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Season 3 begins with Barry – having averted the death of his mother – bringing Eobard back to lớn the present and locking him in a speed-dampening cage. At one point, Eobard yells, “Who’s the villain now, Flash?!” Prescient words, indeed.

In this new version of the present day, Keiynan Lonsdale’s Wally West is Central City’s premier protector, Kid Flash. He gets crime-fighting assistance from his sister, Candice Patton’s Iris. Meanwhile, Carlos Valdes’ Cisco is a billionaire tech genius, & Danielle Panabaker’s Caitlin is an eye doctor for kids. Jesse Martin’s Joe is drinking a lot and getting in trouble at work.

Barry’s memories of the original timeline begin lớn fade, as the new reality begins to lớn become permanent. Barry has something of a moral crisis: he enjoys spending time with the resurrected Nora và Henry Allen (played by Michelle Harrison and John Wesley Shipp, respectively), but he also realises that this version of reality might not be best for the rest of Team Flash. This comes to lớn a head when Wally is mortally wounded in a clash with Edward Clariss (aka The Rival), a new evil speedster played by Todd Lasance.

Just as Eobard predicted, Barry returns khổng lồ The Reverse-Flash’s cell & asks his nemesis lớn go back in time và kill his mother again. Barry believes that this will turn everything back khổng lồ normal, but he’s very wrong about that.


Barry’s attempt at correcting the timeline didn’t work out as he’d hoped. His parents are dead again, but so is Cisco’s brother Dante (played by Nicholas Gonzalez), who was alive in the original timeline. Plus, Joe and Iris are not talking. Và Barry has a new lab partner – Julian Albert, played by Tom Felton – who he doesn’t get along with. Essentially, this new ‘corrected’ timeline sucks.

Barry attempts to lớn go back in time again and make some more changes, but Jay Garrick (Earth-Three’s version of The Flash, who’s also played by John Wesley Shipp) pulls him out of the tốc độ Force and gives him a talking to: Barry has khổng lồ learn lớn live with his mistakes, as the original timeline can never properly be remade.

Jesse (played by Violett Beane) and her dad (Earth-Two’s Harrison ‘Harry’ Wells, played by Tom Cavanagh) return lớn Earth-One. Jesse reveals that she gained speedster powers from the dark matter explosion at the kết thúc of season 2. Wally is jealous, and soon works out that he is having visions of his powered life from Flashpoint timeline, just like Clarris did.

Jesse and Barry work together lớn stop Magenta (Joey King), another repowered Flashpoint villain that the hooded menace Alchemy has restored. Harry decides to support Jesse’s superhero career, & Jesse gets her own speedster costume as a result.

She sticks around to lớn get some training from Barry, và the pair work together again khổng lồ defeat emergent new rogues Mirror Master (Grey Damon) và Top (Ashley Rickards). Barry ends up trapped in a mirror, & Caitlin secretly uses her ice powers khổng lồ get him out. Shortly after this, Caitlin seeks help from her mother – Carla Tannhauser, a scientist played by Susan Walters – about her condition.

Harry returns to lớn his own Earth, and the gang recruits Earth-19’s H.R. Wells as his replacement on the team. This Wells turns out khổng lồ be an tác giả rather than a science genius, và he likes playing with drumsticks. In his first adventure with Team Flash, the gang goes up against a giant hologram of Godzilla-like monster. Barry stops Tom Felton’s Julian from the shooting the person behind this destructive deception, who turns out lớn be a 15-year-old boy. This experience causes Barry và Julian lớn put aside their differences, somewhat.

In episode 6 of the season, there’s lot of confiding: Wally tells Barry about his speedster dreams, and Barry explains to lớn Wally that he was Kid Flash in the Flashpoint timeline. Meanwhile, Caitlin reveals her ice powers khổng lồ Cisco. He then vibes her, and learns that Vibe và Killer Frost will have a proper fight at some point in the future. Barry, later in the episode, explains to lớn Caitlin that her new powers have manifested thanks to Flashpoint.

