Oliver Queen is going to die in CW's "Crisis On Infinite Earths," CW's five hour DCTV-Verse crossover which will air some time later this year. At least, that's the prophecy given by his new employer the Monitor in Arrow season 8 - the show's final run.
Of course, that may not be the case - after all, the Monitor looks over a vast multiverse. And according to showrunner Beth Schwartz, Arrow season 8 is all about "Crisis On Infinite Earths".
“Everything relates to what’s going to happen in our crossover episode, which we’ve never done before,” Schwartz told Entertainment Weekly.
“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,” added Executive Produer Marc Guggenheim. “So the theme really is coming to terms, acceptance."
As for what that entails, according to Guggenheim, Arrow will revisit the themes of its previous seasons on an adventure that goes well beyond the bounds of Star City.
“[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,” Guggenheim explained.
“Episode 1 is an ode to season 1, and episode 2 is an ode to season 3,” added Oliver Queen actor Stephen Amell. “We’re playing our greatest hits.”
“Because he’s a superhero with no superpowers, I always felt he should die — but he may also not die,” Amell concluded. “I cried as [Marc Guggenheim] was telling me. There are a lot of hurdles to get over to make that final scene.”
Arrow season 8 premieres October 15 on CW.