ByMichael Patterson, writer at Creators.co
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Warning: This article contains major spoilers of The Flash's Season 3 premiere. If you read on, no amount of Flashpoint will save you.

It's hard to believe that it's been five months since Barry Allen shocked the world by saving his mother in the Season 2 finale of The Flash and altering the timeline, leaving us with a summer to wonder, what on earth would happen next. Well now, the drought has ended as The Flash has returned to our screens for its highly anticipated third season.

When there's a new "Flash" episode to watch.
When there's a new "Flash" episode to watch.

You would think that after seeing the multiple extensive trailers for the premiere, you would already know everything about the episode. However, that wasn't the case here. While the season started off exactly how we expected it to — Barry found himself in the brave new world of the Flashpoint timeline — it ended up giving us an insight into the new exciting direction for the show which completely caught me off guard. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the major things we learned from "Flashpoint".

Don't Mess With The Timeline!

Barry faced some major changes after messing with the timeline. (via The CW)
Barry faced some major changes after messing with the timeline. (via The CW)

Nobody learned a harder lesson in "Flashpoint" than Barry Allen himself. From the moment he found himself in the alternate timeline, he was besotted with his new life. And rightfully so — his previously deceased parents were alive and well, he didn't have to be the Flash and he finally asked Iris out on a date. However, just as the Reverse-Flash predicted, the timeline began to affect Barry — erasing his own memories and replacing them with new ones of a life he never lived. Furthermore, as Kid Flash, Wally ended up suffering a potentially fatal blow at the hands of the Rival.

All of these events led to Barry having to undo the world he created and thus, he had to make the heartbreaking decision to free the Reverse Flash and allow the evil speedster to once again kill his mother.

But the real kicker came when Barry found out that the life he returned to wasn't the same as the one he left — things had been changed significantly. Because Barry screwed with time, time screwed with him. Don't mess with the timeline kids, it'll always catch up with you!

Iris And Barry Are Meant To Be

Iris was smitten with Barry from the beginning (via The CW).
Iris was smitten with Barry from the beginning (via The CW).

In spite of all the differences in the Flashpoint timeline, there was one thing that remained the same — the chemistry between Barry and Iris. From the moment she was reintroduced to Barry, Iris instantly fell for him, accepting his offer for lunch. Without their years of friendship to focus on this time around, it was clear that the pair were heading towards romance, and fast. In fact, Barry even revealed his true identity as the Flash to her as well basically catching her up on their relationship of Season 1 all in one episode.

This episode really reinforced that no matter how many timelines are manipulated, fate will find a way to bring Barry and Iris together. Despite the fact that she barely even knew him in the Flashpoint timeline, Iris admitted to Barry that from the moment she met him, he filled a void in her life. Moreover, she also claimed to feel as if she already knew him — almost like they knew each other in another life!

WestAllen will find a way.
WestAllen will find a way.

While it's unfortunate that perhaps the happiest moments we have seen between the two came to an abrupt end, there is so much more to come. The universe has their back and will see to it that they end up together again. While the emotional kiss between the pair may have seemed like a goodbye, it was only the beginning for WestAllen.

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The Rival And Dr. Alchemy Are Coming

Clariss sees Alchemy's name scratched into the Mirror (via The CW).
Clariss sees Alchemy's name scratched into the Mirror (via The CW).

We already knew that the Rival would be the evil speedster to run amok in the Flashpoint universe — which he did very well — but we didn't know that we might be seeing more of him post-Flashpoint. In the alternate timeline, the Rival unmasked revealing his face to Barry and Wally, claiming it was a kind of ritual he does when up against worthy rivals. This ritual was a well-crafted way for The Flash to reveal actor Todd Lasance's face to us early on, as we would need to recognize him in the closing moments of the episode, in which we saw Lasance portraying Edward Clariss in the main timeline. Clariss is awoken by an eerie voice, telling him to "wake up." He then watches as the word "Alchemy" is scratched into his bedroom mirror.

So even though the Rival was defeated the Flashpoint timeline, it looks like he has yet to be born back in the main timeline. Furthermore, it looks like Dr. Alchemy might be the one to make it happen. With these two new terrors about to descend on Central City, perhaps returning to the Flashpoint timeline would seem like a good idea right about now!

Everything Has Changed

Barry may have changed things back, but there are so many more changes ahead. (via The CW)
Barry may have changed things back, but there are so many more changes ahead. (via The CW)

We always knew that Flashpoint would bring with it some major repercussions, and now we know exactly how big they are. Barry may be back home, but home has changed a lot. Iris and Joe's relationship has seemingly changed for the worst but that only scratches the surface of what we can expect to see in the coming weeks as Central City reels from the after effects of Flashpoint.

  • Cisco's Support Group: What on earth happened here? The rich and powerful Cisco Ramon of the Flashpoint timeline couldn't fathom the fact that there was a version of him out there that wasn't rich. However, money doesn't seem to be his problem back in the main timeline, as we catch a glimpse of him in a grief support group, looking incredibly sad. What went wrong here? And can Barry take away his pain?!
  • The Birth Of Killer Frost: You all saw it, didn't you? That image of Caitlin looking all icy with her hand literally chilling. It looks like Barry's alterations may finally bring Killer Frost to the Earth-1 timeline, and this time it could be our beloved Caitlin who becomes her.
Ice Becomes Her: Will Caitlin End Up Like Her Icy Earth-2 Doppelganger? (via The CW)
Ice Becomes Her: Will Caitlin End Up Like Her Icy Earth-2 Doppelganger? (via The CW)
  • The West Family Dilemma: So Joe and Iris don't talk these days. They are renowned for being one of the most loving father/daughter relationships on television so what on earth could have come between them? Furthermore, how far back does it extend? Did Barry still grow up with Joe and Iris? So many questions!
  • Julian Albert: We already knew that Albert would be a Flashpoint side-effect to the original timeline, and "Paradox" will introduce us to him.

As The Flash begins its third season, its looking like its going to take us in a completely different direction than either of the previous two. Now that Flashpoint has come and gone, Barry Allen is going to have to live with his choices and the major changes that have resulted. The season premiere really showed us how radical some of those changes will be. And while we learned a lot from the episode, one thing is for sure — we are in for one heck of a season!

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