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The Flash (season 6)
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Starring
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes5
Release
Original networkThe CW
Original releaseOctober 8, 2019 (2019-10-08) –
present (present)
Season chronology
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List of The Flash episodes

The sixth season of the American television series The Flash, which is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash, premiered on The CW on October 8, 2019, and consist of 22 episodes. The season follows Barry, a crime scene investigator with superhuman speed who fights criminals, including others who have also gained superhuman abilities. It is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe, and is a spin-off of Arrow. The season is produced by Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television, and DC Entertainment, with Eric Wallace serving as showrunner.

The season was ordered in January 2019, and filming began that July. Grant Gustin stars as Barry, with principal cast members Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Hartley Sawyer, Danielle Nicolet, Tom Cavanagh, and Jesse L. Martin also returning from previous seasons, and are joined by LaMonica Garrett.

Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1151"Into the Void"Gregory SmithEric Wallace & Kelly WheelerOctober 8, 2019 (2019-10-08)T27.140011.62[1]
Moments after losing Nora, Barry and Iris find her message destroyed. Four months later, they appear to have come to terms with what happened, but the others are not convinced. While recovering Nora's discarded suit at the junkyard, Iris is nearly sucked into a black hole. Her investigation into what caused it leads her to Chester P. Runk, who built a machine to open black holes only to end up catatonic after half of his consciousness was absorbed into it. Even worse, the black hole opens over Central City; much larger than before. Using tech from Nora's back-up gauntlet, Barry dives into the black hole, retrieves Runk's consciousness, and puts it back into him; restoring him and closing the black hole for good. Meanwhile, Caitlin helps Frost learn how to live her own life and tries to dissuade a colleague of hers, Ramsey Rosso, from using dark matter to cure his patients. Rosso ignores Caitlin's warnings and tests his cure on himself, only to exhibit metahuman powers. Elsewhere, Barry and Iris learn that the Monitor destroyed Nora's message to dissuade Barry from trying to change his fate during the upcoming crisis; telling him he must die so billions can live.
1162"A Flash of the Lightning"Chris PeppeSam Chalsen & Jeff HershOctober 15, 2019 (2019-10-15)T27.140021.27[2]
Refusing to give up hope, Barry decides to time travel to the day after he disappeared to find out what really happens during the crisis. However, an anti-matter barrier prevents him from getting there. After suffering a unique wound, he travels to Earth-3 to see Jay Garrick and his wife, Joan Williams. Using a machine Jay built, they send Barry's mind through the anti-matter wall, causing him to see billions of timelines where the multiverse is destroyed and the one where he dies saving it. The experience leaves him unsure of what to do, though Joe later reassures him his death is not a sign that he gave up. Meanwhile, Cecile takes on a case involving young meta, Allegra Garcia. Her powers tell her she is innocent, so she asks she be released. However, Allegra turns up at a crime scene having seemingly killed someone. Even in spite of Joe telling her how her job works, Cecile still believes Allegra's innocent. Just then, Allegra's meta cousin, Esperanza, attacks CCPD to kill her. Barry defeats her and clears Allegra's name. Following this, Cecile decides to become a defense attorney for metahumans. Elsewhere, Rosso continues to learn more about his powers.
1173"Dead Man Running"Sarah BoydLauren Barnett & Thomas PoundOctober 22, 2019 (2019-10-22)T27.140031.38[3]
Rosso inadvertently turns gunrunner Mitch Romero into a zombie, leading to him attacking and killing his own crew in search of dark matter to strengthen himself. Barry and Frost investigate, though the former also works to help the latter learn how to go on without him following the crisis and how to live her life to the fullest. Using Caitlin's memories, Frost immediately suspects and tracks down Rosso, and Barry convinces him to help. Though Rosso nearly steals dark matter while at S.T.A.R. Labs, Barry persuades him not to; bonding over their borrowed time after Rosso reveals he is dying of HLH, which took his mother. Romero gets inside S.T.A.R. Labs, where Rosso learns he can control him before Barry and Frost overdose him on dark matter and destroy him. Meanwhile, Cisco and Iris investigate a "Harrison Wells" sighting, and briefly encounter Harrison "Nash" Wells, an adventurer who has come to Earth-1 in search of a substance called "eternium". Ultimately, Barry and Iris come clean with Team Flash about the former's fate in the crisis while Rosso discovers he can manipulate the blood-like substance Romero produced and use it in his cure; quickly developing a desire for more.
1184"There Will Be Blood"Marcus StokesLauren Certo & Sterling GatesOctober 29, 2019 (2019-10-29)T27.140041.48[4]
While Rosso steals more blood for his cure, flashbacks show how he once cared for his mother before she was diagnosed with HLH and how he became upset with her for apparently giving up before she died. While Team Flash processes what Barry and Iris told them, Cisco refuses to accept it and vows to save the former. In response, Barry decides to train Cisco to become the new leader of Team Flash after he's gone by working with him to save Rosso. Nash appears and offers his assistance in exchange for a "crypto-circuit" he claims only Cisco can build. The three raid McCulloch Technologies for a regenerating serum, though Cisco pockets it to save Barry instead and claims it was sold off. Barry later finds out and they have a falling out. Barry gives the serum to Rosso, hoping it'll save him, but it doesn't work; causing Rosso to realize he needs blood flooded with adrenaline to save himself. He attacks the hospital and kills several people even in spite of the Flash and Frost's arrival and escapes. As Barry vows to stop him, he and Cisco mend their friendship. Elsewhere, Nash searches the sewers; tracking the Monitor's movements.
1195"Kiss Kiss Breach Breach"Menhaj HudaKelly Wheeler & Joshua V. GilbertNovember 5, 2019 (2019-11-05)T27.140051.19[5]
Barry and Iris go on vacation; leaving Cisco in charge while they're gone. Suddenly, Breacher shows up to tell Cisco that Cynthia was murdered by a hacker she was hunting named Echo. Cisco works with Breacher and the Collectors to figure out who Echo really is, only to learn it's him. Breacher nearly kills Cisco, but ultimately chooses to give him an hour to turn himself in. Upon further investigation, Cisco discovers Echo is actually his Earth-19 doppelganger, who used their shared face to frame his Earth-1 counterpart. After a confrontation, Cisco manages to trap Echo so the Collectors can arrest him. Breacher apologizes to Cisco as both realized Cynthia lured Echo to Earth-1 knowing the latter would be able to bring him to justice. Meanwhile, Rosso offers Caitlin immortality in exchange for joining him, but she declines. He disavows her as a friend and escapes. Elsewhere, Joe tracks Nash in the sewers, but both become trapped in it until they are rescued by Ralph. After Team Flash offers to help, Nash reluctantly agrees and tells them he knows how to save Barry from his impending death.
1206"License to Elongate"[6]Danielle PanabakerThomas Pound & Jeff HershNovember 19, 2019 (2019-11-19)TBATBD
1217"The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Pt. 1"[7]Chad LoweJonathan Butler & Gabriel GarzaNovember 26, 2019 (2019-11-26)TBATBD
1228TBATBATBATBATBATBD
1239"Crisis on Infinite Earths: Hour Three"[8]David McWhirterStory by : Eric Wallace
Teleplay by : Lauren Certo and Sterling Gates
December 10, 2019 (2019-12-10)[9]TBATBD
This episode continues a crossover event that begins on Supergirl season 5 episode 9 and Batwoman, continues on Arrow season 8 episode 8, and concludes on Legends of Tomorrow's special episode.

