‘The Flash‘ is a superhero drama series that follows the adventures of Barry Allen, an assistant crime-scene investigator, who discovers he can run at superhuman speeds after getting struck by lightning. Under the masked superhero identity of The Flash, Barry fights crime and supervillains to protect his home, Central City. The series is based on the popular DC Comics character of the same name and is developed for television by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns.
A spin-off of ‘Arrow,’ the series first premiered on October 7, 2014, and quickly climbed the popularity charts thanks to its spectacular action, emotional storylines, and the cast’s brilliant performances. Over the course of seven seasons, the series has developed a massive fanbase, who must be curious to learn more about the show’s upcoming eighth season. In that case, we’ve got you covered! Here’s everything we know about ‘The Flash’ season 8.
The Flash Season 8 Release Date
‘The Flash’ season 8 is slated to premiere on November 16, 2021, at 8 pm ET on The CW.
The eighth season was officially announced on February 3, 2021, almost a month in advance of the season 7 premiere. The early renewal announcement shows the network’s confidence in the series, which has consistently drawn in steady viewership.
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Various sources have reported that the new season is set to commence filming on August 16, 2021. Unlike the seventh season, which was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and aired from March to July, season 8 is set to air between the typical October to May Television season. “This year, as we begin to return to more normalized production schedules, The CW is firing on all cylinders,” Chairman and CEO of The CW Mark Pedowitz told Deadline. Whether or not this move affects the show’s episode count for the season remains to be seen.
The Flash Season 8 Cast: Who Is in it?
For season 8, series regulars Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/ The Flash), Candice Patton (Iris West-Allen), Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow and Frost), and Jesse L. Martin (Joe West) have been confirmed to return. Other familiar faces that are likely to return include Danielle Nicolet (Cecile Horton), Kayla Compton (Allegra Garcia), and Brandon McKnight (Chester P. Runk).
Actor Tom Cavanagh who plays various iterations of Harrison Wells and Eobard Thawne/ Reverse-Flash, as well as Carlos Valdes, who essays the role of Cisco Ramon, will not be returning as series regulars in the upcoming season. Their departures were announced during season 7’s broadcast. Carmen Moore (Kristen Kramer), Jessica Parker Kennedy (Nora West-Allen), and Jordan Fisher (Bart Allen) are likely to continue appearing in a recurring capacity.
The Flash Season 8 Plot: What Is it about?
Season 7 of ‘The Flash’ is filled with a myriad of new threats for Team Flash to deal with. The season explores Barry and Iris’ relationship and their willingness to start a family. Some major changes occur as the couple now also has a son in the distant future, and Caitlin and Frost are two completely different people. Cisco leaves Team Flash to take a job at ARGUS. Nash Wells and the conscience of all the other Wells (except the original Harrison Wells) are wiped out of existence after Nash sacrifices himself to power the artificial speed force.
In the eighth season, Team Flash is likely to deal with these changes while fighting new foes. Kramer’s radical approach to curbing meta-human criminal activity is also likely to remain a key plot point. The new season is set to kick off with a five-episode arc that is set to feature various heroes from the ‘The CW-verse’ shared continuity. Therefore, we can expect Clark Kent/ Superman, Kara Danvers/ Supergirl, Jefferson Pierce/ Black Lightning, and Ryan Wilder/ Batwoman to visit Central City. “It will not (be) quite be a crossover but will have a crossover-type feel and the introduction of all these characters,” Pedowitz told the press about the plans for season 8.
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