With a ninth season confirmed for The flashsuddenly showrunner Eric Wallace was a lot busier – because he had written the last episode of season eight as the series finale.
However, when Grant Gustin winked at another series, Wallace had to make some big changes to that episode.
They had to change the final scene where Barry (Gustin) and his wife Iris (Candice Patton) stop the season ending terror of the Negative Forces, which almost led to Armageddon.
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“We had to rewrite it three times,” he told TVLine† “Because when it was a… series finale, we had to have a much more in-depth conversation with Barry and Iris, about the fact that they were soon to have children.
“It was a bit sexier, and it was a much more romantic scene,” he noted. “I liked it a lot.”
He also noted that if it was a series finale, everyone would have had some good parting moments, but when they didn’t need them anymore, Wallace had a different idea.
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“But when we found out we had one more season to play with, that meant, ‘Ooh, I can tease next year’s Big Bad? Okay, let’s do that!’ So that last scene changed radically.
He loved most of the big, epic battle between The Flash and Tom Cavanagh’s Negative Reverse-Flash, but that caused a bit of a problem, because how do you top that?
“So we were like, ‘Oh shit, we just had the ultimate battle. How are we ever going to top?’ That† Then it was like, ‘Let’s just kill him now and worry about that later.'”
The flash aired on The CW in the US. Sky Showcase and NOW aired the show in the UK.
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