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Farewell Arrowverse: The CW’s ‘Flash’ returns in Feb. 2023 for 13-episode final season

The Arrowverse's funeral date has been set.

By Trent Moore
Grant Gustin as The Flash in The Flash Season 8 Finale

It’s an old pun, but it still works: The Flash is finally running out of road.

The CW has announced The Flash’s ninth and final season will premiere Wednesday, Feb. 8. The final season will consist of 13 episodes, which is obviously less than the typical 22 episode order of past seasons, but a bit meatier than Arrow’s 10-episode final season. Considering how much the network has chopped its schedule in recent months, fans should at least take solace in knowing the creative team has the runway to properly wrap the series.

The Flash will be remembered as one of the greatest shows in the history of The CW, and everyone involved in its excellent nine-season run should be very proud,” Brad Schwartz, President, Entertainment, The CW Network, said. “The team has delivered an epic final season, filled with plenty of twists, guest stars and surprises that will delight every fan. Now is the time to catch-up and enjoy this fantastic final ride alongside the fastest man alive.”

The show’s final season picks up just one week after Season 8’s final battle with the Reverse-Flash, and find Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) reconnecting now that things have calmed down a bit. So who is the big bad in Season 9? They’re keeping the key details secret, but the network teases “a deadly group of Rogues descend on Central City led by a powerful new threat,” which will push Team Flash to their limits to save Central City one last time.

Considering this will effectively wrap up the final Arrowverse series that’s still standing, that tease feels all the more poignant, promising one last adventure for these heroes. The Flash premiered all the way back in 2014 and has been one of The CW’s biggest and most consistent hits for the better part of a decade. 

That said, every show eventually runs out of steam, and this feels like a fitting time to wrap up Barry Allen’s small screen saga. Here’s hoping it goes out on a high note.

Looking for more superhero action? Check out shows like NBC’s Heroes streaming now on Peacock