SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Flashpoint,” the Season 3 premiere of “The Flash.”
Just as soon as “Flashpoint” began, it was over. In “The Flash” Season 3 premiere, Barry Allen rectified the timeline, but not everything returned to normal. As it turns out, Iris West is no longer in good standing with her father Joe — and Barry has no idea why.
In the “Flashpoint” timeline, Barry found a world where he finally felt home, but he couldn’t say the same for his friends. Iris and Wally were close but kept secrets from Joe, sending him into a tailspin at work. Cisco was a standoffish billionaire who didn’t want to shoulder the burden of crime fighting, and Caitlin was an optometrist’s assistant. What’s worse, Wally — this timeline’s Kid Flash — was critically injured in a battle with the Rival. With his team splintered and his memories fading fast, Barry faced a difficult decision and ultimately decided to restore his former timeline by allowing his mother’s murder at Reverse Flash’s hands.
Upon returning to the night he left, Barry was relieved to find Joe and Wally at home. As they offered him condolences about his father’s death, he innocently inquired about Iris’ whereabouts — only for Joe to become irate and leave, chalking up Barry’s forgetfulness to grief. Confused, Barry asked Wally what Joe was talking about. “Are you kidding?” Wally responded, only to reveal that Iris and Joe don’t speak to each other anymore before the credits rolled.
The scene was especially poignant following Barry’s promise to Iris just before he corrected the timeline. There, he explained that nothing would be different — that she wouldn’t even remember the “Flashpoint” timeline and that they’d find each other again. However, the teaser for the next episode reveals some serious tension between the two, as well as some friction between Barry and Cisco. Any other effects from “Flashpoint” are yet to be seen, but are sure to be revealed in the upcoming episode.
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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