In less than a month, The CW is sending fans back to Central City for the fifth season of The Flash. The second series in the Arrowverse is rapidly approaching its milestone 100th episode, and there are some big things planned for the new season. Ahead of the fifth season premiere, SYFY WIRE has put together a primer to get up to speed, so to speak. Everything we know, and everything you need to know about The Flash Season 5 is here!
What happened in Season 4?
Barry Allen was rescued from the Speed Force, as part of the Thinker's ultimate plan to change the world. New metahumans were created, including Ralph Dibny/the Elongated Man. Barry and Team Flash brought Ralph into the fold, but Ralph and the rest of the new metas were killed by the Thinker, who stole their powers and bodies one by one.
However, Ralph wasn't as dead as previously believed. Barry was able to restore his friend's mind and body before Team Flash ended the Thinker's ambitions. They had some help from an enigmatic speedster named Nora, who then dropped a bombshell. Nora said that she's Barry and Iris' daughter from the future, and she's stuck in this time.
Most of the show's cast is returning for the fifth season, while a few supporting performers have been bumped up to series regulars. So expect to see a lot more of Ralph (Hartley Sawyer), Cecile (Danielle Nicolet), and Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy). However, Wally West/Kid Flash won't be around for much longer, since Keiynan Lonsdale is leaving the show. Wally will be in the Season 5 premiere, and at least two episodes after that. Beyond that, it's unclear what Wally's fate will be. But if his destiny is anything like the comics' Wally West, then we haven't seen the last of him.
Given Nora's relationship to Barry and Iris, she seems poised to be one of Season 5's most pivotal figures. It's also been confirmed that Nora is XS, a speedster who was once a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Within the comics, XS was Barry Allen's granddaughter, rather than his daughter. But they've always had a familial connection. Nora has also been prominently featured in several of the Season 5 posters in costume as she races alongside her dad.
All the way back in the first episode of the series, it was revealed that the Flash is destined to vanish in a crisis in 2024. Nora's presence in 2018 may have been due to a desire to know her father before he was lost. However, she told her parents that she made a "mistake," and it's unclear if she has disrupted her own timeline.
New Costume, New Ring!
Nora also comes bearing gifts from the future. Barry's previous Arrowverse costume is out, and a more comic accurate outfit is in. It's the most significant change to the Flash's look since the series began, and it means that Barry won't have to keep putting his outfit on the manikin in Star Labs. In the Comic-Con trailer, Nora gave Barry the Flash ring, which hides his costume in the ring itself. It's another touch directly lifted from the comics.
Where There's a Will, There's a Wells
Harrison Wells may not have been created for the comics, but Tom Cavanagh is indispensable for this series. Cavanagh constantly plays new incarnations of Wells from across the multiverse, and this season will be no exception. The new Wells goes by Harrison "Sherloque" Wells, and as his nickname implies, and he is both French and an amazing detective. Sherloque has come to Team Flash's Earth to hunt down this season's primary bad guy.
The Big Bad
American Pie star Chris Klein is playing Cicada, a lesser known Flash villain who is stepping up as this season's primary threat. In the comics, Cicada was a cult leader named David Hersch who murdered his wife and was empowered by lightning. Cicada assembled a cult, who began targeting people who had been saved by the Flash so he could drain their energy and live forever.
Cicada appears to have a different agenda on the show. His family was lost to metahuman activity, so Cicada has made it his mission to take out every metahuman, one at a time. He doesn't have speed powers, but he may prove to be a serious threat to Flash, XS, and their friends.
Last season, Caitlin Snow wasn't able to restore her alternate self, Killer Frost. However, she did discover that Killer Frost had surfaced when she was a child, and she didn't previously remember that. Kyle Secor is joining the cast this season as Thomas Snow, Caitlin's father, and he may hold the secret to her duel personalities and powers. Susan Walters will also reprise her role as Caitlin's mother, Dr. Carla Tannhauser. It seems likely that Carla and Thomas will reunite at some point, and we may learn what they've been hiding from their daughter.
Cicada isn't the only new villain this season. Kiana Madeira has been cast as Spencer Young, a gender flipped incarnation of Spin. She'll make her debut in the fourth episode of Season 5, and she's said to be "a young aspiring social media influencer who seizes the opportunity to make herself famous when she discovers there is a new hero in Central City." That sounds like she'll be targeting either Ralph or Nora. However that plays out, Spin won't be a one-off villain. Madeira will recur throughout Season 5, which implies she may have a larger role to play.
Superman vs. The Flash?
This year's annual crossover will bring The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl to Gotham City and introduce Ruby Rose as Batwoman for her own potential Arrowverse series. It will also introduce Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane and bring Tyler Hoechlin back as Superman. Grant Gustin has confirmed that Hoechlin will appear in all three of the crossover episodes, which means that we'll definitely see the Flash meet Superman. In the comics, Flash and Superman have occasionally had races to determine who is truly the fastest man alive. Flash has already had a similar race with Supergirl, but this opportunity seems too good to pass up. We could actually see that race play out on TV, as opposed for just a few seconds at the end of Justice League.
When will The Flash season 5 premiere?
The Flash Season 5 is hitting The CW on Tuesday, October 9.
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