the S8 premiere: "We pick up a week later." Then SA joked that it's as long as his hair is between seasons, so about six weeks. (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: GiveMeMyRemote's live blogging of Arrow panel, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "However long my hair is relative to the end of Season 7 in the premiere is how long we took... I’d say more like six weeks.” (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: CheatSheet article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Media tweeted: "The eighth season will begin 1 week following the events of Season 7." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: DiscussingFilm tweet, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

S8 Structure and Generally
-- Per MG, every episode building up to 'Crisis' sees “Oliver dealing with the various stages of grief that come with that discovery” and “there’s an acknowledgement of the entire show’s history in every episode… it’s like we’re playing our greatest hits." (Jul. 31, 2019 Digital Spy article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- MG complained mildly to reporters about rumors spawned by “illegitimate outlet” Cosmic Book News when it announced that Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman and Tom Welling’s Superman were definitely cast for S8. MG: “I don’t ever comment on casting, but it always vexes me if an illegitimate outlet just makes up stuff." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Deadline article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- EP Beth Schwartz: “The whole season is leading up to ‘Crisis’ and the crossover we’ve never done before. And like Stephen said, Season 7 ended our normal structure of how the show’s been, and this year, because we’re leading up to something spectacular, we’re allowed to have huge event episodes, and we’re allowed to bring characters back that we haven’t seen in a while... Each episode is humongous. It’s not like anything we’ve seen on the show before.” (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: TheWrap article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- EP Beth Schwartz: "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." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: TV Guide article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Media report on what EP Beth Schwartz said: "Regarding balancing Crisis being set up all season with honoring #Arrow's past, Schwartz says 'Because we're leading up to something spectacular, we're allowed to do huge event episodes and bring characters back that we haven't seen in awhile. Each episode is humongous.'" (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: TheEricGoldman tweet, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Media report on what EP Beth Schwartz said: "We have a lot of guests coming back." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: GiveMeMyRemote's live blogging of Arrow panel and VladaGelman tweet, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Per director James Bamford, the final season “has zero filler”, adding: “Each episode is chock full of spectacle and action and emotion." (Jul. 31, 2019 Digital Spy article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "Season 8 has been written and designed for people who love the show. We want to find a way to give back to people who had been on this journey with us for eight years. With this final season, we're doing everything short of me looking directly in the camera and winking. (Smiles) Um, and that makes me very happy." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 8, 2019 Access video of SA interview, page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread and page 767 of Social Media thread)
-- SA: "Every episode feels like a special episode... Episode 1 feels like, um, it's just an ode to Season 1. And episode 2 really leans on Season 3. And episode 3 is just all about family... But they all feel like they have a theme. Like, you know when they do a promo and they go, 'on a very special episode of'? That's what every episode this year feels like. I actually don't know a great deal beyond episode 3 right now." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 6, 2019 Entertainment Tonight video of SA interview, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "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." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: TV Guide article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "I think that the show, as people have understood it and its structure I think it ended in our Season 7 finale... This year is fundamentally different. The episodes are events. And, to me, the show, as we constructed it, ended when Emily left.” (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: CheatSheet article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: “It’s been really emotional. Every episode this year feels like we’re trying to put a button on a certain part of the show...  And I got a chance to work with actors and characters that I haven’t had a chance to work with in a bunch of years.” (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: TheWrap and TV Guide articles, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "Um, what [EP Beth Schwartz and MG have] done with this final season is really cool. It's like nothing you guys have ever seen. Like, every episode that comes out, it's like, 'Wait a minute, what?' 'It's happening what?' 'And where?' 