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Arrow, The Flash, and More Go Lego to Promote Lego Batman

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A whole bunch of Warner Bros. TV shows have been bricked in order to help promote the upcoming LEGO Batman Movie.

On February 6, Warner Bros. revealed a series of Lego-inspired billboards advertising some of the studio’s biggest shows — Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, The Big Bang Theory, Mom, 2 Broke Girls, Gotham, and The Middle all got the Lego treatment. Warner Bros. said in a press release that over 10,000 Lego bricks were used to create the whimsical posters.

And because banners alone are not enough, there’s video fun to be had as well. A short animated video came out as well, featuring Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) interacting with some of The CW’s own superheroes. Batman, it turns out, isn’t so impressed by the Flash, the Green Arrow, Supergirl, or Atom (each voiced by their TV actors Grant Gustin, Stephen Amell, Melissa Benoist, and Brandon Routh, respectively).

More Batman and more Lego will be seen between February 6 and 8, when Batman will be crashing through the Berlanti Productions logo at the end of episodes of Supergirl, The Flash, and Arrow.

All of this is leading up to the theatrical release of The Lego Batman Movie on Friday, February 10.

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CW Renews Arrow, Supernatural, The Flash and More

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The CW chose not to make fans wait when it came to seven of its shows.

On Sunday, January 8, CW president Mark Pedowitz announced the renewals during the Television Critics Association press tour. Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Supernatural, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Jane the Virgin were all renewed for the 2017-2018 season.

All are veteran shows. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow will be coming back for their third seasons. The Flash and Jane the Virgin, meanwhile, will return for season 4 next year. Arrow, which started the network’s superhero trend, was renewed for season 6, while perennial favorite Supernatural will return for an incredible 13th season in the fall.

Not every CW program got the good news. None of the network’s new shows from 2016-2017 — Frequency, No Tomorrow, Riverdale — have scored renewals yet, while the spring’s returning programs — The 100, iZombie, The Originals — will have to wait as well.

“Early pickups of these seven series now allow our producers to plan ahead for next season and gives us a solid base to build on for next season, with original scripted series to roll out all year long,” Pedowitz told television critics of the choice to renew so many shows so early.

CW Crossover Video: Watch the Arrow-The Flash-Supergirl-Legends Team-Up Trailer

There’s something new to be thankful for this Thanksgiving — The CW has released the trailer for its upcoming four-way crossover event: “Heroes vs. Aliens.”

Characters from Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow will all work together to fight against an alien invasion in the four episodes making up the crossover. Considering that the plot seems to involve aliens — ominously called Dominators — invading Earth and causing all sorts of trouble, it may take every character in the CW’s comic-book universe to save the day.

What’s the plot of this series of episodes? Honestly, I’m not entirely sure. But who cares when all sorts of fun characters get to interact — Supergirl‘s Kara and Legends‘ Heatwave are a highlight in the trailer.

The CW crossover event starts Monday, November 28 with that week’s episode of Supergirl and continues on over the next few days.

Meet the New Guy: Tom Felton Talks The Flash Season 3

The Flash season 3 introduced a new character in Tuesday’s episode — Tom Felton’s Julian Albert. Much to the dismay of a very confused Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), the CSI expert seems like he’s not going anywhere.

But this is good news for fans of Felton, best known for playing Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies. The actor spoke about his new role — and what we can expect going forward — while at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con back in July. Watch his interview video below.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8pm on The CW.

The Flash Season 3 Premiere: 5 Quotes That Need Payoff This Season

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The Flash season 3 premiere ended with a giant question mark, as we are left to guess what has changed in the wake of Barry turning back time. While Flashpoint opens up all sorts of wild new plot opportunities for the show to explore, I hope that they take a few moments to remember to give a proper payoff to these plot threads that they previously set up.

“Suit or no suit that guy is a hero.” (Iris West)

“You don’t need a suit to be a hero” is a theme that has been touched upon in The Flash but not really explored as much as I’d like. The fact is that at the moment, there are more heroes in the show who do NOT wear suits (at least at present) than ones that do. Iris, as a reporter shining light on crime and corruption in the city, is heroic. Though we don’t see it nearly often enough, Joe’s work as a detective is heroic. Wells, Cisco and Caitlin are heroic when they do what is necessary to help the Flash.

