The CW has released some images from the series finale of Arrow. Emily Bett Rickards' Felicity is returning, confirming rumors that have circulated for the past few months. Barry Allen (The Flash's Grant Gustin) and Sara Lance (Legends of Tomorrow's Caity Lotz) pay their respects in the series finale too. Fans have been wondering how the funeral of Oliver Queen was going to go down ever since it was revealed that he wasn't going to make it out of the series alive.

Oliver Queen sacrificed his life to end the Crisis and his friends and family are here to mourn the hero who saved the entire multiverse. However, the character has died on-screen before, so was this episode of Arrow even something that needed to be done? As it turns out, it was something that had to be done for the fans, but that doesn't mean that it was easy to pull off. Executive producer Marc Guggenheim had this to say about the episode.

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"We always had a plan in that we knew that [during] Crisis, Oliver would die. We knew that the series finale would be essentially like a coda... a sort of an epilogue. We knew a variety of different elements to the finale, but one thing we didn't have was what I called a central theme. We didn't have this principle that would tie together all the elements that we had already planned upon... It's an unconventional finale because we kill off our protagonist two episodes before the actual finale, but at the end of the day, it felt just really appropriate."

Some of those elements bring things back to Arrow's season 1. Marc Guggenheim stated that the series finale will go back to an untold story from the first season, though he didn't go into details. Some things have to be open for fan surprise when Arrow comes to an end on January 28th. Guggenheim explains.

"We're going to honor the flashback convention of the show by flashing back to events in very early in Season 1, and what's nice about that is it brings everything full circle. I'm really proud of it. It was a really enjoyable script to write, for Beth and I to write. James Bamford just killed it, and all the actors brought their A-game. I'm looking forward to everyone checking it out."

In addition to Emily Bett Rickards' Felicity character returning to the ArrowVerse, the Arrow series finale will also see the return of Joe Dinicol, who was last seen in the 150th episode, as Rory/Ragman, Susanna Thompson as Oliver's mother Moira Queen, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, Sea Shimooka as Emiko Queen, and Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt. This is sure to be an episode that DC fans are not going to want to miss. However, it will be a bitter sweet affair.

The official synopsis for the Arrow series finale reads: "After eight seasons, and the launch of countless superheroes, the series wraps up the story of the Green Arrow (Stephen Amell)." That doesn't really tell us much, but we do know about the flashback scenes, which should be pretty intriguing. Thankfully we don't have to wait too much longer for the show to air. You can check out the Arrow series finale images below, thanks to the Pagey on Infinite Earths Twitter account.

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