'And how?' Okay, That's cool. Let's do it." (Jul. 26, 2019 SA facebook video, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "Everything to do with Season 8 of Arrow, everything that we're doing right now, certainly through episode 3, and the ending of episode 3 - good golly, Miss Molly - it's mental. I've freaked out and texted a bunch of people once I read it, which is always a good sign when you're this far into stuff. The ending of episode 3 is great. But every single episode thus far in Season 8, um, is leading to Crisis On Infinite Earths. And I know that some of the other shows are doing this. And I know that, um, you know, we've - we've brought in, uh, an actor to, um, I think, help facilitate bringing all the shows together, if that makes sense." (Jul. 26, 2019 SA facebook video, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "I'm a big believer that, uh, everything has it's uh, running time, so to speak. And I think that we've had our running time. You know, that's what I thought when I talked with, uh, with Greg Berlanti in Season 6. I felt like we had done our thing. I thought that ultimately, theoretically, Season 7 should have been the end of things." (Jul. 26, 2019 SA facebook video, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "Certainly, I've read the first three episodes, but there's just - doing scenes that are very familiar, um, on purpose." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 9, 2019 TV Guide tweet & video, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether we'll see the salmon ladder this season, SA: "Yeah, in the premiere. There's a shirtless salmon ladder in the premiere." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 6, 2019 Entertainment Tonight video of SA interview, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Media report on what SA said: "Says he worked with a bunch of actors he hasn't done so with in years." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: ChrisHayner tweet, page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Media report on what SA said: "This year is fundamentally different... The episodes are events. The show as we constructed it ended as Emily left." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: GiveMeMyRemote's live blogging of Arrow panel, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Media report on what SA said: "Stephen Amell on post-Emily Bett Rickards exit in #Arrow S7 finale: 'The show, as people have understood it, and its structure, it ended in our S7 finale. This year is fundamentally different. This year is an event. This show, as constructed, ended when Emily left.'" (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: insidethetube tweet, page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Media report on what SA said: "Stephen also added that #Arrow as we know it ended with @EmilyBett's departure last season. Season 8 is going to be "fundamentally different" and each episode is an event." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: TVGuide tweet, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Media report on what SA said: "Stephen says filming the final season has been 'really emotional.' 'Every episode this year we've been trying to put a button on a certain part of the show.'" and "'These episodes are events,' Stephen says of the final season. The show as we knew it ended with Emily's departure." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: ChrisHayner tweets, page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Media report on what SA said: "It’s been really emotional... 'Every episode this year feels like we’re trying to put a button on certain parts of the show." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: GiveMeMyRemote's live blogging of Arrow panel, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- DR: "It’s bittersweet, right? You do a show and you play a character for this long, and you’ve established these relationships with the actors. That’s the thing you’ll miss the most — going to work and working with these people who you love... But also, sitting back and just seeing where the story has gone, and the opportunity for where the story can go in the following ten episodes, is exciting. It’s bitter because you know it’s going to come to an end, but also I think there’s an opportunity to take the gloves off and just kind of tell whatever stories you want to, and just go wherever you want. Where do things go now without Felicity? What happens in the future? What happens with The Monitor? All these stories that we can really tell, and go as big as we want. And this crossover is going to be huge. That type of opportunity to tell some stories, because you only have ten episodes left is exciting."  (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 8, 2019 ComicBook article, page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread and page 309 of Starling City Times thread)
-- JH: “It’s larger than life... Each episode is like one little movie." (Jul. 31, 2019 Digital Spy article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Per RG, the show isn’t necessarily moving faster than before, but they're just “cohesively moving to a deadline in a way that doesn’t waste any time." (Jul. 31, 2019 Digital Spy article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- RG: "Season 8. Arrow. You do not want to miss this. 10 episodes. Uh, a pure love letter to the fans, to you guys for tuning in and locking in with us, and, uh, we thank you for your support. We're so grateful. So enjoy Season 8." (Showmaster's London Film & Comic Con, Jul. 27, 2019: _DCWorld tweet & video, page 765 of Social Media thread)
 -- LMG: "'Crisis on Infinite Earths,' that crossover hasn't started, you know, but like [Arrow showrunner] Beth [Schwartz] said, pretty much Arrow's whole season is a 'Crisis' build up, you know, leading up to the 'Crisis.' So from day one on Arrow Season 8, it starts the 'Crisis.' It's a prelude to what's happening." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 31, 2019 CBR article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread in Arrow forum, and page 25 of Crisis On Infinite Earths 2019 thread in LoT forum)

