The Flash showrunner shares details of Tom Cavanagh’s return

the flash season 5 finale, tom cavanagh as eobard thawne
The Flash showrunner on Tom Cavanagh's returnWarner Bros / Jack Rowand - Sky

The Flash showrunner Eric Wallace has confirmed the return of a longtime enemy for Barry Allen in the final season.

As actor Tom Cavanagh has previously announced, his villain Reverse-Flash will make an appearance in the final instalment of the show, alongside the DC speedy superhero played by Grant Gustin.

Wallace explained Cavanagh will reprise the role of Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse-Flash, in an episode airing in the US on May 24 titled 'A New World, Part Four'.

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"This is Barry Allen's final race, so you can't tell that story without including his most infamous adversary: The Reverse-Flash," Wallace told Entertainment Weekly.

"And having brilliantly played the character since season 1, bringing Tom back as our show concludes its run was always part of the plan.

"Tom's exciting portrayal of Eobard Thawne has been unforgettable for nine years, and fans will be delighted to know that he's brought that same wonderful intensity to our finale, too."

the flash season 5 finale, tom cavanagh as eobard thawne, grant gustin as the flash
Warner Bros / Jack Rowand - Sky

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Last seen in season 8 amidst a surprise resurrection, the Arrowverse baddie is a scientist from the future who's obsessed with becoming a superhero and having the upper hand on The Flash. After managing to get super-speed of his own, Eobard can't suppress his jealousy for Barry, thus becoming his greatest enemy and taking the mantle of Reverse-Flash.

"I think the reason that maybe you didn't see it coming is because the writers' room did a great job of supporting it story-wise," Cavanagh previously told EW, "which makes the resurrection moment all the more visceral and surprising."

The Flash airs on The CW in the US. Sky Showcase and NOW air the show in the UK.

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