The ninth and final season of The Flash speeds our way Wednesday night, February 8 on The CW, and FlashTVNews’ Craig Byrne had the opportunity to see the premiere and ask Executive Producer/Showrunner Eric Wallace a bunch of questions about what is coming up. Some things, of course, are going to have to wait until after the season premiere has aired, but for now, enjoy our conversation previewing the final season, where [ideally] there won’t be anything spoilery to the level of ruining anything. Then of course follow @FlashTVNews on Twitter for updates on when Part 2 goes up after the premiere! Enjoy our one-on-one interview below.
FLASHTVNEWS & KSITETV’s CRAIG BYRNE: The season premiere kicks off with a lot of “WestAllen.” Can you talk about what fans have to look forward to there, and will this Barry and Iris interaction continue throughout the season?
THE FLASH SHOWRUNNER ERIC WALLACE: Yes, yes, yes! What they have to look forward to is a lot more Barry and Iris. Unlike the last few seasons, which was very important to develop Barry’s character and level him up as the hero, but also separately to level up Iris as a journalist, with the Citizen, getting a new office, getting a new staff, all of those things.. the difference this year is now that they’ve established themselves individually, as a couple, I’m happy to report they’re better than ever, and we’re gonna see it almost each and every week, especially when they kind of go on their “Babymoon” adventure. Some of it we’ll see on camera, some of it we won’t, because they’ve got to fight crime at some point. But it’s the Barry and Iris season, I’m very happy to say.
When writing the season premiere, was there a hope that it would air on February 1?
Up until like a month out, that was happening. We were so excited. We were like “this is great! We’re premiering on February 1 and it’s a Groundhog Day episode! They’re gonna watch it as it happens… it’s gonna be terrific!” And then they said “hey, we’re gonna bump it for a week” and we went “okay, that’s fine. No worries.” But I’d like to think we’ve made a perennial Groundhog Day classic. [Laughs]
A question we got on Twitter: Will we get an opportunity to see Iris, Joe, and Wally all in a scene together this year?
No. And here’s the reason why: It’s not because we don’t want to; there are plenty of scenes with Joe and Iris, or Iris and Wally, but we only have Jesse [Jesse L. Martin] for a handful of episodes this year, because he has a show he’s going to [the new NBC series The Irrational]. So when Keiynan [Lonsdale] came to join us for his one-off episode, Jesse was unavailable, because he’s on his other show. So, unfortunately, no, there is no scene with three of them together.
Will we finally see Baby Jenna this year?
I think you should keep watching for that, and ask that question four months from now. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
Did it take much coaxing to get Stephen Amell to come back?
No, not at all. As soon as I came up with a crazy idea of bringing Oliver back, Greg [Berlanti] and I both talked to Stephen and he immediately said “let’s do this.” We were so honored to have him back, and he was so excited to come back. And we did one thing that was in that episode you’ll see that was a bucket list request from Stephen – something he didn’t get to do on Arrow, and we got to do it on his Flash episode. No spoilers. I won’t tell you what it is. But get ready for some tears. It’s a very emotional episode.
Speaking of things that might bring us tears, will the series finale serve as just the end of The Flash or as a conclusion to the Arrowverse as well?
It’s just the end of The Flash. In our minds and in our hearts, the Arrowverse continues. Who knows what may happen afterwards? I don’t mean that just because of Superman & Lois. It definitely continues. Without spoilers, there’s a moment in the final episode that literally addresses how this is just the beginning of the Arrowverse and the adventures of The Flash. Not the end.
How has it felt to be breaking down the series finale?
It’s been very emotional for myself and for the entire writing staff, as we realize there are so many things we want to pack into a series finale. There are so many emotional things that we have to tie up. There are so many plot threads that have been hanging since Season 1…. it’s been incredibly rewarding, yet difficult, yet the happiest difficult task we’ve ever had to do. It’s the most happy, difficult task I’ve ever had the privilege of being a part of. Every time we write a scene in the cortex, we say to ourselves, “this might be the final cortex scene.” Or a scene with a particular character, especially when we were writing the Oliver Queen episode, it was very clear to us “wow, we’re never gonna get to write Oliver Queen ever again.” Everyone got very emotional about it in the best way possible.
All of the season has been a labor of love – from the cast, and the crew, and the writers, and the directors, and everybody who’s been a part of this final season…. we’re just trying to make the best season ever, and go out with a truly unforgettable and emotionally satisfying finale.
Are we to consider the Earth-Prime comics to be canon?
I would say yes, because literally, as you’ll see with that – again, no spoilers – we know what happened at the end of the Earth-Prime comics with the character of Bloodwork, and we know somehow, Bloodwork is coming back to our show. Could those two things be connected? Of course! They’re canon.
What are the chances we’ll see any of the actors that you worked with on Teen Wolf this season? [Our sneaky way of asking about Tyler Hoechlin]
Very low. I’m literally trying to get Tyler [Hoechlin] to come back as Superman, and it’s very difficult to schedule. It’s very, very tough. I don’t really we’re going to be able to make that happen, and that’s not anybody’s fault. It’s just scheduling, and the fact that we didn’t know it was going to be the last season, and then when we got the last season, we were hoping for more episodes – 20 or 22 -snd in a 13 episode order, there’s only so much time that we have. So sadly, no. I don’t think I’m gonna be able to get anybody from Teen Wolf. Although, Teen Wolf is back and their movie is fantastic, so kudos to them!
