“The Flash” Season 6: Will “Crisis” Leave Barry a “Dead Man Running”? [PREVIEW]

We’ve officially made it to one of the greatest months of the year: October – which means The CW‘s “Arrowverse” shows have started sticking some sweet superhero three-point landings with the returns fans have seen so far. Arrow is shuffling off the network’s programming coil after an abbreviated 10-episode eighth season (making The Flash the “elder states-show” of the “Arrowverse”), Ruby Rose-starrer Batwoman joined the family alongside Supergirl and expanded the Batman mythos in CW’s DCU.

Let’s not forget a looming “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover that will change things dramatically, including Black Lightning this time around… and yes, they didn’t forget about our crew from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

The Flash — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

Which brings us to this week’s episode of The Flash, which finds Barry (Grant Gustin) trying to prepare for what feels like the inevitable in the only way he knows how. But even with his fate seemingly written – might there still be a way for Barry to not end up a “Dead Man Running”?

“The Flash” season 6, episode 3 “Dead Man Running”: GET READY FOR A KILLER PARTY – Knowing that Crisis is only weeks away, Barry (Grant Gustin) prepares a member of Team Flash for life without him while hunting a terrifying meta-human with an unquenchable thirst. Meanwhile, Ralph (Hartley Sawyer) uncovers a family secret. Sarah Boyd directed the episode written by Lauren Barnett & Thomas Pound.

The Flash — “Dead Man Running” — Image Number: FLA603b_0489b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon and Hartley Sawyer as Dibney — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
The Flash — “Dead Man Running” — Image Number: FLA603b_0446b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Candice Patton as Iris West – Allen — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
The Flash — “Dead Man Running” — Image Number: FLA603b_0398b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Danielle Panabaker as Killer Frost, Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Candice Patton as Iris West – Allen — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
The Flash — “Dead Man Running” — Image Number: FLA603b_0393b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Danielle Panabaker as Killer Frost and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
The Flash — “Dead Man Running” — Image Number: FLA603b_0386b.jpg — Pictured: Grant Gustin as Barry Allen — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
The Flash — “Dead Man Running” — Image Number: FLA603b_0306b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, Danielle Panabaker as Killer Frost, Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Candice Patton as Iris West – Allen — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
The Flash — “Dead Man Running” — Image Number: FLA603b_0297b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, Hartley Sawyer as Dibney, Danielle Panabaker as Killer Frost, Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Candice Patton as Iris West – Allen — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
The Flash — “Dead Man Running” — Image Number: FLA603b_0272b.jpg — Pictured: Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
The Flash — “Dead Man Running” — Image Number: FLA603b_0189b.jpg — Pictured: Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
The Flash — “Dead Man Running” — Image Number: FLA603b_0182b.jpg — Pictured: Danielle Panabaker as Killer Frost — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
The Flash — “Dead Man Running” — Image Number: FLA603b_0059b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Candice Patton as Iris West-Allen, Hartley Sawyer as Dibney and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
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The Flash — “Dead Man Running” — Image Number: FLA603a_0343b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Sendhil Ramamurthy as Ramsey Rosso and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
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The Flash — “Dead Man Running” — Image Number: FLA603a_0288b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Sendhil Ramamurthy as Ramsey Rosso — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
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The Flash — “Dead Man Running” — Image Number: FLA603a_0283b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Sendhil Ramamurthy as Ramsey Rosso — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
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The Flash — “Dead Man Running” — Image Number: FLA603a_0170b.jpg — Pictured: Sendhil Ramamurthy as Ramsey Rosso — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
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The Flash — “Dead Man Running” — Image Number: FLA603a_0057b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Danielle Panabaker as Killer Frost and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
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The Flash — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

“Crisis on Infinite Earths!” Worlds will live! Worlds will die!

And the CW’s “Arrowverse” will never be the same…

The season’s eighth episode will be the “Crisis” crossover episode – comprising the fourth hour of the crossover:

Supergirl – Sunday, December 8th (8/7c)

Batwoman – Monday, December 9th (8/7c)

The Flash – Tuesday, December 10th (8/7c)

Arrow – Tuesday, January 14, 2020 (8/7c)

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – Tuesday, January 14, 2020 (9/8c)

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Black Lightning will also be represented during the crossover event… and yes, legendary Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy will star as a future version of Bruce Wayne. We’re even getting 60’s Batman “boy wonder” Burt Ward making an appearance.

If that wasn’t enough, Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch are returning as “The Man of Steel” and Lois Lane… alongside another of the crossover’s Supermen: Brandon Routh (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), returning to the cape for the first time since his cinematic turn in Superman Returns, portraying the Kingdom Come version of the iconic superhero.

Still not enough Superman? How about Smallville co-stars Tom Welling and Erica Durance joining the crossover as Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane, respectively (and rumblings that someone from Smallville isn’t too happy about the way they were approached regarding being a part of “Crisis”).

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Arrow — Photo: Sergei Bachlakov/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Johnathon Schaech’s Jonah Hex (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) is also set to saddle up for the crossover, and John Wesley Shipp will be reprising his role as The Flash of Earth-90. Ashley Scott will be returning to the role of Helena Kyle aka Huntress from The WB‘s short-run 2002 series Birds of Prey.

Osric Chau will recur in the role of physics professor Ryan Choi, who would take on his idol Ray Palmer’s (Routh in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) former position at Ivy University – with the future Justice Leaguer following in his footsteps in the “hero department” as well.

Let’s not forget Arrow co-star Audrey Marie Anderson‘s Lyla Michaels, who is set (appropriately enough) for the role of The Monitor’s Harbinger; and The Flash multitasker Tom Cavanagh on board as bad-luck sign Pariah.

About Ray Flook

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