Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Flash season 5, episode 8!
This week, The Flash celebrated its 100th episode with a trip back to the past. In "What's Past is Prologue", Team Flash decides that the only way to stop Cicada in the present is to create a dampener for his power-dampening dagger. To do so, they needed to collect items from the past: a piece of Savitar's suit, the tool Zoom used to steal Barry's speed, and dark matter from the fateful particle accelerator.
The time travel aspect allowed the show to revisit some of the previous big bads as well as some the moments that turned Barry into the hero he is today. It was touching to see Barry share with Nora some of the experiences in his life that weren't in the Flash Museum - including the truth about his relationship with Eobard Thawne aka the Reverse-Flash. That piece turned out to be key because as the end of the episode revealed, Nora is really working for Thawne in the future.
The reveal about Nora definitely left us with some major questions about where Team Flash goes from here. Here are our biggest questions from The Flash's 100th episode.
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8. Why Didn't Barry Ask Harry For Help in a Time Before His Mind Was Weakened?
While escaping from Zoom (and a time wraith), Barry and Nora damage Zoom's speed stealing device. The only person smart enough to fix said device is Earth 2's Harry Wells. However, Barry says he is not an option due to the state of his mind. Harry lost his intelligence due to the thinking cap he invented in season 4 to help him outthink Devoe. But this whole episode was about time travel. Couldn't Barry and Nora have traveled back to a time before he invented the cap (say season 3) and asked him for help then? This would have prevented them from having to seek out the help of Thawne and therefore prevented Thawne from meeting Nora. Wouldn't asking a trusted friend for advice have made more sense than asking Barry's arch enemy?
Of course, The Flash wanted to bring back Barry's biggest rival for the 100th episode so it makes sense they found some way to handwave away the reason Harry couldn't be asked for help. Thawne's presence raises the stakes in the episode and complicates things once his involvement with Nora is known. So we can allow it even if it doesn't make total sense.
7. Does Dr. Ambres Have A Larger Role To Play In The Flash Season 5?
Dr. Ambres seems to be everywhere. Not only is she the doctor for Cicada's niece, but this episode revealed that she was also on call the night of the particle accelerator explosion, specifically when Thawne-as-Wells and the lightning struck Barry Allen were brought in. All of these things cannot be a coincidence. Dr. Ambres must have a more important role this season than how she initially appears.
Throughout The Flash season 5, Dr. Ambres has been helping Cicada. In the flashback episode, "O Come, All Ye Faithful", she was the one who placed the blame for Grace's injuries on metahumans. If she isn't the real big bad of the season herself, maybe she is working with Thawne. She could have discovered the truth the night of the explosion and continued to work with him recruiting Cicada to his cause.
6. How Did Barry Learn Nora's Time Language?
When Sherloque finds Nora's journal with indecipherable scribbles, he has questions. Nora claims she made up a "time language" as a way to record her time with her father even if the timeline changes. However, this is also the same language Barry was writing in when he emerged from the speed force in The Flash season 4 premiere. And apparently Thawne can read it too since all of Nora's messages to him are sent in this code. Can all three read the language because of their connection to the speed force as speedsters?
When Barry came out of the speed force there were a whole bunch of clues hidden in his mad ramblings. Could this time language hold even more about the future? Whatever it is, Nora seemed pretty uncomfortable with Sherloque's questioning. Is she just because she is unwilling to admit Thawne is the one who really created the the language or is there something more?
5. What Does "The Timeline is Malleable" Mean?
When Cisco decoded Barry's writing from his time inside the speed force he could only translate one line: This house is bitchin. Similarly, Sherloque is only able to read one line of Nora's journal which states, "The timeline is malleable". Nora has been compiling these notes for Thawne. Has she been sent to the past as a guinea pig of sorts to test this very theory? Is she there to see if the timeline can indeed be changed in ways without breaking completely? And if so what does this mean for the future?
If the timeline is malleable that means events can change. This is dangerous knowledge for anyone to have, but especially Thawne. It will be interesting to learn how Nora came to this conclusion and what it means for the future. The Flash already plays pretty fast and lose when it comes to the timeline, but this could change everything we thought we knew about how time travel on the show works.