CW’s The Flash is finally coming to an end on 2023, and it’s been a long journey for the cast and crew of the show. With only Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, and Danielle Panabaker remaining of the OG cast, the show is all set to end its run in Central City after its 9th season next year.
Change of Heart for Showrunner Wallace
For many fans, and even some cast members, The Flash was supposed to end after its eighth season this year, when the season finale aired on The CW on 29th June. But Eric Wallace, the showrunner, somehow had a change of heart (and mind) and set up the storyline so that it was only a season finale, and not the series finale many were expecting.
Especially after the show’s lead Grant Gustin, who plays the fastest man alive, renewed his contract with the executives to keep playing Barry Allen, did the showrunners make up their mind for one more season. The final one.
Wallace told in a TVLine interview that they had to change almost the whole storyline so that the season finale did not end up being the series finale it was intended to be.
“We had to change the whole final scene” and “rewrite it three different times,” he said. “Because when it was a series finale, we had to have a much more deep conversation with Barry and Iris, dealing with the fact that they were going to have kids soon.” He also added, “It was a little bit sexier, and it was a lot more romantic of a scene. I really liked it.”
The Flash Comes to an End
Since the show’s premiere back in 2014, it’s been a journey and more for the people working on it, as well as the fans. Grant’s quirkiness, Panabekar’s sometimes sweet sometimes sassy attitude, and Patton’s calming vibe have been guiding the show for a long time. Also, lowkey adding how much I miss Carlos Valdes’s Cisco!
But for the last couple of seasons, the show has been going a little downhill, with the number of viewers getting low. The eighth season averaged around 1 million viewers, almost 30-40% less than its previous one. So it’s not that much of a surprise that the execs were thinking of ending it there. But I guess one more season won’t hurt.
The Flash’s executive producer, Eric Wallace, said 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.”
Here’s what the fans have to say about the announcement
I have so many emotions right now. This was one of the first tv shows i watched weekly, till now. It's been a rollercoaster of emotions, since the very first episode.
— Addison 🦋 (@NerdAddison) August 1, 2022
End of an era
— Leafy (@leafy342) August 1, 2022
Oh my god. It’s been almost 10 years since the show released?
— Krish Asija (@krishasija531) August 1, 2022
LETSSS GOOOOOO FINALLYYYYY
— ❗️Ramon❗️ (@ramonarturo711) August 1, 2022
The Flash season 9 will begin production sometime in September 2022.