Of course, the show has touched upon this theme on occasion. However, it is something that I think they would do well to highlight more significantly in the future. I always enjoy when any Superman series focuses on Clark’s ability to make a change as Clark Kent, a reporter for the Daily Planet. That you don’t need a cape – or a leather suit – to be a hero is a vital lesson in any superhero story.

Barry has a legion of supporting characters who aren’t superheroes (or aren’t superheroes yet). I would love to see an episode where the Flash is running around doing his thing, but the actual focus is on the ways the non-powered people in his life are also being true — if unsung — heroes. While we’ve had snippets, I would like the occasional spotlight.

“[H]e can do no wrong. And yet, they never fail to remind me that I can do no right.” (Cisco Ramon)

Cisco is one of the most interesting characters in the show to me, in the way he broke out of a rather bland and forgettable role as comic relief early on to become one of the best parts of the series.

At this point in the show, it’s hard to argue that Cisco doesn’t deserve a little love. He’s been a strong, steadfast friend to Barry and the rest of the team. He injects a little much-needed humor into every situation. And he has occasionally provided the pragmatic viewpoint that helps keep the team grounded. He has been, in his unwavering support and inventiveness, a true hero, but he likely doesn’t think of himself as one.

In the last season, Cisco has started to embrace his powers, which have even helped the team a time or two. He has also begun to mend the rift with his brother, extending an olive branch that I personally would prefer to use to beat some sense into Dante. And, of course, as part of Flash’s support system, he’s usually out of the spotlight.

For all the good he’s done, I think Cisco still thinks of himself as the less-favored brother. Moreover, I suspect he doesn’t see himself as a hero. This year, I would love to see him realize that he is a hero, even if he isn’t the one in the spotlight. Even if Cisco didn’t have his powers, his heart, along with his desire and ability to do whatever he can to help, make him a hero – and certainly make him the kind of son of whom any parent should be proud.

Also, get that man a girlfriend. Let’s be honest: he’s a hell of a catch.

“If Dr. Wells is who you say he is, then everything I’ve done since I’ve set foot in S.T.A.R. Labs has been a lie.” (Caitlin Snow)

It always annoyed me that Caitlin didn’t get a payoff to this line in the first season. After everything that happened in the last two years, it is even more important that the sentiment behind this line be addressed.

Everyone close to the Flash has had trials and tribulations in the past two years, and certainly Caitlin has faced her fair share. From the beginning, it was established that the life she was living was not the life she would have chosen, once upon a time. Losing Ronnie and facing Jay’s betrayal had to be bitter blows.

She has been more than one villain’s pawn, and her trust in the wrong person cost her a promising career and the man she loved. The show tried to sweep the latter under the rug last season, in her inexplicable and poorly developed romance with Jay. It’s time for the show to face these things head-on, and for them to give Caitlin’s character the respect of a proper payoff (and perhaps even character growth) for the things she’s been put through.

“[E]verything that’s happened to me the past few days is the best story I can never write.” (Linda Park)

For two years, fans have been clamoring for the show to give more highlight to Iris’s role as a reporter. As I’ve explored in other articles, she can play a key role in a story like The Flash, and as a reporter, she’s a hero in her own right.

But in a superhero story like this, being a reporter is a double-edged sword. True, her stories can help expose crime and corruption, every city’s more everyday (but in their own way, no less dangerous) villains. She can also continue to give the city hope in heroes like the Flash, giving them someone to look up to, to trust, to admire. It was, after all, what got her into reporting in the first place.

That said, she is no longer a reporter on the sideline, an outsider looking in. She not only knows the Flash’s identity, but she loves him. She knows his secrets, and she wants to protect him. Sometimes that will be at odds with the stories she needs to tell.

