(Warning - if you haven't yet seen The Flash's season finale, then MASSIVE SPOILERS abound below - so proceed with as much caution as humanly possible...)
Now, if you've already seen The Flash's season finale (and if you haven't - go watch it! We'll wait...) then there's a decent chance you're still in a certain amount of shock, and struggling to deal with the ramifications of that mind-burster of an episode.
Never fear, though, because the show's executive producer Andrew Kreisberg has been speaking to THR about the explosive finale, and he's been revealing some pretty major details about what the fallout from what we just watched'll be.
Starting with the fact that:
This Isn't the Last We'll See of Harrison Wells
As Kreisberg put it, pretty darned emphatically:
"Tom Cavanagh will be back. That is not in question. Tom Cavanagh will continue to be a regular."
Which, admittedly, isn't the biggest surprise in the world. The most intriguing element of his comments, though? He didn't explicitly state that he'll be back in the same villainous capacity as in Season 1...
What's perhaps more surprising, though?
Eddie Thawne May Be Back Too...
Sure, he just died in about as noble a way as humanly possible - as Kreisberg argued:
"Eddie has been struggling these last few weeks hearing about the future and about how there is no place for him in the future. He wasn't going to believe in Wells' interpretation of the future. He was going to make his own decision and he basically decided to recommit to Iris, which only makes his sacrifice that much more heartbreaking. He didn't do it because he didn't have anything to live for. He did it because he had everything to live for."
But that doesn't mean that Eddie's sacrifice in the show is definitely the end for his character:
"The great thing with our show — you saw it with Colin Donnell and with Caity Lotz [whose deceased Sara is returning for spinoff Legends of Tomorrow]— is just because you are dead doesn't mean you're not coming back. Especially in the world of The Flash, which involves time travel and real hardcore science fiction, there's always a way for Eddie to return and we hope Rick will."
Though, as Kreisberg also pointed out:
His Death Was "The Way The Season Needed To End."
Which certainly makes it a little easier to accept that his death has been being planned for a while now:
"When we decided to name him Thawne, we hoped the audience would suspect Eddie was the Reverse-Flash because of his last name. We always knew Eddie would be his ancestor, but we weren't quite sure how we would end the season. The way things were moving forward, it felt like it was the best thing to do for his character. Like with Colin Donnell [whose character Tommy died in Arrow's season one finale], it was literally the worst thing we could do to ourselves as writers, producers and friends, because we all love Rick so much both personally and professionally, and we think he's crushed it as Eddie all season. We've all become very close. It's one of those terrible things. The story sort of tells you what it wants to be and as much as it broke our hearts, we knew this was the way the season needed to end."
There're More Speedsters to Come
As Kreisberg confirmed:
"We are going to introduce a few more speedsters next year and a bunch more villains. How they and those villains come about is part of the surprise of season two. We're really excited. [Executive producer] Greg [Berlanti] and myself and [executive producer] Geoff Johns and the writers, the cast, the crew, the directors — we are so proud of this season of television. It really is a high mark for all of us and we feel a great deal of pressure and anxiety to live up to it, because it's been so well received. As proud as excited as we are about everything we've done this year, we really are just as proud and excited for all the things we are planning coming up and hopefully people will continue to take this ride with us."
Anyone else hoping for Kid Flash?
What do you think, though?