(Disclaimer: Spoilers for The Flash below. Continue at your own risk!)
The Flash mid-season finale left a lot of questions about where the rest of the season is headed. How is Barry going to react to the revelation that Savitar is going kill Iris in the future? Who is Savitar, and how does he know Barry? Well have no fear — thanks the mid-season premiere of The Flash, we are going to get those answers and many more.
Barry was understandably distraught after witnessing the death of Iris West at the hands of Savitar in the mid-season finale. However, Iris's death will happen 5 months in the future, which gives Barry time to plot how he is going to prevent this event from happening. Jay Garrick has already warned Barry about the consequences of changing the timeline — as if he hasn't learned his lesson from #Flashpoint. But it seems that, as always, Barry Allen doesn't give a fuck about timelines.
This season is setting up a scenario where Barry has to alter events in the present to change the future. We have seen this before on films such as Back To The Future 2 and The Butterfly Effect. Much like the latter film, time-meddling in The Flash can cause irreparable damage. Every insignificant change Barry makes to the timeline is going to ripple out over time, in ways that will affect the whole #Arrowverse.
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Borrowing Problems From The Future
The mid-season premiere, 'Borrowing Problems From The Future', dealt with almost every consequence of the mid-season finale. On top of that, it was a really fun episode chocked full of references, while spending a decent amount of time on each character's storyline. On top of that, 'Borrowing Problems From The Future' made short work out of an issue that I was afraid was going to take several episodes to resolve: Barry telling Iris Savitar kills her in the future.
Iris was understandably upset when Barry divulged her fate, but they rallied together very quickly, and Team Flash decided to work together to figure out how they can alter the current timeline.
The team quickly decides Cisco will vibe himself and Barry into the future, in order to find out critical events which they can alter. Their plan works very well, and Cisco and Barry find out several key news stories, that involve Killer Frost, Music Meister, and gorillas in Central City. What does all this mean for the rest of the season? It means that we are done with Flashpoint, and the narrative has shifted to something new and exciting. Let's take a look at these key events and how they will impact #TheFlash.
Killer Frost Still At Large
The Killer Frost arc has been around since the beginning of the season. For some reason or another, in this post-Flashpoint world, Caitlin has meta-human abilities that come with an evil twist. The team has been doing their best to try to limit her abilities; however, they have only been able to slow her inevitable transformation into Killer Frost.
This episode showed the audience that her abilities mimic that of a drug; meaning the more she uses them, the more she turns to the Dark Side. Based on the news ticker Barry and Cisco vibed 5 months in the future, it looks as if future isn't looking too bright for Caitlin. One headline reads "Killer Frost Still At Large", implying Caitlin has gone full baddie, and there is nothing Team Flash could do to stop her transformation. Given what Team Flash knows now, they will do everything they can to make sure Caitlin doesn't pull a Darth Vader.
Music Meister Gets Six-Figure Book Deal
This reference is to The Flash/Supergirl musical crossover event that will take place on Supergirl on March 20th and on The Flash March 21st. They have already cast Darren Criss (Glee) as the Music Meister for the event, so it seems like this might be the hardest event for Team Flash to change. The only clue that Barry got was that Music Meister signs a book deal. They don't yet know who he is, and they don't know what exactly they have to change.
I doubt it's something simple like stopping the book deal, and they may have to make sure his name never gets out to the press. There are a ton of obstacles when it comes to changing the future, and they may find out that smaller changes to the timeline don't have the desired outcome.
Central City Is Still Recovering From Gorilla Attack
This headline is alarming, due to the fact it could be referencing multiple gorillas. This is a hint Gorilla Grodd is not only coming back to The Flash, but he may be bringing company as well. Last time we saw Gorilla Grodd, he was being banished to Gorilla City — it would seem that he might have rallied other Gorillas for his cause, and plans to lead an assault on Central City.
Barry and the rest of Team Flash had a hard time stopping Grodd before — so the only logical thing to do is to stop him before it happens. It's a shame, since Central City being mired in a full-scale gorilla war sounds epic — but in order to change the timeline, Barry is going to have to get ahead of certain major events, or there is no way he can stop them and save Iris.
Luigi's Reopens After Murder
This headline may actually be referring to a character we were introduced to on Arrow this season: Human Target. Within the vast vault of characters that belong to DC, a restaurant-owning character called Luigi happens to be the landlord of Christopher Chance, who also goes by the name Human Target. This could be a clue that Human Target is coming to The Flash in the near future.
Could Iris Actually Die?
I know that Barry is going to do everything he can to make sure that Iris lives, and the show will reflect that. As a character, Barry Allen is a man who would do anything for the people he loves — regardless of the consequences. The question now becomes: can Barry save Iris, or could the show actually kill her off?
We have already seen Laurel Lance die on Arrow, and since she is the main love interest in the comics, it stands to reason The CW could actually drop the hammer on Iris West. At its core, The Flash Season 3 has been about choices — specifically the ones Barry makes — and the consequences of those choices. By the end of the season, Barry is going to have to ask himself with whether or not saving Iris is worth the consequences.
This season is shaping up to be a superhero story we rarely get to see: not only what it's like to live with the powers of a god, but the very personal decisions & consequences that come with such power. The moral implications of Barry's story are very complicated, and personify the quote: "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few". Although Barry always chooses the latter, he is still in the infancy of being a superhero, and this season could possibly be the catalyst for him to become the hero we know he can be. You can catch The Flash Tuesdays at 8PM/ET on the CW!