The CW renewed The Flash for Season 7 in January, which was unsurprising considering it’s been the network’s highest-rated series for six seasons straight. It’s been several months since the series capped off its sixth season in May, three episodes ahead short of its original 22-episode order.
Since the unintended Season 6 finale aired, The Flash has seen some behind-the-scenes changes that will likely impact the story next season. The series not only faced several months of delays, which pushed back its production start date from July to October, but its tentative premiere date (initially scheduled for January 2021) was also postponed due to the constantly changing filming start dates.
At long last, the cast began filming Season 7 in October, with The CW setting a firm release date that has made the wait for the new season a bit less stressful. Here’s everything we know so far about Season 7, including the expected release date, cast, plot, and more.
When is the release date for The Flash Season 7?
The Flash Season 7 has historically premiered in October, but 2020 has disrupted the usual cadence of TV productions, leaving fans without their beloved series for months on end. However, the superhero show now has a concrete release date after months of uncertainty. Season 7 will premiere The CW on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.
Who will appear in the cast of The Flash Season 7?
All of the original cast members — Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, and Danielle Panabaker — are expected to return. Danielle Nicolet, who was upped to series regular in Season 5, is also returning for Season 7.
Recurring actors Kayla Compton and Brandon McKnight have been promoted to series regulars. Victoria Park, who joined The Flash as recurring character Kamilla Hwang in Season 5, is also expected to return in Season 7. However, she has not been promoted to a regular cast member.
Hartley Sawyer, on the other hand, will not be returning for The Flash Season 7. Sawyer, who played Ralph Dibny and the superhero Elongated Man, was fired from the show after a slew of racist and misogynist tweets came to light. Read the joint statement from The CW, producers Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions below (via THR):
“Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for season seven of The Flash. In regards to Mr. Sawyer's posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation. Such remarks are antithetical to our values and policies, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce."
The Flash showrunner Eric Wallace also posted a message about Sawyer’s firing to Twitter, which you can read below:
Wallace has indicated that Sawyer's character will be recast so that his storyline with Sue Dearbon, who was introduced in Season 6 and was expected to become Ralph's love interest, can come to a proper close. Here's what he told Entertainment Weekly:
"In order to wrap that up, which we're going to do at the top of season 7, Ralph has to be part of that. Now thank goodness, Ralph is a guy who can change faces and his appearance in many ways. Without giving any spoilers away, there are a couple of ways that we can have Elongated Man still appear in at least one episode this season to wrap that storyline up, that gets us what we need and still allows fans to say goodbye to the character, at least for the indefinite future. It's funny, I guess technically it would be a recasting, but the character won't be a big part of season 7. He'll only be a part of just wrapping up the Sue storyline. Yes, one could say it is a recasting, but we're going to do it in a way that I think honors the spirit of the character and provides not only a satisfying conclusion to Sue's murder mystery, but also it's done with some humor."
What is the plot of The Flash Season 7?
The end of Season 6 saw Team Flash trying (and failing) to stop Eva and get Iris out of the Mirrorverse, with not much forward movement with either. Eva succeeded in killing her husband and it's unclear what her other plans for Central City entail. Meanwhile, Iris was working with Kamilla to find Singh and escape.
The longer Iris was inside the mirror world, however, the worse her neural dissonance became and the unintended Season 6 finale ended with her vanishing right before Kamilla's eyes. The very next episode would have revealed where she would have gone, but now fans will have to wait a lot longer to find out.
Season 7 is expected to pick up where Season 6 left off. Here’s what Wallace told EW regarding how the production shutdown will affect next season:
“It hasn't changed how we're going to wrap up the arc, because of the three episodes that are still remaining — which are now the first three episodes of season 7 — episode 620, which now becomes episode 701, 90 percent of that footage is in the can. That only leaves what we always intended as our two-part season finale of season 6 to follow in episode 702 and 703, which is wrapping up Eva's story. That's all going to be the same.”
During DC FanDome, Gustin and Patton revealed that Iris would be out of the mirror very early on in Season 7, which was a relief considering that she spent most of the second half of Season 6 in the mirror world. In addition to Iris finally being back on the right side of the mirror, Wallace teased the return of Godspeed, who first made an appearance in a Season 5 episode before briefly showing back up in Season 6.
"I don't like spoilers let's just say there was a certain speedster who wore a white costume, whose clones kept showing up. Really, Team Flash has to deal with that, but we never caught the real guy or girl. Let's just say we might find out that mystery this season."
What's more, John Wesley Shipp's Jay Garrick will reportedly be back in Season 7 as well. Here's what Shipp told Den of Geek about his return to The Flash:
"I know Jay Garrick is coming back to the CW show, but they were supposed to be at a further point in the story. They didn’t get to play out the end of season six because of COVID as we know, so they’ve got to tie up some things. [The Flash showrunner] Eric Wallace has said that he does want to talk to me about some ideas about Jay Garrick going forward."
What’s more, Wallace refused to budge about what happened to Iris or where she might have disappeared to. That said, Wallace says not to worry because Barry and Iris will be reunited. Here’s what he told TVLine about what to expect:
“A happy ending. Because I love happy endings. Don’t worry, I know you’ve been through a lot this season, and I appreciate so much you hanging on — especially after this really tough cliffhanger. It’s bad enough to be in a pandemic, but when your favorite show stops in the middle of the storyline that you’re invested in, I understand. It happened to me as a viewer watching shows during the writers strike. But don’t worry, there will be a happy ending.”
Who doesn't love a happy ending?
Is there a trailer for The Flash Season 7?
Yes, there is! Sort of. The Season 7 trailer is technically the footage from what was meant to be Season 6's 20th episode. However, that episode will now serve as the show's Season 7 premiere. Since the episode was mostly complete, there is plenty of new footage for fans to see. Check it out below!
What happened at the end of Season 6 of The Flash?
However, the Season 6 finale was unintended and the Arrowverse series was three episodes shy of completing its original 22-episode order. Expect to see those three final episodes of Season 6 before the series embarks on any brand-new Season 7 storylines.
Where can I watch The Flash Season 6 online?
All six seasons of The Flash are currently available to stream on Netflix, so get to binging.
The Flash Season 7 will premiere on February 23, 2021 on The CW.