The title of the Arrow season 8 premiere has been revealed, and harks back to its very beginning. The upcoming final outing for the show, Arrow season 8 is set to premiere in October, and will see the long-awaited crossover event Crisis On Infinite Earths be played out across all of The CW’s superhero shows.
Right from the debut of its very first episode in 2012, the past has played a major role in the ongoing plot developments of Arrow. The regular flashbacks first charted Oliver’s growth from a philandering playboy to a stoic warrior determined to destroy the plague of greed and corruption festering at the heart of his home and the powerful people responsible, then when his origin was complete, periodically dealing with the personal histories of other characters and the events that shaped who they became.
The Arrow season 8 premiere, as revealed on Twitter by showrunner and executive producer Beth Schwartz, is “Starling City,” referencing what the series’ setting was originally named. If you recall, the rename to Star City (which brings the metropolis in line with its name in the comics) came about in season 4 to commemorate Ray Palmer after he was apparently killed in a lab explosion prior to his joining the Legends of Tomorrow, who previously suggested the alteration to separate the city from the memory of the attack by Deathstroke’s mirakuru-enhanced soldiers.
The reveal follows in the wake of news from TVLine that Katherine McNamara has been promoted to series regular, which is unsurprising given that Connor Hawke’s actor Joseph David Jones was similarly promoted last week. McNamara featured heavily in season 7 as Mia Smoak, the adult daughter of Oliver and Felicity, who grew from a selfish street fighter to a key player in the battle against the totalitarian corporation planning to attack Star City in the flash forward sequences set in 2040.
When any saga comes to a close, it’s a common decision to go back to the beginning to take stock of how the story has grown and developed from its simple beginnings, and Arrow looks to be no different. Like Oliver, the show has come a long way from its origins as a one-man mission of vengeance, and acknowledging this will be an important part of its swansong. Having McNamara and Jones (as well as a yet-to-be-cast actor portraying an adult John Diggle Jr.) being series regulars suggests the 2040 events will be just as significant as those of 2019, and its possible that instead of the events of the past and future being flashbacks and flash forwards per se, they will be featured as part of current events as Oliver travels through time with the Monitor as part of the deal he made to spare Earth-1 during the Elseworlds crossover. Whatever the case, one thing is clear: As Arrow comes to a final conclusion, it will be looking back as much as forward as it cements its legacy upon the ever-expanding world it created.
Arrow season 8 premieres October 15 on The CW.