Alchemy summons Wally, & Team Flash eventually decide on a plan: lớn let Wally meet with Alchemy, so they can determine the villain’s location. Barry và Joe follow Wally with a SWAT team, and they bởi their best khổng lồ confront Alchemy. However, Savitar shows up, enacting his first proper confrontation with the team.

The super-fast Savitar kills the SWAT team và takes Barry away, while Wally is encased in a cocoon by Alchemy. (Savitar và Alchemy are both voiced by Tobin Bell, fact fans!)


Kevin Smith directed episode 7 of the season. It opened with Savitar taking Barry on a beat-down tour of Central City, clearly displaying superior speed and fighting skills. Caitlin & Cisco showed up and attacked Savitar, và the villain fled. However, using her powers has a big downside for Caitlin: now, the Killer Frost side of her personality has taken over.

Killer Frost breaks into the CCPD và interrogates one of Alchemy’s acolytes, seeking a chance khổng lồ confront Alchemy and have him fix her. Meanwhile, Joe breaks Wally out of his cocoon.

Wally now has speedster powers, but they aren’t particularly stable. Caitlin’s personality re-emerges, và it becomes apparent that Wally needs treatment. She concocts a serum khổng lồ stabilise him. Julian – who got caught up in the whole Killer Frost incident – agrees lớn keep Caitlin’s secret, on one condition: Barry resigns from the CCPD. Barry agrees to this.


Then, Team Flash takes part in the huge Invasion crossover sự kiện with Arrow, SupergirlLegends Of Tomorrow. Across four episodes of fun, the assembled heroes of The CW go up against The Dominators, an invading alien species.

In these episodes, everyone learns about Flashpoint. This happens because Barry, many years in the future, sends a message through time khổng lồ Rip Hunter of the Legends: future-Barry told present-day-Rip that Flashpoint had changed the timeline, & the speedster warned the time-traveller not to trust him. Tempers flare in the crossover episode, và Arrow’s John Diggle (David Ramsey) learns that Flashpoint – for some reason – changed the gender of his child.

In the end, everyone just about puts their issues with Barry khổng lồ the side for long enough lớn defeat the invading aliens. Also, in an important piece of housekeeping, Cisco creates a device that will allow Supergirl lớn move between dimensions with less hassle.


After the crossover comes the important Rachel-Talalay-directed episode The Present. In this one, Barry works with Jay to lớn track down và defeat Alchemy. They put the important McGuffin known as the Philosopher’s Stone back into its box, which makes Savitar disappear. They also unmask Alchemy, revealing that Barry’s grumpy former lab partner Julian, who only came into existence after Flashpoint, was the man beneath the mask.

Julian explains that Savitar lured him – using visions of his dead sister – khổng lồ the burial site of the Philosopher’s Stone. This stone allows Savitar khổng lồ take a physical form. Since locating it, Julian has experienced blackouts, during which time he’s acted as Savitar’s lackey, Alchemy.

While the stone is Team Flash’s possession, Savitar encourages Cisco – using visions of his dead brother – to mở cửa the box and allow him back into existence. Caitlin intervenes and Savitar’s precious stone stays inside the box. Savitar remains intangible.

Team Flash finds a way lớn use Julian lớn communicate with Savitar. Tobin Bell’s voice comes out of Tom Felton’s mouth. Savitar displays a keen knowledge of Team Flash, và intones a dark prophecy: one of them will fall, one will betray the others, và one shall suffer a fate worse than death.

Savitar also explains that he is imprisoned because of Barry. He also utters an important-later-on line of dialogue: “I am the future, Flash.” (That comma, as it turns out, is very much optional.)


Jay and Barry decide lớn lob the Philosopher’s Stone into the speed Force, so that Savitar cannot use it again to lớn return to the physical world. They succeed in doing this, but Barry is thrown forward in time as a result. In the final moments of the mid-season finale, Barry witnesses a shocking future event: Savitar stabbing Iris to lớn death.

Barry returns lớn the present. Julian is no longer under Savitar’s control. Wally gets a Kid Flash costume. Barry gets his job back. Jay tells Barry that the future is not set, but Barry – understandably enough – is still shaken by the things he saw in the future.

