The Arrowverse was quite something. It managed to do what its big brothers in the theater could not — an interconnected, fully realized DC Universe of heroes with a devoted following, and on a very small fraction of a movie budget (the flop Justice League probably cost as much as three seasons of the entire Arrowverse lineup). With the impending sale of The CW and the subsequent dumping of most of its content, the only remaining series to take place in the Arrowverse is its longest running (no pun intended): The Flash.
Even though this show stopped being good years ago, it’s still one of The CW’s top-rated programs. Lately it’s been leaking cast members like a sieve, with just THREE people remaining who have been with the show from the beginning: Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin/Frost), Candace Patton (Iris) and Grant Gustin as the blur himself. There have even been rumors that Panabaker and Patton would ALSO split after Season 8, and the direction of their plot threads this season would suggest some truth to those rumors, but someone convinced them to hang on one more year.
However, that is it. The Flash will bow out after a 13-episode ninth season. Run toward love, Barry.
“Nine seasons! Nine years of saving Central City while taking audiences on an emotional journey full of heart, humor, and spectacle,” showrunner Eric Wallace said in a public statement. “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 honor 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.“
The truncated ninth season of The Flash is scheduled to air on The CW next year. If they were smart, they would arrange cameos and tie-ins to every Arrowverse show that has ever been — make it a real reunion. …Unfortunately, they’re NOT smart, so we cannot guarantee the ending of The Flash will do anything other than end The Flash.