S8 Ending Arrow
-- The eighth episode of Arrow, airing Jan. 14, 2020, will serve as Part 4 of the COIE crossover event. Per MG, 809 is “not related to the crossover” and is “very specific; we know exactly what happens in it,” while 810 then will deliver “a proper series finale.” (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 11, 2019 TVLine article and MG tweet, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 12 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Per MG, the final two episodes (after the COIE crossover) will not connect with 808, saying that “Episode 9 is very specific, we know exactly what happens in it,” although it is too early to reveal details, and Episode 10 will be “a proper series finale." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Deadline article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Per MG, the final two episodes of Arrow will not be tied up in the fallout of the COIE crossover. MG: "I would say Episode 9 is very specific. We know exactly what happens in it. It's not related to the crossover... And it's too early for me to talk about exactly what that episode is. But it's, you know, if we do it right, it'll be really special. And then Episode 10 will be a proper series finale." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 5, 2019 GameSpot article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Per MG, a month prior to his attending the TCA Summer Press Tour on Aug. 4, a new way to end Arrow's eight-year run dawned on him. MG: “I came out of meditation one morning and I had the whole last scene — and it’s a brand-new scene." However, MG added: "There are a lot of logistical hurdles that have to be crossed in order to shoot that scene. It’s not like we can just film it tomorrow." He was not necessarily looking to change up the very final scene, but neither was he averse to the prospect. MG: “The thing that I’ve sort of always told myself about the finale was that I wouldn’t be so rigid about my plan that I wouldn’t leave myself open to other ideas... Had I not left myself open, I wouldn’t have written the scene I wrote, which I really, really like.” Later, MG tweeted: "If we can’t make this work, I’ll post the script pages on the night of the finale. But I hope we get to put it to camera. [fingers crossed emoji]." When asked if he would post the script even if it works, MG tweeted: "I can do that." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 11, 2019 TVLine article and MG tweets, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 12 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- MG: “We’ve had a character come to Oliver and say, ‘You’re gonna die.' ... Whenever I read about this online, people are asking us questions, they’re thinking about things in a very binary way, that the ending will either be X or Y. All I would say is that we have Z planned.” (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: TheWrap article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Media report on what MG said: "How can there be a happy ending if Oliver might die? 'I think when I read about this online, they’re thinking about things in a very binary way: things will either be X or Y. I think we have Z planned.'" (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: GiveMeMyRemote's live blogging of Arrow panel, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Media report on what MG said: "Can #Arrow have a happy ending (as Amell said at SDCC) with the possibility of Oliver's death looming? Without saying what will actually happen, Guggenheim says people 'are thinking of things in a very binary way. "It has to be X or Y." I think we have Z planned.'" (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: TheEricGoldman tweet, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- When asked to square his recent claim of a happy ending for the show, despite rumors that Oliver Queen doesn’t survive, SA: “That’s not a spoiler." MG then jumped in to say that, while a character did tell Oliver that he’s going to die, there’s more than one way to consider possible outcomes. MG: “When I read about this online and people are asking us questions, they’re thinking about things in a very binary way, that the ending will either be X or Y. And all I would say is, I think we have Z planned." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 9, 2019 Columbian article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Damian Holbrook: "Since, you know, you talked about it having a happy ending, I just talked to Marc Guggenheim. He said that he, you know, came up with the idea, talked to you, and you cried when you heard his last idea." SA: "Yeah." Holbrook: "So obviously you don't want to reveal any of that, but how do you feel the fans will feel about this?" SA (smiling): "Oh, it's a series finale they're going to hate." DR (laughing): "As all series finales go." SA: "Honestly, we're going to do our very best to stick the landing. I think that, um, knowing from - knowing from the beginning of Season 7 that Season 8 was going to be end has, um, given us a ton of momentum." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: TVInsider interview with SA and DR, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On him previously teasing that we can expect a happy ending, SA: "That's just because I love all series finales. I love Seinfeld. I like Lost... I think it's going to be happy because there's - there's a resolution... That doesn't mean that it won't be sad. But I personally think that it's a happy ending. It is for me. I don't care about anyone else." