Iris survives, but that doesn’t mean it’s happily ever after for WestAllen.
This episode of The Flash opens how it left off– with Barry clutching Iris’s lifeless body and Joe collapsing to the floor at the sight of it. Except it turns out it’s not Iris, it’s H.R. disguised as her. In a noble move, he took the fall, citing the fact that he led Savitar to Iris and it was his responsibility to take care of it. With his dying breath, he tells Barry to go get Savitar.
Iris, Barry, and Joe run to Star Labs and check the future paper– Iris’s name has been restored to the byline. Never missing a beat, Savitar realizes that Iris isn’t dead, and he, Killer Frost, and Cisco note that the future is changing. Part of the future changing? The time paradox catching up to the villain. Muaha. *Twists imaginary mustache*
But, you know, then there’s that whole other thing where he reveals to Cisco that he set Tracy up to build the bazooka because it will be useful to him. So, perhaps we’re not as out of the woods as we thought.Regardless, Barry tries to appeal to his evil Time Remnant. He says he wants to “help” him and get him to come to Star Labs. He recalls his favorite memory of his parents and asks Savitar to name the town it took place in. He does, and tells Savitar that he (Barry) is still somewhere in there.
As it turns out, Savitar does go with Barry to Star Labs and the reception is not exactly… friendly. But, honestly who could blame them? Despite Joe and Julian being skeptical, Iris asks Savitar to let her help him and caresses his burnt face. So, um. That happened. Earth-2 Harrison Wells tries to get Tracy to help the team because they’re “good people” despite H.R. being gone. Tells her that when the moment came, H.R. didn’t run. She looks affected.
Yet again, Iris is showing pity towards a brooding Savitar and it’s honestly way too sick and twisted to be palatable. She plays too nice in order to get him to reveal where he’s keeping Killer Frost and Cisco, which he doesn’t confess anyhow. Despite Iris and Barry’s sensitivity towards Savitar being a ruse or not, this entire plot point of Barry’s Time Remnant being Iris’ attempted murderer will never, ever work for me.
Anyway, Star Labs nearly blows and everyone gets out including Savitar who goes to where Killer Frost and Cisco are, citing that it’s time to use the bazooka which Cisco has apparently kicked into gear.
Cisco, being the genius he is, outsmarts Savitar and instead of letting him manipulate the Speed Force, he makes it so that the bazooka opens the Speed Force so that Jay Garrick can get through. Huzzah! Cisco and Killer Frost nearly come head to head but Cisco refuses to fight her, instead he gives her the cure so that she can turn back into Caitlin. Before taking it, Killer Frost steps in to save Cisco from Savitar.
Barry, in Savitar’s suit, nearly has the evil Time Remnant exactly where he wants him. He begs Barry to kill him, because then he’ll win. But Barry refuses. Shakes off the suit. And tells him he’ll never let the darkness consume him like that. He does knock him out, though. Or, at least he thinks he does until he turns to go towards his pals and Savitar gets up to go after him. Except he doesn’t get far because Iris shoots him. Dead on the ground, Savitar disintegrates.
When the dust settles, the team has a funeral for H.R. and even Killer Frost shows up. Who is a whole lot more like Caitlin than the killer, but who declares she’s neither identity. She gives Julian, Cisco, and Barry the cure back and says she needs to figure out who she is.Back at the apartment, Barry and Iris celebrate the fact that they can finally enjoy being engaged. Barry even one ups Iris and sends their save-the-date cards out before she can finish telling him that she had them made. They kiss and everything is going swimmingly, until the ground starts to shake and Central City begins to crumble around them.
The couple head to Star Labs where the team has congregated. They come to conclusion that an earthquake hasn’t hit. Rather, the Speed Force is bleeding energy into their world because it no longer holds Avitar and will ultimately destroy the city and possibly the earth if balance is not restored. In the first selfless move of the entire season, Barry sacrifices himself to the Speed Force. He explains that this is his doing (Flashpoint and all) and that he accepts this fate. He bids each person dear to him a heartfelt goodbye, including an understandably distraught Iris who he encourages to really live. He also thanks Joe for all that he’s done with him and hands The Flash mantle down to Wally. I have to hand it to him, the dude really covered all his bases.
Ultimately, we’re left with Barry walking into the Speed Force hand in hand with Speed Force-Nora as Iris watches on in disbelief. Season 4 is going to be something, buh?
HollywoodLifers, how do you feel about Barry entering the Speed Force?