The Flash is almost ready to bid us farewell as the Season 2 finale, "The Race of His Life," will air this Tuesday night on The CW. Season 2 has given us some incredible storylines, amazing acting, awesome guest stars and one evil supervillain. A lot of events have led to this moment and now, as we eagerly anticipate the finale, let's take a look at some of the things that need to happen as we head toward the end of Season 2.
1. Who Is The Man In The Iron Mask?
Ever since the acclaimed Earth-Two episode's mid-season finale, the question on everybody's lips has been: Who is the man in the iron mask and why is Zoom keeping him prisoner? There have been a significant amount of theories and possibilities put forward, all of them with believable and compelling evidence to back them up. Now that the season finale is upon us, it's time for us to all find out whose face is hiding underneath that iron mask. And because of both the gravity of the situation and the drawn-out wait, I wouldn't be surprised if the identity of this person factors into Season 3 in a big way.
2. Barry And Iris 'Give This A Shot'
At the end of last week's episode, Barry and Iris (Candice Patton) finally agreed that the two of them would "give this a shot." However, seconds later, Henry Allen was kidnapped by Zoom and subsequently killed (no, I'm still not over it either). As tragic events have a way of influencing superheroes, one might wonder if Barry will revert back to pushing people away or if he will keep them closer than ever. Although Iris had been more of a supporting character in the early half of Season 2, she really regained her Season 1 prominence midway through. It was then that she admitted how she felt to Barry. Then he was killed, but he wasn't really dead, he was in the Speed Force. After being faced with so much opposition, could now finally be the time for West-Allen? I vote yes!
3. The Kid-Flash Saga Begins!
All season long, The Flash has been building toward Wally West living up to his comic book identity and finally becoming Kid-Flash. After a lot of character development, all the pieces of the puzzle have almost fallen into place; it was Wally's "need for speed" ideals and his desire to help people that mentally developed him into a hero before he was even hit by the wave of dark matter. Now that he knows Barry is the Flash, it's only a matter of time before Wally gets his speed. The same could be said about fellow comic book counterpart Jesse Quick, who was also hit by the dark matter. However, with the primary focus being on Wally's discovery of the Flash's true identity, one could assume that Kid-Flash's time is now. And we might just see this in the season finale.
4. Barry Must Get Justice For Henry
The ending of last week's episode was so harrowing and shocking that it will likely resonate with us for the remainder of the series run on TV. In a shocking turn of events, Barry's father Henry was killed by Zoom, right before his eyes. Barry's father was ripped from him and from all of us. Arguably the purest character in the series, Henry was always a beacon of hope for Barry, and to have him taken from us in such a cruel way was unforgivable. Even the fans who liked Zoom in a love-to-hate fashion were absolutely disgusted by his actions last week. The only possible way to resolve this arc is with Zoom facing justice for what he's done. And losing won't be enough; he must suffer a major defeat at the hands of the Flash.
This brings me to our final point....
5. Barry Allen Actually Becomes THE Fastest Man Alive!
As much as I adore the "my name is Barry Allen and I am the fastest man alive" monologue, it hasn't really been true for a long time now. First, we had the Reverse-Flash and now we have Zoom, both of whom have managed to not only outrun but outthink Barry on multiple occasions. With the season finale this week, Zoom challenges Barry to a race. The only possible outcome of this race is the Flash defeating Zoom, once and for all. Zoom might have taken every speedsters' speed (including the Flash's) but now Barry is one with the Speed Force, he simply can't lose. And finally, the Flash will be the fastest man alive and all will be right with the world — until Season 3.
BONUS POINT: Crisis On Infinite Earths?
I included this as a bonus point because while it might not happen, if it does, I'm sure it will be downright epic! At the end of last week's episode, Cisco vibed the destruction of Earth-Two. This is huge as Earth-Two played a major part in The Flash Season 2. All season long, characters have interacted with Earth-Two doppelgängers — but the question now is: Why is Earth-Two falling apart?
Plus, with Zoom and Barry set to race, it's highly possible that we could see more inter-Earth traveling in the season finale. Finally, with Supergirl officially joining her superhero counterparts Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow on The CW, could we see her involved in the followup storyline? After all, Supergirl is apparently on Earth-Three, thus, with her involvement, the storyline could live up to its title of Infinite Earths. Furthermore, remember a few weeks back when Zoom said he wanted to conquer every Earth? Could all this be potentially leading to a Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline? Guess we'll have to wait and see.
Those are just some of the many things we are looking forward to as The Flash closes the book on its second season. With multiple major arcs heading into the season finale, expect to see the vast majority of them tied up into one amazing and epic 40-minute episode. Just like last year, The Flash excelled in its second season and proved without a doubt that it is the best superhero show on television. Expect nothing less from the season finale! Oh, it's going to be good!
Check out both promos for The Flash and Arrow season finales over here, or see The Flash's below: