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The fifth season of The Flash premiered on The CW on October 9, 2018, and concluded on May 14, 2019. It was announced on April 2, 2018.

The season aired on Tuesday nights at 8:00 PM prior to Black Lightning in the fall, Roswell, New Mexico in the winter, and The 100 in the spring.

It arrived on DVD and Blu-ray on August 27, 2019.


When Barry and Iris meet Nora, their lives are flipped upside down, and her arrival brings to light the legacy every member of Team Flash will leave years from now, causing many to question who they are today. While Nora idolizes Barry and his legacy as The Flash, she carries with her a mysterious grudge towards Iris. Team Flash rallies to find a way to help Nora return to her time, only to discover her presence has changed the timeline and brought the early arrival of the most ruthless, vicious, and relentless villain Team Flash has ever faced: Cicada.[1]


Main cast

Recurring cast


No. in series No. in season Episode title Written by Directed by Original airdate
93 1 "Nora" Todd Helbing & Sam Chalsen David McWhirter October 9, 2018
94 2 "Blocked" Eric Wallace & Judalina Neira Kim Miles October 16, 2018
95 3 "The Death of Vibe" Jonathan Butler & Gabriel Garza Andi Armaganian October 23, 2018
96 4 "News Flash" Kelly Wheeler & Lauren Certo Brent Crowell October 30, 2018
97 5 "All Doll'd Up" Thomas Pound & Sterling Gates Philip Chipera November 13, 2018
98 6 "The Icicle Cometh" Kristen Kim & Joshua V. Gilbert Chris Peppe November 20, 2018
99 7 "O Come, All Ye Thankful" Jonathan Butler & Gabriel Garza Sarah Boyd November 27, 2018
100 8 "What's Past Is Prologue" Todd Helbing & Lauren Certo Tom Cavanagh December 4, 2018
101 9 "Elseworlds, Part 1" Eric Wallace & Sam Chalsen Kevin Tancharoen December 9, 2018
102 10 "The Flash and the Furious" Kelly Wheeler & Sterling Gates David McWhirter January 15, 2019
103 11 "Seeing Red" Judalina Neira & Thomas Pound Marcus Stokes January 22, 2019
104 12 "Memorabilia" Sam Chalsen & Kristen Kim Rebecca Johnson January 29, 2019
105 13 "Goldfaced" Jonathan Butler & Gabriel Garza Alexandra LaRoche February 5, 2019
106 14 "Cause and XS" Todd Helbing & Jeff Hersh Rachel Talalay February 12, 2019
107 15 "King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd" Eric Wallace & Lauren Certo Stefan Pleszczynski March 5, 2019
108 16 "Failure Is an Orphan" Zack Stentz Viet Nguyen March 12, 2019
109 17 "Time Bomb" Kristen Kim & Sterling Gates Rob Greenlea March 19, 2019
110 18 "Godspeed" Judalina Neira & Kelly Wheeler Danielle Panabaker April 16, 2019
111 19 "Snow Pack" Jonathan Butler & Gabriel Garza Jeff Cassidy April 23, 2019
112 20 "Gone Rogue" Sam Chalsen & Joshua V. Gilbert Kristin Windell April 30, 2019
113 21 "The Girl with the Red Lightning" Judalina Neira & Thomas Pound Stefan Pleszczynski May 7, 2019
114 22 "Legacy" Story by: Lauren Certo
Teleplay by: Todd Helbing & Eric Wallace
Gregory Smith May 14, 2019




On August 7, 2018, The CW announced that Ruby Rose was cast as Kate Kane/Batwoman, set to make her debut in Elseworlds, the crossover event that took place later that year.[2]

Costume leak controversy

On August 8, 2018, a test photo of lead actor Grant Gustin wearing a new suit design for the upcoming fifth season was leaked across social media. Many fans of The Flash began suggesting that Gustin appears to be "too thin" in the image, and as a result, began not only body-shaming Gustin for being naturally thin, but also criticizing his portrayal of Barry Allen, believing that he lacks the proper physique to portray the DC Comics character.[3]


Critical response


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  • This season consists of 22 episodes, one less than the previous seasons, which all consisted of 23 episodes.
  • This season had four cast members promoted to series regular status - Danielle Nicolet, Hartley Sawyer, Jessica Parker Kennedy, and Chris Klein. This was the highest amount of series regular promotions compared to those of the previous seasons.


Promotional images