Last month The CW announced they had renewed their entire superhero slate, and were thinking about a new series centered around Ruby Rose’s Batwoman. “If they’re going to do that,” we remarked, “they really need to get rid of one of the older shows. Arrow, most preferably.” Guess….they took our advice?

“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,” say the producers of the show in a joint statement. “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.”

Lead actor Stephen Amell added, “Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever.”

Arrow has been utilizing a lot of flash-forward sequences this season, depicting Olicity’s grown-up kids in a crappy world where Felicity has disappeared and Oliver is very likely deceased. Is Ollie headed for a permanent exit on the show itself? We just got our answer.

The season eight order is for ten episodes. Ten episodes is just enough time to take the show into the fall, right into the Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover event promised last year. Throw in all these flash-forwards suggesting Oliver Queen is dead, factor in the heavy hints in Elseworlds, and the plan becomes extremely obvious. Crisis is when Oliver Queen will die.

Of course, all those people who were hoping the bleakness of the flash-forwards did not suggest a permanent future, and that it could all be changed into a sunnier ending, have just been dealt a blow. But hey, it’s mopey dimly-lit Arrow — you should have known what you were getting into by now.