This article contains spoilers for the sixth season of The Flash
The Flash was officially renewed for season 6 last winter. That means way more speedster shenanigans and time-travelling adventures with Barry Allen and his team at STAR Labs. The news was confirmed by The CW at the 2018 Television Critics Association Press Tour.
Currently airing in the US, the new season will arrive in the UK on Tuesday the 22nd of October at 8pm on Sky One.
The Flash season 6 trailer
The first trailer out of SDCC has been released to tease season 6…
The Flash season 6
OK, so almost nobody really liked The Flash costume last year. Despite trading the leather look for something a little more hi-tech, a little more brightly coloured, and one that emphasised the slim, runner’s silhouette that so defined Carmine Infantino’s early Flash comics, most agreed that there was something just a little bit off about the final effect. Most of that problem seemed to come from the headgear, which eliminated the chinstrap which helped to give the cowl a more symmetrical look, and the effect was occasionally that it made Barry’s head appear a little too big for his body.
Well, you spoke and the Arrowverse listened, because Barry Allen will have a new costume when The Flash season 6 gets here in October.
The bad news is, we haven’t had a look at the new suit yet. The good news is, it’s definitely coming, as Grant Gustin assured fans at The Flash season 6 panel at SDCC (via our US chums) that the new Flash suit is “pretty dang cool.”
After acknowledging that the suit last year wasn’t anyone’s favourite, he says that tweaks have been made to it this year that should make fans much happier. “It’s the closest it’s ever been to looking like the suit from the comics,” Gustin said.
It doesn’t sound like it’s a total overhaul, but at the very least, you can probably expect that weird cowl issue to be resolved.
The Flash season 6 plot
What The Flash season 6 will ultimately have in store for its heroes is anybody’s guess at the moment, but we do know that, at the very least, the show will feature some sort of lead up to (and deal with) the aftershocks of this year’s Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover event, which promises to shake the Arrowverse to its very core. There’s no doubt that life will change for Barry, especially after an event as famous as DC’s very first Crisis. As some of you already know, a DC Crisis usually means that a Flash is about to die.
Showrunner Eric Wallace has been chatting to EW about what else we can expect in season 6:
“If season 4 was a little bit more humor and season 5 was a little bit more spectacle, in season 6 we’ll have a little more heart. I want to deepen character emotions [and] 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.”
The Flash season 6 villains
Wallace has also teased the best villain yet to come on The Flash, and why it’ll be a hard road ahead for Barry:
“The emotional journey that the big bad is on mirrors the emotional journey that Barry Allen must face going into season 6. 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.”
Wallace said at SDCC that they intend to split the season into arcs around two separate antagonists, with the ‘Crisis’ villain being Sendhil Ramamurthy’s Bloodwork. “We’re going to divide [the season] up into graphic novels.”
Tom Cavanagh will also be back in this year’s crossover in yet another role – as Pariah!
“As part of ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ crossover, not only will Tom [Cavanagh] be playing the two characters we heard here, he will also be playing Pariah as part of the crossover. He works for the Anti-Monitor. In the original miniseries, it’s Pariah who is very much integral in releasing the Anti-Monito. For Tom to play such a pivotal character… it’s just going to tear your guts out and make you cry.”
We do know one OTHER thing – Godspeed will return! The future villain doesn’t seem very out of action in these new set photos, thanks to the disappearance of Nora from the timeline. Is this who Wallace is referring to?
The Flash season 6 release date
The Flash season 6 premiered on the 8th of October on The CW, and arrives on Sky One on Tuesday the 22nd of October at 8pm.