This season of Arrow and The Flash has been quite exceptional this year and especially a huge step for Arrow, as Season 3 was the worst of the seasons; however Season 4 has redeemed Arrow. I didn't think these shows could be any better until the 2 crossover episodes aired this week. Not only did it surpass the first 'Flarrow' crossover Flash vs. Arrow, but they may have been the best and most intense episodes of all the seasons or even the show! Things don't plan to dial down as the mid-season finales for the 2 shows air next week, so let's talk about the top 10 things we have learned.
***Oh, and did I mention spoilers, because if you didn't get the message, they are pretty prominent!!!
Velocity 9 Will Come Into Play
In Part 1 of the crossover, we see Harrison Wells working on a serum called Velocity 6 in an attempt to increase the speed of Barry as Zoom. Jay Garrick does not like the serum and does not want Barry or himself to take the serum. Ironically, he is forced to inject the Velocity 6 into him to gain a temporary speed to save Harrison Wells. For the rest of the season, Harrison Wells will be focusing a lot of his attention to modifying the serum.
“he’s aware of the potential Velocity 6 has on his life. But I also think he’s clear that, ‘I don’t want to go down that path.’ But I think like anyone who has seen the other side, there are haunting memories of what could be, and what could have been.”
Jay Garrick is more experienced than Barry and is scared of the Velocity 6 serum for a reason. Now before you go into the comments and compose a nasty message saying I made a typo in the heading saying Velocity 9 instead of Velocity 6, see what else executive producer Andrew Kreisberg hinted.
“If you’re a fan of the comics, you know that a big part of the comics is Velocity-9. And today you guys met Velocity-6. So it’s safe to say that there’ll be a few more iterations of that formula … How it plays out and how it works and who uses it and the effects that that have — that’s something that you’ll have to watch.”
In the comics, Velocity 9 was a drug actually produced by Vandal Savage. The drug offered a high that gave the user the access to super speeds. Also, the original Reverse Flash tried to use it to destroy Jay Garrick. In The Flash, it's not going to be a drug but an advanced serum to its predecessor Velocity 6. We will probably see a Velocity 7 and a Velocity 8 serum as it will take many phases for it to get better. The big question here is who is going to take the serum? I have 3 potential candidates. My top one is Jay Garrick as he has to use it towards the end of the season to help Barry fight off Zoom to get his powers back. It could also be Zoom who takes the place of the original Reverse Flash in the comics and steals the serum for Wells and S.T.A.R. to fight Jay Garrick, it could possibly be Jay's end. Lastly, it could easily be Barry who is forced to take as they are in desperate need. We know Velocity 9 will show up in the last few episodes of the season.
Who do you think will end up taking the serum?
Patty is Going to Figure Out About The Flash
Patty has gotten closer and closer every episode to finding out that her boyfriend is actually The Flash! In the first part of the crossover, Patty spots Harrison Wells. Earlier this season, he was spotted and Patty didn't believe it could be true. She broke into S.T.A.R. Labs where she shot Harrison Wells and then Caitlin questions if Joe told her anything. She now knows that Joe is hiding things from her even though they made it clear that there was no more secrets between her, Joe, and Barry. This can affect the professional relationships she has with Barry and Joe and her and Barry's relationship. Therefore, I conclude that she will most likely find out in the mid-season finale of The Flash next week. Also, she's a detective and she is about to figure it out.
Will Patty figure out that Barry is the Flash in the mid-season finale?
Flarrow's Most Complicated Love Triangle Forms
This has got to be the most complicated love triangle ever. Kendra is dating Cisco, and Hawkman comes along and says that he and Kendra have been together for over 4000 years. Cisco said that he is in love with Kendra to Oliver and Kendra had strong feelings for him too, but this is her destiny and who she really is. We will see how things play out but I hope that Cisco gets Kendra. In reality, it's not going to happen as Hawkman and Hawkgirl and destined to be together, literally.
Who will get the girl?
Time Travel Will Have Its Repercussions
When Barry time travels, he changes the course of events, especially when Barry has changed the past to avert a death. Remember that everyone died but then he changes the timeline. Barry was very nervous that he indeed did change something in the timeline. After they defeat Vandal Savage, it seems that everything returns back to normal, but it looks like that's not the case because when this was talked about with the producers, they said:
“I think you’re gonna have to watch upcoming episodes ofArrow
Will Barry's time travel have great repercussions?
Vandal Savage Returns
Vandal Savage was defeated forever until we see Malcolm Merlyn pick up his ashes and say that Savage owes him one. We can assume that Vandal Savage will be brought back to life by Merlyn by the Lazarus Pit. We knew he was on Legends of Tomorrow, but that could have been a different timeline version of Vandal Savage, as he is a time traveler. The route they handled it was a big twist and done very well. This all leads to two points I condensed into one (since they are two smaller ones and they fit together):
The Lazarus Pit was Not Destroyed and Merlyn Shows His Evil Side
As Merlyn brings Vandal Savage back to life, it will be with the Lazarus Pit as he is the new Ra's al Ghul and has access to the pit. However, earlier this season we saw Nyssa destroy the Lazarus Pit because they brought Sara back to life. This could mean that Merlyn replaced the same one or there are other Lazarus pits.
