While it’s only been three days since The Flash’s gut-wrenching season finale, we’re still not fully capable of accepting what happened during the emotionally-charged hour. But we are more than ready to begin speculating about what lies in store for Barry and Team Flash in season 2.
In the action-packed season finale, Eddie made the ultimate sacrifice to defeat Reverse Flash. In killing himself, Eddie ensured that Eobard Thawne would never have been born and we watched as he was erased from existence but still knowing that we probably haven’t seen the last of him. Also, the fate of Central City was left up in the air as a giant black hole descended upon the city as Barry tried to stop in the show’s final seconds.
As we head into the summer hiatus, spoilers from The Flash’s second season will begin to trickle out especially as we head into Comic Con. But, as you might’ve guessed, we’re not the patient type so here are 10 questions we have about season 2 of The Flash:
1. What the hell happens after that final shot?
There are cliffhangers and then there are cliffhangers. In the final moments of The Flash season finale, a giant black hole threatened to swallow up Central City. While it all seems hopeless, Barry can’t not try to stop it, so he manages to sucked up around the opening and tries to use his superspeed to undo it like he did the tornado in the pilot episode. From the look of it, Barry was either speeding in or out of the black hole before the episode faded to black. Like what even? How do you end like that? I’m getting Arrow season 1 finale flashbacks. So we need to know what happened after that fade to black. Did Barry manage to escape? Did he get caught in the black hole? Will we get to see what happens next? These are important questions that we need answered.
2. Where will season 2 pick-up in time?
From what we’ve seen so far, The Flash has followed in Arrow’s footsteps in keeping up with real time. So that begs the question: where will season 2 pick-up in October? Our natural inclination is to believe that it’ll pick up five months later, but then there’s the whole issue of the black hole threatening to swallow Central City whole and that whole issue not being solved. While I strongly believe it’ll be October 2015 when we begin season 2, there’s always a chance that we’ll begin where season 1 ended before we flash (hehe) forward to present day.
3. Have we seen the last of Reverse Flash?
A general rule in television 0—and movies and books for the matter – is that no one is truly dead. I mean, they’re dead, but they can always be brought back by forces the show introduces. When Reverse Flash – Eobard Thawne – was wiped from existence, I found myself wondering how The Flash could essentially kill off The Flash’s most notorious nemesis in the season 1 finale? But according to some spoilers from executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, it sounds like Reverse Flash won’t be gone permanently, which makes sense. But does that mean that this Reverse Flash may return or an entirely different Reverse Flash? Kreisberg also teased that Tom Cavanagh (Harrison Wells/Reverse Flash) would be returning to the show for season 2. Yeah, something tells me that the timeline is about to be tinkered with again and we’ll see the reemergence of the man in yellow – but in what form?
4. How will Eddie’s death affect the present timeline?
If we learned anything from The Flash finale it’s that everything has happened because of something that happened before it. Case in point, Eobard Thawne was erased from existence because Eddie Thawne sacrificed himself, which means that Eobard was never born. So, if Eobard was never born, wouldn’t that mean that Barry’s mother would still be alive? And that Barry’s father wouldn’t be in prison? And that the present timeline should be affected drastically? I’m concerned because both Arrow and The Flash have had some consistency issues in the past. If you set something up, you need to follow through. Since Eobard technically was never born and he was the one who killed Nora Allen, then Nora should still be alive and the present that Barry returned to should be drastically different, right? Plus, Barry’s existing relationships with Iris, Joe, Caitlin and Cisco should be affected, too. Eddie dying has to have some sort of effect on the present timeline, but what effect is the question.