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 6, 2019 Entertainment Tonight video of SA interview, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "People feel like they have a bead on what's going to happen. I don't think they do... I love reading online theories and watching reaction videos and hearing people opine about the show. Like, there's this youtube channel that's got Pagey, who's awesome - I hope he sees this. Uh, I listen to him talk about the show and he's super well educated on it, and every theory that he has about how the show ends is totally wrong. The way that the fandom has behaved and, um, the ferocity with which they follow and support the show - um, it sounds hyperbolic, but it takes my breath away sometimes. It's really - it's truly special. And I'm gonna miss it. A lot." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 8, 2019 Access video of SA interview, page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread and page 767 of Social Media thread)
-- DR: "I would imagine, their [Arrowverse] crossover will continue, even without Arrow. But, for us, it's bittersweet in that it's sad but also awesome because, I kind of know how it's going to end. Not kind of. I do know how it's going to end. So it's like, 'They're never going to get this! They're never going to see this coming! Oh my god! That's a red herring!' So all that stuff is real exciting as a fan. So we're reading that in the script. When I get the script, it's like, 'Smart! Clever! Oh, they thought that. No, this.' So I kind of geek out about it." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug. 4, 2019: Aug. 23, 2019 Den of Geek article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 13 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Oliver and Felicity ("Olicity")
-- In response to fan complaint that Oliver isn't wearing his wedding ring in S8, MG: "I don't know where you're getting this, but there's a very story-specific reason why Oliver CAN'T wear his ring in 801, but rest assured it'll be on his hand from 802 and beyond." (Jul. 25, 2019 MG tweet, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA (reading fan comment): "'I love you and, of course, Arrow, but I really wish that Oliver and Felicity end the show together.'" SA: "Me too." (Jul. 26, 2019 SA facebook video, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Felicity, SA: "Well, she's ever-present in Oliver's mind. We found, um, Oliver can't wear his wedding ring in the premiere for a very specific reason, but he can wear it in the second episode. And it wasn't built into the script, but I spoke with our director, Antonio Negret, and we built a moment of Oliver putting his ring back on and just thinking about it. So Emily's gone, off the show, and, um - but Felicity and William and Mia are ever-present in Oliver's mind." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 6, 2019 TV Guide article & video of SA interview, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "I don't want to play the entire last season being morose. The big thing for me is, if Felicity is the love of Oliver's life and when she says, 'whatever happens, I'll find you,' he believes her. So that gives him - that gives him purpose and allows him to move forward because, you know, he knows that somewhere along the way, in the immortal words of Chris Cooper from The Town, 'This side or the other,' uh, they'll find each other." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 6, 2019 TV Guide article & video of SA interview, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Oliver and the Monitor
-- On how the Monitor's relationship with Oliver will evolve, LMG: "I think they're still at a stage. The rest of the superheroes included, they're trying to figure out if they can trust this guy. Because he comes in, you know, he's not doing the best intentions as far as the audience is seeing... But that was him in the comic book as well. He was an arms dealer to villains. He was doing bad things for a greater good, but you didn't know that at the moment. So I think they're just still trying to figure out if they could trust this guy. He says, 'Come with me, and we'll do this.' I'm just some guy that came that shows up in your living room... but they've seen how powerful he is. So you gotta roll with it." (SDCC, Jul. 20, 2019: Jul. 31, 2019 CBR article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread in Arrow forum, and page 25 of Crisis On Infinite Earths 2019 thread in LoT forum)

Oliver and Diggle
-- Media reports on what DR said: "Diggle will be at Oliver's side in the final season. 'The relationship, in some ways, will be even tighter,' David says." and "'The space has been closed' between Oliver and Diggle in the final season, according to @david_ramsey. The two will be closer than ever in the final season of @CW_Arrow." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: ChrisHayner and TVGuide tweets, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Media report on what DR said: "'The space has been closed; Diggle is always on Oliver’s side...The relationship gets even tighter… some of that reconciliation has happened." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: GiveMeMyRemote's live blogging of Arrow panel, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Oliver and Earth-2 Laurel 
-- KC: “We’re fulfilling the promise of her [Earth-2 Laurel AKA Black Siren] becoming good, of being a hero… teaming up with Oliver and fulfilling his quest to save the multiverse.” (Jul. 31, 2019 Digital Spy article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Diggle and Lyla ("Dyla")
-- Per DR, Diggle's relationship with ARGUS and Lyla will be wrapped up by the end of the series. (Jul. 31, 2019 Digital Spy article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Oliver Queen AKA Green Arrow