As well as the death of Iris, Barry also witnessed a future news report, which alludes lớn several things: the villain Plunder going on trial, the Music Meister getting a book deal, Caitlin becoming Killer Frost, the STAR Labs museum closing, và so forth.

Over the next few episodes, Team Flash tries khổng lồ change the outcomes of these events, so they don’t match the news report Barry saw in the future. If they can change small details like this, perhaps they can stop Iris from dying.

For instance: the future news report mentioned that The Flash captured the robber known as Plunder, so when that villain emerges, Barry gets Wally lớn catch him instead. Kid Flash gets the credit, instead of The Flash.


Providing a bit of a distraction from all the morbid discussion of Iris’ impending demise, an Earth-19 bounty hunter named Gypsy (played by Jessica Camacho) arrives and tries to lớn take H.R. Back to lớn his original Earth khổng lồ face trial and execution. (It turns out that inter-dimensional travel is illegal on Earth-19.)

Gypsy has similar powers lớn Cisco, & the two strike up something of a rapport. They also kết thúc up in a fight to lớn the death, when Cisco demands a trial by combat on H.R.’s behalf. Cisco ends up winning, but he stops short of killing Gypsy. H.R. Is allowed to lớn live, but he can never return to lớn his original Earth. Gypsy heads home.

Barry comes up with the idea of training up Wally to lớn defeat Savitar. In the future, it was obvious that Barry wasn’t fast enough khổng lồ stop the stabbing. Perhaps Wally could be. They bởi a lot of training, và they also work together lớn defeat a Metahuman that can decompose people with just a touch.


Jesse comes lớn town again, và explains that her dad has been kidnapped & taken lớn Earth-2’s Gorilla City. Barry – having heard about a gorilla attack on Central đô thị in his vision of the future – sees another opportunity to alter the news reports. Team Flash heads to lớn Gorilla City, & promptly get captured by Grodd (who they dumped there in a previous season).

Grodd wants Barry’s help lớn usurp gorilla overlord known as Solovar. There is a big CGI fight in an arena, which Barry wins. However, Grodd doesn’t keep up his over of the bargain. Instead, he keeps Team Flash hostage & plans an attack on Earth-1.

Barry fakes his own death in order khổng lồ be removed from the cage. This barmy plan succeeds, and the gang escapes back to lớn Earth-1. They believe, because Cisco is now out of his reach, that Grodd cannot xuất hiện a portal to Earth-1. However, Grodd is revealed khổng lồ have a brainwashed Gypsy on his side, và the gorilla invasion of Earth-1 Central city takes place the following week.

Grodd tries lớn mind-control an army general into bombing the city, but Barry stop this plan. & then, in order khổng lồ stop the gorilla invasion, Barry brings Solovar khổng lồ Earth-1 and allows him to defeat Grodd. This plan works, and ARGUS takes Grodd away.

In romantic news: Jesse decides to stay on Earth-1 so she can be with Wally; Julian asks Caitlin on a date; and Barry proposes to lớn Iris, which she accepts.


In episode 15 of the season, a couple of secrets are revealed: Wally explains to Team Flash that he has been having visions of Savitar; also, Caitlin admits that she kept a piece of the Philosopher’s Stone for herself, because she thought it might help remove her powers; và the gang works out that Savitar, who speaks through Julian again in this episode, is trapped in the tốc độ Force.

Sadly, Wally isn’t present for that third revelation, & he doesn’t work out – like the rest of the gang – that throwing the final fragment of the Philosopher’s Stone into the tốc độ Force is exactly what Savitar wants him khổng lồ do. With the full stone, Savitar would be able to lớn escape.

Wally believes that the opposite is true, so he steals Caitlin’s piece of the stone & throws it into the speed Force, hoping to kết thúc Savitar and the visions he’s been suffering. This backfires in spectacular fashion, as Savitar emerges from the speed Force immediately and forces Wally khổng lồ take his place in the grim tốc độ Force prison.

