We might still be in the thick of things in the current season of The Flash, but the series' showrunners are already several steps ahead, having already concocted what's next for the Scarlet Speedster for the show's fifth outing.
This week's The Flash marks just the fourth episode of the season, but it feels like a lot has already happened in the last several weeks since the show came back to the airwaves. Barry is back from the Speed Force, his wedding with Iris is on again, Cisco's love life is flourishing (so fast that Gypsy's father decided to meet his daughter's boyfriend) and bad guys (and some good ones) continue to flock Central City. But it seems like whatever happens in the next few months in the series is already set in stone, as folks behind the popular DC show have already started laying the groundwork for season 5.
The bit has come thanks to Kevin Smith, who has become a frequent collaborator to the show, having directed two episodes so far. Taking it to his official Twitter account, the director and popular comic book geek posted a photo of himself with Grant Gustin in his red Flash get-up (just without the mask), revealing that executive producer Andrew Kreisberg has just let him on what's next for the Scarlet Speedster for season 5. Check out the tweet below:
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) October 31, 2017
No official order has been made for The Flash's season 5, but unless The CW suddenly goes out of business, there is no way the show will not be renewed for another year. Fans enjoy it and the ratings are steady, with the expected spike up during premiere, midseason and season finales. Additionally, the show is a pivotal part of a bigger superhero TV universe, making it less susceptible to cancellation, so it is understandable that the story group has already a general narrative tread in mind moving forward.
Looking at the trend, there is a good chance that we'll be seeing some hints as to what is coming next to The Flash in the latter episodes of season 4. The series' junior run saw a lot teases about this outing's big bad -- The Thinker. Both Abra Kadabra and Savitar namedropped Clifford DeVoe before he was even confirmed to be the main antagonist this year. And while referencing other comic book characters definitely helps intrigue people about what's to come, it also helps in terms of a smoother narrative transition from one season to the next. After all, it still has to feel like one overarching narrative for the show to work.
Season 4 of The Flash continues with “Girls Night Out” on November 7th, on The CW.
Source: Kevin Smith