In the second part of The Flash Season 8’s finale, Iris’ (Candice Patton) fate was shown quickly. Iris seemed to die in Barry’s (Grant Gustin) arms at the end of last week’s “Negative, Part 1,” which signaled the return of Tom Cavanagh’s “Reverse Flash.” However, Wednesday’s episode showed that she was still alive and well inside Damien Darhk’s (Neal McDonough) time stone from “Armageddon.” There, she meets a version of the changed bad guy from Arrow/Legends of Tomorrow. To cut a long story short: Damien tries to get Iris to see that she has always been strong and that she can get out of the time stone on her own, which she does.
In the real world, the Negative Forces give Thawne all of their powers, turning him into the demon-like Negative Reverse Flash with a black suit. Not wanting to be outdone, Cecile (Danielle Nicolet), who freed the Positive Forces, does something similar to what Barry did. This leads to a fight between the two old enemies that could destroy the city. Luckily, Iris shows up just in time and tells Barry that there’s someone else who can save the day. So, Barry just squats down and thinks while Thawne supercharges himself to the point where he will destroy himself.
“In Season 9, we can start over and take Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris’s relationship to the next level.” “Now that Barry and Iris (Candice Patton) are back together and she no longer has time sickness, I want to see them together in this new phase as much as anyone else. And I think it’s going to be a lot of fun and a very romantic date.”
Wallace said that was why he and the other writers made the pair fight it out at the end of Season 8 because they thought it would be their last season.
Wallace told us: “When we were writing the end of Season 8, we thought it would be the last episode of the whole show. So we thought, “Grant [Gustin] and Tom have to have the greatest, most epic battle ever!” That has to be how it ends.
The show would be back for the ninth season, they decided to kill off Reverse Flash in the finale. However, they hinted that he might come back because it’s “a comic book show” and characters always come back in some way.
“I’m pretty sure that there will be a reason to see Tom Cavanagh again in Season 9. I won’t say more, but that’s a good bet “He joked.
Wallace was honest when he was asked if the next season would be the last. He said he didn’t know and that he had “plenty of plans” for the show’s future. Wallace has been in charge of the show since Season 6. He took over from Todd Helbing as the only showrunner for the last three seasons, which he called “one big omnibus” and which has now come to an end. Wallace has started making plans for the next season and a possible 10th season because of this.
The showrunner said, “For Seasons 9 and 10, I’m working on a new, shorter two-season plan. I hope I get to tell that story because I know where I’m going.”
Seasons 1–8 of The Flash can be watched.