The Flash Star Grant Gustin Offers Season 9 Filming Update & More

Earlier this month, we learned that filming was underway on the ninth & final season of The CW's Grant Gustin, Candice Patton & Danielle Panabaker-starring The Flash. Since that time, the trio has made sure to find the time to keep fans connected with the production as it begins its final run. This time around, Panabaker is sharing the ultimate proof that one posts when they want to show that they're on the set and filming. Yup, we got a look at Panabaker's set chair. But it was Grant's Instagram Stories video that offered us a sense of where they are with filming, confirming that they were starting working on Episode 902 today. Here's a look at screencaps covering both:

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Image: IG Stories Screencap
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Image: IG Stories Screencap

Here's a look back at Panabaker's Instagram video post from last week, allowing fans to ride shotgun as we got to see how she starts one of her Season 9 filming days:

Taking to Instagram stories last week, Gustin shared a look from his trailer wearing the Flash suit… and then driving home the importance of the image: "Last first time putting the suit on for a season…" Now, you're probably feeling a slight delay before your "feels" really start to ache, so take that time to check out the screencap below:

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Image: G. Gustin Instagram Stories Screencap

Last month, Gustin shared a video for the fans via Instagram explaining that the finish line approaching was feeling "bittersweet" after an "incredible nearly ten years" with the series. From there, he offered waves of thanks and appreciation for everyone who's been part of the journey and let fans know that Barry Allen/The Flash is a character he will be proud to be known for throughout his life. "Thank you to all our Flash fans who helped allow us to go this long. Let's do one more run together," Gustin wrote in the caption of his Instagram post… but the video accompanying it has so much more to say to the fans and to the show's team:

But what if Season 8 was the final season? Wallace revealed in previous interviews that the Season 8 finale was first written as a series-ender, with changes needed once the renewal notice came through. Now thanks to the folks over at TVLine, we're learning from showrunner & EP Eric Wallace what viewers would've seen if the series ended with eight seasons. While the final face-off between Barry, aka The Flash (Gustin), and Eobard Thawne, aka Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh), was kept even after the Season 9 green light came through ("We were like, 'Oh crap, we just did the ultimate battle. How are we supposed to ever top that?' Then it was like, 'Let's just kill him for now and worry about that later.'"), here's a look at what was in play for the then-assumed series finale:

A "Sexier" & "Romantic" Conversation Between Barry & Iris: "We had to change the whole final scene. We had to rewrite it three different times. Because when it was a series finale, we had to have a much more deep conversation with Barry and Iris, dealing with the fact that they were going to have kids soon. It was a little bit sexier, and it was a lot more romantic of a scene. I really liked it."

Team Flash Would've Gotten Closure: "There would have been an additional scene with all of Team Flash all getting their goodbyes on. But when we found out we had another season to play with, that meant, 'Ooh, I can tease next year's Big Bad? All right, let's do that!' So that final scene [with the blue crystal] changed radically, and then the 'Goodbye to Team Flash' group party scene got deleted entirely."

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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