At the end of The Flash Season 2 finale, Barry Allen ran back in time to save his mother from being killed by Eobard Thawne, a.k.a. the Reverse-Flash, thus preventing the tragedy that plagued him for more than 15 years. Most fans who've read the comics naturally assumed that because of this, the TV series will be adapting Flashpoint for Season 3, but the show's cast and crew have been cagey about that over the last month. Now it's been confirmed that The Flash will be indeed delving into the Flashpoint storyline this fall, as confirmed by the first Season 3 episode literally being called "Flashpoint."
Earlier today, Grant Gustin tweeted that he read the script for The Flash Season 3, and not wanting anything away, he simply called the episode, "JK NOT GONNA TELL YOU YET!" Executive producer Greg Berlanti tweeted back that he had permission to reveal the episode's actual title, so the actor then sent out the tweet below.
So there you have it! Flashpoint will kick off right as The Flash Season 3 begins. No other information was revealed besides the episode title, but with casting news probably arriving soon, fans will be able to start guessing where the new season is heading when it returns later this year. Flashpoint was originally published in 2011, and not only has it gone on to become one of the most famous Flash-related comic book events, it also led to the creation of the New 52 universe.
Despite Barry Allen finally making peace with Nora's death while in the Speed Force during "The Runaway Dinosaur," the death of his father in "Invincible" traumatized him deeply, so he did something that he previously didn't follow through with in the Season 1 finale. After defeating Zoom and freeing the real Jay Garrick with the rest of Team Flash, Barry raced back to the past in the final minutes of "The Race of His Life" to the year 2000 and pummeled Reverse-Flash into the ground. Now Nora Allen is alive, but just like when Barry's time traveled before, there are going to be unintended changes due to his actions.
So what does this mean for Season 3? Well, just like the 2011 and event and its 2013 animated movie adaptation, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Barry saving his mother will likely result in the present day being dramatically altered for the worse. Obviously the show won't be able to adapt Flashpoint completely faithfully due to certain character restrictions, but there are still plenty of ways the story can be pulled off. Whatever's in store, Grant Gustin is obviously excited about what's in that first episode.
The Flash Season 3 premieres Tuesday, October 4 at 8 p.m. EST on The CW.