the flash returned from a months-long mid-season hiatus Wednesday night, kicking off the next story arcs for the long-running The CW series. While the DC Comics-inspired show has been entertaining audiences for nearly a decade, there has been speculation about its long-term future, as it and many shows currently running on the network have yet to be released. renewed for new seasons. For the moment, we do not know if the flash will return for a ninth season, even as series star Grant Gustin is reportedly set to renew his contract for more episodes. In a recent interview with Weekly entertainmentThe Flash showrunner Eric Wallace addressed the future of the series and revealed that he is currently writing the Season 8 finale as if that should also be a fitting send off for the series.
“We’re writing the season finale as we speak, and I’m happy to report that everything will be resolved by the end of Season 8, so we can start fresh and clean, should we, touch du bois, being able to have the privilege of doing a season 9,” Wallace explained, of Iris West-Allen’s (Candice Patton) “timesickness” story.
“I have to do both,” Wallace revealed. “I’ve known the ending for a few years now. We’re coming to the end of a three-year masterplan that I had with the show in seasons 6, 7, and 8. But the actual ending-ending, I have to write two ends, because I don’t know what the future holds. I know what I’m hoping for. I really hope there’s a season 9, but I need to make sure I get closure on all of them. the character arcs depending on how it’s going. But then I also have to film a tag or a teaser that potentially sets up another year. So that’s a challenge, but it’s a challenge that we like to do as writers. even more interesting and intense, but I think it will be worth it.”
In 2020, Gustin revealed on the Inside You with Michael Rosenbaum podcast that the COVID-19 pandemic had blocked conversations around a hypothetical Season 8 and Season 9 renewal of the flash.
“Conversations had actually already started to add a potential eighth and ninth [season]but then this pandemic happened, and everything stopped,” Gustin explained at the time. “We don’t know when we’ll be back, and I don’t know when we’ll continue the renegotiation talks. “
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