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The Flash was renewed for a fifth season by The CW on April 2, 2018. It premiered on October 9, 2018.

Synopsis

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?[1]

Cast

Main cast

Recurring cast

Confirmed plot points

  • There will be a three-show crossover with Supergirl and Arrow. The crossover will introduce Batwoman, Gotham City, and Lois Lane.[7][8][9]
  • One of the themes for this season is family.[10] Another theme for the season is "legacy".[11]
  • Iris will be on the field investigating and writing more.[12]
  • We will see more of Ralph's detective side.[12]
  • Tom Cavanagh will play a funny and unique version of Wells.[12]
  • There may be a lot of deaths this season.[2]
  • Why and how Caitlin got her Killer Frost powers will be explained.[2]
  • Cisco's powers are going to be challenged like they never have before, in a perilous situation.[2]
  • A possible episode in the second half of the season will feature both Grodd and King Shark.[2]
  • The show will introduce a new LGBT character this season.[2]
  • Caitlin and Ralph's friendship will be explored but it won't turn into a romance.[13]
  • Dr. Thomas Snow will appear this season.[5]
  • There will be a few new versions of Wells.[11]
  • Cisco and Ralph's friendship will be explored.[11]
  • Harry Wells, Jesse Wells and Jay Garrick may return.[11]
  • Dr. Carla Tannhauser will return.[3]

Confirmed new characters

  • Sherloque Wells: A very intelligent human who is maybe not to be trusted.[2]
  • Thomas Snow: Thomas is an extremely intelligent geneticist who has been MIA for a few decades. As he returns to Central City, Thomas 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.[5]
  • Spencer Young/Spin: 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.[6]
  • Peter Merkel/Rag Doll: 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.[14]
  • Lois Lane: The estranged daughter of U.S. General Sam Lane, Lois is a tenacious, righteous and stubborn reporter who will go to any length to get the story and almost never fails.[15]
  • Monitor: A mysterious visitor who is from another planet and is both ambiguous, inscrutable and has the power that is teased as nearly infinite.[16]
  • Nora Fries:[17]
  • John Deegan: A doctor at Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane in Gotham City, but he might just be crazier than the inmates he treats. His machinations will draw Green Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl to Gotham City.[18]

Episodes

# Episode name Directed by Story by Teleplay by Original airdate
1 "Nora" David McWhirter Todd Helbing & Sam Chalsen October 9, 2018
After an unexpected guest from the future, Nora West-Allen, appears at their home, Barry and Iris, must figure out how to get her back to the future without disrupting the timeline, even more than she already has. Team Flash must work together to send Nora back, while simultaneously fighting off another villainous meta.
2 "Blocked" Kim Miles Eric Wallace & Judalina Neira October 16, 2018
As Barry helps his daughter, Nora, become a better speedster, he and Team Flash also track down a meta stealing high-tech weapons, only to cross paths with a new foe named Cicada, who is hunting the very same meta with nefarious intent.
3 "The Death of Vibe"[19] Andi Armaganian[20] Jonathan Butler & Gabriel Garza[20] October 23, 2018[20]
After Cicada’s attack on The Flash, the team realizes they need to think outside the box to stop this dangerous new foe. Desperate to help her parents, Nora comes up with a plan that ultimately puts a member of Team Flash in danger. Meanwhile, Caitlin delves into her past.[20]
4 "News Flash"[19] Brent Crowell[21] Kelly Wheeler & Lauren Certo[21] October 30th, 2018[21]
Barry and Iris face the ultimate parenting test when Team Flash battles Spin, a savvy millennial armed with meta tech, and a dangerous agenda for their daughter, Nora. Ralph is feeling defeated until an unlikely source issue a challenge to help boost his confidence.[21]
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6 "The Icicle Cometh"[19] TBA TBA TBA
7 "O Come, All Ye Thankful"[22] TBA TBA TBA
8 TBA Tom Cavanagh[23] TBA December 4, 2018[24]
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Gallery

Title cards

Promotional images

References

  1. "WB TV's Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Black Lightning, Krypton, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale SDCC Panel Details" - Newsarama
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "The Flash @ Comic-Con: Multiple Season 5 Deaths, a Killer (Frost) Reveal, Sherloque Wells and More" - TVLine
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The Flash Season 5: Caitlin's Mom to Return — Is MIA Dad Not Far Behind?" - TVLine
  4. TVLine Items: Flash Casts Caitlin's Dad, Jessica Jones Boss Exits and More - TVLine
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 EXCLUSIVE: ‘THE FLASH’ Season 5 Breakdown On Caitlin Snow’s Father! - ThatHashtagShow
  6. 6.0 6.1 "‘The Flash’: Kiana Madeira To Recur As Spin In Gender-Switching Casting On CW Drama" - Deadline
  7. "Next CW superhero crossover to introduce Batwoman" - EW
  8. "The Big Arrow-verse Crossover Is Leaving One Show Out This Year" - CinemaBland
  9. Arrowverse crossover to feature Tyler Hoechlin's Superman, introduce Lois Lane - EW
  10. "The Flash boss on that Mystery Girl reveal, new season 5 threat" - EW
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 "The Flash: 12 spoilers for season 5, from Nora's secret to episode 100" - Digital Spy
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "‘The Flash’ Season 5: Tom Cavanagh To Play New Version Of Wells" - International Business Times
  13. "The Flash star Danielle Panabaker "put the kibosh" on a Caitlin / Ralph romance in season 4" - Digital Spy
  14. EXCLUSIVE: THE FLASH Season 5 To Feature DC Villain Rag Doll! - ThatHashtagShow
  15. EXCLUSIVE: Arrowverse Crossover Breakdown For Lois Lane! - ThatHashtagShow
  16. EXCLUSIVE: Arrowverse Crossover To Potentially Feature Another Major Kryptonian! - ThatHashtagShow
  17. Cassandra Jean Amell To Play Nora Fries In The CW’s Arrowverse Crossover - Deadline
  18. 'Lost' Star Jeremy Davies To Play Arkham Employee in Arrowverse Crossover - Comicbook.com
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 "The Flash - Episode 5.01 - 5.06 - Titles Revealed *Updated 17th August 2018*" - SpoilerTV
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 The Flash - Episode 5.03 - The Death of Vibe - Press Release - SpoilerTV
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 The Flash - Episode 5.04 - News Flash - Press Release - SpoilerTV
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  23. "SDCC 2018: Grant Gustin “Ep501 Best First Episode Since Pilot”" - That Hashtag Show
  24. 24.0 24.1 DC Superhero Crossover: Dates & Schedule - CW Philly
  25. "'The Flash' Star Danielle Panabaker to Make Her Directorial Debut in Season 5! (Exclusive)" - Entertainment Tonight