What the Flash Season Finale Means for the Arrowverse

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Wow. Okay. That was big. SO, for many of you who watched the Flash last night, what happened may not mean all that much to you. It seems to be just another interesting season finale cliffhanger, but it’s so much more than that. In the interest of spoilers I recommend not going further, because seriously, its BIG. Like Hold the Door big (although lacking in both artistic and emotional strength).

Flashpoint is coming


IT HAPPENED!!!!!!! Ever since the pilot we’ve been teased about Flashpoint, like that it had already happened. After all, this version of The Flash is heavily influenced by New 52, so it would make sense that Flashpoint had already happened. We had also assumed that at the end of season 1, when Barry first tried to go back and save his mother, that the white sigil flash had done the same thing before, and succeed, and therefore warned him not to do it. I think we all assumed that this Barry was only a few months older than our Barry, but it’s obvious now that it’s not the case at all. So to understand what this means (Barry saving his mother), we have to explore what the original comic book event was about

So what is Flashpoint

So here’s the wikipedia quote on it:

“Barry Allen wakes up to discover everything and everyone around him has changed. Captain Cold is Central City’s greatest hero; his mother Nora (deceased in his own timeline) is alive; his father, Henry, died of a heart attack three years ago (instead of in prison); and that the Flash, the Justice League, and even Superman do not exist. In Gotham City, Batman throws a criminal off a building before being confronted by Cyborg. Cyborg and Batman have a conference with a group of superheroes to discuss how the battle between Aquaman’s Atlanteans and Wonder Woman’s Amazons has caused massive death and destruction in Western Europe (sunk by the Atlanteans, except for the British Isles, which were conquered by the Amazons), with America similarly endangered. The heroes cannot cooperate to find a solution, and the meeting is disbanded. Barry Allen drives to the Batcave where Batman, who is revealed to be Thomas Wayne, attacks him—his son, Bruce, has died in his and his wife’s place in this timeline”

So what causes this massive realignment? Barry goes back in time to stop Reverse-Flash from killing his mother.

What it could mean?


So, it’s possible that this could be a self contained adventure, that Barry spends the next few episodes reversing what horrible damage he’s done, but the writers have an opportunity to do something awesome that’s never been done before on TV. They could have this affect every one of their TV properties. This could serve effectively as a soft reboot for Arrow, allow a way to bring back Captain Cold, and after he fixed everything, could merge the Arrowverse Earth-1 and Supergirl’s Earth-whatever number she’s on (this is how the New 52 universe was created. Barry merge three existing worlds together to create the new one).

I don’t know if they’re going to be this bold, but lets be honest, Arrow has gotten stale. I loved the series when it first started, but both the characters and the plots are becoming boring and full of soap opera level action. I mean, I know it’s a soap at it’s core (it’s on the CW after all), but seasons one and two had the good fortune of hiding that fact. Now however….

I’m excited for the possibilities of seeing an entire universe change. It’ll be great scifi fun. What do y’all think? Sound off in the comments.

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