The CW’s The Flash is getting ready to take a dive into its version of the Flashpoint universe, but fans shouldn’t get too comfortable with the new timeline. Star Grant Gustin has confirmed that the move is a temporary one.
"[Season 3] is pretty Flashpoint focused right now, which I think we are going to see the repercussions coming out of Flashpoint," Gustin told director Kevin Smith during an interview for IMDB. "There will be ramifications all season long from Flashpoint.
"I think we can state... Flashpoint does not last all season long, but there are permanent ramifications."
The idea of Barry Allen just not being able to help himself when it comes to altering timelines has become a meme in the show's offseason. Gustin took the opportunity to explain what he feels were Barry’s motivations for altering the timeline.
"People were like, 'Why did he do that?' And I think that he wasn't going to do that, but I think that sitting on that porch, having just defeated Zoom, Iris says to Barry what he's always wanted to hear, and he feels empty inside," Gustin explains. "That was the moment... As selfish as it was that Barry wanted his parents, I think it's more about 'these two speedsters took away their life because of me and they deserve to have a chance at life. I can't do this, I need to give them that chance.'"
The Flash will return with the Season 3 premiere episode, titled “Flashpoint,” on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.