This push-and-pull was touched upon in the second season, when Scott wanted her to write a negative article about the Flash. She refused to do it then, but this will not be the last time she will be faced with such a task. She will also likely face moments in the future when she is privy to information that the people would feel they have a right – or even need – to know, but exposing it could put the man she loves at risk.

Seeing her struggle with her own dual identity, as the woman in love with Barry (and thus the Flash) and as a reporter, would be fascinating to watch. After all, heroes are defined by the way they respond to adversity, and Iris is a hero in her own right. Just as Barry has to balance his private life with his life as the Flash, so too does Iris have to balance her need to reveal the truth with protecting the man she loves.

“If Zoom finds out who you care for, who you love, who you live for, he’ll take them from you.” (Harry)

Talk about a line that had no payoff! Harrison Wells gave Barry this rather dire prediction last year, but it never came to pass, outside of a dream sequence. True, Zoom ended up using Wally to steal the Flash’s speed, and he did kidnap Caitlin. However, his motivations for kidnapping Caitlin were unequivocally to suit his own needs, his own desire for her. And was Wally the best way to pay off this line? I don’t think so, given that Barry and Wally were not terribly close at the time this happened.

Every superhero story has dealt with the question of how heroes keep the people they love safe. Everyone in Barry’s life has been endangered at one point or another because of their closeness to the speedster. However, there is certainly more depth to this plot than has been explored in the past. Just as I would like to see an episode focused on the team’s heroism, I would also love to see a sustained threat against the people closest to the Flash. I would love to see them have to acknowledge that what they are doing puts them in personal danger over the course of several episodes if not a decent chunk of a season, and for them to continue to choose to keep doing it.

And, of course, if one is looking for the person Barry loves and lives for, that person is Iris West, without question. As “Flashpoint” demonstrated, they always find their way back to each other. Of course, we have seen her ability to defend herself, but the threat of a villain that even Barry may not be able to stop would always be looming overhead. In the comics, characters like the Reverse Flash have tried to target Iris because of her relationship with Barry. Loving her may have helped him become the Flash, but the fear of losing her would also be his greatest weakness. Harry’s line offers a promise and a threat that provides the potential for such great drama, and I would love to see more payoff for it in the future.

“Flashpoint” offered a solid premiere that set The Flash on a very promising path in season 3, particularly after the comparative drudgery of season 2. If nothing else, it brought back the lighthearted, happy Barry that we so dearly missed last year. It is clear that they have definite ideas for where they want to take this season, but as excited as I am to see what they have in store for the future, I hope they haven’t completely forgotten these threads from the past.

If they can give these moments their proper payoff while moving forward into the bright new post-Flashpoint world, I think the show will be better than ever.

The Flash Season 3 Video: Grant Gustin and More Tease the New Season

The Flash season 3 is about to premiere, so what better time to hear from the show’s stars about what fans can expect from the new episodes? I had a chance to talk to most of the cast (unfortunately, I wasn’t able to grab Candice Patton — sorry WestAllen fans!) at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con back in July.

Watch the videos below to see what Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale, and two of the show’s executive producers had to say about The Flash in season 3.

First up, here’s Grant Gustin being all charming and mostly vague about what’s coming for Barry Allen. Flashpoint — the alternate timeline Barry created at the end of season 2 and the title of the premiere episode — figures prominently in his answers.

Next is Carlos Valdes, who has plenty to say about Cisco Ramon. This could be a big year for Cisco, especially since his Flashpoint doppelganger is more than a little different from the nerd we know and love.

Danielle Panabaker’s Caitlin Snow gets her changes as well in the Flashpoint universe (Spoiler alert: She utters a great line in the premiere, “Have I been kidnapped?”). The actress hinted at what might be coming in her interview.

Things will definitely be different for Joe West in season 3. What does Jesse L. Martin have to say about that? See for yourself!

The last of the actors we’ve got here (stay tuned for Tom Cavanagh and new cast member Tom Felton next week) is Kid Flash himself, Keiynan Lonsdale. Now a regular, the actor has plenty to say about what antics Wally West might get up to in the new season.

