(Fwrd Axis) — After nine seasons, The Flash is hanging up his golden boots.
The CW announced on Monday the upcoming ninth season of the comic book show will be its last. The final season will consist of 13 episodes, making this the shortest season of its run.
The news of a final season came when FWRD AXIS News reported back in January that Grant Gustin signed a deal for the ninth season for 15 episodes. The CW in May announced that next season will premiere midseason, the first time The Flash has not been on the network’s fall schedule.
Gustin along with Candice Patton and Danielle Panabaker are set to return. Jesse L. Martin departed the show as a series regular after the conclusion of Season 8 but is committed to as many as five episodes of The Flash‘s ninth season. Martin could return and film more episodes if the NBC series isn’t picked up.
“Nine seasons! Nine years of saving Central City while taking audiences on an emotional journey full of heart, humor, and spectacle. And now Barry Allen has reached the starting gate for his last race,” executive producer and showrunner Eric Wallace said in a statement Monday. “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.”
Season 8 of The Flash was one of the network’s most-watched shows, averaging 1.03 million viewers.
The Flash is the final Arrowverse show to air after Arrow ended after eight seasons in 2020 and Supergirl finished its run in November, six years after its 2015 debut.