After a brief musical interlude, The Flash returns to its regularly scheduled meta-human battles as the show builds up to the big Flash/Savitar clash at end of season 3. But questions still loom as to the God of Speed's true identity. There have been hints throughout the season, but the biggest comes next week when Abra Kadabra makes an appearance from the future, and assures the heroes he knows who Savitar really is.
This is huge news for Team Flash, as a recent blunder resulted in the villain being released from the Speed Force, setting into action the speed demon's prophecy and seeming sealing Iris's fate to die by his hand. While Kadabra's info may put the team a little closer to bringing Savitar down, perhaps the bigger news is that, according to executive producer Todd Helbing, when the reveal comes, it is going to be absolutely shocking.
In an interview with THR, Helbing talks about the reasons why this reveal has been left so late in the season (there are only six episodes left, with no guarantee that the reveal will come next week), and promises that it will be the biggest reveal yet.
"Normally we have shown the identity of the villains a lot earlier in the season. There's a specific reason why we waited for this reveal until now. Nobody's going to see this coming. Harrison Wells [Tom Cavanagh] in season one and Jay [Teddy Sears] in season two were satisfying reveals, but this one takes the cake."
Helbing's words are echoed by the stars of the show, Grant Gustin and Candice Patton, who agree that the reveal is going to have a huge impact:
Gustin: It is a very different and jarring kind of reveal. I can't really tease much other than it's going to be the hardest big bad to take down or even come up with a way to take down. It creates problems for us when we find out his true identity.
Patton: One of our best villain reveals was Reverse-Flash and we're always trying to live up to that, and I really think that this is on par with that. Without giving away too much, fans are going to be shocked. I was shocked when I found out. I was wondering how they could do it and make it work and keep it a secret, but I think fans are going to be really surprised. You won't see it coming.
This sounds promising; there are plenty of fan theories floating around regarding the villain's identity, including the idea that Savitar is a future version of Barry, or possibly a future version of HR (Tom Cavanagh), but the producers have been emphasizing from the start that this one is going to be completely unexpected. Hopefully, the big reveal will happen soon, especially now that it seems like it is being teased for the next episode, so that there is enough time to process this huge reveal, and for Barry to figure out how to take him down.
The Flash continues next Tuesday with 'Abra Kadabra' @8pm on The CW.