'The Flash' Season 6: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Barry Allen's ultimate battle
The sixth installment will see Eric Wallace take Todd Helbing's place as the showrunner and will premiere on Tuesday, October 8. The season will also finally explain the 'Crisis on Infinite Earths'
Barry Allen aka The Flash has had a rough time in season 5. Things don't get to seem any easier for the Scarlet Speedster as the upcoming season finally dives into the "Crisis on Infinite Earths", which was teased since the first season. Here's what we know about the season so far.
'The Flash' Season 6 will premiere on Tuesday, October 8, on The CW in the US and Sky One in the UK.
Season 5 recap
Team Flash meets Nora, Barry and Iris' daughter from the future. While Iris expresses excitement, Barry is concerned she could alter the timeline based on his own mistakes with time travel. The fifth season sees them battle Cicada, a supervillain with the ability to absorb the life-force of others.
The series also has a crossover with Arrow and Supergirl where they battle A.M.A.Z.O., an android that can copy their abilities. The season finale will see the team battle Thawne, Barry's nemesis in the first season who returns again after the team disrupt the timelines in the Speed Force.
This threatens to wipe away Nora's existence and Thawne, who eventually escapes, reveals the only way to save Nora is for her to re-enter the Speed Force. She, however, refuses and is erased while hugging her parents. In the final few minutes of the episode, the date of the crisis in the future newspaper which reads 2024 changes to 2019.
At the end of Season 5, we saw Nora disappear. This set the emotional tone for Season 6, which was packed with heart-wrenching moments. The season began with Barry prepping his team for his disappearance in Crisis, as well as battling with the sinister Bloodwork (Sendhil Ramamurthy).
Bloodwork was locked away, and the Crisis saw the obliteration of the multiverse. The world was "rebirthed" again. However, that wasn’t the end of Barry’s problems, as the diabolic Mirrorverse arc became the mainstay of the second half of the season.
Iris was zapped into the Mirrorverse, thanks to Eva McCulloch, while a mirror-clone took her place. Not just this, Barry’s powers began to die as a repercussion due to the Crisis. Using all his remaining energy, Barry has to save Iris from the Mirrorverse before it’s too late…as well as himself.
Gustin is all set to be back in the new season as Barry Allen/The Flash . The actor and singer is also known for his role as Sebastian Smythe on the Fox series 'Glee'.
Candice Kristina Patton will be back in her role as Iris West on the CW television series 'The Flash'. She is also popular for her recurring role in the BET television series 'The Game'.
Tom Cavanagh hopefully makes an appearance as Harrison Wells while Jesse L Martin will be back as Joe West. Other cast members set to return include Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost and Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne. Carlos Valdes, who plays Cisco/Vibe will not be returning in the sixth season.
Showrunner Todd Helbing is stepping down in order to work on new projects for Warner Bros. after being part of 'The Flash' since inception and will be replaced by Eric Wallace. Wallace has written a few episodes in season 4, including 'The Flash Reborn', 'Therefore I Am', 'Run Iris Run' and 'Elseworlds Part 1.'
With all the hullabaloo around 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' and more challenges for Barry Allen in the upcoming season, The Flash has turned into Arrowverse's flagship show even though Arrow came first. The show is high on demand among superhero fans.
In 2019, the Arrowverse slate will change by leaps and bounds. While the 10-episode Arrow Season 8 will be the end of Oliver Queen's story, the CW are already set to get a full series for Batwoman after she made her Arrowverse debut in the 'Elseworlds' crossover event.
Showrunner Wallace spoke to comicbook about the upcoming season. “We're going to divide [the season] up into graphic novels,” he said. He also added that the show will be divided into two halves - before and after Crisis on Infinite Earths, which was teased earlier this year. He continued: “The back half of the season is all about dealing with the fallout from [Crisis’] events.”
In the face of the relentless coronavirus pandemic, 'The Flash' showrunners had to cut the season short, and so we will be left with a nerve-wracking cliffhanger, which will pave the way for Season 7. Grant Gustin, who plays the role of the Scarlet Speedster, revealed the news of Season 8 and 9 on the podcast 'Inside of You' with Michael Rosenbaum.
Regarding the possibility of more seasons, Gustin said, "The conversations actually had started already for adding a potential eighth and ninth [season], but then this pandemic happened, and everything has stopped." Asked when production will be back, he said, "I don’t know when we’re back, and I don’t know when we’re going to continue the renegotiation talks."
Barry Allen has defeated several villains over the years. So who is it going to be in the new season? In a two-minute trailer, the show producers teased the new villain of the show, Bloodwork!
Now, here's a clip posted by the official account of The Flash to tease the release date of the new season. "A reckoning is coming. #TheFlash returns Tuesday, October 8 on The CW," the caption reads.
It's going to be one hell of a cliffhanger of Season 6, as Barry Allen has to save Iris from the Mirrorverse as well as get his powers back and defeat Eva McCulloch.
A few pictures of the cast from 'The Flash' season six set featuring Grant Gustin and company were leaked. Check out the photos here:
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