Finally, two of The Flash‘s executive producers give away more than a few Flash season 3 spoilers in their interview.

The Flash season 3 premieres Tuesday, October 4 at 8pm on The CW.

The Flash Season 3 Trailer: Flashpoint Revealed at Comic-Con

Whoa.

The Flash season 3 trailer makes it clear that the superhero show isn’t playing around when it comes to its Flashpoint-themed premiere.

Thanks to Barry running back in time to save his mother — and later his father — from certain doom at the hands of speedsters, everything in The Flash’s life has changed. Iris and Joe are near-strangers to Barry. Cisco now owns what used to be STAR Labs and is kind of a jerk. Eobard Thawne is alive (and imprisoned?) and angry.

And there is more than one clue in the video — which premiered during the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con — indicating that Barry’s “perfect” world is unraveling around him. It probably doesn’t much help that Wally West is a speedster himself these days.

The Flash season 3 premieres Tuesday, October 4 on The CW.

The Flash Season 2: Flashpoint Paradox

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The last couple of minutes of The Flash season 2 finale turned everything on its head and raised a number of questions about what the third season will bring. Or even where all of the characters will be when it begins.

Even Grant Gustin has admitted he doesn’t have the answers, but there are some things we can assume – or at least hope to see!

Barry Allen

Of course, the whole point of the Flashpoint Paradox is that Barry finally gets what he thinks he’s always wanted, but it doesn’t turn out quite as he hoped. In fact, it impacts every character within the integrated universe and has such negative repercussions that Flash realizes he has to put the world back to the way it was for the greater good.

Certainly, I think we can expect that overarching plot next season – at least for the duration of Flashpoint. (I anticipate the universe will return to the one we’ve known in the epic crossover event in the winter.) But what does that mean for Barry?

As in the source story, I anticipate he will not have his abilities – though destined to become the Flash, Harribard confessed he had moved the timeline up to suit his purpose. Since Barry’s mother wasn’t murdered by the Reverse Flash and his father didn’t go to jail for a crime he didn’t commit, the Wests never would have taken him in. He may still be a CSI, but if he and Iris remain friends, their relationship will still be vastly different than it has been.

Of course, he likely won’t be friends with the crew at STAR Labs either, assuming that Cisco, Caitlin, and Harrison still work there. With no Harribard coming back to take the real Wells’ place, the original Harrison may be alive, giving Tom Cavanagh a chance to play the character we only saw for a few minutes in the first season.

It is entirely possible none of these people will know Barry – even Iris could be a virtual stranger to him if they grew apart after their school days. This would certainly give Barry the sense of isolation and despair he has in the new world in Flashpoint.

Iris West

Although Iris is married with children in the original Flashpoint material, I doubt they will go this direction in season 3. Iris’s relationship with Eddie would make the story somewhat redundant and caused quite a bit of hate towards the character (and actress) that I would hope they would avoid bringing on a second time.

That said, Iris doesn’t have to be married to someone else to make Barry miserable; she just needs to not be in love with him. He had been closer than ever to being in a relationship with the woman he’s always loved, only to have Flashpoint take that away from him. The memories of their kiss and confessed feelings will stay with him, haunting him in this new reality.

Since Iris is a reporter and the CW doesn’t have the authority to use characters from the Superman mythos, Iris will take on the role that Lois Lane had in the story and act as intrepid reporter. The nature of her investigation would obviously have to differ, but it would be an amazing way to integrate her into the story.

Cisco Ramon

Cisco has spent the last season developing abilities he may not have any longer. It is likely Barry will want to track him down to get his help trying to return the world to the way it should be. How his storyline may play out otherwise is a giant question mark.

However, if Flashpoint is to go on for several months, the show will need to have some bright moments through the darkness. Not only is Cisco likely to bring some undoubtedly needed levity to the show, but they could also give him happiness in romance, which he doesn’t have in this world. Giving him love – or even a family – would make the return to our world bittersweet. While we should all want the world to return to the one we know, the act of doing so will have more meaningful emotional impact if there are some things we will regret leaving behind.

