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Everything You Need to Know About 'The Flash' Season 6

The Flash season six: Release date, plot, cast and everything you need to know about Barry Allen's return.

The Flash​​​​​​ was renewed for a sixth season by The CW on January 31, 2019. It's not surprising since the show is still incredibly popular. The Flash is The CW's top-rated show for five years in a row and averages a 0.7 demo rating with an average of 1.8 million viewers.

Warning: Contains spoilers for The Flash seasons one through five.

1. The Flash Season 6 Release Date

The Flash is scheduled to premiere on October 8, 2019, in the United States on The CW Network. Every season of The Flash has begun airing in October so the sixth season of the show is no exception.

This season the show will have a new showrunner with African-American co-executive producer Eric Wallace replacing Todd Helbing. Helbing has been the showrunner on The Flash for two seasons and is shifting roles to focus on development for Warner Bros TV.

"From his first day on The Flash, Todd Helbing has been a leader on the show, beloved by the cast and crew for his exceptional talent, vision, and wonderful attitude," said executive producer Greg Berlanti. "We are all sad to see him go, but we will all be better for the many shows he will no doubt create and run in the future."

Wallace started working on the show in season four and will begin full time as showrunner on season six of The Flash. He's written several episodes of The Flash like "We Are the Flash", "Elseworlds, Part 1", and "King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd". He's also served as a co-executive producer since 2017.

Berlanti added: "Eric Wallace has proven his own exceptional talent and voice since season four, and we couldn't be more thrilled to watch how he shapes the future of Team Flash and the many thrilling adventures that lay ahead for our characters and dedicated fans."

2. The Flash Season 6 Suit

The Flash has featured the signature red suit from the comics with yellow lightning but the style has changed throughout the five seasons. So it's not surprising that next season features at least one new design change in season six. Hollywoodnorth.buzz posted behind-the-scenes images of Gustin on set alongside the villain Godspeed.

The suit looks very similar with new accents and a different style for the headpiece.

3. The Flash Season 6 Cast

The cast for The Flash season six will feature Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon/Vibe, and Jesse L Martin as Joe West.

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash

Grant Gustin plays Barry Allen, a forensic scientist for the police department that gets hit with dark matter-energy and gets the ability to move his body at super-human speeds.

Over the years he's changed dramatically from an inexperienced hero-in-training to a leader and master superhero. All the while he's managed to keep hope and optimism alive. Barry's mother was murdered by a supervillain when he was young and he spent decades trying to solve the crime.

After he figured out that Eobard Thawne was the murderer who traveled in time to kill her. Barry traveled back and saved her accidentally creating a new timeline called "Flashpoint". The Flash was able to restore parts of the timeline but accidentally created an alternate reality version of himself that became the villain Savitar.

Recently, Grant Gustin revealed a look at the first table read for the new season of The Flash on his personal Instagram account. A fan spotted the title of the second episode of the season called "A Flash of The Lightning". The upcoming CW crossover event is called "Crisis on Infinite Earths" and based on the comic book storyline of the same name.

The name appears to be a reference to the issue of "Crisis on Infinite Earths" that features Barry Allen essentially losing his physical form and sacrificing himself in order to save the entire universe from the Anti-Monitor. Flash is one of the few characters to die in the Crisis comic book storyline. The current timeline shows Barry "vanishes in a crisis" from 2024 to 2019.

While it's unlikely Flash will die so early in the season it does point to major changes in the show.

Candice Patton as Iris West

Candice Patton
plays Barry's wife Iris West. She's a former journalist of the Central City Picture News, a former waitress at CC Jitters, a psychology graduate student, and the owner/editor of The Central City Citizen. Iris is the daughter of Joe West and the late Francine West and an older sister of Wally West.

In the comics Iris West is caucasian, but the producers decided to think outside the box when casting the role. While a small group of people was opposed to the casting at first, she's quickly taken the hearts of fans with her no-nonsense-take-charge attitude. "Now, it’s just kind of set in stone that I’m Iris West," Patton told The Post's "Comic Riffs". "That’s a really cool thing that young girls [of color] can see themselves as the ingénue."

Over the years Iris has been through a lot emotionally and physically being kidnapped by multiple villains who saw her as a way to attack the Flash. All the while she juggled her relationships with her family, a murdered fiancee, and her eventual husband Barry.

In season five she struggled to build a relationship with her daughter Nora West-Allen, who traveled to the past to visit her father.

Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost

Danielle Panabaker plays Dr. Caitlin "Cait" Snow and is a bio-engineer at S.T.A.R. Labs and a former scientist at Mercury Labs. She was working during the particle accelerator disaster and helped Barry Allen when he came out of his coma. Over the years she began working with the team supporting Flash on his crime-fighting. Later a split personality emerged named "Killer Frost" who can control cold and ice.

