Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Tuesday’s episode of The Flash. Read at your own risk!
Barry Allen really messed up this time.
During Tuesday’s episode of The Flash, the deeper repercussions of Flashpoint came to light as Barry (Grant Gustin) realized not everything had reverted the way it should have. Here are some of the most shocking changes in the new timeline:
- Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Iris (Candice Patton) no longer speak, which came as a result of Joe lying about the fate of Iris’ mother last season.
- Because of that particular change, Barry and Iris subsequently never kissed; he’s essentially kissed her twice now and effectively erased both.
- For the last year, Barry has been working with a new lab partner, Julian Albert (Tom Felton), and they don’t get along.
- Cisco’s brother was killed by a drunk driver, which has caused a divide between Barry and Cisco (Carlos Valdes), who wishes Barry had gone back in time to save Dante.
- The effects spilled over to Arrow: Diggle no longer has a daughter named Sara, but a son named John.
- And here’s one thing that’s the same: The Rival is a Flash nemesis. New big bad Doctor Alchemy found Edward Clariss (Todd Lasance) in this timeline, gave him memories of the Flashpoint timeline, and used the Philosopher’s Stone to turn him into The Rival.
Faced with these overwhelming differences, Barry decided to run back in time and try to fix everything, but Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp) pulled him out to explain that every time Barry goes back in time, it breaks the timeline, and he’ll never fix it entirely. Now he needs to decide what kind of hero he’ll be: Take a do-over every time he makes a mistake? Or live with the consequences of his actions?
Barry’s going for the latter, which means we’re stuck in the darkest timeline for at least a while longer. At least Iris gets everyone to put their differences aside, especially when Barry needs help saving from the Rival and Doctor Alchemy, who reveals he’s preparing this world by helping people achieve their true potential — essentially giving everyone from Flashpoint their powers back. In fact, it’s Cisco, who has control of his powers here, who helps Barry defeat The Rival. Maybe the darkest timeline isn’t so bad after all! Well, that all depends on what Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) plans to do with her newly discovered, and so far hidden, Killer Frost powers. Twist!
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.