-- On the ending for his character, SA: "It's what I want. I pitched it for a very long time. It's what I want, but, concurrently, like, that doesn't mean there aren't surprises along the way. I was floored when I got the pitch for the crossover. I don't see it coming. Nobody sees it coming. Um, it's going to be so rad." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug. 4, 2019: Aug. 20, 2019 TV Guide tweet & video of SA interview, page 13 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "I missed having this eye makeup. Um, I don't think it's a spoiler to say that Oliver has his mask back on in Season 8. And, uh, my reasoning for having the mask back on was, I just like it. The iconography of the character. Having the hood up. Uh, the suit that we did this year, uh, which I think was really, really beautifully done, uh, is a callback to the first season. Um, bow is - I can't - the bow's a callback to the first season. And, um, the hood. We're back to the canvas hood. Yao Fei's hood. It means a lot to me. It also fits better than any other hood. I had it for the first three years and then I begged them for the next 40 to give it back to me and they finally did it." (Jul. 26, 2019 SA facebook video, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On EBR not being on Arrow this season, SA: "She's one of my best friends and it's tough not having her there, because Oliver's a dick sometimes and - and the levity of Emily's character, you know, always - it was there. I'm actually purposefully trying this year to not take scenes where I might be a little morose and, because we'd always have the juxtaposition of Felicity, we don't have that this year. So, um, believe it or not, here's a scoop for you, I tell a joke or two. Yeah. Try to be humorous... It doesn't work... I heard a rumor that the character in the comics is quick-witted and sort of funny, so we're trying to incorporate that, you know, right before the show's done." Leanne Aguilera: "Get a little bit of Barry Allen in there." SA: "No, get a little bit of, like, canon Oliver Queen!" (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 6, 2019 Entertainment Tonight video of SA interview, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "As I was saying at Comic-Con... my character's had the chance over the past - or over the first three episodes, I reconcile with, like, five different characters." (Jul. 26, 2019 SA facebook video, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Per SA, Oliver will make amends with five characters in the first three episodes alone and the people involved will come as a surprise to viewers, hinting that at least some of them might have already left the show before. While he couldn’t elaborate on who these characters might be, at least one is “his f**king mortal enemy." (Jul. 31, 2019 Digital Spy article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- After wrapping up filming of 801, SA thanked numerous people, including KM, "who I still haven't worked with, but am excited to at a certain point." (Jul. 24, 2019 crazyforstephen tweet of SA instagram story, page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On 802, SA: "I would really like to thank, um, the guest star that I can't talk about, that I'm pretty sure hasn't been renounced - renounced, announced. Um, but they were wonderful. And they were very gracious to come back. And I thought that we shared some wonderful moments together." (Aug. 3, 2019 SA instagram post & video, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On getting his S1 pilot's bow back from child fan Sara at SDCC but not being able to keep it for himself, SA: "Oh, here's a scoop for you. Uh, one of the reasons that they want me to give it back is because in Season 8 Oliver is using his Season 1 bow, which magically appears because the Dark Archer broke it." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 6, 2019 Entertainment Tonight video of SA interview, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On the chances of getting a Mia and Oliver scene, SA: "They're pretty good." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 6, 2019 Entertainment Tonight video of SA interview, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Jul. 30, 2019, papp tweeted: "Would like to see Stephen do a video from Arrow set today. Friends in New York say his hair may be a lot different at the moment." In response to fan questions, papp denied that the hair was shaved or gray, but tweeted a gold medal emoji when asked if it was dyed. (pursuit23 tweets, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Felicity Smoak AKA Overwatch
-- On whether they have thought about how they would bring EBR/Felicity back should she accept their proposal for it, MG: "Yes." (Jul. 25, 2019 MG tweet, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what the conversations are like between EBR and him about returning to Arrow for one more episode, SA: "Those aren't conversations that the two of us have to have. As a fan of the show - does that sound weird to say? ... I'm a fan of our show... I would love her to come back. As her friend, I respect whatever her decision is. Um, I think, probably not." