The seventh season of the American television series Arrow, which is based on the DC Comics character Oliver Queen / Green Arrow, premiered on The CW on October 15, 2018 and is set to consist of 22 episodes. The season follows Oliver, a former billionaire businessman and politician, and the aftermath of outing himself as a vigilante. It is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe. The season is produced by Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television, and DC Entertainment. This is the first season with Beth Schwartz as showrunner following the departures of Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle.
The season was ordered in April 2018, and production began that July. Stephen Amell stars as Oliver, with principal cast members David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy, and Katie Cassidy also returning from previous seasons. Colton Haynes, a principal cast member for seasons two and three and a special guest actor for seasons four and six, was reinstated as a series regular for the seventh season. They are joined by Kirk Acevedo, who was promoted to a series regular from his recurring status in season six.
Main cast members Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy, and Katie Cassidy return from previous seasons as Oliver Queen / Green Arrow, John Diggle / Spartan, Felicity Smoak / Overwatch, Curtis Holt / Mister Terrific, René Ramirez / Wild Dog, Dinah Drake / Black Canary, and Laurel Lance / Black Siren, respectively. The seventh season is the first not to feature original cast members Willa Holland and Paul Blackthorne, who play Thea Queen / Speedy and Quentin Lance, respectively, following both actors’ departures during the previous season.On April 9, 2018, it was announced that Colton Haynes would return as a series regular for the seventh season after previously starring in the second and third seasons and making guest appearances in the fourth and sixth seasons. The following month, Guggenheim confirmed that Haynes would be reprising his role as Roy Harper / Arsenal from previous appearances, and not another version of the character. On October 11, Kirk Acevedo was promoted to series regular status after previously recurring in the sixth season as main antagonist, Ricardo Diaz / Dragon.Jack Moore returned in the role of Oliver’s son William Clayton, with Ben Lewis portraying the character in flashforwards.
Production for the season began on July 6, 2018,in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is set to conclude on April 18, 2019.In May 2018, Stephen Amell revealed that co-star David Ramsey would direct the eleventh episode of the season, marking Ramsey’s directorial debut.Amell also grew a beard during the filming hiatus to accurately resemble the Green Arrow of the comics.
In May 2018, Stephen Amell announced at The CW upfronts that the next Arrowverse crossover would feature Batwoman and Gotham City. The crossover “Elseworlds” is slated to launch a 2019 solo series for the character.
In May 2018, it was announced that Arrow would move to Mondays for its seventh season, a first for the series, due to The CW’s programming expansion to Sunday nights.On June 20, the network released its fall schedule, revealing that the series would additionally move from the 9:00 pm time-slot to the 8:00 pm time-slot, to serve as the lead-in to Legends of Tomorrow. The season premiered on The CW in the United States on October 15, 2018.
The main cast of the season as well as executive producer Beth Schwartz attended San Diego Comic-Con on July 21, 2018 to promote the season.