Cast and characters

Guest

Production

Development

The series was renewed for a sixth season by The CW on January 31, 2019.[20] In March 2019, it was announced that Eric Wallace would replace Todd Helbing as showrunner for the season.[21]

Writing

The season will be split in two-halves each with their own self-contained "Big Bad" story.[11]

Casting

Main cast members Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Hartley Sawyer, Danielle Nicolet and Jesse L. Martin return as Barry Allen / Flash, Iris West, Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost, Cisco Ramon, Ralph Dibny, Cecile Horton, and Joe West.[22] Tom Cavanagh also returns as a regular, portraying Nash Wells,[23] yet another doppelgänger of his character Harrison Wells. Cavanagh will also portray Pariah,[11] and return as Eobard Thawne / Reverse Flash.[24] Valdes also portrayed Cisco's Earth-19 doppelganger "Echo" in the episode "Kiss Kiss Breach Breach".[25] Sendhil Ramamurthy was cast in a recurring role as Ramsey Rosso / Bloodwork, the "Big Bad" of the season's first half.[12][11]

Design

The season introduces a new Killer Frost costume which has a more vibrant blue color scheme than the older costume, exposes the shoulders and features a chest emblem shaped like an ice crystal.[26]

Filming

Production for the season began on July 2, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia,[27] and is expected to conclude on April 6, 2020.[22]

Arrowverse tie-ins

At the end of the 2018 Arrowverse crossover "Elseworlds", the follow-up crossover was revealed to be "Crisis on Infinite Earths" based on the comic book of the same name.[28] The crossover will take place over five episodes–three in December 2019 and two in January 2020.[29]

Release

Broadcast

The season premiered on October 8, 2019, in the United States on The CW.[30] It is set to run for 22 episodes.[31]

Reception

Ratings

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Into the Void" October 8, 2019 0.6/3 1.62[1] 0.5 1.30 1.1 2.92[32]
2 "A Flash of the Lightning" October 15, 2019 0.5/3 1.27[2] 0.5 1.23 1.0 2.50[33]
3 "Dead Man Running" October 22, 2019 0.5/3 1.38[3] 0.4 1.07 0.9 2.45[34]
4 "There Will Be Blood" October 29, 2019 0.5/3 1.48[4] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Kiss Kiss Breach Breach" November 5, 2019 0.4/2 1.19[5] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 96% approval rating for the sixth season with an average rating of 8.11/10, based on 30 reviews.[35]

Notes

  1. ^ Valdes portrayed Earth-19 Cisco Ramon, Echo, in "Kiss Kiss Breach Breach".

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