The Flash is trying something new for Season 6. Instead of one season-long story arc, Season 6 will be broken down into two chapters -- or "graphic novels" -- that feature their own individual villains. The first half will end in this year's five-show crossover "Crisis on Infinite Earths," then pick up afterwards with a new story for the second half.
At Comic-Con International in San Diego, showrunner Eric Wallace revealed the series' new storytelling approach. "We're going to divide [the season] up into graphic novels," he explained. After "Crisis on Infinite Earths," the second half of the season will revolve around a second villain.
The first half will deal with Sendhil Ramamurthy's Bloodwork, an old acquaintance of Caitlin Snow whose reunion with her goes very wrong. The second villain has not yet been announced.
The Flash isn't the first superhero show to attempt this narrative format. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also broke Seasons 4 and 5 down into "pods," or shorter storyarcs within the larger season. Flash, however, will be the first Arrowverse show to try this approach.
Returning Tuesday, October 8 at 8 pm on The CW, The Flash stars Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Nicolet and Hartley Sawyer.