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When The Flash returns to our screens on April 25th, Barry Allen will be venturing into the future. The scarlet speedster will be looking for answers to the mystery of Savitar's true identity, and he knows that only one person can help him: his future self.

In "The Once And Future Flash," Barry time travels to 2024 in search of knowledge on how to defeat the self-proclaimed God of Speed. But as we have already learned from the trailers, future Barry is a shell of the man he once was.

The CW has released brand new photos from the episode, and they show us just exactly what this potential future is like.

Welcome To The Future, Flash

Brave New World: Barry arrives in 2024. [Credit: The CW]
Brave New World: Barry arrives in 2024. [Credit: The CW]

As we already know, Barry's quest for knowledge will lead him to 2024. And the brand new photos give us another glimpse into the Flash's arrival to the brave new world. The puzzled hero is seen looking around in one photo while confirming the date with a newspaper in the other.

Barry turns to Cisco in the future. [Credit: The CW]
Barry turns to Cisco in the future. [Credit: The CW]

In order to help him figure out what has happened to Central City, Barry seemingly turns to his trusty Team Flash member Cisco Ramon. However, as we can see in the images, this future has affected Vibe, who doesn't seem like his usual bubbly self.

But if the episode's trailer is anything to go by, the shocking changes only get worse for Barry.

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A World Without Iris

Barry in the cemetery. [Credit: The CW]
Barry in the cemetery. [Credit: The CW]

It's worth noting that Barry ventures into the current version of the future — the future in which Savitar murders Iris and is eventually defeated by the Flash. So while 2024's Central City may be safe from Savitar, that era's Barry Allen is defeated and broken due to Iris' death.

However, the possibility of this future coming to pass obviously weighs on the present-day Barry as he takes a trip to the cemetery to mourn Iris' death in this timeline. But he's not the only one who pays the beloved character's grave

An older Joe West mourns his daughter's death. [Credit: The CW]
An older Joe West mourns his daughter's death. [Credit: The CW]

As the photos highlight, an older Joe stops by Iris' grave to mourn his daughter's death. He brings flowers to lay at Iris' grave.

Joe lays flowers at Iris' grave. [Credit: The CW]
Joe lays flowers at Iris' grave. [Credit: The CW]

Judging by the photos, it appears that a troubled Barry intends to visit Iris' grave, but stops when he spots the mournful Joe. It will be interesting to see how his relationship with Joe will have changed in this timeline — or if it even exists.

Either way, it's clear that Iris' death has had a major impact on the future, and could perhaps be responsible for the apparent disbanding of Team Flash.

Return Of The Rogues

They're back: Top and Mirror Master return. [Credit: The CW]
They're back: Top and Mirror Master return. [Credit: The CW]

As we learned in the most recent trailer, the new future will bring back some of the Flash's most notable rogues. Grey Damon will return as Sam Scudder/Mirror Master while Ashley Rickards will be back as Rosalind Dillon/Top.

The pair of rogues had no issue making the Flash and Jesse Quick feel dizzy earlier this season, and something tells me that the altered future won't have altered their villainous ways.

Ashley Rickards will return as the Top. [Credit: The CW]
Ashley Rickards will return as the Top. [Credit: The CW]

It looks like major changes are in store for Barry Allen in 2024. While that year already holds major significance for the series, it appears that it will also bring dark times for the Flash and his team of . But the question is: will it bring him the answers he's looking for?

"The Once And Future Flash" airs on The CW April 25th and is directed by The Flash's own Tom Cavanagh.

Grant Gustin and Tom Cavanagh on set of 'The Flash'. [Credit: The CW]
Grant Gustin and Tom Cavanagh on set of 'The Flash'. [Credit: The CW]

Are you excited to see Barry's trip into the future? Let us know in the comments below!

[Source: TVLine]


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