Beyond Dreamer coming this season, there are some references to some Supergirl characters in the season premiere. Can you talk about those?
When you hear us addressing folks off camera that way, those are folks who we’d love to get on the show, but unfortunately couldn’t. But it’s very important for us as an Arrowverse show to say to the audience “hey, these characters are still alive and out there, and doing just fine.” So. you’ll hear us name drop other Arrowverse characters throughout the season, just very matter of fact.
I even think we name drop the Hall of Justice at some point. Things are all happening off camera, even if we don’t see them. They’re part of the Arrowverse world. The Arrowverse is still alive. This is just the end of The Flash this season.
It was just announced that Rick Cosnett was returning for the final season. What can you tell us about that and what it means to bring him back in?
Barry’s journey this year is that he has to reconcile the past. Iris’ journey this year is to reconcile with the future. As we learn in the season premiere, the solution to both of those, after you reconcile your respective past and future, you have to to live in the present, and live in the moment. Bringing [Eddie] back is very much a part of Barry’s story, especially in the back half, of coming to terms with hanging threads emotionally that haven’t been resolved from Barry Allen’s past. So, we had to bring Rick back, in order to do that. You just have to. I think people are going to really love the emotional story that we have coming up between Grant and Rick.
What else would you like to say about the season premiere and the final season?
In many ways, Barry and Iris’ journey is just beginning. It doesn’t seem apparent in the premiere, but the whole season is so connected this year. What we’re really gonna see when we get to the series finale is all of the things we were talking about in the series premiere: Barry being the person who’s obsessed with getting a map to the future, because he figures it’ll lock it all down, and Iris being the person who is like “free will! We can shape the fate that we make…” paraphrasing Terminator 2 now, obviously. Sorry, Jim Cameron! But those two themes kick off the entire journey for the rest of the year, and we’re going to learn they’ve been really struggling with those two things the whole nine years. That’s what becomes apparent over the course of the season. So that’s why I would say tune in to this premiere, because it really is going to inform the journey that Barry and Iris have been on since Day One, and put a fresh perspective on it…. one that pays off in a big way in our Season 9 series finale.
The Flash Season 9 premiere airs Wednesday, February 8 at 8PM ET/PT on The CW. See some photos from the season premiere here!
The Flash: Speaking With Tom Cavanagh Before Tonight’s Finale
Tom Cavanagh discusses his return as the Reverse Flash in the series finale of the Flash airing March 24
Tom Cavanagh was a part of The Flash from the start, first playing Harrison Wells-but-actually-the Reverse Flash, and then giving us a myriad of Wells throughout the multiverse. He’s also proven himself to be a fantastic director, helming multiple episodes of The Flash as well as fellow CW superhero staple Superman & Lois. Tonight, he’s back in front of the camera, playing Barry’s arch enemy once again.
FlashTVNews spoke with Tom Cavanagh in the days leading to tonight’s finale, and here are some highlights of that conversation:
How did it feel to be back? “I think the emotions are probably very different for somebody like myself or Carlos Valdes who decided to leave after Season 6; myself with the knowledge that [I have] this parachute of the fact that I play the Reverse Flash and he’s gonna come in every four or five months and blow up Central City and try and kill the Flash. It was a tremendous situation for me, because that’s exactly how it played out. I got to come back, and see my friends, and put on the suit, and enjoy that. It was just a grand circumstance anytime out to see the crew and the cast and put on that suit.”
On the importance of bringing the Reverse Flash back for the series finale: “It was understood that when we got to the series finale, that we have to include the Joker to the Batman; or in this case, Reverse Flash to The Flash.”
Would he like to play Reverse Flash again? “Reverse Flash, for me, was just a joy to play, as an antagonist or arch-enemy. There’s charisma to that character, and I delighted in. I would suit up again in a heartbeat.”
Cavanagh has pitch for a return on a possible Reverse Flash spinoff project. “Here’s my pitch: What if Reverse Flash, with all his villainy, fell for a civilian and then suddenly that complicated his agenda? Where would he go with his paramour, and how would it affect him? Would he then be able to carry through on his designs of destroying Barry? The reason we didn’t do that on The Flash was because you’d need to call that show Reverse Flash. We’ve got The Flash, which I wholeheartedly support. That being said, I think there’s room in the multiverse now that The Flash is over for us to explore that. And so, that’s my pitch for a Reverse Flash spinoff.”
Is Eobard afraid of any of the other speedsters? “Heck no, and that will be readily apparent in the finale.”
Was it fun to play Eobard insulting Eddie and Hunter Zolomon in the finale? “Poor Teddy Sears. Poor Rick Cosnett. Grand humans, all. And then, they roll on camera and it’s just, like, me taking shots. Teddy would quote them back to me a month later and I’d ask ‘who said that?’ ‘You said it!’ It’s so fast and furious, that I can’t keep track sometimes. I have to say, there’s one descriptor for those guys: It’s ‘tolerant’.”
