(WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Season 3 of The Flash ahead! Read at your own risk)
The Flash just took on one of DC's most massive comic book storylines ever, with Season 3 premiering with Flashpoint, and it was underwhelming (to say the least). The televisions version of Flashpoint was more of an intimate story for Barry Allen, with no Amazon-Atlantis War, no Citizen Cold, and no Thomas Wayne (sorry, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, not yet) in sight. Instead, it altered the personal relationships of Barry Allen in lieu of devastating the world. The changes were all very fun to see within the show's universe, but the ending — Barry letting Thawne out of his cage in order to let him bring Barry back to the night of his mother's death (I wonder how much has the actress for Nora Allen received in royalties from that scene?) to kill Nora Allen once again, thus resetting the timeline — has sparked some controversy.
Many viewers have expressed their discontent with the ending for a number of different reasons. Hardcore Flash fans have argued over time-travel conflicts, discontinuities, and new paradoxes — some even questioning if the events of Season 1 have even happened. The show missed a huge opportunity here and, instead, could have ended Flashpoint in one crazy, EPIC way. Here's how:
We all know the fight between the Flash and the Reverse-Flash on that fateful night — shattering through the window and banging against the walls. This epic fight was a huge part of Season 1, but we have not gotten to the point when this fight has initiated. However, this fight it predetermined. Every time we have traveled back in time to this moment, Barry and Thawne have burst through the window. It has to happen, so one would assume that this fight will inevitably take place at some point during the course of the show. This is where The Flash could have taken advantage of the history it has already established.
Backing up to Season 1, Eobard Thawne explains to Barry that his initial plan was to kill young Barry Allen, wipe him off the face of existence, and erase the presence of the Flash. This plan went awry when older Barry took his younger self and sped him out of the area. That is when Thawne decided to kill Nora out of rage of his failed plan. Flashing forward (One Flash pun for every Flash article) back to the end of Season 3's Flashpoint, here is how the ending should have played out instead.
Connect To The Event That Started It All
Once Thawne has been let out of his cage and allowed to bring Barry to that night, he should have seized the opportunity to complete his plan and kill younger Barry. Why would he do this? This is a pre-Season 1 Eobard Thawne — one that does not yet know the ramifications that could occur from killing younger Barry, such as eliminating the creation of the Speed Force and stranding himself in that time period. He has been given a second chance, and nothing should have changed in his mind. Thawne, as smart as he is, should have been using Barry's vulnerable state to his advantage in order to negotiate his release. We've seen Thawne put on a charade before — this kind of thing is right up his alley.
Once Barry sets Thawne free, Thawne should have brought Barry back to that night. He then grabs Barry and reveals his plan all along that he has brought Barry back, not to help him save the timeline, but to make him watch the death of his younger self — what he originally intended — before throwing him to the ground. Barry, of course, not letting this happen and still having his speed, gets up and runs to go fight against Thawne and save his younger self, even knowing that when he does his mother will ultimately be killed. And BOOM! The fight that ensues between the two in that moment is the initial fight that occurs between Barry and Thawne.
This ending would have brought the very long plot thread of the events that took place this fateful night, and would have finally brought everything full circle, while also playing into the already existing lore, and officially closed the book on it. Nothing contradicting, nothing nonsensical, everything awesome. After all of this happened, the after-effects and changed that are now taking place on the Flash in the new current timeline could still be caused from the result of time travel and be explained with the typical use of some Flash-y science and numbers that we pretend to understand.
This is the way The Flash needed to end "Flashpoint" in order to amaze its viewers, give major fan service, and maintain its continuity. This ending would have been epic for so many different reasons. Instead, we have the ending we got, and I am just as confused as anyone else (Is Eobard Thawne now alive and well, running throughout the world?). Who knows what The Flash has in store for us this season, but let's hope it explains some things and ups the ante for the rest of the season.
Would this ending have made for an awesome way to conclude 'Flashpoint'?
What do you think? Choose an answer above and comment below if you agree or have any other ideas.