WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for all the Arrowverse shows from fall 2018
The midseason finales for all of the superhero shows making up The CW's Arrowverse have aired, and audiences are already eagerly anticipating the shows' returns in 2019. They are also vividly speculating on what the second halves of the latest seasons hold in store for their favorite superheroes.
Prior to the Elseworlds crossover event, The CW aired the midseason finales for Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl, and then concluded the fall finale for Legends of Tomorrow the same week as the annual Arrowverse crossover. And now, fans are eagerly anticipating the shows' returns early next year.
What follows is a rundown of every show in the Arrowverse, their official return dates, and a quick summation of their seasons so far, as well as what to expect from each show's story when they return in 2019, because their stories aren't over yet.
- This Page: The Flash In 2019
- Page 2: Supergirl in 2019
- Page 3: Arrow in 2019
- Page 4: Legends of Tomorrow in 2019
Last updated: January 10, 2019
When The Flash Season 5 Returns in 2019
The Flash will be the first of the Arrowverse shows to return after the holiday hiatus. The show will remain in its current time slot of 8 PM EST on Tuesdays. The next new episode will air on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. The first new episode of 2019 is titled "Spin Out" but no plot summary has been revealed yet.
The Flash season 5 has largely centered around two new characters - Nora West-Allen (Barry and Iris's daughter from the not-too-distant future of 2049) and Cicada, a serial-killer with a hatred of metahumans and the ability to negate their superpowers. Team Flash recruited a new doppelganger of Dr. Harrison Wells - Sherloque Wells, the multiverse's greatest detective - to find a way to stop Cicada's killing spree and discover his secret identity. At the same time, Nora got to know the father who disappeared saving the world when she was a toddler and trained alongside him to master the super-speed powers that were her legacy.
What The Flash Season 5's Second Half Will Be About
The Flash season 5 midseason finale ended with Team Flash making an important discovery - Cicada's power-dampening abilities only worked on metahumans who gained their powers through exposure to energized dark matter. This meant that Cicada was completely helpless against Dr. Caitlin Snow's Killer Frost persona, which recently reemerged after Caitlin discovered that her cold-generation powers were the result of experiments conducted by her father when she was a child. Caitlin also discovered that her father had cold powers and an split personality of his own, but that his dark side had almost completely taken over. Caitlin will surely be at the center of The Flash's season 5 storyline - both because of her mission to rescue her father from himself and her status as Team Flash's best weapon against Cicada.
The other big revelation to come of the midseason finale was that Nora West-Allen was sending information on Barry Allen forward in time to Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash. (This opens up the possibility that Nora could actually be Thawne's daughter, not Barry's.) It remains to be seen how Barry Allen's arch-enemy escaped being erased from reality twice (once in The Flash's first season finale, the other time during the second season of Legends of Tomorrow), how he came to employ his nemesis' daughter, why he is once again wearing the face of Dr. Harrison Wells and why he is imprisoned in the year 2049. The only thing that is certain is that the rest of season 5 is sure to center around another battle between the two speedsters, whose mutual hatred runs the length of time itself.