CW officially announces that Eric Wallace’s The Flash starring Grant Gustin ends its near-decade run with upcoming Season 9. The series has run a long way from the first appearance of Barry Allen in Arrow starring Stephen Amell. Many years, several villains and new generation speedsters later, here we are posting that The Flash is approaching its end in its season 9.
Deadline confirms that the finale season marks the last for the Scarlet Speedster’s television series. Particularly, this is because Gustin apparently has signed on for one last year.
CW Officially Ends The Flash On Season 9
Season 9 will of course pick up where Season 8 left off. In an interview with TVline, showrunner Eric Wallace talked about the recently concluded season and its ramifications for The Flash’s finale season. There seems to be a return for Tom Cavanagh’s Reverse-Flash even though it appears that the character is gone in the recent season finale. When TVline asked if they have an idea on how the final face-off happens, Wallace answered:
No, not yet — because when we were writing the finale for Season 8, we thought that was the series finale. So we were like, “We’ve got to have the greatest, most epic battle ever between Grant [Gustin] and Tom! That’s how it has to end.” And after the script was done and we were getting ready to start prep, that’s when we got the news that we would be getting a ninth season. So we were like, “Oh crap, we just did the ultimate battle. How are we supposed to ever top that? Then it was like, “Let’s just kill him for now and worry about that later.” [Laughs] Because Reverse-Flash and the Negative Reverse-Flash, just like Frost, are dead. I mean, they are dead. Now… having said that… it is a comic book show, and I’m pretty sure that in Season 9, there’s some reason that you might see Tom Cavanagh again. I won’t go into it, but that’s a pretty safe bet.
Wallace also shed light into the love story between Barry and Iris. Coming from Season 8, the showrunner said that audiences can expect Barry and Iris to be more “together”. Furthermore, he states that it would be “very exciting”. Specifically:
…I can unequivocally say that in Season 9 you will see much, much more of Barry and Iris together. Not just together in the same room, but together in all ways. It’s something that is a part of the new approach for the new season. Every season is different, and Season 9 is going to be very, very fun and very exciting.
The reason we can do that is because of what [WestAllen] have been through over the last season-and-a-half specifically, being apart and growing individually. As we see in this finale, Iris was the last person to have not “leveled up” yet, and we get to see it actually happen in the episode. Now that she has completed her journey of leveling up, she and Barry can both face what is coming in Season 9 together, as a couple. So you will see much more of them together, unlike what you saw in Season 8 at times.
Danielle Panabaker’s Frost can also be expected in the finale season. Wallace explains:
Danielle told the truth, and I’m keeping my promise to her. Frost is dead. But Danielle Panabaker is still a regular on The Flash, and we heard her voice speaking to Mark…. That begs the question, who’s in there? Is it Caitlin, or is it something else? That is something we will see immediately at the top of Season 9 — and I think everyone will be as surprised as Mark is.
CW Officially Ends The Flash On Season 9
While the return of Reverse Flash may be imminent, a new formidable villain is waiting just down the pipeline. Season 8 finale featured a blue crystal as the last scene flashed to the future. Wallace hints that the finale season will be call to a well-known comic book villain for The Flash. Wallace teases:
The hardcore comic book fans know what’s coming; those who don’t, I’m not spoiling it here, so it’s going to be a big surprise for them. But yes, we’re pulling directly from the comic books here, and boy is it going to be fun.
Screenrant posted that the possible villain is Cobalt Blue. As the final episode of Season 8 has mentioned that a new avatar may be chosen, Cobalt Blue may be the next and ultimate villain to end The Flash in Season 9.
We do look forward to have this DC superhero wrap up his story in his universe speedily wonderful. For The Flash and for everyone whose lives it has touched.