The Flash will be moving forward in ways we have never seen before. The Crisis on Infinite Earths is closer than ever and with the infamous newspaper changing again, Barry’s life hangs in the balance.
This season is sure to be jam-packed and a restart for the series that’s had its ups and downs in the last few years. So, here are a few things to look forward to which will make this season the best yet.
Iris Focusing on her Journalism Career
This has been years in the making. Candance Patton has been very vocal about wanting to get her own journalism storyline.
Iris West-Allen is supposed to be an ace reporter, yet she hasn’t branched much to cover stories in the recent seasons.
Last year, she was starting her own paper with The Central City Citizen, but even then she was mainly involved in the comings and goings of Star Labs.
This season looks to drive Iris’ character towards her own arc as she builds her career and grieves the death of her daughter.
Iris Lets her Curls Loose
Candance Patton debuted a photo on Instagram that showed off her natural curls. The caption states that Iris will wear her natural hair in the fifth episode of the season.
She will be showing off her fun side, which is something we do not get enough of with the tragedy that is constantly striking Central City.
This appearance of curls is a great statement to the viewers, as it embraces diversity, something that Patton is very vocal about.
This choice shows that women don’t need to alter themselves to be demographically pleasing. A statement women of color need to see more.
New Showrunner Eric Wallace
We have a new showrunner that can help revamp the show.
Eric Wallace has worked on noteworthy shows such as Teen Wolf, Z Nation, and Eureka. Not to mention, he has been an executive producer and writer on The Flash for the past few seasons.
He has been involved in episodes like The Flash Season 4 Episode 1, “The Flash Reborn,” The Flash Season 4 Episode 16, “Run, Iris, Run,” The Flash Season 5 Episode 3, “The Death of Vibe,” and most recently The Flash Season 5 Episode 22, “Legacy.”
He is a breath of fresh air and is very excited about this season.
I don’t think I’ve ever come across a more enthusiastic and charismatic showrunner. He is going to bring us the best of what The Flash has to offer, and I cannot wait for the ride to begin.
Ralph is getting a love interest. Ralph has grown as a character and into a member of Team Flash that I enjoy watching. Our little giraffe deserves his separate arc in the storyline.
He impressed me last season with putting together the pieces of Thawne’s plans. Ralph is a detective just as much as Iris is a reporter and highlighting those aspects is what gives the show richness.
Susan Dearborn is Ralph’s wife in the comics and a fine detective. Instincts tell me she won’t be an easy catch. I look forward to seeing Ralph try to win her affection.
Dealing with Nora’s Passing
Nora’s death will affect the entire team, but of course nothing compares to the pain her parents will be feeling. The loss of a child in such a traumatic way is sure to leave scars.
West-Allen has been through numerous obstacles and their fill of loss, but nothing will compare to the death of their daughter.
Witnessing their child fade away from existence will carry weight.
The couple will try to get through the pain in different ways and I’m sure the distraction of Barry’s impending doom will be a factor.
Barry has dealt with so much loss; it ‘s expected that he will try to believe that Nora could be reborn in a new child. He will try to hold on to their memories together and the pride he felt with her choice to put others first and be a true hero.
Iris, however, fought so hard to have a relationship with that version of Nora, only for her to meet her demise.
I hope they touch on her pain, which would be like a miscarriage in loving a child that is never born.
The Flash will have two villains this season which will be split into two arcs. I have always enjoyed this approach in TV writing since it leaves less room for filler episodes when dealing with the primary threat.
Ramsey Rosso aka Bloodwork will debut in the first half. He will be a former acquaintance of Caitlin. In the comics, he suffers from hemophilia, which leads to an obsession with blood.
He develops a power called haemokinesis. A terrifying ability that allows an individual to control blood with the mind. All the scenarios in which that could be used can keep you up at night.
Crisis on Infinite Earths will be important to both Barry and our villain and is said to drive the story. The main villain of the second half hasn’t been revealed but will be linked to the Crisis.
Crisis on Infinate Earths
Finally, the wait for Barry’s fate will be over. Years of staring at the infamous newspaper will pay off as our heroes band together for the survival of the known universe.
The crossover is expected to be the largest we’ve ever seen on screen. Countless heroes are coming together from several Earths and universes.
Brandon Routh is set to play Superman again, and rumors say Tom Welling might make an appearance. The Crisis is said to be “shocking,” and I cannot wait.
Life Post Crisis
For the first time, we will get a glimpse of life post Crisis on Infinite Earths. Since the series began, we have been leading up to its arrival and answers on The Flash’s disappearance.
This is the first time the series will get past that storyline and onto the unknown. New threats will surely await Team Flash, but they always defeat the enemy.
They make the impossible, possible.
What excites you most about the upcoming season?
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