The Flash season 3 look like it's going to be a massive undertaking. Tackling Flashpoint and adding a plethora of villains (and new characters) will certainly stretch Barry and his team to their limits. As the series makes use of Flash's abundant comic backstory, it makes perfect sense that Barry's allies expand as quickly as his adversaries.
However, with the notion that the longer he stays in the alternate timeline, the more he forgets his actual reality, what kind of Flash will Barry be when he finally returns to Central City? Fans have seen a powerless Barry, they've seen an egotistical and reckless Barry, and audiences have been treated to Barry imparting his "veteran" superhero knowledge to help Supergirl. We can expect the power struggle to continue throughout the third season.
In speaking with EW, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg addresses how Barry and his powers will fit into this new reality where characters like Wally and Jesse now also have abilities. He confirmed:
“[Barry still has powers.] One of the themes [of this season] is what does it mean to have power, what you do with that power, and is power ultimately corrupting?”
Kreisberg's last statement about corruption is interesting if it, in fact, applies to Barry Allen. So far, he's been presented as this type of boy next door character who is well liked and gets along with everyone. Will Flashpoint cause the kind of tension among Barry's core team that pushes him to use his powers in a selfish and negative way? Or perhaps the corruption will manifest through one of the many other speedsters that are making their presence known in Central City for season 3.
Of course, Kreisberg could be referring to one of the two main big bads, Dr. Alchemy or Savitar. These two characters will stand out among the deep dive into Flash's historical Rogues Gallery. Alchemy gained his abilities after discovering a philosopher's stone, using the power for his own gain; and when Savitar discovered a terrible accident left him with incredible speed, he began to use his power to wipe out those he saw as competition.
Lord Acton had it right in the late 1800s when he famously said, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." It's going to be exciting to see if Barry comes out on top of this power struggle in the much anticipated third season.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.