[WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR ‘THE FLASH’ SEASON 1. IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED SEASON 1 YET, READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.]
Season 1 of The Flash blew our minds. There’s no denying in that. With Harrison Wells turning out to be “The man in the yellow lightning”, appearance of Firestorm, rogues like Captain Cold, Heatwave and even Gorilla Grodd – it was one heck of a ride.
At the end of the season finale, we saw Eddie killing himself with a gun, which caused Eobard Thawne cease to exist as he was Eddie’s descendent from the future. This major alteration of time-flow creates a giant time vortex on top of Central City and in the final moments of the episode, we saw our Scarlet Speedster disappearing into it.
So, what’s gonna happen in Season 2? How will Barry come back? How will Eobard Thawne come back?
While we wait for season 2 to know the answers to those questions, here are 5 of my predictions for season 2:
5. More Crossovers
A highlight of both of The Flash and Arrow was when the two shows would crossover with each other, starting with brief appearances in the first episodes of the season, before a proper two-part crossover Flash v Arrow/The Brave and the Bold.
Oliver Queen appeared again in the penultimate episode of The Flash’s season, while Barry helped out in the season finale of Arrow, and supporting characters had crossover moments too, with the likes of Felicity and Cisco appearing on the other’s show. There’s already an established chemistry between them, and seeing the characters on the other’s show provides a chance to see them in a different light.
That’s something that will no doubt continue in Season 2 of The Flash, and season 4 of Arrow, especially with new spin-off on the block Legends of Tomorrow. It features characters from both Arrow and The Flash, such as Atom and Captain Cold, so it opens the door for crossovers between all three shows. There’s also the slight possibility of a crossover with Supergirl, which is set to debut around the same time. It shares a lot of the same back-room team as Arrow and Flash, so could make an appearance if the networks (Supergirl is on CBS) can come to some sort of agreement.
4. More Time Travel
The Flash hinted at time travel throughout the season, with regular post-credit stings of Harrison Wells showing a newspaper clipping from 2024, leading fans to speculate whether he was from the future, and if time travel would have a bigger part to play in the first season.
Both cases turned out to be correct, and was finally explored in episode 15 Out of Time. Barry uses his speed to create a barrier against the tsunami set to crash down on Central City, but runs so fast that he actually ends up going back in time a day. It then featured as a major part of the season finale, as Barry travels back to the night his mother dies with a chance to save her, and also return Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne to the future.
3. Multiple Timelines
This has already been teased by Grant Gustin, who told TV Guide:
“What’s fun about this show is that there’s going to be multiple timelines as we move forward. I think we’re going to start showing Earth-One and Earth-Two in the near future. There will be kind of different dimensions going on.”
Having already played around with time-travel, not least with Eddie’s sacrifice likely to change both the past and the future, there could be alternate timelines where events are different to what’s happened in the show.
Earth-Two, mentioned specifically by Gustin, is as it sounds – an alternate version of Earth, and one used in the comics to explore multiple speedsters, so that’s where Barry could travel and end up meeting himself from an alternate universe or some other speedsters as well. (We all saw Jay Garrick’s helmet, right?)
2. Enter Vibe and Killer Frost
The name of Cisco Ramon had clear implications for comic-book readers, although it wasn’t initially clear whether they’d be following down his character’s path, or just borrowing his name.
However, during a conversation will Wells in the season finale, he learns that he too has been affected by the particle accelerator, even if he hasn’t realized it yet. It seemed to confirm suspicions that this version of Cisco would indeed be a meta-human, who becomes the hero known as Vibe. Presumably he’ll name himself.
His comic powers allow him to emit sonic waves so powerful they are capable of breaking concrete and steel, and also disrupting Speed Force. That could come in handy if any of the future speedsters are anything like Reverse-Flash (or if that character happens to return himself at some point). He is also attuned to the vibrations that separate alternate universes, meaning he’s like to have a big part to play in the show’s exploration of those.
We got a glimpse Caitlin Snow as Killer Frost in the finale, when Barry is running through time. Was that a definite timeline, or one that can be averted? We saw Caitlin and Ronnie finally get married in the episode, but this being the comic-book world happiness tends not to last.
Something may well happen to Ronnie in Season 2 that pushes Caitlin into becoming Killer Frost, who is a bit like Queen Elsa, only when she lets it go it’s more likely to result in death than an ice palace. Having Caitlin face off against her former friends would certainly be an interesting and bold move for the show, especially so early in its run, and one that should provide plenty of excitement.
1. Harrison Wells Will Return
Eobard Thawne might be gone, but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of Harrison Wells. In fairness, we haven’t really seen him at all yet, not the proper one anyway. Producer Andrew Kreisberg confirmed this fairly emphatically when he said:
“Tom Cavanagh will be back. That is not in question. Tom Cavanagh will continue to be a regular.”
It’ll be interesting to see how that works. Eddie’s sacrifice could mean that Wells is saved from being killed by Thawne, and is thus still alive in the present day and has been continuing his work, although it throws up the question of what else is now changed. There’s also the possibility of Wells existing in an alternate dimension. Either way, having more of Cavanagh on the show can only be a good thing, although maybe not for the Star Labs team, given he has the face of their biggest enemy to date.
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