(WARNING: Spoilers lie ahead. You've been warned, read at your own risk!)
The midseason finale of the CW's #TheFlash ended on a positive note. After all, it was a Christmas episode, with Barry and Iris moving in together. However, a few minutes before the end of the episode, Barry ran to the future and saw Savitar murder Iris West (Candice Patton). Team Flash thought they defeated the Big Bad of this season, but Barry was in for a surprise when he saw what lies ahead.
Barry needs to become faster than ever before in order to defeat the god of speed. However, the midseason finale may have revealed how Barry and his team can make this happen. Before diving into how this can be achieved, let's look at how much faster Barry will have to run in comparison to his best record on the show so far.
Barry's Speed Is Growing Exponentially
#BarryAllen's (Grant Gustin) speed has been growing exponentially since The Flash hit our screens three seasons ago. With S.T.A.R. Labs' help and vigorous training Barry has been able run faster and faster.
In "Runaway Dinosaur," Barry finds himself in the Speed Force — the origin of his super speed — so the fact he was able to go within the source itself means he has even great potential for growth. Barry even used the Speed Force to help Jesse come out of her comma back in Season 2!
But, how fast is Barry Allen?
Well, Barry's top (numerically recored) speed is Mach 13.2 (approx. 10,128mph). All the way back in Season 2 of The Flash, with the help of the Tachyon device, Barry managed to quadruple his speed.
New Threats: The God Of Speed, Savitar
According to Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp), Savitar was the first person ever to be granted super speed. Savitar went on to become god of motion, the fastest speedster.
Now, Savitar is being threatened by Barry's speed and has come to challenge him.
"Apparently, you've grown powerful enough to challenge him." — Jay Garrick to Barry Allen
It also appears that Savitar's speed does not come from the Speed Force itself but from the Philosopher's Stone. This could mean that Savitar doesn't have the same connection with his speed like The Flash, whose connection with the Speed Force is a crucial part of his identity (as seen in "Runaway Dinosaur" in Season 2). This could be an advantage for Team Flash.
Kid Flash Setting New Records
#WallyWest (Keiynan Lonsdale) got his wish this season and he finally has super speed. Despite not everyone being enthusiastic about it (initially), his skills immediately manifested at initial speeds much faster than the Flash's.
Briefly after Wally, a.k.a. Kid Flash, started training with HR (Tom Cavanagh), we learn that he's going much faster than Barry. As seen in the still above from Season's 3 midseason finale, Wally (yellow bars) appears to be running at speeds higher than Barry's (red bars). In fact, he's almost twice as fast.
"His powers are extraordinary" — HR, about Wally West
Now that everyone is supportive of Wally's need to be a speedster, we can imagine his training will increase, resulting in faster speeds. Kid Flash is a great addition to Team Flash.
Did The Midseason Finale Hold The Key To Defeating Savitar?
The midseason finale introduced the idea of harnessing speed from other speedsters in order to go faster. Jay Garrick suggested that in order for Barry to run faster he could siphon off some of his speed and combine it with his own.
"You trail behind me, siphon off some of my speed, combine it with your own, and when you have enough, throw that thing deep into the Speed Force." — Jay Garrick to Barry Allen
Although it was introduced in a fleeting moment and could easily have been left unnoticed, this little piece of information could turn out to be fundamental to defeating Savitar. In the past, evil speedsters were able to steal someone else's speed and make it their own, so combining speeds isn't an altogether new idea. However, the idea that someone can harness some others' speed is a little different.
Think about it: The Flash (both Barry and Jay), Kid Flash and even Jesse Quick (Violett Beane) could essentially share speed in order to make one of them (most probably Barry) significantly faster, giving him the ability to outrun Savitar.
Kid Flash is already much faster than Barry, thus his speed would be a great advantage once combined with Barry's (and possibly that of other speedsters from other Earths).
What do you think? Do you think this new ability could enable Barry Allen to defeat Savitar, or have you thought of a different way Team Flash could put an end to this evil speedster? Let me know in the comment section below.
The Flash returns January 24th on The CW. Check out the promo below: