Out of all the shows in the CW’s Arrowverse, it’s safe to say that The Flash will probably be most impacted by the upcoming “Crisis On Infinite Earths”. It’s been part of the show’s mythology since, literally, the pilot episode.
Naturally, it makes sense that the “Crisis” storyline would probably bring the most impact on The Flash after the event.
New showrunner Eric Wallace and star Grant Gustin talked with Entertainment Weekly about “Crisis” and how it affects season six.
Wallace said that season six begins in the aftermath of season five, which saw Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) be written out of the timeline. It was a conscious decision to have the characters face their feelings.
“[I]t allows us to not shy away from the big elephant in the room of [Barry and Iris’ daughter] Nora passing. That is something that Barry [Grant Gustin] and Iris [Candice Patton] must deal with in season 6 in order to be the heroes and supportive couple that they are,” Wallace said.
Losing Nora also had an impact on the future as it moved the “Crisis” timeline from 2024 to 2019.
Gustin said, “We’re also going to find out more about the ‘Crisis’ headline in the [future] newspaper and why that date changed [in the season 5 finale], if the date changed. Heading toward the crossover we’re going to be dealing with that.”
“Crisis”, however, allowed for some interesting opportunities to move season six forward, according to Wallace.
“We found really unique ways to make the season fresh that we never expected, thanks to ‘Crisis’. This season is really divided up in a way that the episodes before the crossover are pre-‘Crisis’ episodes. Then the back half of the season is all about dealing with the fallout from the events of ‘Crisis.’”
He also revealed that the Big Bad for season six is male and from the comics. He has not, however, been name-dropped on the show. Wallace does have high hopes for the character, should things work out the way he envisions it.
“The big bad this season, if we can do our jobs right, will be the most personal villain the Flash has ever faced emotionally since Eobard Thawne. Because this year’s big bad is facing kind of the same circumstances Barry Allen is going through, it’s going to bring them closer together in a darker way than villains that perhaps we’ve seen in the last few seasons.”
We’ll keep our fingers crossed. The Flash has had trouble capturing the magic that Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh, Matt Letscher) brought in the first season with subsequent Big Bads. Though Cicada (Chris Klein, Sarah Carter) was probably better than previous ones.
The Flash returns Tuesday, October 8th at 8/7c on the CW.