The Flash TV series will be starting its third season in September, joining the rest of the CW’s superhero shows such as Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. The second season was full of surprises, the biggest of which was the introduction of the multiverse. In addition to that jaw-dropper, the second season of The Flash also showed Barry entering the Speed Force for the first time. Barry’s exploration of time-travel in the first season of the show is something that proved to be extraordinarily important in season two, particularly in the finale. And, if the Season 3 teaser trailer is anything to go by, it looks as though the topic will be further delved into when the show returns this fall!
After the murder of his father by Zoom, AKA the fake Jay Garrick AKA Hunter Zolomon, Barry made a decision about his life. Despite the fact that he was a hero with good friends and teammates, and the long-desired affections of Iris West, Barry was not happy with his life. So what did he do about it? He went back in time and changed it.
In the 2011 comics, the newly revived Barry Allen did the took the same actions, which resulted in the Flashpoint timeline where everything, save for the fact that his mother was alive, in Barry’s life was wrong. In order to fix the broken timeline, comic-Barry went back in time once again to stop himself from changing the past in the first place.
In the preview shown at San Diego Comic-Con, it was confirmed that Barry’s actions in the Season 2 finale did in fact change the timeline. We see a world in which Barry has both of his parents and seemingly none of the other comforts and relationships that he possessed in his original timeline.
Since his mother was not murdered, and his father was never sent to prison, Barry had no reason to live with Joe and Iris as a boy. From what I can gather it seems that Joe and Iris barely know Barry in this new timeline that will be seen next season. In addition to not having Iris and Joe in his life, it seems as though Barry is lacking in friends as well. We see former-BFF Cisco Ramone as the millionaire genius of a technology company, apparently flanked by Gold Gilder. Uh-oh.
All of the relationship changes would certainly be alarming enough, and yet nothing seems to throw Barry more than learning that he’s not even the Flash anymore.
Apparently, in this timeline, Wally West is. (I don’t think he’ll be Kid Flash, that would kind of insulting). Couple that shocker with the fact that Eobard Thawne, the old enemy who just won’t stay dead, is back (but not as Harrison Wells Thawne) in some sort of jail, and calling Barry out on the selfish reasons for changing the timeline, and you have an amalgam of issues for Barry to deal with when the show returns.
As a result of Barry’s actions, something is wrong with time and space and there will be repercussions. Season 3 will not only see the effects of Barry’s choices on The Flash but on the other DC shows on the CW.
Season 3 looks exciting, but we will see where it goes. Perhaps Barry will come to appreciate what he has in his life and not choose to make decisions that could break the time-space continuum. I sense a return trip to the Speed Force. It will be interesting to see how our hero is going to get himself out of this one.
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