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Arrow stars Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards celebrate series finale at C2E2 2020

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Feb 29, 2020, 6:02 PM EST

Oliver Queen and the rest of the Arrow crew may have had their lovely "Fadeout" after the long-running CW show aired its finale at the end of January, but that doesn't mean there isn't more to talk about in the world of Star City (and its wide-ranging multiverse). So when stars Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards sat down at their C2E2 2020 panel, fans were ready to dish about the end of a legendary run that spawned so much superhero TV that crossover events have become standard operating procedure -- and of course the backdoor pilot of Green Arrow and the Canaries.

Although the shows Arrow inspired with its entire superhero universe will outlive it, its stars were thankful for the prolific run ... and in a contemplative place after its final episode. Amell explained that he's gaining increased perspective on the show's impact now that "people are coming up to [him] and talking about the show in the past tense." What's Amell doing in all the time he has now that he's not fighting crime? "I feel a little like a man without a country," Amell said. "I'm excited to get back to work."

"It was a surprise for me," Rickards said of returning for the finale, which was kicked off by a phone call from showrunner Beth Schwartz. She said that the script went back and forth until finally locking down her appearance a few weeks before shooting, which she described as a "high school reunion." The nostalgia was there for sure, but what about other feelings from the show wrapping up? "I don't feel like I have any regrets because I got to call Superman "Clark," which was not in the script," Amell said. He said that the director at the time said he was supposed to call him Superman, but Amell insisted on the change.

But one of the most impressive revelations was about the pair's final moments together: something that transcended the usual operations of TV production. "The scene where we say goodbye to each other in the cabin," Amell said, "the director shot one master, one on Emily, and one on me. And then wrapped it." Rickards chimed in that "what you see is what you get" in this series of first takes. A serendipitous end to a lovely, long-running relationship.

Fans can read all of SYFY WIRE's C2E2 2020 coverage here.