The Flash has never been a stranger to the concept of time travel, but no other season of the show has focused quite so heavily on the matter like the current third season has. Starting out with its own version of the iconic "Flashpoint" storyline from the comics, a majority of the season has been dedicated to making Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) pay for his mistakes while changing the timeline. From damaging the lives of his friends to creating entirely different realities altogether, The Flash has taken its adventures through time and space to entirely new levels this year already.
To a similar degree, the show's big villains have always, in one way or another, been created through peculiar time-bending, cross-dimensional methods. With the show's midseason finale too, The Flash set its latest villain, Savitar, apart from the rest as the God of Speed showed Barry a vision he wouldn't likely forget: the death of Iris West.
Just one episode since that midseason finale, and already it has become clear that the main storyline of the second half of The Flash season 3 will be dedicated almost entirely to Barry and his friends trying to keep that future from coming true. In anticipation of this next batch of episodes as well, BossLogic has released a brilliant new fan poster for the series. Take a look at it for yourself below:
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) January 21, 2017
Like many of BossLogic's other designs, this poster seems to perfectly capture the tone and themes of The Flash's third season so far. Most importantly, it perfectly visualizes the unstoppable, almost all powerful feeling that Savitar has been built up with. No matter how hard Barry tries, he can't seem to escape Savitar's reach, which isn't the kind of problem he's used to running into usually either. In fact, if there's one thing that Barry's been able to count on since getting struck by lightning, it's his ability to run away from trouble should he ever need to, even if it always finds a way to catch up with him sooner or later.
At this point, it seems fair to say, though, that in their efforts to try and change the future - Barry and the rest of his S.T.A.R. labs friends are likely just playing into Savitar's hands. Not only is that how these stories usually go, but it seems to be the only logical reason Savitar would have for showing Barry Iris' murder in the first place. Tonight's episode of the series is set to focus primarily on the introduction of Gypsy it seems, but it'll be interesting to see how The Flash plans on both continuing to tell one-off stories while still progressing its overarching plot forward from hereon out. The series has struggled with maintaining that balance in previous seasons, but none have quite managed to create the same sense of momentum that this season has. Now, it's just up to The Flash to try and maintain that for as long as it can.
The Flash continues with ‘Dead or Alive’ tonight on The CW at 8pm.