It’s been a rough year for Oliver, Felicity, John, and the rest of Team Arrow (what’s left of it, anyway), but the crime-fighting crew will push forward for Arrow season 8. And with a new season comes new challenges, certainly the biggest ones of all for Oliver Queen. With Crisis on Infinite Earths now behind us, it’s time for the Arrowverse to enter a new phase without Oliver Queen.
Arrow Season 8 Episodes
Arrow Season 8 will consist of 10 episodes. Here’s the confirmed information we have about them so far, and we’ll continue to update this as more information about each episode becomes available.
Arrow Season 8 Episode 1: Starling City
“While trying to decipher The Monitor’s (guest star LaMonica Garrett) mission, Oliver (Stephen Amell) returns to Starling City where he encounters familiar faces. Meanwhile, Mia (Katherine McNamara) and William’s (Ben Lewis) team clash with a new foe.”
air date: 10/15/19
Arrow Season 8 Episode 2: Welcome to Hong Kong
“Oliver (Stephen Amell), John (David Ramsey), Laurel (Katie Cassidy Rogers), and Tatsu (guest star Rila Fukushima) seek out an important person within The Monitor’s (guest star LaMonica Garrett) plan. Connor (Joseph David Jones) has a heart to heart with his brother (guest star Charlie Barnett).”
air date: 10/22/19
Arrow Season 8 Episode 3: Leap of Faith
“Reunited with his sister, Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Thea (guest star Willa Holland) find themselves searching through a familiar maze of catacombs. Meanwhile, John (David Ramsey) and Lyla (guest star Audrey Marie Anderson) partner on a special ops mission.”
Katie Cassidy will make her directorial debut for this episode.
air date: 10/29/19
Arrow Season 8 Episode 4: Present Tense
“When a mysterious new Deathstroke appears in Star City, Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Team Arrow insist on taking down this villain themselves. Meanwhile reeling from the loss of one of their own, the future Team Arrow figures out a new way to try and stop JJ.”
air date: 11/5/19
Arrow Season 8 Episode 5: Prochnost
“Upon learning the key to oppose The Monitor (guest star LaMonica Garrett), Oliver (Stephen Amell) and team return to Russia on a mission to gather the necessary materials. Connor (Joseph David-Jones) reunites with a figure from his past.”
air date: 11/19/19
Arrow Season 8 Episode 6: Reset
“After being double-crossed by Lyla (guest star Audrey Marie Anderson), Oliver (Stephen Amell) finds himself facing a life or death situation that seems very familiar. Laurel (Katie Cassidy) has the opportunity to make amends with the past.”
David Ramsey will make his sophomore directorial outting with this episode, following up on last season’s successful “Past Sins.” We spoke to him about his experiences directing right here.
air date: 11/26/19
Arrow Season 8 Episode 7: Purgatory
“Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) mission takes him to Lian Yu where he tries to ignore the repercussions of the looming Crisis until he receives help from an old friend. Meanwhile, a united Team Arrow faces a recognizable villain.”
air date: 12/3/19
Arrow Season 8 Episode 8: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 4
“Stuck in the Vanishing Point, the Paragons search for a way to escape. The futility of the situation is compounded by The Flash’s (guest star Grant Gustin) disappearance. However, hope appears in the form of Oliver (Stephen Amell), who reveals that he has become something else. Meanwhile, the origin stories for The Monitor (guest star LaMonica Garrett) and Anti-Monitor are revealed.”
air date: 1/14/20
Arrow Season 8 Episode 9: Green Arrow and the Canaries
This episode will serve as the backdoor pilot for the Green Arrow and the Canaries spinoff series.
“It’s the year 2040 in Star City and Mia Queen (Katherine McNamara) has everything she could have ever wanted. However, when Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) suddenly show up in her life again, things take a shocking turn and her perfect world is upended. Laurel and Dinah are tracking a kidnapping victim with direct ties to Mia and they need her help. Knowing it will change everything, Mia can’t help but be a hero and she, Laurel and Dinah suit up once again to save the city.”
air date: 1/21/20
Arrow Season 8 Episode 10: Fadeout
“After eight seasons, and the launch of countless superheroes, the series wraps up the story of the Green Arrow (Stephen Amell). Emily Bett Rickards returns as Felicity.“
air date: 1/28/20
Arrow Season 8 Cast
Paul Blackthorne will reprise his former series-regular role as Quentin Lance for multiple Season 8 episodes, reports TV Line. The police detective character, the father of embattled sisters Laurel and Sara, was initially an adversary to Oliver Queen’s vigilante exploits, eventually becoming a key ally to Team Arrow until he was killed by Ricardo Diaz in the Season 6 finale. Blackthorne, an English actor, subsequently moved on to NBC’s ghostly crime procedural series, The InBetween, which ran earlier this year, but was recently cancelled. However, he’ll soon be seen as part of a sci-fi series titled Home Invasion, joined by names like Morena Baccarin and John Noble.
Emily Bett Rickards will be back for the series finale, which is big news for Team Arrow.
Colton Haynes will be reprising his role as Roy for the show’s final season, as EW confirmed. Roy was previously a series regular in season 7 before getting bumped from regular status in season 8. Thankfully, he won’t disappear altogether as Roy will be a recurring character throughout the season.
Charlie Barnett (Russian Doll) has joined the cast for Arrow‘s final season as John Diggle Jr., the leader of the Deathstroke Gang in the future timeline, which means he’ll face off against Mia and Connor Hawke at some point. We have more info on Diggle’s sons right here.
Other new series regulars include Katherine McNamara, Joseph David-Jones, and Ben Lewis as Mia Smoak, Connor Hawke, and Oliver Queen’s adopted son, William Clayton, respectively.
The season premiere saw Colin Donnell guest star as Tommy Merlyn, joined by, Josh Segarra, who returned as Adrian Chase.
“Adrian Chase comes back in a different way than expected,” showrunner/executive producer Beth Schwartz told EW, who first broke the news of the unexpected guest stars. “We’re really excited about that because obviously he’s one of our favorite villains.”
Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim added that while Donnell is indeed back as Tommy Merlyn, he is “not coming back as the Tommy we know.”
As for everyone else and any potential new additions? We’ll have to wait and see!
Arrow Season 8 Story
Here’s the official synopsis for Arrow season 8.
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.
We’ll keep you updated as we hear more about Arrow season 8. In the meantime, check out our primer on what exactly Crisis on Infinite Earths means for the Arrowverse!