The fall finale of “The Flash” Season 3 was bad news for Iris West. After he tossed the Philosopher’s Stone into the Speed Force, Barry Allen was blasted five years into the future in the ensuing explosion, and there he witnessed Savitar killing Iris before his future self’s very eyes. However, according to executive producer Aaron Helbing, this future is not set in stone.
“The future is malleable,” he told TVLine. “Anything can happen.”
“Obviously, Barry loves Iris more than anything,” he added. “And now that he has gotten a glimpse of the future, the thrust of the back half of the season is Barry trying to do whatever it takes to save her.”
In “The Present,” “The Flash’s” mid-season finale, Barry landed a full five months into the future. Disoriented and lost, he wandered out of the alley he appeared in and stumbled right onto his future self — and he wasn’t alone. He showed right up in the middle of a standoff between his future self and Savitar, who held Iris dangling from one massive hand. Present day Barry could only stand by and watch in horror as Savitar took one long claw and stabbed Iris in the chest, effectively killing her, before Jay Garrick whisked him back to the present day.
As viewers were apt to notice, a five month gap puts the show right around the time of the Season 3 finale. As such, it looks like we won’t get a resolution to this storyline until then, and Helbing’s comment seems to confirm that implication. This is reminiscent of the storyline that “Arrow” pulled off last year, which revealed a member of Team Arrow died but didn’t divulge who that person was until midway through the season.
Considering her impending death, Barry began to pick up the pace in his relationship with Iris. As such, he purchased a home for the two of them to live in. At this point in time, though, it’s unclear if his knowing the future will steer Iris towards her fate with Savitar or if Barry has already begun to alter the future that he saw. After all, Jay Garrick told him that the future he saw was only one of million possible futures, though the back half of Season 3 will surely build to this moment.
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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