The clock is ticking for Iris West on The CW’s “The Flash.” When Barry Allen slipped into the future not too long ago, he watched Savitar the Speed God slay his love Iris West. Everything since then seems to point to the character’s untimely demise; even a hasty marriage proposal couldn’t dislodge the gears of time from ticking away. At this point, it’s likely Flash and company have until the season finale, which airs on May 23, to figure out how to un-stick the future before Iris gets skewered by Savitar — and not even Candice Patton knows if her character will live or die.
“No, they didn’t tell me,” Patton told TV Insider. “I have no idea and it’s a little alarming. I think I know, but you never really know. I am just in the dark as the audience so it will be really interesting to see if Team Flash can pull it off. I’m hoping they can, because I need a job.”
While Patton might not have any clue about Iris’ fate, she did say she has been impressed with how much her character has developed over the show’s three seasons. The latest Savitar-focused arc has shown multiple layers of Iris, who is both afraid of what is to come in May but is also embracing it, reasoning that if she is fated to die in mere months then certainly she can’t die today.
Patton did have some ideas about how she would like her character’s arc to play out, though. Specifically, she wouldn’t mind Iris getting more agency in her fate.
“Hopefully, we’ll see a version of Iris who gets the strength to be part of saving her own life, to be a part of the narrative that ensures her safety,” Patton shared. “How cool would that be? She is a very capable woman, so how great would it be for a character like Iris, who has no superpowers, to be part of her own destiny?”
Starring Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster, “The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale and more.
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