'The Flash' season 6 may see Kid Flash take over Barry Allen's mantle if the Scarlet Speedster dies in Crisis on Infinite Earths
It is still unclear if season 6 will be the final time we see the speedster and the second half may just give us a glimpse of Wally as the new Flash.
Stephen Amell's Oliver Queen, aka Green Arrow, death was foretold by The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett). He would die during the 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' and that essentially paves the way for his daughter Mia Smoak to continue his legacy. The other superhero most likely to bite the dust would be Grant Gustin's Barry Allen, aka The Flash.
Speaking of Barry, the character dies in the comics version of 'Crisis.' If The CW is to stick to the comic plotlines of 'Crisis', then Flash's death would be pretty sad. The story follows him being imprisoned in the anti-matter universe. But he manages to break free and realizes that the Anti-Monitor was building an anti-matter cannon that would destroy multiple universes in one blow.
In an attempt to sabotage and destroy the cannon, Flash runs at a speed he has never run before to create a vibrational frequency that destabilizes the cannon's core. While the ploy works, it comes at a price and that is Barry's physical form disintegrating, leaving only his costume.
We already know that the upcoming season of 'The Flash' would be split into two parts — pre-crisis and the aftermath. If Barry dies, we may see his mantle taken over by the next speedster in the team. The obvious choice here is Wally West, aka Kid Flash. He was trained by Barry and even assisted the Scarlet Speedster on taking down the metas.
It doesn’t help that season five of 'The Flash' revealed a future timeline where Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) inexplicably disappears during an unspecified "crisis." Grant Gustin, while speaking during the San Diego Comic-Con panel for 'The Flash' season six, suggested that the impending sense of doom is what ties all the shows together. "The Monitor shows up in our first episode," Gustin revealed. "I think our connection is our impending demise... They can keep making the show without me," he said.
At the same time, we cannot completely reject the possibility of a more permanent end to Barry’s run. If it does come down to him making the ultimate sacrifice, the show can continue without Barry and bring back Keiynan Lonsdale's Wally West to become Central City's new Scarlet Speedster. Perhaps a change in costume as well?
While it is still unclear if season 6 will be the final time we see the speedster, the second half may just give us a glimpse of Wally as the new Flash. When you think about it, it isn't such a bad thing after all. Wally was the Flash for a new generation that saw the formation of the Justice League. He was also seen in the animated series and was a solid superhero in the comics. It would be heartbreaking to see Barry die, but it also means there's an opportunity to come into his own.
'The Flash' season 6 will hit The CW on Tuesday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET.