It is official: The flashThe upcoming ninth season will be the last.
The CW announced Monday that the Grant Gustin-led DC Comics superhero drama from Warner Bros. TV and Greg Berlanti Productions will end with a final run of 13 episodes. The closing of one of the network’s most-watched shows will air in 2023 as part of its mid-season roster. Production on the final season will begin next month.
“Nine seasons! Saving nine years of Central City and taking the audience on an emotional journey full of heart, humor and spectacle. And now Barry Allen has reached the gate for his final race,” executive producer/showrunner Eric Wallace said in a statement Monday. “So many amazing people have given their talents, time and love to bring this amazing show to life every week. So, as we prepare to honor the show’s incredible legacy with our exciting final chapter, I’d like to thank our phenomenal cast, writers, producers and crew over the years who have helped The flash such an unforgettable experience for audiences around the world.”
News that The flash is coming to an end has been widely speculated since before the ninth season was officially announced as part of The CW’s early renewals in March. The series was due to end with season eight, but both the network and the studio were able to convince protagonist Gustin and co-stars, including Candice Patton, of new deals. That paved the way for a ninth season and Wallace and his company to rework last season’s ending, which was initially written as a final season as rumors of the show’s conclusion circulated for the past year.
Season eight ended as one of The CW’s most-watched shows of its past 2021-22 broadcast cycle, averaging over 1 million viewers and being one of the most-streamed series on digital platforms.
The flash was one of The CW’s early ventures into DC Comics properties under executive producer Berlanti. The shared universe helped redefine The CW and brought male viewers to what was previously a female network. Remaining DC properties set to join The flash on The CW’s schedule for 2022-23 include: Superman & Lois (season three) and rookie Gotham Knights. The last one joins The flash in 2023.
With the formal final just around the corner The flashthe series joins fellow Warner Bros. TV-produced drama Riverdale as a series ending in the 2022-23 season. The conclusion of both shows comes amid the reduced number of scripted originals from The CW, as the younger-leaning network is on sale, with broadcaster group Nexstar close to a deal to buy it from owners Warner Bros. TV and CBS Studios.
After canceling more shows than it has renewed/ordered for the first time in over a decade, The CW’s script also includes All American and its spin-off, Kung Fu, Nancy Drew, Superman & Lois, Walker and rookies Gotham Knights, Walker: Independence and supernatural precursor The Winchesters.