If it were a more perfect world, everyone involved with making The CW's The Flash a reality would share Barry Allen's signature speediness, so that episodes of the popular drama could be created on a weekly basis for entire years at a time for one of the most groundbreaking feats in television history. (I'm admittedly not sure if the math works out on all that.) Alas, we are limited to conventional hiatus-filled TV seasons, and we'll have to wait for Season 3 of The Flash to premiere so that we may once again light up our lives with orange lightning and explosions. But that wait doesn't have to be completely boring and absent of all things Flash-related.

Here, we've put together everything we know about Season 3 of The Flash for a look ahead that will be updated as new information, trailers, castings and more are unveiled. And this is a show that's fast and furious with conversation-starting announcements, so check back every time you see a blur go by that you can't quite explain, but you know it definitely isn't a mosquito.

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When Will The Flash Season 3 Premiere?

It didn't require the brain power of someone like Harrison Wells (of any dimension) to wager a near-perfect guess on when Barry Allen would be heading to the starting blocks for Season 3's kick off, since both Season 1 and Season 2 debuted on the first Tuesday in October of their respective years. And so it shall be for Season 3, as The CW announced its fall schedule with The Flash zipping back into our lives on Tuesday, October 4, at 8 p.m. ET. And we already know that the premiere will be called "Flashpoint," so that should make the entirety of October quite exciting.

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What Have We Seen From The Flash Season 3?

Currently, the majority of The Flash Season 3 exists within the brains of creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, along with any writers or producers that they may have shared the information with. But Comic-Con thankfully brought us the first look at the season, which is kicking things off by putting viewers in a completely different universe. Even more different from what we're used to, even. Check out the first trailer below.

That all looks so very glorious, and at the time, less then two full episodes had been filmed. So we can only imagine that more amazing things are coming. Or maybe we don't have to guess, if some of us have already seen the entire season and have come back to the past to spoil it for our worst enemies. Stranger things have happened.

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Who Will Be Returning For Season 3?

Considering how Season 2 ended with a major reboot for Barry's life, along with an entirely new life for Nora, it's unclear what in the hell will happen. But since Flashpoint isn't expected to go too deep into the season, we'll look at this as if the show will return to the status quo relatively quickly.

Grant Gustin will once again don the signature red suit and mask to play the titular hero in Season 3 and years beyond. As well, we'll once again see Carlos Valdes as tech genius Cisco, Danielle Panabaker as science master Caitlin, Candice Patton as the news-hunting Iris and Jesse L. Martin as the dutiful patriarch Joe. But expect those personalities and relationships to get shaken up in those first episodes. (Cisco is a bazillionaire badass in Flashpoint, for whatever reason.)

Both introduced in Season 2, Wally West and Jesse Wells survived the second particle accelerator explosion, and though it's not clear how her transition into her comic book counterparts will be handled, Wally will definitely be Kid Flash when Season 3 kicks off, though it's unclear if that super-persona will stick around throughout the season. Andrew Kreisberg has made it clear this show won't become team-based as far as its speedy heroes go, and that Barry will remain the narrative focus. Jesse isn't even from Earth-1 anyway, so that presents its own wrinkle, but Cisco and Barry can always take us over to Earth-2, so she'll be around when needed.

Because Flashpoint will bring Nora back to life, Henry Allen no longer goes off to prison, so John Wesley Shipp will definitely be back in at least that capacity, though our fingers are crossed multiple times over that he'll return as Earth-3's Jay Garrick at some point. Tom Cavanagh, meanwhile, will also be back in some big way, presumably as the original Earth-1 Harrison Wells, although there are other iterations that could pop up as well.

Now that there are four DC Comics shows on The CW, we're getting a massive four-way crossover event later this year that will see each show blending in with its network neighbors. (Gustin is locked up for several already.) And it probably has something to do with the four-show contracts signed by returning actors Matt Letscher (Reverse-Flash), Wentworth Miller (Captain Cold), Katie Cassidy (Black Siren) and Neal McDonough (Damien Darhk), who will team up to form the Legion of Doom for Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 and beyond. As such, we can also expect to see the likes of Stephen Amell's Green Arrow, Brandon Routh's Atom and other familiar members of Team Arrow and the Legends of Tomorrow are sure to pop by.

Oh, and expect Gorilla Grodd to return for what will hopefully be a kong-a-palooza of a trip to Gorilla City.

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