It’s the beginning of the end for The Flash on The CW. As reported by The Wrap, the long-running DC series is set to conclude its run on the network with the upcoming ninth season. It had been speculated for quite some time that season 9 would be the show’s last, but now it’s been confirmed. This may not mean merely an end for Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen, but the Arrowverse overall.
According to the report, The Flash season 9 will have an abbreviated run. The final season will run a total of 13 episodes. While that’s still more than a typical streaming or cable show, it’s a lot less than usual. The Flash season 8 had 20 episodes, for example. That means, the show will end its run with a whopping 184 episodes. That makes it one of the longest-running shows in The CW’s history.
Executive Producer Eric Wallace had this to say in a statement.
“Nine seasons! Nine years of saving Central City while taking audiences on an emotional journey full of heart, humor, and spectacle. And now Barry Allen has reached the starting gate for his last race. So many amazing people have given their talents, time, and love to bring this wonderful show to life each week. So, as we get ready to honor the show’s incredible legacy with our exciting final chapter, I want to say thank you to our phenomenal cast, writers, producers, and crew over the years who helped make ‘The Flash’ such an unforgettable experience for audiences around the world.”
The Flash kicked off its run in 2014, following in the footsteps of Arrow. Those shows helped launch what we now know as the Arrowverse. Over the years, other shows such as Supergirl, Black Lightning, Superman & Lois and Batwoman were also thrown into the mix. However, with the pending sale of The CW, the network has been winding down its programming. With The Flash now ending, it’s very likely the Arrowverse is over and done with.
Here is the synopsis for The Flash season 8 finale.
“SEASON FINALE – With The Flash (Grant Gustin) still reeling from everything that just happened, the rest of the team rallies to support him when he needs it the most. The series also stars Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Danielle Nicolet, Kayla Compton and Brandon McKnight. Marcus Stokes directed the episode written by Eric Wallace.”
Meanwhile, the only other DC shows on the network are Superman & Lois, which has been picked up for a third season, as well as Gotham Knights. That show, which is not based on the video game of the same name, is set to debut sometime next year. At this point, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine that being a one-and-done situation.
The Flash season 9 is expected to arrive in 2023.