After months of speculation and lots of chatter about the implications of the show's title character mucking with the timestream, The CW has finally released the synopsis for "Flashpoint," the season three premiere of The Flash.
In the comics, Flashpoint was the name of a crossover "event" miniseries in which Barry Allen's attempt to save his mother's life resulted in a mangled timestream where the world teetered on the brink of armageddon. "Ripples in the pool" of time even reverberated backwards to impact events like Superman's landing on Earth (he was found by the government and hidden from the sun in a cell) and the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne (instead, they survived the loss of their son).
In the TV series, the changes will be more localized to Barry -- but that doesn't mean they aren't significant.
"Barry doesn't have any regrets at this point. Barry's been in this timeline for a few months when we start 'Flashpoint,'" series star Grant Gustin told ComicBook.com at Comic Con International: San Diego in July. "He's still living in a complete state of bliss with both of his parents alive. There's a Kid Flash running around as The Flash, so Barry doesn't have to be The Flash and he's okay with that. He still has his powers, but he's starting to forget the other timeline. He's got new memories that are emerging, like graduating high school or college or moments with his parents, and they're replacing old memories. And I think it's when he starts to realize that's happening, that's when he starts to realize how selfish this kind of was, how messed up it was. It's affecting not only him and his family's life, but everybody connected to him and -- who knows? -- countless people across the globe potentially. So the incredibly indecisive Barry Allen is going to try to fix things again once he realizes how much this has affected everyone's life."
You can check the episode synopsis out below.
WHAT WOULD YOU SACRIFICE TO HAVE EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER WANTED? — Barry (Grant Gustin) is living his dream life – his parents are alive, he’s asked Iris West (Candice Patton) on a date and he can finally be a normal guy as Central City has another speedster, Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale), running around saving the city. When Barry starts forgetting parts of his old life, the Reverse Flash (guest star Matt Letscher) taunts his nemesis and tells him that there will be serious repercussions for Barry and the ones he loves if he continues to live in this alternate universe. In addition to losing his memories, his powers will also start to fade. When disaster strikes, Barry must decide if he wants to continue to live in this world as Barry Allen or return to his universe as The Flash.
The Flash season three premiere, "Flashpoint," will air on October 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
Jesse Warn directed the episode, with story by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, and a teleplay by Brooke Roberts.