If this were a typical superhero story, you might think that having not one, not two, but three heroes gathered in one place would make a villain less, not more bold. But in the world of The Flash, the superpowers at work, like the villains they battle, are anything but predictable. And Savitar is no ordinary villain (if you believe his own account of things, he's the God of Speed incarnate). And after taking a bit of time away from The CW's speedsters, he returned in a shocking conclusion to the latest episode.
As the heroes took some time to enjoy their Valentine's Day with loved ones - Barry Allen delighting fans with a marriage proposal to his beloved Iris, and Wally and Jesse expressing their love through... Big Belly Burger orders - the showrunners had something else in mind. One second Wally is rushing to grab some fast food, and the next he's brought face to face with Savitar himself. And judging by the new promo for "The Wrath of Savitar," he has more to worry about than just a high-speed thrashing.
From the looks of it, Wally will survive the conflict intact, which is enough to call himself lucky. But it may be a chance for Savitar to show off a new way to torture his prey. Quick shots of Wally being tossed around by Savitar soon reveal that it's Barry, looking confused as to why his friend would flee him in terror. Enough has been shown of Savitar's powers of manipulation to make 'mental breakdown' fair game, but that might actually be the least curious sequence shown in the promo.
We speak, of course, of the closing image of an unknown object being thrown into an open breach, followed by a shot of Savitar crawling in agony away from a breach as it closes behind him. That's just our cursory reading, but from start to finish, it's as far from the usual presentation of Savitar as one can get... unless that isn't Savitar. It's hard to believe that Barry would look upon his most terrifying villain - the one preparing to murder his fiancée - brought to his knees with confusion, or even fear. It's the way that he might look at a friend lost to the Speed Force, or supercharged without the knowledge or capacity to control it.
That's pure speculation on our part, and we'll hold off claiming that "Wrath of Savitar" will see Wally somehow infected with a Speed Force poisoning for now. Although the tagline "some dreams should never come true" would support the idea, since Wally has shown he's downright determined to become faster than Barry. Is the shot of Wally's mother a nightmare reflection of Barry's own communion with the Speed Force in the form of his mother?
That experience seemed to consume Barry, only to return him to the world a more confident hero. If Savitar is as powerful as he claims, could he recreate the same experience as a means to further torture the most vulnerable speedster? Although we suppose it's possible that the glowing blue eyes could be a totally normal thing. We don't know Francine that well.
Feel free to give us your predictions, theories, or worst fears. We know Savitar has a plan for Barry, but could it rely on the collapse and defeat of someone he loves? And most importantly: What's in the box? Let us know in the comments.
The Flash continues with "The Wrath of Savitar" @8pm on The CW.