5. Will we be seeing Jay Garrick in season 2?
The Flash and Arrow are all about the Easter Eggs. While some comic references are merely Easter Eggs, some turn out to be used later on in the story. Near the end of the finale, we caught a glimpse of a certain helmet with wings worn by original Flash, Jay Garrick, come flying out of the wormhole and landing at Eobard’s feet. When Joe asked what it was, Eobard replied, “That’s my cue to leave.” Could that have been impinge that Reverse Flash knew there are more speedsters existing in this world that we haven’t yet learned about? It certainly helps my theory that this is the case as EP Andrew Kreisberg teased that we’ll be seeing more speedsters in season 2. Could that be Jay Garrick or Wally West? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
6. How will Barry and Iris’ relationship be affected by Eddie’s death?
It wouldn’t be us if we didn’t have some WestAllen questions heading into next season. After Eddie sacrificed his life to save everyone in defeating Eobard Thawne and Iris watched the man that she loved die in her arms, I’m not feeling too good about Barry and Iris heading into season 2. Look at what happened to Oliver and Laurel on Arrow. After Tommy’s death, the two decided to part ways romantically (thank the lord and our Olicity-loving hearts) and there seems to be no indication of intentions to re-explore that relationship romantically. Now, that was more to do with the lack of chemistry between Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy, the unbelievable chemistry between Amell and Emily Bett Rickards, and the story-telling that doomed Oliver and Laurel from the start. So, I’m not really concerned about Barry and Iris in the long run, but I am wondering how Eddie’s death will affect their relationship heading into season 2. Will they be distant? Will they bond? Will the two come to a mutual understanding that being together at present isn’t such a good idea? I’m going to need an answer. And soon.
7. How soon will we see Killer Frost?
As far as Easter Eggs go, seeing Caitlin Snow as Killer Frost is one that had me screaming and begging to see this come to fruition in the near future. Don’t get me wrong, I love Caitlin as she is, but there was just something about seeing Caitlin as Killer Frost that got my nerd-girl heart racing in excitement. So how soon might we see Killer Frost? Danielle Panabaker told us at WonderCon in April that we were going to see Killer Frost “sooner than you think.” Was she talking about the quick glimpse in the Speed Force? Or was she talking about the character’s actual integration into the plot? But the important thing is that it’s being talked about and it sounds like they’re headed into that direction. We’ll just have to wait and see how soon we’ll see her.
8. Is it possible that we haven’t seen the last of Eddie Thawne?
Like I said, I never believe anyone’s dead on television, especially The Flash and Arrow. While it’s been confirmed that Rick Cosnett won’t be a series regular in season 2, there’s always the possibility that they find a way to bring Eddie back. Here’s the thing, The Flash is a show that has multiple timelines that exist in its world, which means that somewhere in one or more of these timelines, Eddie Thawne is alive and well, and who knows, probably evil? Who knows, the plan could be to kill Eddie off in this present timeline and explore a different timeline for a whole season somewhere down the line where Eddie is – like he is in the comics – Reverse Flash. I’ll just be here patiently waiting for Eddie’s return.
9. What will be the main focus of season 2?
I know this is a question that won’t be answered until most likely around Comic Con when a season 2 trailer is released, but I’m wondering what the main story of season 2 might be? Seeing as The Flash did not hold back when it came to big storylines in its freshman season, what other huge story could they possibly throw at us that would top Reverse Flash, Gorilla Grodd and Captain Cold? The great thing is The Flash has a huge universe that is just crawling with incredible storylines. Arrow was unclear about its main focus of its sophomore season until the midseason finale, but it eventually got there. And I know that The Flash will get there, too.
10. Can The Flash keep up its crazy momentum in season 2?
Whenever a show – or anything, really – is super successful, you always run the risk of the “sophomore jinx,” which relates to a disappointing second season. It was a concern surrounding Arrow before it delivered what I thought to be its best season. So why should it be any different with The Flash? But when there is so much hype surrounding a show you always run the risk of disappointment the following season. Especially for The Flash, who didn’t pull back the reins on any of its major storylines and characters in its first season. But, just like with Arrow, I believe that The Flash can deliver its best season yet in season 2.
The Flash returns Tuesdays this fall on The CW.