Plus, Cisco needs a little love.

Caitlin Snow

It’s clear at this point that the show likes the idea of occasionally playing with Killer Frost, but they don’t seem to want to commit to that storyline on our Earth. Of course, since it’s the primary story people are interested to see, drawing it out helps keep up the interest.

However, Flashpoint would give them yet another ability to have their cake and eat it, too. Caitlin could be Killer Frost in this new world – possibly even with Ronnie as Deathstorm at her side – without committing to a story that would impact her in our world.

If they do go down this path, one hopes they would refrain from killing Ronnie off again. Whether he’s a hero or a villain, it would be nice to have at least one reality where he doesn’t die.

Harrison Wells

Harrison could be one of the more interesting characters in Flashpoint. Not only is there the potential for the original Harrison Wells to make an appearance, but Harry from season 2 was on Earth 2 when Flashpoint happened. It would make sense for the reality shift to have impacted only our Earth and not any parallel universes.

This means that Harry and Jesse could retain all of their memories from season 2. More than that, Jesse may have the speed she may have been given but didn’t have a chance to discover over these last few episodes.

With Barry being out of commission as the Flash, Harry and Jesse could return from Earth 2 in order to help set things right, as well as to allow Jesse to stand by his side as a hero.

The Flash Season 2 Finale Recap: Control-Alt… Reboot

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The Flash season 2 finale had a number of things people were waiting eagerly for. The reveal of the Man in the Iron Mask. The final face-off against Zoom. A Westallen kiss. And then, in true Flash style, they took all those wrapped up storylines and threw a curve ball to undo everything and cause all fan’s heads to explode all summer long.

Bye, Zoom

Admittedly the most necessary – if least interesting – part of this episode had to do with the season’s Big Bad himself: Zoom. Zoom’s story hasn’t made a lot of sense this season, and it wasn’t much clarified in this episode.

Essentially, he wants to race against Barry to siphon off their energy to power a device that’s called a Magnatar – that in no way makes me feel like a Transformers villain. Once it’s powered up, it’ll send out a pulse that will destroy every other Earth. It appears he doesn’t want to take the chance that anyone from any other Earth will ever be faster than he is.

Zoom’s always been petty.

Nobody else is down with the “Barry races Zoom and maybe destroys the multiverse” plan – even knowing Zoom plans to kill them all if Barry refuses or loses the race. They think Barry is currently too emotional (he is) and focused on revenge (he DEFINITELY is) and in this mindset, he may not be able to win (a definite concern). Wells and Joe team up to shoot him in the back with what looks like an elephant tranquilizer and lock him in a cell while they try Plan B.

Plan B consists of Caitlin distracting Jay by talking to him about the darkness in her while the others shoot him with a tranquilizer and shove him through the breach, sealing it for good thereafter. Things don’t go quite as planned. For one, although Jay falls for Cailtin’s act, he decides it’s too late and tries to kill her. Fortunately for her, she’s a hologram. The tranquilizer gun jams, so Joe has to race forward to stab him by hand, and when Harry shoots Zoom through the portal, he takes Joe along for the ride.

When Wally finds out that Joe is at Zoom’s mercy and that the team had preemptively agreed to seal the breaches for good regardless of the consequences, he decides he’s having none of this “Team Flash” nonsense and lets Barry out of the cell. Everyone is still concerned about his state of mind, but it’s hard to argue that they’re running out of time.

Race against Zoom he does, and they charge up the Magnatar, which supposedly can’t be turned off once it’s charged. However, in a twist, Barry has made a time remnant of his own for just this eventuality. While he faces off against Zoom, the remnant races around the Doomsday Machine to counteract its frequency. The action kills him, but it also saves the multiverse, so job well done!

However, all these remnants have gotten the time wraiths’ attention from wherever I presume they were vacationing in Bali, since Zoom’s been going through remnants like they’re tissues during a Barry/Nora scene. The wraiths come for Barry but realize Zoom’s a more attractive meal and drag him off in a storm of special effects that are a little reminiscent of The Mummy.

