After 9 seasons The CW’s The Flash is set to say its farewells, effectively ending the Arrowverse, and Riverdale will also end after its 7th season.
Just as The Flash is set to speed out of The CW’s lineup of shows being renewed, with its final Season 9 edging out the similarly-received Arrow only received 8 seasons, Riverdale is also looking for a way out with a 7th and final season.
The notable discontinuation of The Flash series brings the Arrowverse to a close. The 13-episode season will be the shortest in its run. With the other Arrowverse shows such as Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Batwoman, and Black Lightning receiving their proverbial walking papers within the last two years, and Superman & Lois distancing itself from the shows that launched it, it was only a matter of time for the Grant Gustin-led show to hit a wall.
Executive Producer & Showrunner Eric Wallace said “Nine seasons! Nine years of saving Central City while taking audiences on an emotional journey full of heart, humor and spectacle. And now Barry Allen has reached the starting gate for his last race,” regarding the end of the long lasting series according to the Hollywood Reporter.
While The Flash is being sent off as one of The CW Network’s most watched shows for its 8th season during the 2021-22 cycle, Riverdale is also prepping to finish its run with a final season 7, after quite possibly the most insane season to date.
After 5 years on The CW, Riverdale has been given the green light to send the series off appropriately with the next season. This coincides with a plethora of The CW cancelled series, as the network continues its spree of bringing shows to the chopping block.
The CW CEO Mark Pedowitz told Deadline, “I am a big believer of giving series that have had a long run an appropriate send-off. We had a long conversation with Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa] yesterday and he is thrilled with the decision,” adding “we are going to treat the show in the manner it deserves. It’s been an iconic pop culture star and we want to make sure that it goes out the right way.”
With all of that being said, this concludes the long reign of comic-inspired series on The CW. It remains to be seen if more DC Comics shows set up by the network will revisit the universe started by Arrow back in 2012, or if a wilder Riverdale spin-off will revisit the popular setting created in 2017. Both finale seasons are set to air in the 2022-2023 season. Fans interested in possible updates can follow The CW on Twitter.