After a long summer full of anticipation, we are nearly there. On October 4th, The Flash will make its return to The CW for its highly anticipated third season. Last we saw Barry Allen and company, they had just defeated Zoom, but at a great cost. During the Flash's season long feud with Zoom the team at S.T.A.R. Labs suffered several great losses. Zoom killed their ally Jay Garrick (of course we learn soon after that Zoom and the impostor Garrick were one in the same). The loss that really hit home, though, was Zoom abducting, and then killing Barry's father, Henry Allen (John Wesley Shipp). This is the event that sets in motion what will become The Flash's boldest creative undertaking - "Flashpoint."
After defeating Zoom, Barry Allen felt as if he could no longer live in the world that was left for him. He had lost his mother, his father, and countless friends along the way. He seemed to finally be in a situation where he could move forward with a relationship with Iris, but his head was not in the right place. So he did something drastic. He traveled back in time and prevented the Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) from killing his mother, Nora. And that is how the explosive second season ended. Unsurprisingly, it was later confirmed that The Flash is adapting the "Flashpoint" comic story arc, where Barry Allen's actions result in an alternate timeline. And while the arc is set to resolve after a few episodes, you better think twice if you think Barry's actions won't have season (or even series) long ramifications.
The Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg recently spoke with EW, where he had this to say regarding the impact "Flashpoint" will have on the show beyond the arc's few episodes:
“It will be resolved, but there will be consequences that last throughout the season, and quite frankly, last throughout the series...That’s one of the things that we’re attempting to do is have the pitfalls of time travel be long-lasting and that some things can be fixed, and then some things are broken forever.”
It is important that the minds behind The Flash understand that time-travel is a tricky creative device. You do not want to be able to erase all problems simply by traveling back in time and undoing them. Knowing that Barry's actions will have lasting ramifications keeps the stakes high. While we do not know what will be "broken forever," we do know that seemingly nothing is off limits. Maybe you cannot cheat death. Or repair all relationships. Whatever it is, we will now have to watch the first few episodes of The Flash's third season through cautious and suspenseful eyes, because anything can happen.
Kreisberg did, though, avoid staying entirely cryptic, and offered some insight into where Barry Allen will be at the start of the season. With regard to Barry's relationship with Joe now that his parents are alive and well, he had this to say:
"In some ways, Barry has sacrificed his relationship with Joe for his relationship with his birth family, and that’s one of the challenges that Barry has to overcome in the episode."
Though Kreisberg does add that when it comes to Barry and Iris, their relationship may be able to transcend the timeline changes:
“So their relationship and their connection seems to be able to survive any changes to the timeline or any universe. There’s always something between them.”
Kreisberg also spoke about Cisco Ramon now being the wealthy billionaire owner of Ramon Industries, and the rivalry that will develop between Tom Felton's (Harry Potter) character and Barry. Perhaps the most inriguing character following "Flashpoint" will be Tom Cavanagh's Harrison Wells, as his role continues to evolve. Unfortunately for us, Kreisberg stays mum on Cavanagh's role in the upcoming season. Regardless, with "Flashpoint" set to resolve towards the beginning of the third season, we will not have to wait long to see where The Flash is heading.
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.
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