Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the winter finale of The Flash. Read at your own risk!
Savitar took on triple the speedsters during The Flash‘s winter finale — and yet, the god of motion still came out on top, revealing his true intentions and leaving Team Flash with a scary prophecy that has put a ticking clock on the rest of the season.
Savitar has come to Earth because Barry’s (Grant Gustin) power poses a threat to him. It turns out, Savitar was the first human to be granted the power of super speed, and over time he became the god of motion. Whenever Savitar comes to an Earth, he enlists an acolyte to prepare for his arrival, which is why he called out to Julian (Tom Felton) to find the Philosopher’s Stone. In addition to turning humans into metas, the Stone helps Savitar possess Doctor Alchemy — hence, Julian didn’t actually know he was the masked villain.
After a scary run-in between speedsters, during which Cisco (Carlos Valdes) believes he can resurrect his late brother Dante (Nicholas Gonzalez), the team links Julian’s mind to the Stone, speaking directly with Savitar. The god of motion reveals that a future version of Barry took everything from him, trapping him in eternity. In turn, Savitar reveals a grim look at Team Flash’s future:
“One shall betray you, one shall fall, one will suffer a fate far worse than death.”
Believing he can prevent that future, Barry throws the box deep into the speed force, hoping to get rid of Savitar once and for all, but the speed force bounces back on Barry, sending him into the future, where he witnesses Savitar kill Iris (Candice Patton) — hence why Iris’ name was no longer on the future newspaper.
Barry’s first ever trip to the future, which takes place exactly five months from now, may give viewers a hint as to which members of Team Flash will fulfill the prophecy. If Iris is the one who will fall, then that leaves the one who will betray Barry and the one who will suffer a fate far worse than death. (Guesses in the comments!) However, Jay (John Wesley Shipp) explains that the future isn’t written yet and can change. But will Barry’s actions in trying to change the future make it come true anyway? After all, Barry essentially trapped Savitar in eternity by throwing the stone into the speed force, so he’s basically set this future in motion. Only time will tell if Barry can save Iris.
The Flash will return in 2017.