My first reaction to the finale was pure excitement. The Flash has been one of my favorite shows ever, and has been pretty high quality throughout, despite some filler episodes. Upon some further thought, though, season two has some major explaining to do regarding the deaths of Eddie Thawne and apparently, his descendant, Eobard.
Let's look back to the night Nora Allen died. Barry was told by a future version of himself not to save his mother, which would have caused any number of issues starting at that night. Assuming it only affected Barry's life, he would likely have never become a forensic scientist, and therefore, would most likely would never become the Flash.
Now, let's take some time on Eddie's death. First of all, he could have just shot Eobard, given that Oliver had no problem hitting him with an arrow while he was distracted. But, given his decision to kill himself, and the evidence of Eobard disappearing, here's what logically should have happened:
- Eddie dies, as does Eobard, meaning Eddie is key to Eobard's existence, and therefore, Eobard will never be born.
- As Eobard is never born, he never grows to hate the Flash enough to time travel and attempt to kill him as a child.
- Because of this, he never travels back and kills Barry's mother, or Barry.
- Barry never gains an obsession with his mother's case that leads him in to a career in forensics.
- As a result, Barry will likely never be in a situation that results in him accidentally becoming the Flash.
- Because Eobard never exists, he cannot travel back to fix the reactor in such away that Barry becomes the Flash.
- Eddie lives in this timeline, seeing as it is never threatened by the Reverse Flash.
- Eventually, Eobard IS born, but never develops a rivalry/obsession with the Flash, seeing as the Flash never existed.
- Eobard becomes a history teacher or something.
These are just the direct effects of Eddie's actions on the timeline. For some reason, Eddie's death erased Eobard, but not any of his actions. Obviously, the multiverse is a very big place, and the writers will have ample time to explain this away, but as of now, they are sitting in a plot hole larger than that singularity over Central City.
How do you think the writers of The Flash will fix the hole? Or do you think they may just ignore it?