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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

Updated 02/22/17:

The promo for "Attack on Central City" shows Team Flash and CCPD gearing up for an invading gorilla force from Earth-2.

A synopsis for "Attack on Central City" has been released, confirming Gypsy's role in the ensuing battle between gorillas and humans on Earth-1.

When Grodd (voiced by David Sobolov) and his army of gorillas bring the battle to Earth-1, The Flash (Grant Gustin) and team must find a way to stop them before they destroy Central City. Gypsy (guest star Jessica Camacho) returns to join the fight. Meanwhile, Jesse Quick (guest star Violett Beane) decides she wants to stay with Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) on Earth-1.

He may be lurking in the future, but Savitar will be back before Team Flash expected — or so the summary for upcoming episode "The Wrath Of Savitar" reveals.

SAVITAR VISITS WALLY – While training with Barry (Grant Gustin), Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) starts to have visions of Savitar, which he hides from the team. A dangerous secret threatens Barry and Iris’ (Candice Patton) happiness. Alexandra La Roche directed the episode written by Andrew Kreisberg & Andrew Wilder.

Savitar's first appearance in 'The Flash' Season 3. [Credit: The CW]
Savitar's first appearance in 'The Flash' Season 3. [Credit: The CW]

A leaked scene has also surfaced, featuring Jesse Quick going up against Savitar himself. We don't yet know which episode this is taken from, but it seems likely to be Episode 15 a.k.a. "The Wrath Of Savitar".

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.

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.)

Earth-2 Robbie is the villain Deathstorm. [Credit: The CW]
Earth-2 Robbie is the villain Deathstorm. [Credit: The CW]

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.

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.

Executive producer Greg Berlanti revealed to Entertainment Weekly that we will never return to the original timeline.

Barry with his parents in Flashpoint. [Credit: The CW]
Barry with his parents in Flashpoint. [Credit: The CW]

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.

Barry becomes the Flash in Season 1. [Credit: The CW]
Barry becomes the Flash in Season 1. [Credit: The CW]

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

A new promo for Season 3 Episode 13 has been released, teasing Gorilla Grodd's re-entrance.

But as the synopsis reveals, this time Team Flash and Grodd won't be foes, but allies...

'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.

The Flashpoint-set 'Citizen Cold' mini-series. [Credit: DC]
The Flashpoint-set 'Citizen Cold' mini-series. [Credit: DC]

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.

Barry explains Flashpoint, 'Back to the Future' style. [Credit: The CW]
Barry explains Flashpoint, 'Back to the Future' style. [Credit: The CW]

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!

Grant Gustin as the Flash. [Credit: The CW]
Grant Gustin as the Flash. [Credit: The CW]

— 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.

John Wesley Shipp as Jay Garrick. [Credit: The CW]
John Wesley Shipp as Jay Garrick. [Credit: The CW]

— 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.

The Flash with the Legends of Tomorrow. [Credit: The CW]
The Flash with the Legends of Tomorrow. [Credit: The CW]

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.

"Felicity Smoak". [Credit: The CW]
"Felicity Smoak". [Credit: The CW]

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:

Cisco is us we are Cisco. [Credit: The CW]
Cisco is us we are Cisco. [Credit: The CW]

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.