The Flash’s Final Season Will Bring Back The Best Villain

The Flash's final season will see the return of Reverse-Flash.

By Britta DeVore | Published

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Now that the clock’s ticking down on the final season of the beloved hit series The Flash, audiences have been excitedly waiting for more reveals of what’s to come and who we can expect to see joining the main cast on their last adventures. The past months have revealed the return of Stephen Amell as Green Arrow and John Wesley Shipp, who’s been signed on to play at least one – if not all – of his characters, and now three other names have been announced to be making a comeback. According to ComicBook, we can expect to see Jessica Parker Kennedy, Rick Cosnett, and Matt Letscher reprise their roles as Barry and Iris’ daughter XS, Eddie Thawn, and, our personal favorite villain: the Reverse-Flash.

While it isn’t clear what kind of a storyline capacity each of these actors will hold, it’s obvious that the production crew behind The Flash is setting this season up to be one for the books. What a way to go out! Although we’re presuming that each of these actors will reprise the roles that we know them in, with this season’s big bad being Dark Multiverse doppelganger The Red Death, anything could happen, including variant versions of these characters coming to wreak havoc on or even bring help to Barry Allen and his allies. 

For those who may not remember, and there is a lot to take in, Reverse-Flash has been played by both Letscher and Tom Cavanaugh with Letscher being the supervillain in his true-to-face form while using the face of Cavanaugh’s Harrison Wells as his disguise. After appearing on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as Reverse-Flash and taking on the role in Season 8 of The Flash, Letscher is peeling the mask off and speeding back into action. Cosnett’s Eddie Thawne is a distant ancestor of the Reverse-Flash who made the ultimate sacrifice of taking his own life to prevent the birth of Reverse-Flash. 

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The Flash Season 9 won’t be Cosnett’s only return to the series as he’s appeared in various flashbacks and other capacities in seasons 2, 3, and 8. As for Kennedy’s Nora West-Allen aka XS, the character initially died in Season 5, but because of a shift in the timeline, her future was changed and now she’s alive. And, to make things even more interesting, she’s returned with a twin brother. 

After what will be a powerful nine-season run, audiences are preparing to bid adieu to one of their favorite productions to come from DC’s Arrowverse. The Flash first dashed onto screens in 2014 and quickly pushed the boundaries of what audiences expected when it came to their superhero shows. With Grant Gustin as the titular hero also known as Barry Allen, the series also stars Candice Patton as Iris West-Allen, and Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow aka Killer Frost with Season 9 bringing back favorites including Jesse L. Martin’s Joe West, Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West aka Kid Flash, Kayla Compton as Allegra Garcia, Brandon McKnight as Chester P. Runk, and Jon Cor as Mark Blaine aka Chillblaine. 

After almost losing the show several other times in the past, fans weren’t completely shocked to hear that The Flash would be bowing out after its ninth season but were disappointed nonetheless. Over the years, Grant Gustin has been an audience favorite for the part of the superhero with fans even calling for the replacement of DC film star Ezra Miller to be swapped by Gustin after Miller continued to find themselves in hot water with the law. Ultimately, the studio would decide to keep Miller on as their cinematic Barry Allen with DC Studio heads James Gunn and Peter Safran claiming that the upcoming The Flash feature will blow every other superhero movie out of the water.