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 6, 2019 Entertainment Tonight video of SA interview, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Fan report on what EBR said: "She did not take any photos but I got a hug and said goodbye. I asked her if she is going back to Arrow and she said she does not know yet she wants to do Broadway # reborning." (Jul. 30, 2019 twittahshittah tweet, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what it's like working this season without EBR and Felicity, DR: "It's tough. Same story I've been telling everybody. We were there on the first day of 801, in the foundry, me and Stephen, where Emily normally is. Near Felicity's workspace. She wasn't there. And it was a noticeable energy gone. Just noticeable. You felt it. You don't really replace energy like that, you move past it. Now, granted, our rushing up to episode eight of the crossover does that successfully in the sense that we're making great television even without that presence being there, but we still miss her very much." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug. 4, 2019: Aug. 23, 2019 Den of Geek article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 13 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- DR: "You can't have this season of Arrow without talking about Mia and - and Felicity. And I think there's even talks that perhaps Emily will be back. Who knows? So, you know, there's hope." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 6, 2019 TV Guide article & video of SA interview, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

John Diggle AKA Spartan 
-- On Diggle's connection to the Green Lantern, MG: "We've got we have a very specific moment in mind for the series finale, that our hope is it'll be satisfying to the fans, without getting me in trouble with my bosses at Warner Brothers." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 5, 2019 GameSpot article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- DR: "I wasn't always second on the call sheet. I started this taking a pay cut at number five. That's the truth." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug. 4, 2019: Aug. 23, 2019 Den of Geek article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 13 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On what would be the ideal ending for his character, DR: "Well, I know the ending... I think the ending is true to who he is. Um, I think it is true to his storyline. And, um, just like Oliver's ending, I think people are going to be pleased with it." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug. 4, 2019: Aug. 20, 2019 TV Guide tweet & video of SA interview, page 13 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Per DR, S8 will finally address “whether he is or he is not Green Lantern” and he’s happy with the final outcome. (Jul. 31, 2019 Digital Spy article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- DR: "Personally, I would love to see Diggle with his sons, but that'll happen." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: TVInsider interview with SA and DR, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Earth-2 Laurel Lance AKA Black Siren AKA ?
-- Per KC, Laurel's evolution into a bonafide hero is “going to be f**king epic". (Jul. 31, 2019 Digital Spy article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- KC: “We’re fulfilling the promise of her [Earth-2 Laurel AKA Black Siren] becoming good, of being a hero… teaming up with Oliver and fulfilling his quest to save the multiverse.” (Jul. 31, 2019 Digital Spy article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Roy Harper AKA Arsenal
-- CH will not be returning as a series regular in S8 of Arrow. However, EP Beth Schwartz: “We hope to have him back... We love him and he’s obviously one of the foundations of the show." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 8, 2019 GreenArrowTV article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Aug. 8, 2019, CH tweeted: "Getting a lot of angry messages so just to clarify...I didn’t exit the last season of Arrow. I was not asked to come back for the final season as a series regular. But y’all know Roy...he’s never gone for too long [3 hugging face emojis]." (ColtonLHaynes tweet, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Mia Smoak AKA Blackstar 
-- On the chances of getting a Mia and Oliver scene, SA: "They're pretty good." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 6, 2019 Entertainment Tonight video of SA interview, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- After wrapping up filming of 801, SA thanked numerous people, including KM, "who I still haven't worked with, but am excited to at a certain point." (Jul. 24, 2019 crazyforstephen tweet of SA instagram story, page 7 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- During 802 filming, KM tweeted pic of her shoulder tattoo, with comment: "? Mia’s moth ? Let’s name it. ? #ARROW #MiaSmoak." (Jul. 30, 2019 Kat_McNamara tweet, page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Connor Hawke
-- On when Diggle adopts Connor Hawke, who's Ben Turner's son, DR: “I can't tell you what episode, but you'll find out. You'll find out the circumstances in which all this happens, and how and why it happens. But I can't tell you what episode that is.” (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug. 4, 2019: Aug. 21, 2019 Den of Geek article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 13 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On how Diggle's relationship with General Stewart (Ernie Hudson) clarified how Diggle ended up adopting Connor Hawke, DR: “He married my mother, but, ultimately, there was a process where he took me under his wing. But that opens up the door to me understanding that there's someone else that needs my help… and that's such a John Diggle thing. Right? That makes total sense, that John Diggle would do this. But my initial reaction was, 'What, really?' But after it was explained, I totally got it.” (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug. 4, 2019: Aug. 21, 2019 Den of Geek article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 13 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

John ("JJ") Diggle, Jr.
