SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for "Don't Run," the midseason finale of The Flash Season 4.
The Flash is about to make good on a storyline the show been teasing since Season 1. In "Don't Run," the midseason finale, Clifford DeVoe launched another phase of his plan and framed Barry Allen for murder.
As the episode progressed, Barry finally figured out why DeVoe was creating metahumans: to find a suitable replacement body. DeVoe found that replacement in Dominic Lanse, an unassuming TSA agent who manifested telepathy after the bus incident. Because of his mental powers, Lanse's body is built to handle the strain of DeVoe's mental prowess. DeVoe was successful in his attempt to switch bodies, leaving his original body a lifeless husk.
Ever resourceful, DeVoe found a new purpose for his discarded body. He stabbed the body with a knife and left it, battered and bloody, in Barry's apartment. When Barry stopped by to stop an alarm, he discovered the body just in time for the police to come crashing through his door. Barry made the decision not to run and allowed himself to be arrested for the murder of Clifford DeVoe, who had a restraining order against him.
In December 1984, Cary Bates and Carmine Infantino kicked off their “The Trial of Flash” story arc in The Flash #340. It lived up to its name by putting the Flash — Central City’s favorite speedster — on trial for the murder of Reverse Flash, aka Professor Zoom. The murder at hand occurred during Barry’s wedding with his second wife-to-be Fiona Webb, where — in order to make Barry’s life even more miserable — Zoom attempted to kill Fiona just as he did Iris. Barry intercepted him just in time; however, in his desperation to stop him from killing Fiona as he did Iris, Barry accidentally used lethal force, snapping Zoom’s neck as he attempted to save Fiona. Even in comics, murder is murder, and the Scarlet Speedster was brought to court over his nemesis’ death, though not everything was as it appeared to be.
The “Trial of Flash” storyline has been teased since the end of Season 1, and those hints are finally coming to fruition in Season 4. It looks as though Barry’s gibberish lines from the Season 4 premiere truly reflect his future.
Starring Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster, The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale and more.