We get to see the manipulative and evil Merlyn once again as he tricks Team Green Arrow and Flash to trusting him and defeating Vandal Savage, only to bring him back to life to earn a favor from him. What could this favor be? You may speculate in the comments but it most likely is immortality.
Oliver Has a Son
We've known that Oliver has a son since Season 2, when Moira paid the mother a million dollars to tell Oliver she lost the baby. Oliver eventually figures it out and he and the mother agree that he can see his son but he cannot let him know that Oliver is his father. Also, Oliver cannot tell anyone that he has a son, even Felicity. His son is named William, not Connor Hawke like the comics. The producers explain their reasoning and it's pretty exciting!
“When we came up with the whole idea of it, part of it was we didn’t want to be tied in to a character like Connor not being able to be part of the show if we made him so young, to give us the leeway to still have Connor Hawke be part of the universe without being too young was the biggest reason we made that decision. It’s actually one of things I think all of us are most proud of and, again, having the kind of partners that we have that we’re able to basically have one scene in one episode in season two, knowing that we were eventually going to get to this point and that it is all set up and all tied in to Oliver’s mother… And Susanna [Thompson] hasn’t been with the show for a while now, and yet her presence is still felt all throughout this story. There are some things that happen when you do a show for a long time that are just happy accidents and then there are other things that you plan on and this is one that we really planned on.”
The reason they are saving the character of Connor Hawke for the future is not because they want to bring him onto Arrow, but on Legends of Tomorrow. The reason being is that Connor Hawke will take up the Green Arrow mantle far in the future after Oliver dies, like the comics.
Will Connor Hawke take up the Green Arrow mantle in the far future?
Olicity Will Break Up!
Yes, your not hallucinating but you did just read some fantastic news that the couple that killed Season 3 is breaking up. The producers elaborated on the topic and said:
“It’s definitely going to come to a head in the middle of the season. We can’t tell you how that’s gonna happen. But obviously for the arc of Oliver and Felicity’s relationship this season, the fact that he’s keeping this from her … true to what we’ve done on the show, if there’s a secret somewhere, it’s going to come out and it’s going to have some serious consequences. We’re really excited about how that’s going to change things and it’s really gonna raise the stakes and throw some wrenches into the works of their relationship — which so far this season has been pretty smooth sailing. True to form, we’re gonna really mine that. There’ll be some fallout for both of them.”
The producers pretty much flat out say that in this timeline, Felicity is going to find out that Oliver was hiding the truth and it will end their relationship. We were already prepared for this to happen but this may take Felicity off a certain death list... which is still on the table.
The Death Is Still on The Table
Remember this little after scene in episode 1 that caused a whole internet debate (Who's in the Grave in Arrow Season 4? Well, Here's The Answer!)? There are a lot more hints and more evidence to guess who's going to end up in that grave. I originally said it was Felicity, but they will be splitting up so it lessens my expectations. Also, if you think that they are just going to bring this character back with time travel or the Lazarus Pit, you're wrong! The producers made it clear as they said the following:
“‘Legends’ will explain basically why time travel can’t be used in a deus ex machina kind of way, not just with respect to death, but with respect to any plot contrivance.It’s like, ‘Why can’t we just go back to Episode X and do that episode differently?’ We’re going to answer that question very definitively. It’ll be part of the rules of time travel that are a part of Legends. So dead will still mean dead, but it doesn’t always mean dead forever. Some characters it will, and some characters it won’t.We even say that sometimes when we sit down with actors to let them know their fate at the end of a season. We describe it to them, sometimes in this universe, if something comes to us that’s a really organic, cool way to bring a character back and is exciting to us and we feel like doesn’t devalue the death, but introduces them in another interesting way into the narrative, I do think that this genre that we’re making is different than other shows in that way [We try to] make sure it has – even if death is not always permanent – an emotional impact on the characters, regardless of whether we ever decide to bring them back, and on ‘Arrow,’ we can do that in the flashbacks, and obviously now that we have one universe, we can do it in all kinds of ways on the other shows. But for us, at least in terms of when we’re talking about the storylines on ‘Arrow,’ it always boils down to, ‘What kind of impact will this have on the characters? And is that something that is worth exploring?'”
They continued on about how pulling successful comebacks is like with Sara, with consequences. They said the person in that grave will stay dead. It would be disappointing if that scene was misleading in any way because it's a great mystery to look back to. Now that were almost at the mid-season finale, I'll update and say who I think is in the grave. I think it's either William, his son, or Felicity.