Fans of The Flash are looking forward to the Season Three premiere, mostly believing that they know more or less what it has in store.
At the end of Wednesday's Season Two finale, Barry Allen traveled back in time and saved his mother from being murdered by the Reverse-Flash, effectively setting into motion a time paradox that made the Season One version of himself, standing by to attempt the same feat, vanish from existence.
And comic book readers (or even just those who watch the DC Universe animated films) think they know what's next: Flashpoint.
Released in 2011, Flashpoint is a five-issue miniseries in which Barry Allen wakes up in a horrifying alternate timeline filled with dark, twisted versions of the heroes and villains he knows. The world is at the brink of annihilation as Aquaman and Wonder Woman stage a war that pits their nations against one another with everyday humans trapped in between. And in order to stop all of it, Barry has to discover what altered the past to create this terrible future, and then restore his powers so that he can travel back to change it.
Sadly, Barry eventually learned that it was his own carelessness -- he had traveled back in time to save his mother, and the ripple effect of changing a fixed moment in time that was decades old shattered reality.
The story was later adapted for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, an animated feature film.
During an appearance at MegaCon this weekend, The Flash's Carlos Valdes was asked about the notion of exploring the world of Flashpoint in the upcoming season.
"I think there's every chance of a Flashpoint paradox," Valdes said. "Some people expressed reservation about that -- why are we going there? -- but then some people were all about it. I think I can say this without a doubt: wherever we go from here, it's going to be unique and it's going to be different and it's going to honor the original chronology and the original lore while at the same time, writing a new spin on it. I think it's that spirit that's allowed our shows to do as well as they do, so I ask the fandom to have faith."
You can see the video above. The Flash returns in the fall, with re-runs airing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays on The CW.