It really happened. They did it. “They” being the writers of the hit CW show The Flash. Of course, “they” could also refer to the various characters in the series, who all have their role to play in what may be Team Flash’s biggest failure – The Death of Iris West.
We have a few things to talk about today before the season finale on Tuesday, aside from Iris’ death. The last episode of The Flash – “Infantino Street” – also featured the enjoyable return of Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold. Cold was plucked from the timestream by Barry, before Leonard Snart’s heroic sacrifice in the first season of Legends of Tomorrow, which allowed for more of the great dynamic between Barry and Snart. A dynamic which is arguably one of the most unique hero/villain relationships in comics, a relationship perfectly defined by Snart during their team-up to steal the Dominator power source – needed to power the Speed Force Bazooka – from ARGUS:
“You see the good in me. I see the bad in you.”
His words strike hard in this episode, as Barry is obviously dealing with the potential bad inside himself, personified by his future time remnant Savitar. We learn a little more about Savitar’s determination to bring his fated self to reality as he pushes Killer Frost further away from Caitlin Snow, driving her towards the confrontation with Vibe. we first saw this fated confrontation many episodes ago, during one of Cisco’s vibes. This is a battle both of them have seen coming for weeks, highlighting this season’s self-fulfilling prophecies.
We are no strangers to prophecies this season, as Savitar himself – speaking through Julian – dropped a doozy of one earlier in the season:
“One shall betray you, one shall fall, one will suffer a fate far worse than death.”
This prophecy can be interpreted in a number of ways. “One shall betray you…” could refer to both Caitlin’s transformation into Killer Frost or HR’s “accidental” blunder that revealed the location of Iris West to Savitar. “One will fall…” seems to obviously focus on the death of Iris, or even a nod to Barry’s fall from grace after Iris’ death, which we saw in 2024. “One will suffer a fate far worse than death…” seems to refer to Savitar himself, trapped in the Speed Force by Barry for ‘eternity.’ Of course, it could also be a reference to Wally and his condition in 2024, which we got a taste of after Savitar broke his leg when he abducted Iris, or even Joe having to suffer the loss of a child.
We also saw another form of prophecies from the future in the form of the headlines Barry witnessed the first time he ran into the future and witnessed the death of Iris. Team Flash thought that by changing those headlines they might change the future enough to save Iris, though that soon proved to be impossible. It was from this line of thinking that we witnessed the biggest self-fulfilling prophecy, and it comes from Iris’s eventual acceptance of her fate at the hands of Savitar, which we clearly see in the video she left for Barry, just in case…
Earlier this season Barry proposed to Iris in an effort to subtly change the future by placing a ring on Iris’ finger, something he noticed wasn’t on Iris’ finger when she is killed in the future. So while Iris, Wally and Joe hide out on Earth 2, Iris – of her own volition – takes off the ring and gives it to Joe to return to Barry. Such a small act with huge consequences, as Savitar soon shows up and takes Iris. All the work Team Flash put into changing some of the events that brought about her death, and Iris practically guarantees it was all for naught.
Of course, there is one episode left of the Flash, and as we all know, sometimes things just are never as they seem. We seem to be missing a moment from an earlier sizzle reel that saw Iris and Savitar interacting outside of his armor – with Iris touching his scarred face – so it stands to reason we have more to learn about the time Iris spends with Savitar prior to her death. We’ve also seen pictures that show Savitar out of costume at STAR labs with Barry and Team Flash, so there has to be a lot more to come in this final episode of The Flash.
Time for Flash Facts, a few other thoughts from the episode:
- Why not hide Iris at ARGUS with the power dampener to remove Savitar’s speed from the battle? Seems like a much better solution than trying to trap Savitar in an experimental prison he’s already busted out of in the future.
- They proved how to effectively use King Shark without really using King Shark, though he won’t be too happy about the loss of his hand.
- Where was Julian this whole episode? Are we going to see the return of Alchemy this season?
- HR’s facial tech is put into action again to disguise Barry as Lyla in their raid on ARGUS. Could the same tech be used to pull a switch with Iris and another willing victim – maybe HR himself?
- I could watch Barry and Snart team up over and over again as Grant Gustin and Wentworth Miller have a great rapport, especially with Barry stripped of his powers.
GEEK Grade: A
Check out the promo for the final episode of the season – “Finish Line”
The Flash airs next Tuesday at 8/7c on The CW.
Images: The CW
Story by Andrew Kreisberg
Teleplay by Grainne Godfree
Directed by Michael Allowitz