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The Flash: Will Barry and Iris take the next step?

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Will Barry Allen and Iris West finally become the couple destined for marriage on The Flash?

Though the duo have been on a rollercoaster of emotions over the first two seasons of The Flash, Iris (Candice Patton) has started to come to terms with the fact that she may be destined to end up with Barry (Grant Gustin). After all, both their Earth-2 doppelgängers and their future selves are married.

“This whole season has been about Iris, whether she realizes or not, trying to take a step forward,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says. “She really did love Eddie [Rick Cosnett]. They probably would’ve had a life together, and a good one if everything hadn’t happened in the finale.”

Unfortunately — or fortunately, for those WestAllen shippers — Eddie met a grim fate when he sacrificed himself to take out the Reverse-Flash. But thanks to Barry’s trip back to the past, the fastest man alive provided his best friend and longtime crush some closure. “We [had] a great scene with the flashback where Eddie gives her the message where he basically tells her to move on,” Kreisberg says.

While the show has taken its time, the time is now ripe for Barry and Iris to find some happiness of their own. “We couldn’t just slam them together,” Kreisberg says. “It would’ve been a disservice to Eddie’s character and everything that happened between them. We left it on this simmer all season long, and now she should be ready to move on, but she’s starting to feel like the universe is telling her otherwise.”

As the universe nudges her toward Barry, should we expect a WestAllen kiss before season’s end? Kreisberg, of course, dodges the question. “You can expect some twists and turns in that,” he says. “But I think you can expect it to be moving steadily forward.”

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.