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Barry & Savitar have a brief scuffle. Savitar taunts Barry about Iris’ upcoming death. Barry chops off of one of Savitar’s metal arm blade thingies.


Barry heads into the tốc độ Force in the next episode, opening the door lớn manifold cameos. Robbie Amell’s Ronnie Raymond, Wentworth Miller’s Captain Cold, Teddy Sears’ Hunter Zoloman và Rick Cosnett’s Eddy Thawne all show up, as Barry works his way through the manifold mysteries of the tốc độ Force in order khổng lồ save Wally. These fallen friends and foes explain that Barry must be the one khổng lồ face Savitar – it can’t be Wally that confronts him.

Ultimately, John Wesley Shipp’s Jay Garrick volunteers to lớn take Wally’s place in the speed Force prison. This entrapment entails reliving the worst moments from life: Wally, for example, had to endure the death of his mother countless times. (The exact nature of the speed Force prison hasn’t been explained, but apparently it needs a speedster occupant. It’s been suggested that the prison was originally built for Savitar, by a future version of Team Flash.)

Barry admits to lớn Iris that he proposed to lớn her for a bad reason: because he wanted to change the future. In the future Barry glimpsed, Iris wasn’t wearing a wedding ring. The pair decides lớn spend some time apart following this revelation. This sends Barry into a pretty dark place…


The seventeenth episode of the season is Duet, a crossover with Supergirl, which sees Barry & Melissa Benoist’s Kara Zor-El working through their separate lãng mạn issues through the power nguồn of musical theatre. The episode begins with David Harewood’s Martian Manhunter & Chris Wood’s Mon-El arriving at STAR Labs with a comatose Kara, who was attacked by the Music Meister (played by Darren Criss) at the over of Supergirl season 2 episode 16.

Barry and Kara sing their way through a story of love & woe, in a hallucinated dreamscape created by the Music Meister. John Barrowman’s Malcolm Merlyn, Victor Garber’s Martin Stein & Jeremy Jordan’s Winn Schott all make cameos, because they’re very good at singing.

In the imaginary musical, Barry and Kara encourage Iris and Mon-El to reveal their true feelings and make their secret love known. At the end of the episode, Barry và Kara return lớn the normal world knowing that they need to lớn fix their broken relationships và embrace the loving feelings they have for Iris & Mon-El, respectively. Barry proposes lớn Iris again, and she accepts again.


With his love life sorted out, Barry continues his superhero work. He comes up against David Dastmalchian’s Abra Kadabra, a crook from the far-flung future who uses snazzy giải pháp công nghệ that modern eyes cannot distinguish from magic. Kadabra offers lớn reveal Savitar’s identity lớn Team Flash in exchange for his freedom. Gypsy, who has also being pursuing Kadabra, rejects this idea.

But Joe is desperate to save Iris from her fast-approaching death, so he sets Kadabra free. The villain doesn’t keep his kết thúc of the bargain, though, và he soon tries to build a time machine và escape back khổng lồ the future. The gang succeeds in stopping him, but Caitlin is wounded in the process.

Caitlin refuses to let her Killer Frost persona free, even though that could save her life. Keeping with Caitlin’s wishes, Julian attempts to lớn perform life-saving surgery on her. Julian fails, so he removes Caitlin’s power-suppressing necklace & allows Killer Frost khổng lồ emerge. Her injuries heal rapidly, but Killer Frost gets violent and makes good her escape.


Inspired by the fact that the future-dwelling villain Kadabra knew (or claimed to lớn know) Savitar’s identity, Barry decided to travel forward in time to lớn a point where all of this Savitar nonsense had blown over. He heads to 2024, hoping lớn gain some answers and advice from the future iteration of Team Flash.

However, in 2024, Barry is met with a number of horrible sights: Wally is catatonic, having had his spine shattered by Savitar; Cisco is powerless, having had his hands frozen off by Killer Frost; Iris is dead, and Joe is depressed; Team Flash is no more, & Barry has grown out his fringe in misery.

