Last time we saw Barry Allen, he went back in time to save his mother. We find him three months after the reverse time jump, living with both his parents who are happily in love. It’s a seemingly perfect life. This love-packed season premiere reminded us why we loved The Flash so much. Spoilers ahead.
On The Flash Season 3 Episode 1, Nora Allen is alive. Oh, the joy on Barry’s face.
He’s still working at the precinct, spending his free time at the same café he goes to in each of the timelines he has created. He’s gathering the courage to ask Iris out. All is well in the world.
Except, oh yeah, he has Reverse Flash trapped in a cage, Iris barely remembers him, Cisco is a billionaire, and Caitlin is a pediatric ophthalmologist. Wally West is The Flash now, or rather Kid Flash, trying to stop an even faster and meaner speedster, and Joe is a pathetic man who’s barely talking to his children, and who loves sleeping more than doing his job. Apparently, that’s the world now.
The best past is that Iris knows about Wally and helps him through her job as a reporter, thus forming their own little Team Flash.
But there is a plot twist, obviously.
The more Barry continues living in this alternate timeline, the more his memories of the main timeline are ripped away from him. His speed and his strength are slowly decreasing. He quickly reveals to Iris and the others where he comes from and what his timeline looks like. He then finds a way to work with Iris, Cisco and Caitlin to help Wally in his fight. But after Iris’ little brother is badly injured and isn’t healing as a Flash should, Barry asks Reverse Flash to kill his mother again so he can go back to the original timeline.
Anyone who wasn’t heartbroken by this scene is a monster. When he goes back to Joe’s house, Wally and his father are there, but Iris is nowhere to be found. After asking about her, he discovers that Joe and Iris are estranged. Did somebody ask for the definition of ‘having screwed up’?
Now that you know about the plot, let’s talk about the real star of the episode: the mother ship of all relationships, Westallen.
It’s easy to be really invested. They are perfect. In this alternate timeline, Iris said that since Barry walked into her life, a missing piece of her life fell into place. ALL THE FEELS.
So many iconic moments and lines in forty minutes. The fate of them as a couple is pretty uncertain in the new timeline, but these two will always find their way back to each other. They have to; to restore our faith in true love. They do not have the right to let us down.
The viewers have been racking their brains to try and figure out what Barry messed up badly enough to tear Iris and Joe apart when they have one of the best relationships ever in the original timeline. Normally, we would try and make some guesses as to what happened in the alternate timeline that altered the one he has always known, but we’ve got no clue, and our minds are blank.
Do you have any guesses about what happened? Also, what else could Barry have messed up for the rest of his friends and family?
Watch the trailer for the next episode here, and The Flash continues Tuesday, October 11 at 8/7c on The CW!