‘The Flash’: 8 Things to Remember Before the Season 3 Premiere

     September 30, 2016

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Are you ready for Flashpoint? At the end of last season, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) let his emotions get the better of him and in a split second made a decision with far-reaching consequences going into The Flash Season 3. We were introduced to multiple earths, doppelgangers galore, time remnants, character departures and heartbreaking deaths. While the singularity had lackluster impact on the happenings in Central City, this time Barry’s actions are sure to have permanent consequences.

Here a few of the key moments and happenings from last season to prepare you for The Flash Season 3.

  • The Multiverse and DoppelgangersDuring Season 2, the concept of the multiverse was introduced with Earth-2’s Harrison “Harry” Wells (Tom Cavanagh) showing up on Earth-1 along with others like Jay Garrick/The Flash/Zoom, Dr. Light, Rupture and Jesse. There were many familiar doppelgangers on Earth-2 too included Reverb (Carlos Valdes), Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker), Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), a nerdier Barry Allen, among others. And, we can’t forget Barry’s visit to Supergirl’s Earth! These alternative versions provided insight into the differences between the Earths, but also into the possibilities for their Earth-1 characters. One highlight was Cisco’s exposure to Reverb’s abilities, which enlightened him to his own potential. The multiverse literally opened up endless possibilities.
  • Welcome to the family, Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale).Neither Joe (Jesse L. Martin) nor Iris (Candice Patton) were aware of Wally’s existence until he showed up at their front door after his mother got sick. Wally’s inclusion in the West family wasn’t smooth sailing initially, as he struggled to adjust to his new family, including Barry. A shift came when Wally found out the truth about Barry and The Flash and fully integrated into their secret world at Star Labs.
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    RIP Henry Allen (John Wesley Shipp).After unjustly spending years in prison for killing his wife, Henry was freed from prison when the true killer was revealed. Barry had his father back, but that reunion was not long lived. Zoom didn’t just kill Barry’s father, he ripped the heart of the man. Barry lost both of his parents to speedsters out to cause him harm.

  • The Man in the Iron Mask is … The Real Jay Garrick from Earth-3!In and of itself, that’s nothing too surprising. The shocking reveal wasn’t that Zoom was holding Jay Garrick prisoner, but that this man was a doppelganger of Barry’s father, Henry Allen. Jay Garrick returned to Earth-3 with Harry’s help.
  • Harry and Jesse return to Earth-2At the end of Season 2, Harry and Jesse returned to their home leaving Earth-1 behind. Is that the last we’ll see of this father and daughter pair? We’ll have to wait and see, but certainly there will be a reason for a reunion. We can at least hope.
  • Barry and Iris declare their love for each otherWestAllen shippers rejoiced as Barry and Iris finally expressed their love for each other only to have their dreams of a happy-ever-after crushed. With his father’s death, Barry was too broken to be with her and needed time. All hope was not lost though, as Iris said she would wait for him. Given Barry’s time-altering decision, it’s unclear if that will even matter.
  • Barry saved his mother.At the end of Season 1, Barry went back in time to save his mother from the Reverse Flash, but ultimately decided not to interfere with the timeline. In the Season 2 finale, a grief-stricken Barry made the opposite decision. He traveled back to the night of Nora’s death and took down the Reverse Flash, saving his mother’s life. The original time-traveling Barry fades away from the scene, indicating he sparked a new timeline. How much will be different remains to be seen, though changes will be coming to Central City.
  • What about Eobard Thawne and Harrison Wells?In the original timeline, Eobard Thawne killed Nora Allen as the Reverse Flash and then took over Harrison Wells’ body and life. Now that Barry prevented his mother’s death and has altered Eobard’s timeline, what does that mean for Harrison Wells? Will he still be alive? This is just one of the many outstanding questions about what Flashpoint means for The Flash going forward. It certainly would be interesting to see Cavanagh play yet another version of Wells, also.

The Flash Season 3 premieres Tuesday, October 4th on The CW

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