Before Cisco left, he gifted Caitlin a new outfit. Panabaker recently shared a photo of her new Killer Frost costume for season six on her personal Instagram account. She captioned it "When you show up to the first day of school in your brand new outfit."

Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon / Vibe

Carlos Valdes plays Francisco "Cisco" Ramon is a mechanical engineering genius and makes all the equipment for the team. He was working at S.T.A.R. Labs after the particle accelerator explosion and attained superhuman abilities.

Nicknamed "Vibe" he could manipulate the vibrational energy of reality. At the end of the season, he injected himself with the metahuman cure and gave up his powers to live a normal life with his girlfriend Kamilla Hwang (Victoria Park).

There are rumors he's quitting the show to pick up his successful Broadway career but he's been seen working on the show for season six. The rumor from TV Line is that he'll be replaced this season by a new "socially awkward, African-American genius in math and science (who specifically is a bit obsessed with aliens and their tech)".

Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harry Wells 

In the first season of Flash Tom Cavanaugh played Dr. Harrison Wells who was head of STAR Labs. Near the end of the season, it was revealed that he was actually Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash who had stolen Wells' identity.

Since the first season, Cavanaugh has played an alternate reality version of Wells in each season. He played Harrison "Harry" Wells of Earth-2 in season 2, Harrison "H.R." Wells of Earth-19 in season 3, every member of a group called the Council of Wells and the Council of Harrisons in season 4 and Harrison Sherloque Wells of Earth-221 in season 5.

He's expected to return for season six, but the rumor is he'll be killed after the events of "Crisis". But which one?

Update: It's been revealed that Cavanaugh will be playing a version of Pariah from the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" comic book crossover. Kell Mossa, aka Pariah, first appeared in Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 (1985) by Marv Wolfman, Robert Greenberger, Len Wein, and George Pérez. He's a scientist who tried to unlock the secrets of the universe and inadvertently helped the Anti-Monitor destroy them. He has the ability to travel from one alternate Earth to another and is forced to watch their destruction.

Jesse L. Martin as Captain Joe West

Captain Joseph "Joe" West is a former detective in the Central City Police Department. Joe is the husband of the late Francine West, the father of Iris West, Wally West, and Jenna West. He's also the foster father/father-in-law of Barry Allen and the boyfriend of Cecille Horton.

Joe has been the emotional rock for Barry and an occasional crime-fighting partner. The actor took some time off for medical leave because of a back injury during season five but returned in full force. Now that he's been promoted to captain expect big changes in his life during season six.

Hartley Sawyer as Ralph Dibney / The Elongated Man

Sawyer plays a metahuman former police detective and private investigator who gains the ability to control and stretch his body into various shapes. Nicknamed "The Elongated Man" he joined team Flash in season four. His checked past and difficult personality made him butt heads with the rest of the team. But he's learned valuable lessons and become a beloved member.

At the end of season five, he went back to his former job as a P.I. and began working on a new case. Eagle-eyed fans noticed the last name on the case file is "Deardon". In the comics that's the last name of his wife Sue Deardon. He's been looking for love since season four. Could this be his chance?

4. The Flash Season 6 Villain

We don't know exactly who the main villain will be and typically don't until the new season premieres. Several villains have been featured on the show but there are still some great Flash villains from the comics left to explore. The fifth season of Flash ended with a tease for this fall's "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover event.

Typically the season revolves around one main "Big Bad" villain. The first season focused on Eobard Thawne aka Reverse-Flash. Season two introduced Hunter Zolomon aka Zoom. The next season had the team fighting another speedster named Savitar who turned out to be an evil Barry Allen from the future. The fourth season of Flash followed the team as they worked to stop the master plans of Clifford DeVoe/The Thinker. Season five had two villains both named Cicada: Orlin Dwyer and then his niece Grace Gibbons.

August Heart aka Godspeed made a brief appearance in season five and has at least one appearance in the new season.

TV Line  reports that the main villain of The Flash season six will be male and rumor has it producers are "eyeing diverse actors for the part". Since all of the Big Bad villains have been white males it'll be a nice change.

5. The Flash Season 6 Trailer

No new trailer has been released for The Flash season 6, but it's expected to drop on Sat July 20th at San Diego comic-con. Check back later to watch it!

"The Flash" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW Network.

Here's the five-part "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover special schedule

  • Supergirl: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, at 8/7c (special time)
  • Batwoman: Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at 8 pm (special day)
  • The Flash: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, at 8 pm
  • Arrow: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at 8 pm (special time)
  • DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at 9 pm (special episode)

What are you looking forward to from season six of The Flash? Let us know in the comments below!
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