The Flash Season 3 started with a bang, and now we're deep into the consequences of this post-Flashpoint timeline. What is Doctor Alchemy planning, and will Caitlyn become the villain Killer Frost? It's difficult to keep up with all the news, rumors, and spoilers, so we've compiled a handy guide to prepare you for CW's The Flash Season 3.
The Flash Season 3 News, Rumors & Spoilers
Rick Cosnett is officially returning to The Flash Season 3, as he revealed on his Twitter.
Cosnett played Iris' fiance Eddie Thawne in Season 1, who later turned out to be the distant relative of Eobard Thawne, the Reverse Flash. In an effort to prevent Eobard from ever existing, Eddie killed himself at the end of Season 1 — but because The Flash time travel rarely makes sense, despite the fact that Eobard disappeared, Eddie's sacrifice didn't prevent his villainous descendant from existing after all. With any luck, Eddie's reappearance in Season 3 will explain this — or maybe he's just a doppelganger from Earth-2.
The original Firestorm is returning to The Flash Season 3, reports Entertainment Weekly. Robbie Raymond has already died twice in the show — first in the particle accelerator explosion, and the second time defending Earth at the end of Season 1 — but the golden rule of superhero stories is that no-one stays dead for long. (Unless you're Spider-Man's Uncle Ben.)
However, we don't yet know whether this Robbie will be the original Earth-1 Robbie who died saving Earth, a doppelganger from another Earth, or merely a flashback.
A new promo has dropped for The Flash Season 3, along with an episo may redefine the ideas of time travel as Barry fights against the clock to save Iris.
The Season 3 Episode 10, entitled "Borrowing Problems From The Future", will follow up on the cliffhanger from the mid-season finale, in which Barry discovered that Savitar will kill Iris in the not-too-distant future.
BARRY FIGHTS FOR IRIS — Barry (Grant Gustin) is tormented by his vision of the future where Iris (Candice Patton) is murdered by Savitar. When a criminal named Plunder (guest star Stephen Huszar) shows up in Central City, Barry recalls the villain’s presence in his vision of the future and fears that if he catches Plunder, it will cement Iris’ fate. Confused about Barry’s hesitation to stop Plunder, Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) decides to step in as Kid Flash. Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) offers Julian (Tom Felton) a job.
With several prophecies from Savitar yet to come to pass, The Flash may redefine the ideas of time travel as Barry races against the clock to save Iris.
In an interview with TVLine, co-showrunner Aaron Helbing teased details of The Flash Season 3b plot — and Caitlin Snow's fate.
"Now that Barry has gotten a glimpse of the future he will be trying to do whatever it takes to save [Iris]."
But one of Barry's allies may betray him — Helbing mentioned that there are "big, exciting plans" for Caitlin. This is probably a hint towards Caitlin's transition into the villainous Killer Frost, which we caught a gimpse of in the new promo trailer, fulfilling Cisco's vision that still hasn't come to pass.
In an effort to prevent Iris' death, Barry and the rest of Team Flash have researched all the events leading up to her murder at the hands of Savitar. If they manage to change any one event, Iris' death may not happen. There's also a flash of the DC anti-hero Plunder, a bounty hunter who seems to be out for blood in Central City.
Tom Cavanagh posted a promo clip for Season 3 Episode 10, in which Barry gets mad at Wally West for intervening in a battle — according to Barry, Wally was just supposed to be shadowing him, not taking action.
Joe, on the other hand, seems to have finally embraced Wally's superheroic aspirations, and defends his son against Barry. But before things can get too heated, HR enters, filled with excitement for the "museum opening" — so presumably, S.T.A.R. Labs will indeed open up to the public in a bid to redeem its standing in the city (and to get some extra funding for Team Flash).
Later on in Season 3b, a new character, DC's hero Gypsy, will be joining The Flash when the show returns from hiatus on January 24th. Carlos Valdes (who plays Cisco) broke the news to Cosmicbooknews:
"There's going to be a new visitor to our world named Gypsy. DC Comics fans will be familiar with Gypsy. She is going to be coming in our world and Vibe will definitely get to learn some new skills as part of getting to know her. So I'm excited to see how that plays out."
We don't yet know whether Gypsy will be a regular, recurring character, or one-episode wonder, but with her interesting comic history with Vibe, her role in the show is sure to be a wild ride.
