After much speculation that the CW series The Flash might not be renewed, it's now official: Barry Allen's upcoming ninth season will be his last.
The Grant Gustin-led DC superhero drama will end its impressive run with a 13-episode season, to air next year. It will also mark the end of the Arrowverse, with Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman and Naomi all ending their runs this season.
Also returning for the show's last season are original cast members Candice Patton and Danielle Panabaker. Jesse L. Martin has committed to as many as five episodes of The Flash's ninth season, based on hopes that his NBC pilot The Irrational will be picked up to series.
“Nine seasons! Nine years of saving Central City while taking audiences on an emotional journey full of heart, humour and spectacle," writes executive producer and showrunner Eric Wallace. "And now Barry Allen has reached the starting gate for his last race. So many amazing people have given their talents, time and love to bring this wonderful show to life each week. So, as we get ready to honour the show’s incredible legacy with our exciting final chapter, I want to say thank you to our phenomenal cast, writers, producers and crew over the years who helped make The Flash such an unforgettable experience for audiences around the world.”
Superman & Lois and newcomer Gotham Knights will be left as the only returning DC series for the 2023-2024 season.