Spoiler Warning: Watch the entire 4-way Arrowverse crossover before you read on or The Flash will ruin your lives too.
Dammit Barry, you've gone too far!
While it's admittedly been hilarious to see the lengths that the internet will go to mock Flashpoint through the joy of GIF's and memes, in truth, Barry Allen's selfish actions affected the lives of everyone around him in a fairly horrendous way.
Need a reminder? Here's just a few of the ways that The Flash forever altered the Arrowverse timeline:
- Joe and Iris West stopped talking for years but recently reconciled their differences.
- Barry's kiss with Iris was erased from history, but they soon macked out anyway in the present to make up for lost time.
- A suspicious, new colleague called Julian Albert has been working alongside Barry for a year now and he may just turn out to be Alchemy.
- Speaking of that, a new big bad has arrived on the scene called Alchemy, who has been bestowing meta-humans with the powers they lost during Flashpoint, including The Rival and Magenta.
- Alchemy lives to serve Savitar, the God of Speed who seems to have it in for Barry Allen, probably because of some Flashpoint-related shenanigans.
- Cisco's brother Dante was killed by a drunk driver, so now he's blaming Barry in the sassiest way possible.
- Arrow's Diggle no longer has a daughter named Sara. Instead, she's undergone the world's first baby gender-swap and has turned in a boy called John.
- Caitlyn Snow has developed ice powers like Earth 2's Killer Frost and using them will slowly turn her evil, because it makes her personality cold in the most literal way possible.
As a result of these various changes, resentment towards the usually beloved Flash reached its peak this week during the 4-way Invasion crossover, when Agent Smith revealed that Barry's interference with the timeline brought the Dominators to Earths door.
By creating the Flashpoint timeline, Barry's actions broke a truce that Earth had held with the Dominators for decades. To fix this, the aliens demanded that #TheFlash should surrender himself to their care or they would release a bomb designed to kill all meta-humans on Earth, because, comics.
Fortunately, everyone rallied around the Flash and ultimately forgave him for his actions, all while failing to realise that DC's Legends of Tomorrow have been messing up the timeline since the first day that they set foot on the Waverider. Even sassy Cisco — Sassco, his name shall forevermore be Sassco — reconciled his friendship with Barry, but the #Arrowverse heroes may soon change their minds once they discover the further repercussions set to head their way as a result of Flashpoint.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg noted that the removal of Iris' name from Gideon's future newspaper will create “further complications” later down the line. And then there's still the small matter of dealing with Doctor Alchemy, another mysterious husk villain and Savitar, the ACTUAL GOD OF SPEED. No worries, Barry. All is forgiven...
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Executive producer Marc Guggenheim also shed further light on the potential consequences of Flashpoint, discussing how the cast of #Arrow will deal with these revelations now that the new recruits have been clued in on Barry's blunder:
“There’s a fair amount of discussion about Flashpoint, given the fact that essentially the crossover outed Flashpoint to the Arrow characters who weren’t Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards]. And they deal with — I think in some humorous ways, actually — some of the ramifications. For example, I think Curtis [Echo Kellum] is concerned that maybe he was straight originally, as one example.”
Despite these huge revelations though, it looks like the consequences of Flashpoint may soon take a back seat in favor a new story arc that will drive the second half of Season 3. Kreisberg revealed to Entertainment Weekly that;
“The midseason finale, episode 9, kind of creates a new problem for our heroes that they weren’t anticipating, something that they’ve never faced before. It’s so big, we’re actually considering changing the saga sell, [the opening intro], from talking about Flashpoint to talking about that, because that’s really what’s driving the episodes for the rest of the season. Flashpoint won’t loom as large as the challenge that presents itself in 309.”
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While it first looked like Flashpoint had been resolved way too quickly in the Season 3 premiere, it's gratifying to see that The Flash show runners had a plan all along and didn't just sweep this monumental event under the rug. Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how far the consequences of Barry's actions will reach and whether or not Iris will survive long enough to write that goddamn future newspaper article.
Do you think The Flash should be forgiven for causing Flashpoint?
[Source — Entertainment Weekly]