The Troublesome Way The Flash Will Bring Kid Flash Back

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When Barry Allen went back to save his mom by creating the Flashpoint timeline, his temporary happiness was offset by the potential misery of millions of other people, with some of them being his closets pals. He's still coming to grips with everything that changed after his timeline reversal, and one huge difference lies within Wally West. There's something happening to Wally that's making him aware of both Flashpoint and his Kid Flash persona - it's just Flash if you're actually talking to Wally - and an upcoming episode will force Barry's hand to find a solution. Check out the episode's synopsis below.

When Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) starts having dreams about being Kid Flash, Barry (Grant Gustin) realizes he has to tell Wally, Iris (Candice Patton) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) about what happened to Wally in Flashpoint in order to keep him safe. JJ Makaro directed the episode written by Emily Silver & David Kob.

The episode in question, titled "Shade," will air on November 15, following the show's one-week absence for election night. And while we'd love to sit here and speculate about if the title is referring to the Flash comics villain of the same name who used to give Jay Garrick troubles back in the day, I'm perhaps too concerned about how the show is going to play out all this Kid Flash business. Because we all know how it's probably going to play out, right?

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Barry is going to give his warning, and regardless of what anyone else says, Wally is going to think that he has all the real answers and that everybody is just babying him about being a speedster. Arguments will happen, and then he's probably going to get in touch with Alchemy to try and re-gain his powers the only way he knows how. (Thanks for the info, Magenta.) So while we were initially really jazzed for the possibility of Kid Flash returning to the show after Flashpoint, I'm a little wary on it if he tries to take a walk on the villainous side. Of course, maybe all that shit I just said was garbage conjecture and he'll end up being perfectly heroic.

The Flash will return next week for "Monster," in which we'll finally get to dig into Caitlin's family life with the introduction of her mother Dr. Carla Tannhauser (Susan Walters) and what appears to be her clinical approach to her relationship with Caitlin, who is dealing with some ice cold problems of her own. Let's hope she's not banking on Kid Flash to help her in that episode, because she'll be sorely disappointed.

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If Wally's Kid Flash problems don't have anything to do with Alchemy, though, then are we to assume that his ability to see into other timelines means he's destined to become Kid Vibe? That would be wild and not at all related to stories I write down in a special notebook before sleep.

With more problems, villains and complicated storylines left to come, The Flash airs Tuesday nights on The CW at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Nick Venable
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