'The Flash' co-showrunner Aaron Helbing departing; behind-the-scenes shakeup for season 4

'The Flash' co-showrunner Aaron Helbing departing; behind-the-scenes shakeup for season 4
Source: AP
Source: AP

Following Tuesday night's season three finale, it appears The Flash will undergo a major shakeup behind the scenes. When the series returns in the fall for its fourth season, Aaron Helbing — who has been a co-showrunner alongside his brother, Todd, since the show's inception — will not be part of the ongoing creative team.

In the recently released season four synopsis, Aaron Helbing's name was absent from the list of returning executive producers, creating speculation that he may be leaving the series. ComicBook.com reported that it has confirmed Helbing will indeed be exiting The Flash.

While there are no details being revealed regarding why Helbing is leaving the show, his departure is no small matter. Along with his brother, Aaron Helbing has written over a dozen episodes of The Flash, including the finales of seasons two and three. Though Aaron will be leaving the series, Todd will stay on as an executive producer. 

Aaron and Todd Helbing (far left) along with the rest of the Arrowverse executive producers.
Source: Richard Shotwell/AP

You can check out the official synopsis for The Flash's fourth season below, but be warned, it possibly contains major spoilers for Tuesday night's finale, including the answer a major question:

Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) lived a normal life as a perpetually tardy C.S.I. in the Central City Police Department. Barry's life changed forever when the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator exploded, creating a dark-matter lightning storm that struck Barry, bestowing him with super-speed and making him the fastest man alive — The Flash. But when Barry used his extraordinary abilities to travel back in time and save his mother's life, he inadvertently created an alternate timeline known as Flashpoint; a phenomenon that gave birth to the villainous speed god known as Savitar, and changed the lives of Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Wally West (Keiyan Lonsdale) forever. 
With the help of his adoptive father, Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), his lifelong best friend and love interest Iris West (Candice Patton), and his friends at S.T.A.R. Labs -- Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), C.S.I Julian Albert (Tom Felton), and an Earth-19 novelist named H.R. Wells (Tom Cavanaugh) -- Barry continues to protect the people of Central City from the meta-humans that threaten it. 
Based on the characters from DC, THE FLASH is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "Supergirl"), Andrew Kreisberg ("Arrow," "The Flash"), Sarah Schechter ("Arrow," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow") and Todd Helbing ("Black Sails").

The Flash season three finale airs Tuesday, May 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern on the CW.

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