Who Is That Masked Man?

In a soliloquy, Jay confesses to Joe that the Man in the Iron Mask is Jay Garrick, a speedster from yet another Earth. He captured him to try to steal his speed but couldn’t, so he keeps him as a trophy since he got what he wanted from Barry. Of course, once Barry loses the race, he plans to put him in another cell like the world’s creepiest zoo.

Once Zoom is defeated, they manage to get the mask off and discover its – dun dun DUUUUN! – John Wesley Shipp, playing Earth 3 Jay Garrick. The penny finally drops for Barry that his dad’s throwaway line that “Garrick” is an old family name was actually important. He is a speedster but seems to have no relation to Barry or knowledge he’s E1 Henry Allen’s doppelganger. He does wear a classic Flash costume and decides to add Hunter’s helmet to the ensemble to make it a symbol of hope again.

Guys, seriously. When an item has become a totem for a serial killer, you can really just bury it and never mention it again.

Barry freaks out at seeing his dad’s double but holds his tongue while Harry and Jesse decide to go back to Earth 2 to try to find a way to get Jay back home to Earth 3. Jay takes them into the portal, but I’m sure it’s hardly the last we’ll see of them. Jesse’s friends can’t be THAT interesting.

The Path of Guilt

While fans had hoped to see a happier Barry in Earth 2, we see him at his darkest hour in this episode. He asks Iris how he can ever find peace with losing his dad when he’d just found it over his mom. She points out that he has to find a way or it’ll tear him apart. Wise words, but guilt over a parent’s death is never easy to let go of, believe me.

After seeing his dad’s double, Barry confesses to Iris that seeing him should have made his loss easier but it really just makes him miss his father more. Iris hopes that maybe a future for the two of them will give him something to look forward to. Sadly, while that’s all he’s ever wanted, Barry is concerned that he’s too broken to give her that future at the moment.

Their love is too strong to be deterred for long, so Iris reassures him that she’ll wait for him for as long as he waited for her, if need be. He should go do whatever he needs to do because she’ll be waiting for him when he gets back. They confess their love for each other – they love each other and always will – and have a sweet, simple kiss.

However, if Westallen fans thought they might have a summer to relish this newfound relationship and their love for each other, the show wasn’t quite done with us yet. Looking through the window at Iris, Barry apologizes for what he has to do.

He races away, into the past, running back to the moment when his mother was murdered. This time, he stops Reverse Flash from murdering her. His past (Season 1) self evaporates, and Nora begs him not to hurt her but he reassures her he won’t. He’s saved her life – Flashpoint Paradox, anyone?

This is what everyone was expecting at the end of last season, and it’s certainly going to throw a monkey wrench into the next one. However, I have no doubt that the timeline will be returned to its current status.

Remember, when Barry tried to save her in Season 1, his future self stopped him – as if he knew that the consequences for saving her would be worse than letting her go. I’m sure that Barry was the Barry for Season 3, and I’m curious to know what they’ll do in the interim.

But once this gets put to rights, can we stop going back into the past to rewrite history every time these two lovebirds finally get on the same page and kiss?

The Flash Spoilers: Season 2 Finale Roundup

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We have only one more episode of The Flash season 2 left to the season, so it seems a good time to round up spoilers, break out some speculation, and try to anticipate not only where this show is headed for the next episode but where it will leave all of its fans over the interminable summer hiatus.

Here come the Flash spoilers!

What We Know – Villains Edition

In an era where everything gets spoiled practically the second it is created, The Flash has done a reasonably good job of keeping this one under wraps. I’d even go so far as to say they’ve done perhaps too good of a job, because the promo showing Zoom racing against Flash was far from heart-pounding. (A race to save the world? Really? I mean, I know he’s the fastest second-fastest one of the fastest men alive, but a foot race doesn’t make for must-see-TV action.)

Of course, whether as a race or more, there will be a showdown between Barry and Zoom. And while I expect that the door will be left open for Zoom to return in some capacity, it may well be that Teddy Sears’s stint on the show is done. He has another series, and there doesn’t seem to be much further they can go with Hunter Zolomon’s character. That said, Tony Todd, the voice of Zoom, has confirmed on Twitter that he will return.