Any final words for the fans who have followed the series for nine years? “I think it’s great that you bring that up, because often times, when a show has run a long time, a lot of the concentration is on the people who are the face of the show on camera, but off camera is the audience. They are the reason we were even given these nine years. It’s never lost on me. I remember [Superman & Lois and former Flash showrunner] Todd Helbing saying this: ‘These people invite us into their homes for an hour a week, and it is such a privilege and a responsibility. We want to let them know that we don’t take it lightly.’ That would be the message that I would like to basically parrot. Certainly, we’re grateful for the audience showing up week after week, which gave us those nine years. And even though I’m sure we didn’t always succeed story wise, it’s important for us to let the audience know that it was not from lack of trying. We understood that they were the reason we were there, and we were always doing our best to try to tell stories that they would enjoy, and keep coming back.”
The Flash series finale airs tonight on The CW.
Flashback: Revisiting Our Earliest Flash Cast Interviews
FlashTVNews revisits our earliest interviews with the cast of The Flash.
The final episode of The Flash airs tonight (May 24) at 8PM ET/PT on The CW… and we’re feeling pretty retrospective right now. Sure, we have a new interview with Tom Cavanagh that will be posted this afternoon, but beyond that, we’re thinking about the long run that got us here.
FlashTVNews had the opportunity over the years to interview almost every series regular in the show’s 9-season run, at one time or another. Whether it was at a Comic-Con, a carpet for a crossover, or the very first Flash appearance at the Television Critics Association press tour… we were there. Below you can find some of those interviews, starting from the TCA Press Tour and moving down the list. Sadly, we never did get to do video with such folks as Brandon McKnight, Jon Cor, or Kayla Compton… but if you want to see how the cast was talking about the show in the early days, this may be a treat for you. And again, the series finale “A New World, Part Four” airs tonight at 8PM ET/PT.
Candice Patton (Iris West):
Jesse L. Martin (Joe West):
Tom Cavanagh (Eobard Thawne/Various Wells):
Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon):
Rick Cosnett (Eddie Thawne):
Grant Gustin (Barry Allen… the fastest man alive!):
Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow):
John Wesley Shipp (Daddy Flash):
Teddy Sears (Zoom/Jay Garrick/Hunter Zolomon):
Jessica Parker Kennedy (Nora West-Allen):
Keiynan Lonsdale (Wally West):
Danielle Nicolet (
The Seal Cecile Horton/Virtue):
Michelle Harrison (Nora WHY DID I SAY THAT NAME):
Patrick Sabongui (Captain Singh):
The Flash: Eric Wallace Would Be Open To Continuing The Story
Flash Showrunner Eric Wallace discusses the possibility of Flash audio adventures after the series is done.
Could there be a continuation of The Flash after Wednesday’s final episode? It’s possible.
Before he landed on The Flash, Showrunner Eric Wallace had been involved with Big Finish Productions’ audio continuations of the classic gothic TV soap Dark Shadows, having written or co-written three stories for the studio. Stories like the ones told by Big Finish can keep a franchise alive – they were the leading source of new Doctor Who stories during the “wilderness years” between the 1996 Paul McGann TV movie and Christopher Eccleston’s debut in 2005’s “Rose.”
When we spoke with Eric Wallace prior to the launch of The Flash Season 9 earlier this year (well before the current writers’ strike), we asked him if he’d have any interest in writing Flash audio adventures one day, and in addition, which character from Dark Shadows lore he would “borrow” to meet Team Flash if he ever could, a very nerdy question that might only be understood by a fraction of the audience reading this website.
“Yes, I would love to,” he confirmed. “Not immediately.. give me a year off, I need a break… but I would love to write a Flash audio adventure at some point in the future, to tell the stories that I wasn’t able to tell during this particular moment.”
As for the second part of the question, asked only for fun? “I already know what the answer is, but I’m gonna qualify it: I would want to bring over Barnabas Collins, but I think the more appropriate character to come on to this show is Quentin, because Quentin is a man out of time, much moreso than Barnabas is. Barnabas was locked in a coffin and then woke up after 200 years and is dealing with past baggage, so obviously, he would have a lot to talk about with Barry Allen. But Quentin is a man of the past who was thrust into modern times, and actually starts to adjust, but a curse follows him, so he can’t ever have a future, so seems to me that there’s a definite story between Quentin and Iris, right there.”
And that’s not all: “Having said that, Julia [Dr. Julia Hoffman] and Reverend Trask are my next two favorites. I have to sneak them in too somehow,” he said, making us wonder why we never managed to get the actors David Selby or Jerry Lacy on The Flash TV show as Max Mercury or a character in that vein.
In the months since this interview was conducted, Grant Gustin has also addressed his Flash future beyond May 24:
“I think regardless of if I put the suit on again or not – and I love this – I’ll be associated with this character for the rest of my life, so if anybody wants to call me about The Flash, I will take the phone call and hear them out,” Grant said in a recent interview with EW.
Maybe this means May 24 won’t be the end after all…