THE FLASH Confirms Cicada as the Big Bad for Season 5


A few months back, it was rumored that Cicada is going to be the main villain of The Flash's fifth season. Now, at San Diego Comic-Con, it's official.

The CW announced during the show's SDCC panel that Cicada will be the next big Flash villain, played by actor Chris Klein. Per the press release, Cicada is described as a "...grizzled, blue-collar everyman whose family has been torn apart by metahumans, Cicada now seeks to exterminate the epidemic - one metahuman at a time." While he won't be as much of a cult leader as he is in the comics, he will prove to be a real challenge for Barry and the team.

Also at the SDCC panel, showrunner Todd Helbing teased that a "lot of deaths" will be happening this season, while we will be seeing a younger version of The Rogues and maybe a team-up between Gorilla Grodd and King Shark. Additionally, episode 8 of this season - aka the series' 100th - will be directed by Tom Cavanagh, and it will be the midseason finale. Traditionally, episode 9 of a season is the midseason finale, with episode 8 being part of a crossover event. How this year's crossover will be affected by this change remains to be seen.

Head over to TV Line for more highlights from The Flash panel. The new season premieres Tuesday, October 9th at 8 PM EST on The CW.

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