The Flash: A Look Back at The Road to Season 9; S09E01 Sneak Preview
With the Arrowverse series' final run kicking off tonight, here's a look at "The Road to Season 9" and a sneak preview for The Flash S09E01.
As I'm writing this, the ninth & final season opener of The CW's Grant Gustin (Barry Allen), Candice Patton (Iris West-Allen) & Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow)-starring The Flash is less than an hour away from hitting screens on the east coast. So we wanted to share a little something different to go along with our overviews & preview images for S09E01 "Wednesday Ever After," S09E02 "Hear No Evil," and S09E03 "Rogues of War." What follows is a look back at "The Road to Season 9," a compilation of our more personalized coverage of the show's final run from the day the bad news broke back in August 2022 to some looks a what might've been if the series was afforded a 10th season (or a full 20-episode Season 9 order).
The Flash: The Road to Season 9 & What Might've Been
Beginning with the original announcement, here's a look back at what Gustin, Patton, Panabaker, Stephen Amell (Arrow). Javicia Leslie (Batwoman), David Ramsey (John Diggle), and Showrunner Eric Wallace had to share about the Arrowverse series' past and present… and the future that could've been:
Arrowverse Series Ending Run with 13-Episode Season 9
Danielle Panabaker Responds to Season 9/Series Finale News
Grant Gustin Posts Heartfelt Video on Arrowverse Series End
Grant Gustin Posts Training Vid, Not Happy With Shaving
The Flash Star Candice Patton Comments on Series Ending & More
The Flash S09 Filming Starts; Grant Gustin Shares Message, S01 Images
Grant Gustin's "Last First Time" Putting on Suit for Season
John Wesley Shipp Offers Grant Gustin "Parting Gift" Advice
Danielle Panabaker Brings Fans to Work With Her
The Flash Star Grant Gustin Offers Season 9 Filming Update & More
Patton on #WestAllen "Legacy," Guest Stars & More
The Flash Season 9 A "High School Reunion with Metahumans": Martin
Javicia Leslie REALLY Misses Her Batwoman Costume
The Flash/Batwoman: Javicia Leslie & Candice Patton's Best Team-Up Yet
Batwoman Star Javicia Leslie's "Still Telling HERstory"
The Flash Season 9 Filming Now at Halfway Point: Danielle Panabaker
Arrow Star Stephen Amell: The Flash Final Season Return Would Be "Fun"
The Flash Season 9 Ep. 9 Pre-Production Begins; Panabaker Directing
Danielle Panabaker Shows How a Director Preps
Here's The Reason Why Monday's Season 9 Trailer Didn't Drop
The Flash Season 9 Trailer Non-Drop Start of The CW/Nexstar Rebrand?
The Flash/Arrow Update: Ep. 9 Filming This Week; Panabaker, Amell Reax
David Ramsey's "Back In the Lab" & More Updates
The Flash/Arrow Video: Amell "Honored" (Now Stop Asking Him Questions)
The Flash: Stephen Amell Video Covers "Surreal" Arrowverse Return
The Flash Season 9: Danielle Panabaker Offers Ep. 9 Update, BTS Looks
The Flash, Arrow, Spartan & Kid Flash Reunite on Season 9 Ep. 9 Set
The Flash: Danielle Panabaker Confirms Ep. 909 Wrap; Season 9 Trailer
The Flash: Danielle Panabaker Shares Photos from Show's Early Days
The Flash Season 9: Candice Patton Shares Look at West Family Reunion
The Flash Season 9: Danielle Panabaker Q&A; S02 "Flashback" Poster
The Flash S09: Danielle Panabaker Looks Back on Frost-Filled Seasons
The Flash Season 9: Arrow's Stephen Amell Pitched "This Extra Thing"
The Flash Showrunner Puts to Rest Arrowverse Series Finale Fan Theory
The Flash Season 9: Stephen Amell Return "Not Throwing Out" Arrow End
Grant Gustin "Will Always Be The Flash for a Certain Generation": EP
The Flash Showrunner on Season 9 "Mission Statement," WestAllen & More
The Flash: The CW Deprived Legends of Tomorrow Fans of Another Finale
The Flash Future: Blackest Night, Forever War, Justice League & More
S09E01, S09E02 & S09E03 Images, Overviews & More!
The Flash Season 9 Episode 1 "Wednesday Ever After": SEASON PREMIERE – Barry (Gustin) creates a map book to guide him and Iris (Patton) throughout their future in order to keep her safe, but the results are not what he expected, and instead, they relive the same day over and over again. Joe (Jesse L. Martin) has a heart-to-heart with Cecile (Danielle Nicolet). A new big bad is introduced to Team Flash, and friends and foes, old and new, begin to descend upon Central City. Vanessa Parise directed the episode with the story by Eric Wallace and teleplay by Thomas Pound & Sarah Tarkoff.
The Flash Season 9 Episode 2 "Hear No Evil": NEW KID IN TOWN – Barry (Gustin) feels guilty for what happened to Caitlin, and Mark (Jon Cor) comes up with a plan which makes everyone skeptical. Meanwhile, Red Death looms in Central City and commands that failure is not an option. Joe (Martin) asks Cecile (Nicolet) to make a choice which leads Cecile to think about the greater good. Allegra (Kayla Compton) and Chester (Brandon McKnight) take a step in a new direction. Lastly, old friends pay an unexpected visit to S.T.A.R. Labs. Eric Wallace directed the episode written by Jonathan Butler & Kristen Kim.
The Flash Season 9 Episode 3 "Rogues of War": ON THE MOVE – Barry (Gustin) and Iris (Patton) start to put together the pieces of what's happening in Central City and believe they know what the Rogues are after. Team Flash works together and recruits some unlikely allies to help, and the plan does not go as Team Flash expects. Meanwhile, Allegra (Compton) does her best to avoid having a conversation with Chester (McKnight). Brenton Spencer directed the episode, with a story by Sam Chalsen and written by Jeff Hersch & Jess Carson.
After defeating the Reverse Flash once and for all, the 13-episode Season 9 picks up one week later following their epic battle, and Barry Allen (Gustin) and Iris West-Allen (Patton) are reconnecting and growing closer than ever before. But when a deadly group of Rogues descends on Central City led by a powerful new threat, The Flash and his team – Caitlin Snow (Panabaker), Meta-Empath Cecile Horton (Danielle Nicolet), the light-powered meta Allegra Garcia (Kayla Compton), brilliant tech-nerd Chester P. Runk (Brandon McKnight), and reformed cryogenics thief Mark Blaine (Jon Cor) – must once again defy impossible odds to save the day. But as The Rogues are defeated, a deadly new adversary rises to challenge Barry Allen's heroic legacy. And in their greatest battle yet, Barry & Team Flash will be pushed to their limits to save Central City one last time.
Joining the cast for the show's final run are Javicia Leslie (Ryan Wilder/Batwoman), Nicole Maines (Nia Nal/Dreamer), Keiynan Lonsdale (Wally West/Kid Flash), David Ramsey (John Diggle/Spartan), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Ramsey Rosso/Bloodwork), Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Green Arrow), Rick Cosnett (CCPD Det. Eddie Thawne), Matt Letscher (Eobard Thawne(s)/Reverse-Flash), and Jessica Parker Kennedy (Nora West-Allen/XS).