After he dropped in to give Barry some fatherly advice in the Season 3 premiere, Jay Garrick raced back to Earth-3 and hasn't been seen since. However, Jay will help Barry out with Savitar in Season 3 Episode 9, and this won't just be a one episode cameo.
In a new interview with CBR, John Wesley-Shipp revealed that he will be returning as Jay after The Flash Season 3 mid-season hiatus — and he'll have a much larger role in the show.
"I’m going to figure in more prominently in the second half of the season than the first. [...] So we get to see Jay dealing with this young speedster, we get to see his reaction to Savitar, and there really are some curious things that Jay says that make me wonder, ‘Okay, what’s coming?’"
We can't wait to find out how Jay Garrick will have a bigger role in the latter half of Season 3. But Jay Garrick isn't the only speedster from another Earth that Barry will encounter this season. Leaked set photos revealed another speedster, who looks eerily similar to the Flash from Earth-19.
Because the episode is being filmed now, it seems likely that this speedster will appear in the latter half of Season 3, after the hiatus.
It also seems as though Savitar and Grodd will come to blows in the same episode, more leaked set photos revealed. There's also a mysterious new female villain, and Cisco has finally suited up as Vibe.
After Savitar was first revealed, claiming to be the "god of speed", we're left wondering if he is in fact the speedster god from DC Comics, making him the most formidable foe Barry has ever faced. Of course, he might just be a human with some serious delusions of grandeur.
Executive producer Greg Berlanti revealed to Entertainment Weekly that we will never return to the original timeline.
After Barry reset the timeline — twice — Season 3 is dealing with the consequences of time travel, and the post-Flashpoint timeline has many key differences to the timeline from Season 1. Although some fans want to see the old timeline restored, Berlanti has shot down these hopes:
“I’m not sure that we can [return to the original timeline], given what we’ve established. If we’re not challenging ourselves and creating new territory and new obstacles for the characters, I think it’s less rewarding to watch and probably less rewarding to play. We like to grow ourselves and grow our characters.”
Of course, it's worth noting that the timeline explored in Season 1 wasn't even the original timeline — the Reverse Flash changed this when he first went back in time to kill Barry's mother. Thawne then had to disguise himself as Harrison Wells in order to correct the new timeline's course so that the particle accelerator would explode, and Barry would become the Flash.
Berlanti did not confirm whether we'd see further alterations to the timeline in Season 3, or later on in the show.
Check back here for more updates!
The Flash Season 3 Air Date
The Flash's CW premiere date was October 4th 2016, at 8pm EST. Currently on hiatus, The Flash episodes will continue to air on Tuesdays at 8/7c after January 24th, 2017, and will now double feature with Legends of Tomorrow.
The Flash Season 3 Trailers, Previews & Promos
Tom Cavanagh posted a sneak peek at Season 3 Episode 10 on his Facebook.
So far this is all we've seen of Season 3b.
The Flash Season 3 & The Flashpoint Comic Book
When it was confirmed that Season 3 would indeed adapt the comic arc Flashpoint, we thought we knew what to expect.
In the comic, Barry Allen wakes up to discover that he has no powers, and the world is much different from what he knew. His mother is still alive, Thomas Wayne (not Bruce) is Batman, the Amazons and Atlanteans are at war — and Leonard Snart is the hero of Central City, known as Citizen Cold.
When the finale of The Flash Season 2 reset the timeline, fans assumed that Season 3 would incorporate many aspects of the Flashpoint comic arc. However, now we know this isn't the case.
The main villains for Season 3 are Doctor Alchemy and Savitar, as Leonard Snart is far too busy joining the Legion of Doom in Legends of Tomorrow Season 2. The alternate timeline known as Flashpoint did feature differences like Cisco Ramon being the richest man on Earth, but it had few similarities to the comic book.
The consequences of Flashpoint will ripple out throughout Season 3, as Doctor Alchemy recruits people with the promise of restoring their Flashpoint powers.
The Flash Season 3 Cast & Characters
— Grant Gustin / The Flash: Previously appearing on Glee, Gustin plays Barry Allen, a perpetually late and good natured CSI whose life is changed when he is struck by lightening during a particle accelerator explosion. Gaining superspeed, Barry becomes the Flash!
