Full disclosure: it's 3 am and I just finished watching the newest episode of The Flash. You're freaking out, I'm freaking out, and there's really too much going on in the episode for me to throw any bells and whistles around. Let's get right into it.
*This article includes spoilers from ep. 20: Rupture, and possible spoilers for future episodes of The Flash*
Okay, episode 20 of The Flash got back on the core-story track after last weeks cross-town metahuman caper: Wells set to building a machine to recreate the process that turned Barry into The Flash all those months ago. Barry plays moral tug-of-war between his father and Joe (in truth, he's the rope in this game) before the act of Zoom killing nearly a dozen police officers and S.W.A.T. team members forces his hand. When Wells activates the machine and pumps chemicals into Barry, Cisco facilitates a weather-wand-lightning strike that is also directed into Barry. However the dark matter wave breaks containment, incinerating Barry and careening through the halls of Star Labs. Wally and Jesse break out of their protective time vault just in time to take the full force of the wave.
Before we speculate on what could have happened to Barry, Jesse, and Wally, I'm going to present some more facts to back up what I think we'll see in the next couple of weeks. I'll be getting those facts from the official episode synopses on IMDb, so if you don't want to know what's going on, this is your last chance to get off the theory train.
First up is episode 21, entitled "The Runaway Dinosaur". The official synopsis is as follows:
With Barry gone, the team must figure out a way to handle the return of an old enemy - Girder. Realizing Girder is retracing his steps from his last attack, Iris volunteers to act as bait to trap him in S.T.A.R. Labs. Meanwhile, Barry fights to return to his old life.
There's not much in this description that can help us. It mostly covers the return of Girder, and only refers to Iris and "the team", which would presumably be Joe, Wells, Cisco, and Henry. The synopsis does, however, cement that Barry has survived but is separated from the group. What happened to him, you ask? Let's check the trailer for "The Runaway Dinosaur":
That adds a few pieces to the puzzle. After Cisco vibes Barry's location, we see Henry demanding that Wells "get him out." Your guess is as good as mine as to where Barry is, but it's safe to assume that the team will get him back. Now for the real juicy stuff: the synopsis for episode 22, "Invincible". MAJOR SPOILERS HERE folks; there's no going back after this.
After Zoom unleashes an army of Earth-2 meta-humans on Central City, Barry is shaken when he sees their leader is the Black Canary's Earth-2 doppelganger, the Black Siren. Meanwhile, Wally takes to the streets to help The Flash stop the meta-humans, which worries Joe. Iris and Henry are concerned about Barry taking on Zoom.
"Invincible" is the last episode before the season finale, and judging by this description the show is ramping up to a massive finale. Barry has returned or been rescued, the Black Siren is coming to lay waste to Central City, and Wally is taking to the streets! We've just witnessed the birth of Kid Flash himself!
The best part of it all is that the arrival of a new speedster might be doubled. If Wally is set to become a speedster because of the dark matter wave, then it's safe to assume that Jesse was affected similarly. Her comic book alter-ego? Jesse Quick.
I'm not claiming to have come up with all of this on my own: people made the connection between Wally and Jesse being added to the show the second it was announced. All I want to do here is give you a bit more clear picture of what we could and should see as The Flash races to the end of another fantastic season! What do you think we'll see in the coming weeks? What will Zoom do when he discovers new sources of speed? Write about it and let us know!
Sources: IMDb, Youtube