Also, I'm sure you've all heard but...
Michael Rosenbaum and Kristen Kreuk will not be back as series regulars.
I love Lex. I love him to pieces. I am very sad about this. MR is my fave Lex out of all the Lex Luthors I have watched. For me, SV was all about Clark and Lex and the choices they made. It was a parallel journey. But, both he and KK are looking to negotiate some limited appearances so they'll still be around in some capacity. But I'll still miss him.
I'm sad for KK, but I admit she was my least favorite character. It's not that I hate Lana. I didn't like how prolonged Clana was and I also felt the writers had nothing to give her. As an actress, she must have been frustrated that her character really didn't have much to do. They certainly tried several times, and I appreciated the Small arc in S2. I *like* Lana this season. So it will be sad to see her not as a regular, but at the same time, I hope this gives the writers a chance to write Clark unattached and moving on in his life. Just please don't make her a martyr, PTB.
I assume that everyone else will be back.
We'll see what happens. If handled right, S8 could be pretty good. Maybe Clana can be put behind us, Clark can focus on journalism and his destiny, and we can see more with Lois, Chloe, and Jimmy.