-- Damian Holbrook: "I met your son last night. Charlie." DR: "He's great. Charlie's fantastic." SA: "Is he good?" DR: "I haven't met him, but I've heard that he's great." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: TVInsider interview with SA and DR, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On Charlie Barnett being cast as adult JJ Diggle, DR: “I've seen Charlie's work, and I was like, ‘Yes!’ And he looks like he could be me and Audrey's son." Also, DR: “I haven't met him yet… I can't wait to, ultimately, hopefully, work with him. Fingers crossed.” (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug. 4, 2019: Aug. 21, 2019 Den of Geek article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 13 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

General Stewart
-- On how Diggle's relationship with General Stewart (Ernie Hudson) clarified how Diggle ended up adopting Connor Hawke, DR: “He married my mother, but, ultimately, there was a process where he took me under his wing. But that opens up the door to me understanding that there's someone else that needs my help… and that's such a John Diggle thing. Right? That makes total sense, that John Diggle would do this. But my initial reaction was, 'What, really?' But after it was explained, I totally got it.” (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug. 4, 2019: Aug. 21, 2019 Den of Geek article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 13 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Tommy Merlyn
-- Media report on what EP Beth Schwartz said: "We like to bring him [Colin Donnell] back every season." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: GiveMeMyRemote's live blogging of Arrow panel, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- SA: "Certainly, I've read the first three episodes, but there's just - doing scenes that are very familiar, um, on purpose. And, um, doing those scenes with Colin [Donnell], um, especially the way that the first episode ends, it's cool." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 9, 2019 TV Guide tweet & video, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On his return to Arrow, Colin Donnell: "I think Stephen said it best at Comic-Con... I think fans are going to see Tommy in a way that they've maybe wanted for a while." (Television Association Critics Association Summer 2019 Press Tour,.Jul. 27, 2019: TV Guide article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 8 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Tatsu Yamashiro AKA Katana, 
-- The character of Tatsu Yamashiro, a/k/a Katana, as played by Rila Fukushima, will be the guest star in 802, titled “Welcome To Hong Kong.” SA: “I think Tatsu being in Episode Two was awesome." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 8, 2019 GreenArrowTV article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Barry Allen AKA The Flash
-- SA: "[Grant Gustin] is my favorite person as a guest star to work with. I love working with him. I actually have a pitch that I pitched to our writer last night about Oliver and Barry's last interaction. I hope it happens... And also it's been really, really fun just watching Grant grow into, you know, such an awesome leadership role. And, um, again, by being first, like, I'm sort of like the de facto captain of the ship. But when I'm gone, he will be, and he is more than capable." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 8, 2019 TV Guide tweet & video, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

Mega Crossover: Crisis On Infinite Earths ("COIE")
-- Summary of COIE spoilers will be posted at a future date in the "Crisis On Infinite Earths 2019" thread in the LoT forum.

