In not-so-surprising news, the CW has confirmed that The Flash will end with its upcoming ninth season.
Eric Wallace, who took over as showrunner on The Flash with Season 6, confirmed the show’s end in a statement to the press. He thanked the cast, writers, producers and crew throughout the years for all of their hard work, while celebrating Barry’s long-running story on the small screen. “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,” Wallace said. “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.”
Speculation that The Flash would be canceled began earlier this year when it was revealed that leading man Grant Gustin was renegotiating a deal for just one more season. News that was later followed by the revelation that Candice Patton was also looking to sign on for just one more season, too. Of course, news that the CW would also be going up for sale didn’t help to stop speculation. After news of the potential sale hit, the CW began canceling shows left and right, including Legends of Tomorrow and Batgirl. Thankfully, unlike those two shows, fans of The Flash will get a chance to see storylines receive a proper ending.
While its views continued to drop throughout the years, The Flash still remained one of the CW’s most-watched shows in its eighth season, averaging around 1 million viewers and ranking among its most-streamed series on digital platforms. In its absence, it’ll leave behind Superman & Lois, Gotham Knights, and Stargirl, three DC Comics projects that are separate from the former Arrowverse that once ruled the network.
The Flash‘s ninth – and final – season will conclude with a 13-episode run next year as part of The CW’s midseason roster. Production on Season 9 will kick off sometime next month.