*Spoilers below for season 3 episode 16 of The Flash*
Tonight’s episode of The Flash really set the tone for the remainder of the season. With the Speed Force manifesting itself as people who have either sacrificed themselves for the greater good, we saw some faces resurface from previous seasons. Eddie Thawne, Ronnie Raymond, and Leonard Snart were the perfect characters for the Speed Force to channel through because each of them made the ultimate sacrifice for the better of the world outside of themselves. Barry has been so preoccupied with saving Iris that it’s almost become selfish. This selfishness peaked last week when we learned he proposed to Iris with the sole intent of trying to change the future. Eddie and Ronnie both gave their lives in the moment because they knew it was the right thing to do, despite their futures being ripped away from them. It took this for Barry to open his eyes and stop trying to reshape the future, but instead embracing it, as he told Iris at the end of the episode. Now, we will see how he prepares to take on Savitar when the day of Iris’ potential death arrives.
It’s a good thing Barry is taking responsibility now, because Wally is in no position to be trying to stop Savitar. For his time in the Speed Force, he was endlessly watching his mother on her death bed. Barry stated that Kid Flash isn’t in any shape to be back out in the field, as he is more than likely still haunted by his experience. It will be interesting to see how this affects him going forward.
Something that came as a surprise was Jay Garrick showing up in the Speed Force, sacrificing himself to allow Barry and Wally to both leave the Speed Force. This definitely added to Barry’s lesson of self-sacrifice and what he needs to do in order to defeat Savitar. He needs to stop trying to change the future and prepare for the moment when it comes. Jay learned of Barry’s entering the Speed Force and went in to ensure that he and Wally could get out and stop Savitar. Hopefully this journey has woken Barry up to the fact that all of his choices to tamper with the timeline have consequences and from here he will allow events to unfold how they may, regardless of how the outcomes may affect him.
As a side note for episode 16, it was cool to see the Time Wraith and Black Flash come back for a short while. Also, seeing as Jay Garrick is referred to as the “Golden Age Flash”, it was a nice nod to hear the Speed Force (through Snart) ask him if he was growing slow in his golden age.
Thanks to Jesse, the team now knows Savitar is not the god he claims to be, but a man. The focus, which will probably aid in defeating him, will most likely be finding out who Savitar is underneath the costume. As reported earlier, it will be someone that we are not expecting so we’re in for a treat as his identity becomes uncovered. Be sure to stay tuned for updates on all things The Flash!
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