The Flash is set to return to television screens next month for its sixth season and Vibe/Cisco Ramon actor Carlos Valdes recently talked about what fans can expect in the new season. Speaking at FanX Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, Valdes said that the series will feel more grown up going into next season. Having been on the air for over half a decade, Valdes says The Flash will be maturing in season six just as its audience has grown up as well. Among the new signs of growth in the show will be more elaborate storylines and more complex characters. Nevertheless, Valdes says that the series will still embrace its characteristic tone of light-heartedness and optimism, balancing it with its more mature themes. A particularly heavy burden Team Flash faces is the loss of Nora West-Allen, Barry and Iris’s daughter, who disappeared in last season’s finale.
One of the biggest shocks the characters on The Flash will get is the fact that the crisis teased in the show’s pilot episode in 2014 is happening five years earlier. The first episode of the series showed a news article from 2024 saying that the Flash had disappeared in a crisis, which will be explored this December in the crossover event “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” Showrunner Eric Wallace says that the crisis starting this season will be like a landmine for the characters as they struggle to come to terms with the future coming sooner than originally anticipated. Todd Helbing, who served as the series’ showrunner last season, says that the writing team originally intended “Crisis on Infinite Earths” to be the series finale of The Flash. Looking forward, Helbing says that the event storyline will breathe new life into the series and allow for the show to go in interesting directions.
Everything won’t be complete doom and gloom this season, however. Valdes teases that when the season starts, Cisco will be as happy as ever. Continuing his discussion at FanX, Valdes says that Cisco will be getting along great with his new girlfriend, Camila, and will have an immense burden taken off shoulders since he took the metahuman cure last season. Valdes also says that the series will introduce spectacular new costumes next season. While the actor didn’t elaborate, many say that his comments reference the Flash’s new suit, which appears to be homage to the New 52 era of comics.
The Flash returns to The CW on October 8.