My head is still spinning after last night's amazing season finale of The Flash. If you haven't seen it yet, don't spoil the mind-blowing experience by reading this. Come back after you've watched it, gasped at it and cried your heart out over it.
SPOILERS: YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
I'm still processing everything that went down in "Fast Enough," the season finale that will completely change the landscape of The Flash forever. Let's unpack some of the biggest moments from last night's episode.
I was never a big fan of Eddie's. Blondes aren't my type and he always came across as a whiny sidekick, a cuckolded boy. But the last few episodes turned around my opinion of him. After he discovered that Barry (Grant Gustin) was The Flash, he manned up when I thought he would just have a tantrum. And he has navigated his relationship with Iris with genuine thoughtfulness.
So last night, when Eddie sacrificed himself to defeat Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh, a.k.a. Reverse Flash), his many-generations-later relative, I was blown away. When I heard that gunshot, I thought for sure the camera would pan to Eobard and we would see Joe (Jesse L. Martin) behind a smoking gun. Then the camera panned to Eddie's bloody shirt. It took me a few moments to comprehend what had happened. After that, the tears started flowing and the episode unwound faster than I could keep up. Eddie died and Eobard disintegrated (because now he never existed!).
When Eddie was sucked up into the "singularity," or Black Hole, I went to sleep thinking maybe he was sucked into the future where they have incredible medical skills, and someone could fix him and send him back. But then I read Deadline's interview with co-creator/executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, and it sounds like Eddie is truly gone. Bravo, Rick Consett and The Flash creative team.
#2 Barry's Mom
I wept and wept during the scene when Barry time-traveled back to save his mother (Michelle Harrison), only to see his future self shake his head, essentially saying, "I know why you're here, but I know something you don't yet. Don't do it." So there was Barry, listening to his mom get killed all over again. He got to say good-bye, and let her see that her son had grown up to be a hero, but he lost her all over again. There just weren't enough tissues last night!
I hope Season 2 will explain what has happened (will happen?) in the future that made future-future-Barry stop future-Barry from saving his mom. It might end up being a central mystery for next season.
First off, every die-hard fan of The Flash cheered when Cisco (Carlos Valdes) wished Barry, "May the speed-force be with you."
Secondly, what the what? When Cicsco confronted Eobard/Dr. Wells about killing him in an alternate timeline, the evil scientist told him that the reason Cisco could remember that timeline was because, unbeknownst to everyone, Cisco had become a metahuman, too.
DC comic book fans have been waiting for some sort of revelation about Cisco since the beginning of the season. So it looks like Cisco will be wearing the mantle of Vibe at some point in the near future. Vibe is a DC character who has mad skills in sonic vibration manipulation, seismic powers and inducing image distortion (making you see things) using molecular vibration. No wonder he's been obsessed with Barry breaking the sound barrier all season!
I confess, a few episodes back I noticed that Valdes was looking a little more cut under those nerdy t-shirts and I wondered if he would turn into a superhero, too. Called it!
#4 Dr. Wells
With Eobard Thawne being erased from existence, the next logical question is, will Dr. Harrison Wells return? In that same Deadline interview, Kreisberg pretty much confirms that he'll be back. Thank Kal-el, because I really like Tom Cavanagh, and he's been phenomenal this season.
#5 Next Year
What's coming in Season 2? Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) will finally become Killer Frost, her DC alter ego. (I actually thought the particle accelerator would explode or something and make it happen in this episode. Wrong!) That will be interesting, considering she just wed Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), who is half of Firestorm (the other half being Dr. Martin Stein, played by Victor Garber).
We'll also get more crossovers with Arrow and the new Legends of Tomorrow. You actually got a glimpse of Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee) in last night's episode; she was looking up at the Black Hole in the sky.
As for the Black Hole, I'm worried about Barry running into it, but because the show is titled The Flash, I know he'll survive. ;-)
Nancy Basile writes about entertainment for Media Medusa. Check out our Top 10 Flash Moments in Comic Books.