The CW’s The Flash, in its ninth and last season, will soon air its sixth episode as the final episode of the series before a one-week break en route to completing the 13 episodes of this season. The show’s finale, which is expected to air in May, will mark the end of the Arrowverse. The Arrowverse began with Arrow in 2012 and gained momentum with the debut of The Flash in 2014. Other shows under its narrative, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, and Batwoman, have ended as early as they should have, and despite the popularity of their shared storylines, Arrowverse's most popular series, The Flash, is also now saying goodbye. Grant Gustin, who plays the titular hero, took to Instagram to pen his farewell.
“I said goodbye to The Flash and my Flash family on Saturday. An extraordinary day, with moments I will cherish for the rest of my life,” wrote Gustin on his Instagram account. “My family got to see my last shot as The Flash – that’s something I could’ve never imagined nearly 10 years ago when I started this journey. This first shot here is moments before my final setup (which was Flash running). I got a chance to thank the crew, who have worked longer hours than anyone can imagine and are the reason we were able to accomplish 184 episodes of The Flash. More than anything I’ll miss chatting and laughing in between takes (and sometimes during takes) with so many of them.”
Gustin's farewell featured images of his wife, Andrea Thoma, and their little daughter who were on the final episode's set. He continued by expressing gratitude to the series' producers, actors, crew, and viewers. “THANK YOU to the fans who remained passionate about our show through 9 seasons,” continued Gustin. “The show went through lots of changes but so many people stuck with us through it all. I look forward to hopefully continuing to meet some of you out in the world in passing and maybe even at conventions in the future… Honored to have had the chance to play this iconic character. I gave it everything I had. That’s all for now.”
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Despite the Fastest Man Alive being portrayed by many actors in the past, Gustin's Barry Allen became the most appreciated given the actor’s commitment to the role. Many fans believe that the actor's sympathetic interpretation of the comic book character earned him their respect. Throughout The Flash's nine excellent seasons, Gustin has flawlessly captured the strengths and foibles of the forensic scientist since his on-screen debut. Gustin's The Flash had the best character arc, faced tougher villains, and became a great team leader. The actor also played the character in Arrow, Vixen, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman.
New episodes of The Flash air every Wednesday night on The CW.