'The Flash' Season 8 Release Date: Will There Be Another Season?

The Flash season seven concludes tonight (July 20) on The CW. The most recent series followed Barry/Flash (played by Grant Gustin) try to stop the evil Eva McCulloch (Efrat Dor), a quantum engineer, co-founder of McCulloch Technologies, and the wife of Joseph Carver (Eric Nenninger). Barry is also on a mission to rescue his missing wife Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton). Will there be another series of The Flash? Newsweek has everything you need to know.

Will There Be Another Season of The Flash?

There is good news for fans of The Flash. Season eight has officially been given the green light by The CW.

The announcement was made on February 3, 2021, just one month before season seven landed on screens.

The Flash was renewed alongside other huge CW shows including Riverdale, All American, Batwoman, Legends of Tomorrow, Nancy Drew, Legacies, and In the Dark.

When is The Flash Season 8 Out?

There is even more good news for fans of The Flash. The upcoming season already has a release date and it isn't too far away.

The eighth season of The Flash will premiere on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

The season premiere will be part of a special five-episode crossover event with the Arrowverse.

Just like previous seasons, there is expected to be between 18 and 23 episodes, which will air between October 2021 and May 2022 on The CW.

Who Will Star in The Flash Season 8?

The entire main cast will return for the eighth season of The Flash.

This means Glee's Grant Gustin will be back as superhero Barry Allen/The Flash alongside The Games' Candice Patton as his wife Iris.

Bones star Danielle Panabaker will reprise her role as bioengineer Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost.

Law & Order's Jesse L. Martin will return as Iris's father, Joe.

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Grant Gustin will be back in the cast of "The Flash" Season 8 The CW

Sadly, Carlos Valdes who played Cisco Ramon from the very beginning of The Flash will not be back for the new series.

In a recent Entertainment Weekly interview, Valdes was asked exactly why he decided to step away from the role. He said: "I'm the child of an immigrant, so my whole ethos is "earn your place or card" and I think that's what I did for a long time.

"I just put my head down and I made it work. And a lot of joy and satisfaction and career rewards and momentum have come from that. And I'm so appreciative of that, but at the end of the day, mental health is important...me to step away from the show, it's a way of me taking care of myself."

Tom Cavanagh, who played a range of characters including Eobard Thawne, Reverse-Flash, and Harrison Wells, will also not return for season eight.

In an Instagram post announcing his departure from the series, Cavanagh wrote: "It has been a joy creating and playing the myriad Wells that makeup 'Wells st' on #theFlash.

"At times brusque, sunny, capricious, and perpetually shameless, they will always be linked by a single unbreakable thread of gratitude. My thanks to everyone on all sides of the screen that makes up this wee superhero show of ours."

Thankfully, showrunner Eric Wallace told Deadline the door was always open for Valdes and Cavanagh to return in the future.

What Will Happen in The Flash Season 8?

To begin with, The Flash will open with a five-episode-long crossover event.
Details about the event have been kept under wraps by The CW but the network has teased it will be different to crossover's before, teasing it will "feature different heroes from the CW-verse."

CW CEO Mark Pedowitz told Deadline: "The idea for The Flash is, [showrunner] Eric Wallace and [executive producer] Greg [Berlanti] have come together and are talking about other superheroes from the CW-verse who will come together in each individual episode.

"It will not quite be a crossover but will have a crossover-type feel and the introduction of all these characters."

As the current series has not concluded, it is hard to predict what will happen in the eighth series.

One thing is for sure, Barry Allen will continue to fight crime and super-hero speed.

The Flash season 8 premieres Tuesday, November 16 on The CW at 8 p.m. ET.

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