The Flash Season 5 Release Date: Who is the Villain of the Flash Season 5?

The season follows Barry as he deals with the fallout from his future daughter’s time travel and goes up against Orlin Dwyer, the Cicada, a brand-new adversary. It is a spin-off of Arrow and is set in the Arrowverse, maintaining continuity with the other television shows in the realm.

Recap of The Flash season finale: Team Flash finds hope in tragedy. Team Flash pulls together to defeat Cicada II and Reverse Flash in the stirring season 5 finale, but they also lose one of their own.

Allegra joins Team Flash and works as a reporter for The Citizen throughout the season. As a result of his HLH cancer, Bloodwork (Dr. Ramsey Rosso, played by Sendhil Ramamurthy) is a brand-new antagonist who has the power to manipulate people through the usage of dark matter.

The Flash Season 5 Release Date

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 8 p.m. Eastern, the same day and hour as the previous season, saw The Flash Season premiere on The CW. 22 episodes made up the season.

The Flash Season 5 Plotline: What Can We Expect From This Season?

The Flash Season 5 functioned similarly to Flashpoint 2.0, as set up by Nora West-entrance Allen in Season 4.

When Barry traveled back in time to save his mother from death at the end of Season 2, he created a dangerous other world known as Flashpoint. Even when he sought to undo it, the incident had far-reaching consequences throughout time and space, deleting some characters from existence, sparking an alien invasion, and even giving birth to his greatest foe, Savitar, in the new timeline.

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Nora admitted to making a “huge, big mistake,” and Season 5 depicts the consequences of her actions on the current timeline. She messed up the timeline, just like her father, and it’s going to cause a lot of difficulties.


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Here’s a key section of The Flash Season 5’s official synopsis, as provided by The CW ahead of Comic-Con in July.

Who is the Villain of the Flash Season 5?

Cicada, alias David Hersch, played by Chris Klein, is the new villain in The Flash Season 5. (The American Pie series, Election, We Were Soldiers). Hersch gains the ability to absorb the life force of others in the comics by wielding two lightning-shaped daggers. He creates a cult committed to obsessing over The Flash and murders everybody who is saved by the scarlet speedster.


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According to Deadline, the character is a “grizzled, blue-collar everyman whose family was torn apart by metahumans, Cicada now intends to eliminate the disease — one metahuman at a time.” (Hence the parallel to Vulture, the MCU’s “blue-collar” villain.)

Who in the Flash Season 5 Cast Returned?

Tom Cavanagh also made a return, although this time as a new Harrison Wells doppelganger. According to Cinema Blend, this one is named “Sherloque Wells,” and it follows a French investigator from an alternate universe who is on the trail of Cicada.

  • Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash
  • Jesse L. Martin as Joe West
  • Candice Patton as Iris West
  • Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow
  • Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon/Vibe

Hartley Sawyer was also promoted to series regular for Season 5, reprising his role as Ralph Dibney, aka the Elongated Man. For the next season, the character had matured and spent his time honing his top-tier investigative talents rather than fooling off. Cecille Horton, played by Danielle Nicolet, has also been promoted to series regular.


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Jessica Parker Kennedy, of course, not only reprised her role as Nora West-Allen but also became a series regular, appearing in every episode. Susan Walters also returned as Dr. Carol Tannhauser, Caitlin Snow’s mother. Season 5 is expected to go more into Caitlin’s past and the true origins of her Killer Frost abilities.

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Keiynan Lonsdale, a previous series regular, only featured as Wally West in the Season 5 premiere. This was done to facilitate the character’s transfer to Legends of Tomorrow, as well as Lonsdale’s eventual exit from the Arrowverse.

Any New Characters in the Flash Season 5?

The Flash debuted a gender-bent version of the DC Comics villain Spin, played by actress Kiana Madeira, in August 2018. Deadline describes her as “a young wannabe social media influencer who seizes the opportunity to make herself famous when she realizes Central City has a new hero.”

According to TV Insider, real-life contortionist Troy James has been hired as Peter Merkel, aka Rag Doll, in Season 5’s fifth episode. This supervillain possesses metahuman flexibility, making him an intriguing foil to Ralph Dibny as the Elongated Man. According to Entertainment Weekly, Kyle Secor has been cast as Dr. Thomas Snow, Caitlin Snow’s father, as Season 5 explores Caitlin’s genesis tale as Frost.

Who Got a New Costume in the Flash Season 5?

Barry’s high-tech costume, which he wore as The Flash for the majority of Season 4, was destroyed in the finale when he supersonic-punched a satellite out of the sky. However, as revealed in the Season 5 teaser, Nora gave Barry his Flash Ring from the future, which contains a completely new costume.

In early August, a set shot of the new costume surfaced, sparking outrage among fans. Official photographs and footage released later show an outfit that is more faithful to the comics than any prior suit worn on the program, with the primary difference being the absence of a chin strap.

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Nora West-Allen, like her father, has her customized super suit patterned after Iris West’s speeding jacket and the XS speedster costume from the books.

When Was the Flash’s 100th Episode?

Episode 8 of Season 5 was the show’s 100th episode overall, serving as the mid-season finale. On December 4, 2018, the episode “What’s Past is Prologue” aired. The episode was directed by Tom Cavanagh, who had previously directed “The Once and Future Flash” in Season 3 and “Elongated Journey Into Night” in Season 4.


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The episode included a flashback, with Barry and Nora traveling through numerous experiences throughout the years to gather ingredients for a power dampener to use on Cicada.

Frequently Asked Question

In Season 5, How Old is Barry Allen?

When Barry discovers he can’t get drunk in S1E5, “Plastique,” he cites his age of 25.

Is Season 8 of the Flash Confirmed?

The eighth season of The Flash, an American superhero television series based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash, debuted on The CW on November 16, 2021.

Is the Flash Ending in 2022?

“The Flash’s” ninth season on The CW will be it’s final. Season 9 of the iconic DC series will begin production in September, with the final season expected to premiere in 2023. The season will have 13 episodes. “There are nine seasons!”

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