— Candice Patton / Iris West: Previously appearing on The Game, Patton plays Iris, who is Barry's longterm love interest from the comic books. On The Flash TV series, Iris slowly discovers his secret identity of the Flash, while she investigates the strange goings-on in Central City as a journalist at the Central City Picture News.
— Carlos Valdes / Cisco Ramon: A nerdy and excitable scientist, Cisco helps Barry harness his abilities as the Flash, creating Barry's supersuit. Later on, it is revealed that Cisco also became a metahuman during the explosion, and is developing powers as the superhero Vibe. Valdes is also a professional singer, and we're looking forward to seeing him demonstrate his musical talent in the upcoming Supergirl / The Flash musical episode.
— Danielle Panabaker / Caitlin Snow: A medical doctor who works at S.T.A.R. Labs, Caitlin saved Barry's life after the explosion and works to save Central City from metahuman threats. Panabaker first stretched her superhero wings in the teen movie Sky High, where she played a character with plant-manipulating powers.
— Tom Cavanagh / Harrison Wells: In Season 1, Cavanagh played Eobard Thawne, who was disguised as the deceased Harrison Wells. In Season 2 Cavanagh returned as the real Harrison Wells from Earth-2, this time more of an antihero than a villain.
— Jesse L. Martin / Joe West: Surrogate father to Barry and actual father to Iris, Joe works as a police detective, teaming up with the Flash to protect Central City from metahuman threats.
— Keiynan Lonsdale / Wally West: Iris' brother joined the show in Season 2, and Wally's adrenaline-seeking ways soon caused trouble for Barry and Iris. In Season 3, Wally will fulfill his role from the comics and become Kid Flash.
— John Wesley Shipp / Henry Allen: Barry's father was incarcerated for much of Season 1 and 2, and was killed in the Season 2 finale. However, Henry will return in as a major The Flash Season 3 character, now that Barry has reset the timeline. Shipp also played the real Jay Garrick at the end of Season 2, in a nod to his time portraying the Flash in the 1992 TV show.
— Tom Felton / Julian Dorn: Joining the cast for Season 3 is Felton, portraying a mysterious new character who will be a rival to Barry.
The Flash Season 3 Villains
As in previous seasons of The Flash, the villains are all-important in Season 3. Doctor Alchemy and Savitar are the main antagonists so far, with Alchemy's identity later revealed to be Julian Dorn. Savitar claims to be the God of Speed, and thanks to DC's wide mythology, he may be just that...
Other than that, there have been several one-episode-wonder villains, and fans are hoping that Mirror Master and The Top signal the inclusion of more Rogues to the show.
The Flash Season 3 Spinoff
The Flash is technically a spinoff show from Arrow, and halfway through The Flash Season 2, The CW premiered another spinoff show — Legends of Tomorrow.
Previously airing on CBS, Supergirl has also joined this narrative after its move to The CW. These four shows are part of an interconnected story, and there was a massive crossover week in December entitled Invasion!
After the success of this crossover, The CW are planning many more, including a musical episode combining The Flash and Supergirl.
The Flash Season 3 Theories
In the break between seasons, fans came up with tons of The Flash Season 3 theories. In recent weeks, many of these have been debunked, while others have been confirmed — such as Zoom turning into the Black Flash.
Where To Watch The Flash Season 3 Online
Unless you live in the US, it can be quite difficult to watch The Flash online.
Here are the websites you can use if you are located in the United States, though:
CWTV: Hosted by The CW, this website has almost all episodes from The Flash Seasons 1 and 2.
Hulu: A few episodes from The Flash Seasons 1 and 2 are available on Hulu, but it seems likely that these will be pulled soon thanks to the new deal The CW has with Netflix.
— Netflix: All episodes of The Flash so far are available to stream on Netflix, and new episodes will become available a day after they are aired on The CW.
— Amazon: You can pay to stream all of The Flash so far on Amazon, and the DVDs are also availble to purchase from this website.
The Complete The Flash Season 3 Episode Guide
Prepare yourself for full speculation mode — a few titles and synopses have been released, so check out this The Flash Season 3 episode guide:
Be sure to check back for future updates!
The Flash Season 3 Merchandise
While sites such as Redbubble and Etsy offer off-brand merch, the best place to go for The Flash Season 3 merchandise is the official WBShop.