The Flash was renewed for a fifth season by The CW on April 2, 2018.[3] It will premiere on October 9, 2018. [1]


Matching wits with The Thinker, who by season's end had harnessed the powers of all twelve bus metas he created, stretched Team Flash to their limits, but with the help of some new allies, Barry Allen (aka The Flash) and company were able to put a stop to the Enlightenment and save Central City once again.

However, with the arrival of Barry and Iris' speedster daughter, Nora, who arrived from the future admitting to having made a "big mistake", things are anything but status quo. Will parenthood be the challenge that finally slows The Flash down?[4]


Main cast

Recurring cast

Confirmed plot points

  • There will be a new threat this season.[5]
    • The villain for this season is not a speedster.[6]
      • The season's big bad will be Cicada.[14]
  • There will be a three-show crossover with Supergirl and Arrow. The crossover will introduce Batwoman and Gotham City.[19][20]
  • One of the themes for this season is family.[6] Another theme for the season is "legacy".[15]
    • Nora, Barry and Iris' daughter from the future, will return.[5]
      • Barry and Iris will be dealing with being parents to an adult version of their future daughter.[6]
  • Iris will be on the field investigating and writing more.[7]
  • We will see more of Ralph's detective side.[7]
  • Tom Cavanagh will play a funny and unique version of Wells.[7]
  • Wally West will appear in the season premiere[21] and two other episodes.[15]
  • Danielle Panabaker will direct the 18th episode.[22]
  • Tom Cavanagh will direct the 100th episode which will also be the mid-season finale.[23]
  • There may be a lot of deaths this season.[13]
  • Fans will learn why and how Caitlin got her Killer Frost powers.[13]
  • Cisco's powers are going to be challenged like they never have before, in a perilous situation.[13]
  • A possible episode in the second half of Season 5; an episode featuring both Gorilla Grodd and King Shark.[13]
  • The show will introduce a new LGBT character this season.[13]
  • Barry Allen will receive the Flash ring and a new suit.[24]
  • Caitlin and Ralph's friendship will be explored but it won't turn into a romance.[25]
  • Dr. Thomas Snow will appear this season.[17]
  • There will be a few new versions of Wells.[15]
  • Cisco and Ralph's friendship will be explored.[15]
  • Jesse Wells and Jay Garrick may return.[15]
  • Dr. Carla Tannhauser will return.[16]
  • Spencer Young/Spin will appear this season.[18]
  • Unlike previous seasons, there will not be a time jump and "Nora" will pick up 12 hours after the events of "We Are The Flash".
  • Peter Merkel/Rag Doll will appear in at least one episode this season with the possibility to recur.[26]

Confirmed new characters

  • David Hersch/Cicada: A grizzled, blue-collar everyman whose family has been torn apart by meta-humans, Cicada now seeks to exterminate the epidemic -- one metahuman at a time.[14]
  • Sherloque Wells: A very intelligent human who is maybe not to be trusted.[13]
  • Dr. Thomas Snow: Dr. Snow is an extremely intelligent geneticist who has been MIA for a few decades. As he returns to Central City, Dr. Snow will do his best to make up for lost time with his daughter Caitlin and his wife Carla. But what they don’t know about Thomas is that he is keeping a big and mysterious secret.[17]
  • Spencer Young: A young aspiring social media influencer who seizes the opportunity to make herself famous when she discovers there is a new hero in Central City.[18]
  • Peter Merkel: An incredibly emotional damaged criminal who has the power to bend out of shape and fit his whole body into small spaces. As he is enjoying his criminal activities, Team Flash will be challenged by the Rag Doll in shocking ways as his sick plan is revealed. [26]


# Episode name Directed by Story by Teleplay by Original airdate
1 "Nora"[27] TBA TBA October 9, 2018[28]
2 "Blocked"[29] TBA TBA TBA
3 "The Death of Vibe"[29] TBA TBA TBA
4 "News Flash"[29] TBA TBA TBA
5 "All Doll'd Up"[29] TBA TBA TBA
6 "The Icicle Cometh"[29] TBA TBA TBA


Promotional images


  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Flash Season 5 Premiere Date Announced" - FlashTVNews
  2. "The CW Fall 2018-19 TV Schedule – Arrow, The Flash, Supernatural & More" - RenewCancelTV
  3. "'Riverdale,' 'Flash,' 'Supernatural' Among 10 CW Renewals" - The Hollywood Reporter
  4. "WB TV's Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Black Lightning, Krypton, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale SDCC Panel Details" - Newsarama
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "The Flash boss promises Mystery Girl answers in finale" - EW
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 "The Flash boss on that Mystery Girl reveal, new season 5 threat" - EW
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "‘The Flash’ Season 5: Tom Cavanagh To Play New Version Of Wells" - International Business Times
  8. "‘The Flash’: Danielle Nicolet Upped To Series Regular For Season 5 Of CW Drama" - Deadline
  9. "The Flash Season 5: Elongated Man Upgraded to Series Regular" - Screen Rant
  10. "'The Flash' Cast Previews Season 5, Nora, Cicada Villain | Comic-Con 2018" - YouTube
  11. "‘The Flash’: Jessica Parker Kennedy Upped To Series Regular For Season 5" - Deadline
  12. "'The Flash' Season 5 Trailer Gives Nora Allen a Comic-Accurate Superhero Name" -
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 "The Flash @ Comic-Con: Multiple Season 5 Deaths, a Killer (Frost) Reveal, Sherloque Wells and More" - TVLine
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 "'The Flash' Casts Chris Klein as Season 5 Big Bad Cicada" - Comic Book
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 "The Flash: 12 spoilers for season 5, from Nora's secret to episode 100" - Digital Spy
  16. 16.0 16.1 "The Flash Season 5: Caitlin's Mom to Return — Is MIA Dad Not Far Behind?" - TVLine
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 EXCLUSIVE: ‘THE FLASH’ Season 5 Breakdown On Caitlin Snow’s Father! - ThatHashtagShow
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 "‘The Flash’: Kiana Madeira To Recur As Spin In Gender-Switching Casting On CW Drama" - Deadline
  19. "Next CW superhero crossover to introduce Batwoman" - EW
  20. "The Big Arrow-verse Crossover Is Leaving One Show Out This Year" - CinemaBland
  21. "Legends Season 4: Keiynan Lonsdale Not Returning as Series Regular" - TVLine
  22. "'The Flash' Star Danielle Panabaker to Make Her Directorial Debut in Season 5! (Exclusive)" - Entertainment Tonight
  23. "SDCC 2018: Grant Gustin “Ep501 Best First Episode Since Pilot”" - That Hashtag Show
  24. "'The Flash' Finally Gets His Flash Ring in Season 5 Trailer"- Comic Book
  25. "The Flash star Danielle Panabaker "put the kibosh" on a Caitlin / Ralph romance in season 4" - Digital Spy
  26. 26.0 26.1 EXCLUSIVE: THE FLASH Season 5 To Feature DC Villain Rag Doll! - ThatHashtagShow
  27. "The Flash - Episode 5.01 - 5.06 - Titles Revealed *Updated 17th August 2018*" - SpoilerTV
  28. "The Flash Season 5 Premiere Date Announced" - FlashTVNews
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