WARNING: This article contains MAJOR spoilers from the season finale of The Flash. If you haven't caught up yet, stop reading now.
The Flash is arguably the best superhero show at the moment. After delivering an incredible freshman season last year, it managed to pull off an equally impressive second, avoiding the dreaded sophomore slump that so many great series fall victim too. Tonight, that great season came to an end and we couldn't be more excited about the future of this series! Danielle Panabaker had warned us that the finale would be shocking, but we weren't prepared for what would unfold during the episode. Filled with incredible performances from the entire cast — especially Grant Gustin, who proves himself more and more with every episode. Here are just a few moments from the finale that left us mind-blown!
8. Zoom Kills Himself?
Woah, don't worry — this isn't nearly as final as it sounds. Moments after the episode begins, Barry and Zoom engage in a typical Flash-esque race until Barry catches up with him and things begin to get physical — brutal would actually be more appropriate. If you'd were watching carefully, during the race another Zoom materialized. Barry now has Zoom in his grasp, contemplating whether or not to kill him. But before he makes a decision, Zoom is stabbed in the chest in a similar manner to Henry Allen. Zoom killed Zoom; he stabbed a time remnant of himself. He then tells Barry that he's ready before speeding off. It was an explosive start to a great episode.
7. Barry Imprisoned
Yeah, you read that correctly. Letting his anger get the better of him, Barry made it clear to his colleagues that he would stop at nothing to get revenge on Zoom for what he did to his father. When the gang realizes that Zoom is planning on destroying the multiverse with Barry's speed (and Barry still insists on racing Zoom), Harry shoots Barry with a tranquilizer, knocking him out. When Barry awakes he finds himself locked on the other side of that dreaded cell that he put all the metahumans in. The whole S.T.A.R. labs gang agreed in unison that Barry must come to his senses before he makes a big mistake. A twist like this ultimately set up an already compelling episode, and we weren't even fifteen minutes in yet!
6. Zoom Takes Joe hostage
Without Barry's help, the gang constructs a plan to take Zoom back to Earth-2 permanently. They use a hologram of Caitlin to distract Zoom and then bring out the heavy artillery. As Zoom is ambushed by our favorite scientists, Joe manages to get within touching distance of Zoom as Cisco opens the breach. However, before Zoom can be sent away, he grabs Joe and takes him hostage over to Earth-2. Zoom intends to use Joe as a bargaining chip to trade him back to Barry if Barry agrees to race him. Looks like the gang may need Barry after all.
5. The Race Of His Life
In an episode titled "The Race of His Life," we knew it would come down to a race between The Flash and Zoom to determine who would be the fastest man alive. However, we didn't know that the fate of the entire multiverse was at stake. Barry has spent all season talking about not being able to outrun Zoom, but after his visit to the Speed Force, he's more confident. He's ready (as Zoom told him earlier in the episode). As things are set to change forever, the pair get in position and set off and a race of epic proportions. The race was beautifully shot and edited, and had better CGI than some of the previous episodes. "Run Barry, Run" has never felt more appropriate.
4. West Allen
It finally happened! Shippers all over the word rejoice as Barry and Iris finally expressed their love for each other and celebrated with a kiss. However, it wasn't as pleasant as it sounded (you can't blame a guy for trying though, right?) as Barry admits that he feels lost, despite their victory over Zoom. His Dad is gone and now Barry feels empty inside. Barry makes a rash decision and ends up going back in time again. Ultimately, he friend-zones himself again. Seriously dude?
3. The Man In The Iron Mask
Did you guess correctly? The man in the iron mask is The Flash. Well, not Barry, but the real Jay Garrick from Earth-3. But that's not all; he's also Henry Allen's doppelgänger. Barry struggles to look at him due to his resemblance to Barry's father. It's like a scene from the comic books as Jay places the iconic helmet on his head and attempts to return home. Whether or not we've seen the last of Jay has yet to be confirmed, but I wouldn't be surprised if he makes another appearance in the near future.
2. More Than One Barry
During the race, a second Barry appears — the time remnant. This Barry is able to rescue Joe and ultimately save the entire multiverse, killing himself in the process. As the original Barry continues to race Zoom, the multiverse is saved (much to Zooms displeasure). Barry and Zoom engage in another fight, but Barry comes out on top this time. Moments later, the time wraiths come for Zoom, clawing at him before taking him away: Zoom has been defeated. In this awesome moment, Barry proved that The Flash is the fastest man alive.
1. Barry Saves His Mom
Remember that rash decision I was talking about earlier? Yeah, well this is it. Feeling empty now that he's an orphan, Barry goes back in time to the night of Nora Allen's murder. He rescues her from The Reverse Flash, telling his nemesis that he's not going to be able to kill her this time. As Barry looks around the room, his mom is alive; Nora Allen is alive. Then we see another Barry — the one from last year's finale, standing in the other room. He smiles but then he vanishes, becoming an irrelevant piece of the timeline. Barry kneels before his mother, promising he won't hurt her. It's a brave new world for Barry Allen. What now, huh? What effect will this have on the timeline?
Well, that was a rollercoaster of emotions for sure. It was a less explosive, more emotional ending to the season this year round that has left us with so many unanswered questions and plenty for Season 3 to explore. What will become of Barry now? Will Nora Allen finally get her happy ending? As I said, it's a brave new world for Barry Allen, and we can only wait and see what the future — or should I say, the past — holds for him.