Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the four-way CW superhero crossover. Read at your own risk!
Barry Allen, what did you do?!
Just when fans of The Flash thought the repercussions of Flashpoint had reached an apex with reveal of villains Doctor Alchemy and Savitar, the true consequences of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) tinkering with time were unveiled.
During the crossover between The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, it was revealed that the Dominators had a decades-long truce with planet Earth that Barry essentially broke by creating the Flashpoint timeline. Ultimately, the Dominators wanted Barry to surrender himself or the aliens would release a bomb over Earth that would target all metahumans.
The invasion was all Barry’s fault, but the repercussions of Flashpoint are not over just yet. According to executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, Iris’ (Candice Patton) byline no longer being on the future newspaper will have “further complications” down the line, and there’s also the impending arrival of another husk villain, who was created by Alchemy, that the heroes will have to deal with.
When asked directly whether we’ll find out that other characters on other shows, besides Arrow‘s John Diggle (David Ramsey), have been affected by Flashpoint, Kreisberg declines to answer. But executive producer Marc Guggenheim teases that we’ll get a taste of Flashpoint during Arrow‘s winter finale. “There’s a fair amount of discussion about Flashpoint, given the fact that essentially the crossover outed Flashpoint to the Arrow characters who weren’t Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards],” Guggenheim says. “And they deal with — I think in some humorous ways, actually — some of the ramifications. For example, I think Curtis [Echo Kellum] is concerned that maybe he was straight originally, as one example.”
The rest of the heroes discovered the truth about Flashpoint during the crossover thanks to an audio recording that future Barry sent to MIA Legends character Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) basically admitting to changing everyone’s lives, and that no one, not even himself, can be trusted in the future. While the team comes to forgive Barry by crossover’s end, Flashpoint may not be the only reason that Barry left that message. When asked directly if the message could relate to more changes made by Barry in the future, Kreisberg is coy. “The message from the future relates to Flashpoint, but it also may relate to something else coming up,” he says.
As for why The Flash spent so little time in the Flashpoint universe, which was only featured in the season 3 premiere, Kreisberg says there was initially discussion about spending more time there. “We talked about never going back, we talked about it being two episodes, we talked about it being five episodes,” Kreisberg says. “There was some input from the studio and the network wanting to make sure that we weren’t upending our show in a jump-the-shark kind of way. Ultimately for us as storytellers, it was the right decision to have that one episode be It’s a Wonderful Life, but then I think people thought that, ‘Oh, it’s over with,’ and yet obviously the ramifications of him having done it will reverberate throughout not just Flash, but the other series forever. Dig has a son now. Sara’s gone.”
“We definitely discussed doing it different ways,” Kreisberg continues. “The closest we came to doing something other than what we did was having it be two episodes, and the second episode just felt like it ran out of steam. The resolution with the parents didn’t happen in one, it would happen in two, and it just felt like we were just putting things off that we wanted to get to, but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of it. Just because we didn’t do it all in the beginning doesn’t mean it’s gone forever.”
But by the winter finale, Flashpoint will take a backseat to a new storyline driving the second half of the season. “The midseason finale, episode 9, kind of creates a new problem for our heroes that they weren’t anticipating, something that they’ve never faced before,” Kreisberg says. “It’s so big, we’re actually considering changing the saga sell, [the opening intro], from talking about Flashpoint to talking about that, because that’s really what’s driving the episodes for the rest of the season. Flashpoint won’t loom as large as the challenge that presents itself in 309.”
On the bright side, the Flashpoint reveal may have at first damaged the relationship between Barry and Cisco (Carlos Valdes), but the events of Invasion have healed their friendship. “Based on Episode 7 of Flash, Cisco and Barry were probably at their lowest point, because Cisco learned that Dante died in the Flashpoint conundrum, to suddenly make it a Big Bang Theory title,” Kreisberg says. “But their friendship has been renewed through the course of these episodes. So when we come back in Episode 9, Team Flash is in a really good place and strong again, which they need to be, because they’re going to confront Savitar in Episode 9.”
The Flash‘s winter finale will air Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.