Beyond the End of Arrow
-- Per CW President Mark Pedowitz, the network is looking to add another DC series. While details on the potential new series are being kept close to the vest, including which DC character it could possibly center on, MP confirmed that it would be set in the same universe as Arrow. The new series is being eyed for the 2020-21 television season. News of The CW's plans to continue the Arrow universe surfaced when MP was asked about the likelihood of an Arrow spinoff featuring the next generation of stars who were first introduced in S7 of Arrow. MP: "Nothing's ever 100 percent done. You learn that over time. There's a possibility but we haven't fully had a discussion of what that storyline would do... Right now, we're looking at another property for next season." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: etonline article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Per CW President Mark Pedowitz, there's a “possibility” of an Arrow spin-off, but the network is prioritizing another DC Comics property for next season. MP: “The fact that seven years ago, we introduced Arrow, who would have thought it would have spawned six shows, a whole universe that they managed to create. It’s quite a remarkable feat." MP added that Batwoman was the “next evolution” of the strand. MP: “It’s the next step to do something. We believe these franchises, this universe will continue for many years, so it’s important to ensure that you have characters that will keep the fans coming back. How that universe plays out, time will tell." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Deadline article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- CW President Mark Pedowitz: “For them [Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles of Supernatural] and for Stephen Amell and Arrow, these shows will go out the way there were supposed to go." Also, per MP, Batwoman is the “next evolution” of the Arrowverse, saying: “We believe these franchises, this universe will continue for many, many years." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Variety article, page 309 of Starling City Times thread)
-- As Arrow signs off this season, per CW President Mark Pedowitz, “Batwoman is the next evolution” of The CW's Arrowverse of connected superhero series. MP believes the Arrowverse “will continue for many, many years.” He also said a new Arrowverse series is already in development for next season. (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Adweek article, page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- Media report on what Mark Pedowitz said: "Any spinoff for for ARROW with the next generation? There’s a possibility, but it’s not currently in development. They’re working on a potential new DC title they are not announcing yet." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: GiveMeMyRemote live blogging of Mark Pedowitz's executive session, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 10 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- MG: “The Batwoman pilot is a great successor to Arrow… This is where the whole universe is going. It’s what the future looks like.” (Jul. 31, 2019 Digital Spy article, page 2 of Spoilers thread and page 9 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether Arrow's supporting characters will be folded into other Arrowverse shows after Arrow ends, MG: "We're always talking about it... Like, those conversations are always being had. There is nothing that, you know, has gone so far down the road that we've, you know -- I wouldn't certainly not going to announce it here. But all the showrunners talk, and stuff like that comes up all the time.... Right now, honestly, like, I think, you know, as far as Beth and the other showrunners of the shows, everyone is focused on launching their seasons, getting their season premieres finished, getting ready for the crossover... Everything sort of post-Arrow's life, you know, we're going to have those conversations, but further down the road." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 6, 2019 ComicBook article, page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether SA could play Oliver Queen again after Arrow ends, MG: “I really leave that up to Stephen and what he would like to do... I will say we’re lucky. There are various different mechanisms in place that would allow Stephen, if he desired, to maintain a presence in the Arrowverse. So I don’t want to speak for Stephen but we’re all very much in the same space of we have to launch the new season, we have to do the crossover, we have to bring the series in for a close. I don’t think any of us are really thinking about anything beyond Arrow at the moment.” (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 12, 2019 CheatSheet article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 12 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether SA could play Oliver Queen again after Arrow ends, SA: “I don’t want to sit here and say never say never because I’d probably be wrong... But I do believe in a good clean break. So I’m not saying that I’m never going to pop up again but I’m going to take a minute." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 12, 2019 CheatSheet article, page 3 of Spoilers thread and page 12 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)
-- On whether he thought Diggle could hold his own for his own spinoff or a special one-off, DR: "Yes to both. I think any of the characters can. I think Arrow's just one of those shows where you have enough interest in [everyone]. Mia and the kids in the future of Arrow, and John Diggle and the Green Lantern mythos. Even without John Diggle, he's married to the leader of A.R.G.U.S. with a child with some nefarious character in the future. It's built in, even without Green Lantern. You know, Wild Dog and Black Canary, Black Siren, Birds of Prey. There's, there's tons of different storylines and looks at worlds where you say, 'Okay, that I would watch that world.' With John Diggle not being a small part of that. So Arrow doesn't hurt for content, and it's part of the reason why shows spin off from it, right? So it's just one of those shows where it's been blessed to have not just rich characters, but a fan base that's interested in seeing those characters continue." (TCA Summer 2019 Press Tour, Aug 4, 2019: Aug. 8, 2019 CinemaBlend article, page 11 of Spoiler Discussion Final thread)

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