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Natalie Abrams
December 05, 2016 AT 11:05 PM EST

Now that Barry Allen and the super friends have defeated the Dominators, Team Flash cannot ignore the looming threat of Savitar in the winter finale of The Flash.

After Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) helped the police and Team Flash set a trap for Doctor Alchemy, an even greater danger appeared in the form of Savitar, the god of motion. Savitar has been the one pulling the strings, imploring his followers to bring about his return. Among those followers is Barry’s former CSI lab partner Julian Albert (Tom Felton), who was revealed to be Doctor Alchemy, presumably as a result of Flashpoint.

With Jay Garrick’s (John Wesley Shipp) help, will Barry (Grant Gustin) and Team Flash be able to stop Savitar and Doctor Alchemy? And what exactly does the evil duo want? “The team is facing getting their first real conversation with Savitar and really getting a handle on what they’re up against this season,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tells EW of the winter finale.

Now in its third season, The Flash has gone big for previous winter finales; season 1 revealed that Harrison (Tom Cavanagh) was the Reverse-Flash, while season 2 introduced the future Kid Flash, Wally West, into the fold. “Our Christmas episode is always very tearful and emotional,” executive producer Greg Berlanti says. “Similarly to Arrow, it sets up the threat of the back half of the year. By the end of it, there’s a whole new ticking clock that the show has.”

Echoing Berlanti, Kreisberg says the winter finale will feature new issues that the heroes have never faced before, as Flashpoint takes a backseat heading into the back half of the season. “So much of the first half of the season has been about Flashpoint and the ramifications of that,” he says. “Events will occur in episode 9 that will change the direction of the show moving forward. They will have a greater idea of what threat Savitar faces, and what they’re truly up against for this season, and how it is going to take all of them to fight it.”

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The Flash‘s winter finale airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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