This leaves an interesting question: Will Zoom be, like Batman, a mantle that can be passed from one person to another? Or is Zoom an entity that possesses people but can travel from person to person? (I still can’t forget Jay’s line about the darkness – or the way his eyes changed when he said it.)

Of course, that’s not the only thing we know. It has been spoiled that someone will betray the team, leaving Barry “shocked.” There are really only a few possible options, since neither Cisco, Joe, nor Iris would make any sense. Betrayals by any of the above not even remotely been foreshadowed. As relative newcomers to the series with stories that need to be explored before any betrayal arc would have much impact, Jesse and Wally similarly make no sense. After the betrayal of Harribard in Season 1, having Harry betray the team would be extremely redundant.

That really leaves Caitlin as the most likely to betray the team – particularly when one considers her recent arc.

Not only did she spend a good deal of time with Zoom, but the way she left was significant. He offered her a choice – to stay or leave and be in the same danger as her friends. The implication of her appearance in the next episode would seem that she chose to leave and take the chance. However, I noticed she didn’t tell the team about Zoom’s threat. Also, when Zoom came to the house to kidnap Henry, he didn’t say anything to the woman he had been holding hostage and threatening not long before. Is it possible she made a deal with Zoom in exchange for her freedom and safety? Or is it possible she does so next episode?

Given that they’ve established Jesse as her replacement in the lab without losing stride, I think there’s a good chance that Caitlin will become Killer Frost next season. If so, something needs to send her down that path and a betrayal would certainly be a first step.

What We Know – Heroes Edition

Of course, there’s the obvious: We will find out the identity of the Man in the Iron Mask. After all the speculation and theorizing, I think Earth 2 Henry is the most likely candidate. Of course, this doesn’t entirely make sense, but it wouldn’t be the first major plot hole in the Earth 2 Zoom story. (If Zoom decided to steal Barry’s speed once the breach opened, why had he kidnapped Jesse months before? This I expect will never be explained.)

At any rate, after Henry’s comment that Garrick is his mother’s maiden name, I think it is a near-certainty that the reveal will be not just that he’s under the mask but that he’s the real Jay Garrick.

While I’m sure he’ll be instrumental in the finale, he won’t be the only one to offer some key assistance. Carlos Valdez has spoiled that Vibe will be key in defeating Zoom. Whether this means that he will be the one to discover Zoom’s true plan or whether he’ll get a handle on the powers he momentarily displayed last week (at least enough to land a crucial blow) is for question. My bet would be the former, since they could get some more mileage up to building up the latter in developing his powers even further next season.

The finale won’t all be hero v. villain drama, of course. As leaked today in photos, Iris West and Barry Allen will share their (second) first kiss. Some fans are worried that this will be undone, given Grant Gustin’s cryptic comments at the CW Upfronts that the finale will put the time stream at risk. However, I think it highly unlikely that the show would undo something they’ve built up over the course of several episodes.

That said, if they want to stick to the same time period as Arrow, there will be a time jump between Seasons 2 and 3. I think it’s probable something will delay the Westallen relationship over the hiatus, so that the viewers don’t miss out on all those early-relationship moments. Whatever it is, I’m confident that they will not erase the kiss as they did in the first season. Everything indicates they’re building up Westallen to (finally) seriously move forward with that relationship next season.

Given Cisco’s vibe that Earth 2 is in danger, my current theory is that the finale will end with Barry trapped in Earth 2, having crossed over to help and closed the breach behind him to prevent any danger to that world from carrying over into his own. If Cisco and Barry are trapped together, this might explain why it would take several months for the two to find a way to open the breach – after all, Cisco works on a different frequency on Earth 2, and Harry wouldn’t be around this time to help create glasses to make up the difference.

So what do you think, Flash fans? What’s going to happen in the finale? Is Caitlin going to be the one to betray the team? What cliffhanger will they torture us with over the summer?