Present-Barry brings together future-Julian (who works at Iron Heights prison, keeping an eye on Killer Frost), future-Joe & future-H.R., & this reunited version of Team Flash works together to stop future-Mirror-Master và future-Top’s reign of criminal terror. Future-Barry shows up at a vital moment, using a device from future-Cisco lớn save the day.

Despite present-Barry’s efforts khổng lồ make this future a bit less grim, future-Barry refuses to reveal Savitar’s true identity khổng lồ his younger self. However, future-Barry does tell present-Barry to lớn seek out Tracy Brand (played by Anne Dudek). Tracy is a scientist that helped future-Barry create the tốc độ Force trap, which enabled his version of Team Flash khổng lồ trap Savitar in the speed Force after the murder of Iris.

Meanwhile, in the present, Killer Frost meets Savitar. Savitar reveals his identity khổng lồ her (but not khổng lồ the audience just yet), which immediately earns her trust.


Barry returns to lớn the present, hoping that working with Tracy Brand earlier on in the timeline will allow him to lớn trap Savitar quicker. In the original timeline, the speed Force trap was created too late to lớn save Iris, but maybe he can hurry Tracy along và encourage her lớn concoct the trap a whole lot earlier. Work begins on the speed Force trap, and romantic feelings blossom between H.R. And Tracy.

Soon enough, Killer Frost kidnaps Joe’s girlfriend Cecile (played by Danielle Nicolet), and tries lớn trade her for Tracy. Killer Frost’s evil plan fails, và she loses a fight to Cisco. Cecile is saved, và Joe reveals Barry and Wally’s superhero secrets to lớn her. Savitar rescues Killer Frost.

Barry has a eureka moment, and confronts Savitar. Barry has worked out that there’s only one person who could know everything that Team Flash is going to vày before they even bởi it: a future version of himself. His assumptions are right, và Savitar reveals his true identity, even going so far as to quote his line from earlier on in the season (now without the comma): “I am the future Flash.”


Particularly skilled speedsters can create Time Remnants of themselves. The science of this has never been properly explained, but it essentially involves running so fast that there are two versions of the same speedster in the same place at the same time: the original version, & a Time Remnant duplicate. Barry used this skill to defeat Zoom in the season 2 finale, with the Time Remnant of Barry sacrificing his life khổng lồ stop the season 2’s big bad.

At some point between the present day và the future we glimpsed in 2024, Barry would try this same tactic against Savitar: he created numerous Time Remnant copies of himself, & Savitar killed all of them but one. This sole remaining Time Remnant would live on, & get shunned by Team Flash for not being the original Barry.

This rejection would motivate the Time Remnant lớn travel back in time, name himself Savitar, spread the myth that he’s the first speedster, và ultimately terrorise Barry by killing Iris. Barry’s grief would motivate him khổng lồ create the Time Remnants, allowing Savitar khổng lồ be born, and the cycle continues on và on like that forever.

Savitar explains all of this in episode 21, as well as making it clear that he has all of Barry’s memories up until the moment of his creation as a Time Remnant. That’s why he always anticipates Barry’s tactics – because they’re already in his head as memories.

To try và tackle this, Cisco tampers with Barry’s brain, trying to lớn stop him from creating new memories. This backfires, & Barry can’t remember anything. Cisco ultimately undoes the process, & Savitar carries on knowing everything that Barry knows.


Tracy completes the kiến thiết for the speed Force trap, & the plan lớn trap Savitar in the speed Force before he can kill Iris remains in tact. There’s just one hitch, though: the trap requires a power source greater than the sun. The only such nguồn source on Earth is a piece of Dominator tech that ARGUS has locked up with King Shark.

Lyla (Arrow’s ARGUS chief, played by Audrey Marie Anderson) isn’t going to lớn let Team Flash have the power source. So Barry travels back in time, picks up Captain Cold from the heroic age of his life (Legends Of Tomorrow season 1), and plans an elaborate heist. In a surprisingly jovial penultimate episode of the season, Barry & Captain Cold sneak into the ARGUS base (using a piece of face-disguising tech from H.R.’s Earth), scuffle with King Shark, & fail lớn steal the device. Lyla ends up letting them have it. The speed Force trap is now named the speed Force bazooka, và it is fully operational.

