A majority of The Flash's third season has been dedicated to Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) being forced to deal with the repercussions of his actions in the season 2 finale and third season premiere, when he attempted to travel into the past and stop his mother's murder from ever happening, effectively changing everything about his life in the present day. Obviously, Barry was forced to go back and undo his mistake, but that didn't fix everything, and instead created yet another alternate timeline, in which his actions had major effects not only on him, but also on those he loves.
It seemed like Barry had learned from his mistake in the most recent episodes, but following the midseason finale's reveal that Iris will die at the hands of Savitar in the coming future, it seems like Barry is going to try and change the timeline once more. As viewers can probably imagine too, he's going to need all the help he can get doing it this time.
In a new promo for the second half of The Flash season 3, fans can get yet another tease of what the rest of the season has to offer when it returns later this month with "Borrowing Problems from the Future". It looks like the episode won't just feature Barry trying to train and mentor Wally either, but will also focus on sending Barry and Cisco on a journey into the future together to try and stop Savitar from completing his mission, which is likely going to be much easier said than done.
Knowing how sci-fi stories usually work, and especially The Flash's version of them, Barry is probably just playing right into Savitar's hands with his efforts here - and in trying to change the future, there's a very good chance he's only working towards the same outcome as the one he saw in the midseason finale. That doesn't necessarily mean that Iris' fate is sealed and no matter what Barry does, he won't be able to save the love of his life, but knowing The Flash, it seems fair to say that nothing like this will ever be solved by a simple trip into the future by Barry and Cisco.
Considering that this season of The Flash has been the slowest season of the series to date, the creative team will have to be careful with this plot device if they want to keep the show's momentum going steady throughout the rest of it. Indeed, Barry's action in "Flashpoint" have led to both interesting and disappointing story beats in this season, and now that he actually has something to try and fight to change in the future, rather than the past, there's a very real chance that this could be one of The Flash's best creative decisions yet. Viewers will just have to wait and see how well this plays out, of course, but as of right now, The CW series has the potential to seriously start the second half of its season off with a bang following last year's exciting, action-packed crossover event, and the compelling midseason finale.
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The Flash returns with ‘Borrowing Problems from the Future’ on Tuesday, January 24th at 8pm on The CW.
Source: The CW