Oh what a tangled web we weave huh Barry?
When last left everyone’s favourite speedster – although that status could be in danger given how rash he has become of late, his spontaneous, hotheaded decisions causing no end of chaos – he had raced back in time (again), saved – SPOILER ALERT!! – his mum from death at the hands of Zoom (motivated to be fair, in part, by just witnessing his father’s death), and assumed, somewhat erroneously as it turns out, that everything was now well with his world.
Think again Baz.
In fact, the only thing right about the timeline is that his mother is now alive in it; otherwise, everything about his life to this point has been MASSIVELY altered with Cisco (Carlos Valdes) is now the richest man in America, Eobard Thawne (Matt Letscher) is behind bars naming the new timeline as Flashpoint, and Wally West is now Kid Flash.
Not only that but Barry’s surrogate dad, Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) doesn’t know him, and the great love of his life, Iris (Candice Patton) barely know him.
That’s a whole lotta messing around with the timeline and peoples’ lives and you can only hope that, should he able to undo his latest time-meddling blunder – he’s warned in the Comic-Con trailer that he needs to otherwise Bad Things Will Happen – that he’ll have finally learned his lesson.
No doubt things will end up happily – they’ll always seem to in The Flash which is one of the reasons it’s such an appealing show; gritty yes but warm and fuzzy too – but getting to that happy place, and trust me Barry will come to the point where he realises his current happiness is a fabricated illusion, could be real messy.
We find out just how messy when The Flash season 3 premieres on 4 October on CW.