However, the speed Force bazooka turns out lớn be completely useless. Savitar renders it so within seconds, using the ‘calcified tốc độ Force energy’ of the Philosopher’s Stone lớn deflect its blasts with ease. Joe’s backup plan of hiding Iris on Earth-2 also backfires, with Savitar easily unfolding the ruse by pretending lớn be normal-Barry for all of five seconds. Wally’s chances of intervening are nullified when Savitar breaks one of his legs. & Cisco is busy fighting Killer Frost, negating a sudden sci-fi solution being found.

It appears to lớn be game over, then, as the penultimate episode of the season draws to lớn a close with Iris being stabbed to lớn death. Barry holds her corpse in his arms, and Iris’ final message plays out in tear-jerking style for the audience’s benefit.


Gotcha! Iris is fine! Using that aforementioned face-disguising piece of technology from H.R.’s Earth, Iris was swapped out for the showdown with Savitar. Iris was safe on a rooftop disguised as H.R., while H.R. Died on the ground disguised as Iris.

Everyone – including his newfound love interest Tracy – was sad lớn see H.R. Go: he was more of an ideas man than a anh hùng for most of his time on The Flash, but here H.R. Made the sacrifice play, and he saved the day when Barry couldn’t.

Barry had no knowledge of H.R.’s secret plan, so Savitar too was oblivious. & now that Iris hasn’t died, Barry won’t be driven to create Time Remnants of himself. Therefore, Savitar will never be born. However, it takes time for changes to lớn the timeline lớn fully take effect (just ask Eobard Thawne), so Savitar continues to exist – for the time being.

Savitar kidnaps Cisco, và tasks the science whiz with modifying the tốc độ Force bazooka into a quantum splicer: this device would disperse Savitar across all of time, saving him from being erased, và essentially making him a god.


Barry tries lớn reach out khổng lồ Savitar, taking his evil Time Remnant clone to STAR Labs and promising to lớn help him avoid nonexistence. Savitar, as you’d expect, is having none of it: he destroys the lab và orders Killer Frost to lớn kill Cisco. Gypsy intervenes & saves him.

Savitar tries to xuất hiện a portal into the speed Force, but black Flash – essentially the Grim Reaper for speedsters – emerges, intent on erasing Savitar. Killer Frost freezes đen Flash.

Savitar then attempts to complete his original survival plan, using the modified speed Force bazooka. But Cisco ignored Savitar’s instructions and made his own alterations, turning the bazooka into a skeleton key instead of a quantum splicer. Freed by Cisco’s tốc độ Force skeleton key, Jay Garrick appears! Along with Barry và Wally (his leg is now fine), Jay helps khổng lồ battle Savitar.

Meanwhile, Cisco và Gypsy engage Killer Frost, & Cisco has a chance to kill her. He doesn’t take it, và instead Cisco offers Killer Frost a cure to her condition, which Julian has developed. Killer Frost doesn’t use the cure, but she does turn on Savitar, walloping him with an ice beam at a crucial moment.

Barry phases into Savitar’s suit & destroys it. He refuses to lớn give into the pain & kill Savitar. Instead, he knocks Savitar out & leaves him on the ground. Savitar gets up moments later, but Iris puts a bullet in his back. Savitar slumps over, dies, và flickers out of existence. Trò chơi over.


However, removing Jay from the tốc độ Force prison to help with the battle against Savitar has lớn have consequences. It was established earlier in the season that the tốc độ Force prison must have a speedster occupant at all times, and, at the close of season 3, a tốc độ Force lightning storm rages across Central City. Barry surmises that it could destroy the city, “or even the world”, if nobody went in there lớn stabilise it.

Barry volunteered himself, & the speed Force took the form of his mother to lớn beckon him in. Barry called this imprisonment his penance and his redemption, following his Flashpoint mistakes.

Barry said his emotional goodbyes to lớn everyone, & he stepped into the speed Force… THE END.

The Flash season 4 airs on The CW in the US starting Tuesday the 10th of October & shortly thereafter on Sky One here in the UK.